This year seems to be the year of giving the bucket list a good nudge... foreboding sign or fortuitous? I say that I live under the lucky star! A few weeks ago a friend called to ask if I wanted to drive across the Nullarbor. Once I had ascertained that he wasn't smoking crack and questioned the three hundred reasons to say no that my mind immediately came up with, I said yes! We left just two short weeks later. So if you've been wondering why I've been a little quiet, its because I have been marveling at the outrageous beauty of the Australian outback. I've also now got tickets on myself because I slept on the back of a ute... and rugged folk that sleep on the back of utes are strong and silent types. Which makes it a little difficult to blog. I'm too sexy for my blog, too sexy for a motel, too sexy by far... Just joking Joyce. I'll never be too sexy for Queen B. I tried strong and silent for about 5 minutes and was so fascinated with the conversation going on in my own head that I just had to share it! Anyhow... if you happen to randomly get an invitation from a friend that you randomly met when you were helping someone else set up a tradeshow and they had to do a media interview and so you decided that you'd help the guy over there set up his trade show stand because he was on his own, and then it just so happened that you ended up being good friends with the guy you helped and he happened to have a screw loose and to decide at the last minute that it seemed like a good idea to drive across the Nullarbor... THEN SAY YES! Better still if it's a bloke because there's nothing they can do to worm out of a conversation when you're driving at 120km's an hour. You can get into the real nitty gritty of life's existential questions. Fun. Having said all of that, the beauty of the Nullarbor in observing the detail. What may look like hundreds of kilometers of scrub on the surface reveals eagles, granite stacks, road kill, fallen down homesteads, derelict towns... everywhere nature reclaiming it's own. I'll leave it to the pictures to do the remainder of the talking. Cate xx (about 40km's out of Streaky Bay... again, well worth a visit). Again the photograph below gives you a sense of scale... the little person is 6ft 2".