Friday, July 29, 2011

Warakurna and Tjukurla

 July 18th Monday

This morning we had a great visit to the Warakurna Roadhouse where we enjoyed the gallery of Aboriginal art works...paintings, carved wood pieces, jewellery, T shirts and bags. We purchased a painting by Anna Porter. It is so good to see the areas in which the artists paint.

We also visited the nearby Giles weather Station which was interesting as well, especially as Len Beadell's road grader was on display. One of the last roads that Len built was the Sandy Blight Junction Road which finished at Giles.

Desert Grevillia
Early afternoon we setoff along the Sandy Blight Junction Road and visited the settlement of Tjukurla with the hope of seeing the Art Centre there. Sadly this Centre is not operating at present. However one young woman, Lisa, brought a lovely painting to show us. She shyly told us that the story of her work was about water holes and sand hills.

 The desert bush is constantly changing. desert oaks are quite common with many wild flowers and other trees which we cannot identify. Grass trees, ghost gums, honey grevillia, holly grevillia, wattles and thryptomene. camels appear regularly and race away through the bushes.

We were late camping in amongst a large stand of desert oaks further along the Sandy Blight Road. It was a very quiet night despite the fact that we were within 30 metres of the road.

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