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In the last post, I talked of Dad’s memories.  This post is about how Begonia Station is now. I’d like you to meet Anne Young – owner of Begonia Station for the last 10 years.  Anne grew up in Dulacca and her parents have always been involved on the land.  Her dad was a shearer. Now, those who truly live on the land in Australia (properties, stations and the like spread around… Read More

I’m going to separate the posts on Begonia Station into two posts.  This post is about the buildings and the area that Dad would remember but I don’t know if he was there during a time of drought or of rains.  This time, it is very definitely in the grip of a particularly nasty drought. When I told Dad we were going through Dirranbandi and then St George he asked if we… Read More

So after a drive around Dirranbandi, we headed toward St George where we were aiming to stop for a late lunch by the Balonne River.  I have a friend who has never been to St George and asked if I would take photographs for him, which of course, I did. The road to St George from Dirranbandi is all sealed and is a very easy road to travel on.  The road was… Read More

Let me tell you a story. I was born in Dirranbandi, in 1964, on Cubbie Station (before it was, well, you know, Cubbie Station) to parents who were born and bred on the land.  What they didn’t know about horses was not worth knowing. My dad’s name is Bill and he is 86yrs old this year (on Christmas Day).  He has had somewhat of a hard knock life but as a true… Read More

After another couple of hours on the road, we pulled up at the Nindigully Pub to set up for the night with the sole intention of attending the annual Pig Races.  Now, they say that the best night to be at the Nindigully Pub is on a Saturday night and the best night of the whole year is the Annual Pig Races.  Seeing as we were heading to Dirranbandi anyway, we decided… Read More

Well, after a frenetic week with Damian finishing work and me tying up loose ends at home, we finally set off on Saturday morning (30 Nov) in the pouring rain.  Not that we are complaining 🙂  Personally, my favourite weather is rain, rain and more rain – especially summer storms.  We were treated to some glorious cloudy and misty scenery along the way. After a quick stop in Aratula to give Pepe… Read More

Yesterday, I headed up to Aussie Swag Campers at Brendale to photograph the latest stage of the build.  It has been exciting photographing different stages, makes it all more real.  She is nearly complete now and as we are heading out west to Dirranbandi tomorrow morning, we won’t see her now until she is ready to be picked up – just before Christmas 🙂 Here’s the latest images with Scott unfolding the… Read More

Stage 2 of the Camper Trailer build is well under way.  I visited Aussie Swag Campers again to document the next stage of our new camper trailer. More pics below:  We are heading off on our camping trip next week and we’ve been told by Aussie Swag that she’ll be ready by the time we get back – excitement building. I am heading up to Brendale next week to take the last… Read More

Well, it was with much excitement that we received an email from Scott at Aussie Swag Campers that the chassis had been built and I could go in and take some photos of the build. While she doesn’t look very exciting yet, I wanted to document her build so here are just a few photos of what I call Stage 1. The last one proves it is ours 🙂 Looking forward to the… Read More

So, things are coming together nicely now.  With our first trip looming very quickly (even though we’re camping this time), we needed to move things along a bit.  With the promise of the Aussie Swag being completed within a few weeks, it’s time to get the 4WD sorted. Yesterday, we took the the BT50 (Damian still won’t let me name her) to Opposite Lock, Nerang and had a snorkel fitted. Kevin and Tony were… Read More

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