I’ll Tell You Why We Live Where We Live

I’ve borrowed the title of this post from a segment on a Sunday radio show that’s been broadcast in Australia for years. The radio show (‘that all people know’) is called ‘Australia All Over’ and is broadcast live on most ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) stations every Sunday between 6am and 9am.
Hosted by the ageless Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara, the show is a mix of interviews and discussions with famous and not so famous people. The focus of the show though, are the listeners. Aussies phone in from places as populous as Melbourne, or as remote as Oodnadatta. They even call from Patagonia and Antarctica, describing what they’re doing what the weather’s like. Macca also read emails, letters and faxes from people telling about where they are and what they’re up to. The best way I can describe ‘Australia All Over’ is like walking down the main street of a small country town, saying g’day to those you pass, then sitting outside the local newsagent, saying g’day and having a bit of a yarn to folk as they enjoy the morning.
One of his segments is ‘Why I Live Where I Live’, where he reads stories from people describing just that.

So, here goes:

We live in spot where the sea breezes reach 30 knots. Yet even though we’re barely a two minute walk to the beach, the breeze through our home is just enough to make the chimes and mobiles sing and come to life. We are protected by a wall of foliage. The wind is shielded by She-Oaks, calmed by Coconut palms and weakened by Wattle. Native Jasmine also tames the trade winds.
Our home has no walls. Unless of course a tarpaulin counts as one. Our roof is also a tarp, but we are well protected when it comes to rains and wind. The tree cover helps as well. Our bed is the comfort of the back of our trusty 4WD drive wagon, which backs up almost under the roof. We have the temporary luxury of a loaned gas fridge, courtesy of one of our very few semi-regular visitors. Plus a fire pig as our oven/stove, gifted to us by the same person who owns the fridge. We have a home made driftwood and bamboo chair that seats us both nicely, and for guests who choose to stay a night or so, we have a very large tent set up with a blow-up double mattress. Quite salubrious.
We most importantly have privacy and solitude. Most of the time it’s just us two and the dog, plus the Sunbird couples who are deciding whether to nest in our ‘house’ or not.
Sunbirds are my favourite bird. To me they are the quintessential tropical bird. They are quite bold around humans and more often than not can be found nesting close to people. They are also very beautiful little nectar eaters.
The females have an olive-green back with bright Yellow undersides and throat. The male has an irridescent purple-blue patch under his throat. They both have really pretty voices as well.
Sunbirds reassure me that yes, I do live in a little bit of paradise. We also have an echidna who passes through as well.
On occasion, a small wallaby ventures within view of home. It’s still a little nervous of Jack the dog. Not that Jack has any interest in chasing gungurru. Rats are more his preferred size.
We can walk the beach every day, which we do. The air here is invigorating. At this time of year, the prevaling winds come from far off shore. It’s Oxygen rich goodness.
Walks on the beach reward us with interesting shells and driftwood that we create our mobiles and wind chimes from. At times the sea is like glass, but it can be wild as well, with whitecaps and shore breaks.
We have no running water or power, but we’re only 40 minutes from town, so that’s no drama.
So there ya go. That’s a summary of why we live where we do. Gotya some pics too.

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8 Comments

  1. twistyman said,

    July 17, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Hi Damn Aussies…..

    looks fun…
    wish I was there…

  2. Therese Mott said,

    July 17, 2011 at 1:40 am

    god damn aye, what a fucking life for some!!!

    • Tina said,

      July 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

      Yep. Some people get lucky at times. We have to appreciate our luck. :0)

      Give Lil a kiss for us. Xxxx

  3. July 17, 2011 at 8:28 am

    It looks idyllic, except for the spider. That’s one thing I don’t want to see when I wake up in the morning.

    • Tina said,

      July 19, 2011 at 9:06 am

      No, these ones are not poisonous. They’re big too so you can’t miss them. They’re nice spiders ;0)

  4. twistyman said,

    July 23, 2011 at 2:17 am

    nice spiders…

    damn aussies…lol….

    hope you’re doing well…..

    113 f here yesterday..45c with humidity….

    I’m a wet spot.

  5. October 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    […] each other again. No shack. No hammock by the beach for us to grow old in together. Our new found paradise by the beach was nothing without *us*. She was the magic that made our home the special place that […]


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