A quick update

We’ve been in Alice Springs for 2 weeks and are getting lots of queries about what’s happening and when will there be a new blog? Sorry, no time to write much now – so here’s a quick update to fill the gap. No time?? we hear you asking. Yes. There are so many wonderful things to do here that we’ve been flat out all day everyday. We hope to get settled this week and have more time to just be. A saying we saw painted on a building today reminded us that “just being” is our goal.

On a wall in Alice Springs
On a wall in Alice Springs. If you can’t read it, it says, The Lone Dingo seems to symbolise what so many of us are seeking when we head outdoors. Isolation, intimacy with the environment, a simple existence, a better understanding of ourselves, the motivation behind so many of life’s journeys.

We needed a housesitter to housesit the house we are housesitting so that we could go bush. Andrew was kind enough to volunteer. He has been to Alice before and loves the Todd River, so off we went to the river on his first day.

andrew on todd
Andrew on Todd. The bridge is the one featured in the movie Samson and Delilah.

On our first weekend in Alice we headed an hour east down the Ross Highway for the Big Sing. Daf can’t sing – but she sure got into miming, along with the 100 strong choir. 35 of the participants were Aboriginal women from Titjikala, Hermansberg and nearby communities who have formed the Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir to travel to Germany in July. They are great singers and great artists. Needless to say we bought some art!  Here’s a few photos from the weekend.

Our cabin at Ross River Resort
Our cabin at Ross River Resort
Jude helping to set up a silent auction of 60+ artworks to help fund the choir's trip to Germany
Jude helping to set up a silent auction of 60+ artworks to help fund the choir’s trip to Germany
Lorraine and her beautiful painting. Andrew has already taken it back to Sydney
Lorraine and her beautiful painting. Andrew has already taken it back to Sydney
Kangaroo tails are a delicacy. The women cooked about 8 of them.
Kangaroo tails are a delicacy. The women cooked about 8 of them.
Daf couldn't resist trying a tail. ...
Daf couldn’t resist trying a tail. …
Jude learning basket weaving from Valerie, one of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers.
Jude learning basket weaving from Valerie, one of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers.
The elder in the choir is Daphne. She was happy to pose for a photo with Daphne
The elder in the choir is Daphne. She was happy to pose for a photo with Daphne

Here’s a brief slide show put together by the Big Sing photographer.  Turn on your speakers – the choir sounds wonderful.

Back to Alice Springs and another highlight – finding a labyrinth in Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. We’ve heard there’s another one on private land in Alice and we’ll make contact with them soon (when we have time!!).  Here’s Andrew and Jude walking the labyrinth.

Andrew and Jude walking the labyrinth in Olive Pink Botanic Gardens
Andrew and Jude walking the labyrinth in Olive Pink Botanic Gardens

Last Sunday night the ABC’s Compass featured the Centennial Park Labyrinth. We were surprised to see ourselves in it (at about 26 mins) along with our friend Nick. You can watch it on abc.net.au (compass/pastepisodes). Don’t blink or you’ll miss us.

That’s all for now folks. More to come soon.

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8 thoughts on “A quick update

  1. So many adventures and experiences already. I hope you find some quiet moments too. I enjoyed the slideshow, the singing is beautiful and the faces of the people are so happy and unencumbered somehow. Enjoy!
    Love,

    Maura

    p.s. Daf. You had a new family member born today. My great nephew Henry made his way to the world 6 weeks early but looking pretty good. A new generation in the Hanney/Moxon/Hewson Clan.

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  2. Hi Daf and Judi

    I saw the Compass episode and caught sight of you in the audience – doubt if I’d recognise Nick.
    And really – I am not surprised about the busy-ness of life in Alice for you both. And after all thevery interesting adventures, I will be interested to see if you like ‘just being ‘ when you get there (?) or will you prefer the eventful life.

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  3. Hi Daf,

    It looks like you are having the most fabulous time. I am thoroughly enjoying the stories, the choir was beautiful.
    I’m actually hoping to go to the labyrinth in Centennial Park, will tell you once I’ve been.
    Looking forward to the next update!

    Don’t forget to do the clamshell and roll out your feet and hips! 🙂

    Jen
    x

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  4. Hi Daf and Judi

    So glad you are having a fabulous time by embracing opportunities and immersing yourself in new experiences. Soooo jealous of you both right now
    Take care and safe travels

    love
    Sylvie

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