Higher than snowdon. the bone white eucalyptus shine in the stunning sun. even in winter a hat is needed by baldy persons. cold in the morning, warmer than a welsh summer in the afternoon. day after day of cloudless deep blue skies. god knows what the summer is like if this is winter. but enough about the weather.
no lets go on a bit more. the days are a sensible length all year round so goodbye SAD.
birds. this is the land of birds. everyday a new species.fairy wrens that live as an extended family. rosellas that swoop past your nose, a feathered accident in the paint factory. pink gallahs, like parrot rabbits on the grass. huge bovver boy magpies that stare you in the eye. in the morning there seems to be a rota of bird songs, in the evening the kookaburra out cackles all the others.
seemingly armidale is a city, it has two cathedrals. it has two sets of traffic lights.if you get lost you run out of town in ten minutes. the highway is like the set of day of the triffids.
the person you met at the department of education is the wife of the pharmacist and knows your wife from the shop she visits and the receptionist lives across the road from you and etc etc. adultery must be next to impossible.
the schools are very good, as is the food and, if i could taste it, the wine. on the other hand there was a redback in the woodpile.
the people are small town people, friendly and civic minded. but with relatively sophisticated tastes in cafes etc.
within half an hour are hundred metre waterfalls and huge gorges. within two and a half, the pacific coast.
i love the countryside - the parched grass, the sudden greening when it rains, the immensity and the emptiness.
i love armidale, though ask me again in a year.
of course having pd dulls the sunniest days, that and having spent all of our money and a bit more.
the relationship with the neurologist is very different - as you pay something its half way to being private. personally i think it is much better. i am all for the nhs but being completely free turns the patient from a customer into a product. it also encourages misuse and waste from patients and doctors.
so, to me, its as close to paradise as you'll find on earth. but what could be worse than being paralysed in paradise?
being anywhere else.
(i was going to make a joke about hull on earth but i wont)
Sounds like an amazing place Turnip, please bottle up some warm sushine and send it or way, Oh and some of those wonderful birds you speak about.
I hope your day in paradise is as good as it can be for you.
will have to wait till tomorrow for bottle as it rained all day.
would comment on the birds but this is a non-sexist forum.
am sure i will come down to a more measured and realistic view at some point,
but not yet.
strike birds comment.
what is funny is the people next door have a budgie... when there are parrots outside. why keep a budgie locked up????
Seems like every day in Armidale is beautiful, to be enjoyed.
Have you lived in Australia before or is the country new to you?
Is Australia doing OK economically (know it has mineral wealth)?
turnip, your description was glorious. Thank you
Polly, visited, but where we are is as different from say sydney or gold coast as knaresborough is from tottenham.
most days are sunny but hail is peculiarly common, i think it will be too hot in the summer and if i dont get skin problems with the uv i will be surprised.
Turpin your description of Amidale is just lovely. What part of OZ are you in now? I love hearing of you and your families exploits on your great adventure.
Please keep posting.
Armidale is a small university town (like st andrews) in the slightly whacky-named area of New England in New South Wales. It is an undulating plateau on the top of the great dividing range. it doesnt feel mountainous but it is 1000m up,which makes the uv terrifying. its cold in winter, hot in summer, but much less humid than the coast. its famous for its autumn leaves and has many well-preserved 19th century and early 20th c buildings. agriculture - beef- features second after education.
a three carriage train runs through the town at 9am for sydney, taking all day. i think there are two one hour flights per day.
its currently prosperous but who knows what the future brings.
Sounds a bit like small town America which I do have some experience of. Is there much work to be had?
tricky regarding work! not fussy as only need part time so will try most things.
The reason the budgie is locked up, is to protect it from the parrots.
Just watched Superman and Superman II, why did I ever remember these as being good films? Does not having pd skew your vision of the world, or was it just being 10 years old?
1978 was i think the year i bought a sheepskin coat from c and a.
you know you've missed the boat when you get your counter-culture attire in c and a. i had hoped to pass myself off as genuine and be offered drugs and sex (not necessarily in that order) by immoral young ladies impressed by fake sheepskin. Alas the fakeness was more than sheepskin deep and as obvious as if the c and a lable was on the outside.
fortunately by the time of superman ii i was accepted for my own truly sheepish self by a sweet girl who is turning 50 on tuesday and is still mrs t (no not that one or the other one) which is fortunate as i can't remember most of the last 30 years.
please correct me if I am wrong turnip, but I thought one had to have secured employmemt to enter Ausralia. I am often wrong
I think if I remember rightly you can be sponsored into OZ by a family member who already lives there, and you have enough money in the bank to pay for medical bills etc. At least that was the case when my son went there to live he was sponsored by partners Father. It may have changed now.
the reference to drugs referred to the possibility of a funny cigarette which since i didnt touch normal cigarettes never came to anything.
mrs t has employment.
Wurzel made the mistake of pulling up her blind to see the lightning. Inbetween her window and the broken flyscreen - an enormous striped spider, poisonous fangs glowing in the electric arc and a giant cockroach, its segmented belly exposed against the glass. 'Aaaaargh' said wurzel.
PD joke, possibly in poor taste - whats the difference between PD in australia and PD in uk. In the uk if you wake up thinking there are insects crawling all over you its probably a hallucination.
Spring is here and the things that spring are insects. and spiders. and the creepiest crawlies anywhere.
the house is covered in plants - bad move. there should be a dead zone of tainted concrete 2m wide around all houses.
paradise had a snake, we have snakes and ...
no idea why that happened three times.
You are a brave man, sounds like far too many creepy crawlies for my liking!
went to Fiji once. The spiders nearly spoiled it for me. But the people made my visit tremendous