Sunday, August 21, 2011

Broken Hill

The view from the top of our Street
There has been a prolonged silence in this space, however we have been totally consumed by settling in and making our nest cosy and workable.  Restocking the larder for home cooked meals.  Establishing new routines and places to sleep.  Finding our way around the town.  Starting a new job with so many layers.  A few reasons for the slackness in blogging.  But I have been wondering what you are all up to and flitting around in a very spare moment with no time to comment.

Broken HIll, population of 20, 000 people has a certain laid back vibe.  The township and houses are mostly all still very original. It still feels like a pioneering town.  Old tin miners cottages, with no nasty 1970's reno job done.  But that is for another post.

On route here we met a fabulous couple who are Coppas.  They used to live in Cobar.  They commented that Broken Hill is a good place to start working out west as it has a BIG W.  The woman related that when in Cobar every few months a group of her girlfriends would attach the trailer to the Prado and drive 3 hours to Dubbo and load up with Big W purchases.  Growing up in Sydney she was a DJ's girl.    But Big W here certainly is the centre of the outback, shopping wise.

I would have to say the town is very friendly, and feels very safe.  I love the big wide open streets.  The characters coming in from the outstations.  And the customer service in the shops is really heart warming.

Work has been great.  Very busy but it makes me feel worthwhile. Adjusting to working full-time though has been hard and at times I have felt so fatigued.  Marty and Che have been troopers.  Now I think we are full swing.  Would have to say though really yearning for a later wake up call then 4am.  One day....

I am going to sign off with some pictures of Silverton.  25 Km west of Broken Hill.  There has been a lot of rain here so it is very green  now around these parts.



Very much hoping to touch base with dear friends soon.  I have missed you.

Xxx
Jill




11 comments:

Kellie said...

Broken Hill is lovely! My family is from there, my Dad and stepmum still live there and we visited in Summer.
It gets very very hot!

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

What a great adventure! Welcome to your new home, your new schedule, your new place. Sounds like you are settling in nicely.

Take your time, savor each adventure!

A Farmer's Wife said...

Glad it is going well. Hope you get a sleep in soon (isn't it sad when 6am sounds like a sleep in?)

Take care.

xx

trudi@maudeandme said...

Happy to see you settled in well. Enjoyed seeing those photos.

Jane said...

Hi Jill, it's great to hear from you. i didn't realise Broken Hill was that big. SOunds like you've settled in pretty quickly. keep us posted on your adventures. have a great week. Jane x

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Jill..I think of you often, working away out there helping people! I wouldn't call you slack in any department..quite the opposite in fact. I'm glad you're settling in well and finding friends too. Have a great week!

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tea with lucy said...

an exciting new adventure unfolding. lovely to see you back in this space again.

xo

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh you're in Pro Hart territory too, apparently the Mad Max actors used his gym while they were shooting. I'm not a fan of the movie but my husband would enjoy the museum & Chargers or Interceptors or whatever those big noisy muscle cars are, love Posie

Maxabella said...

WOW Jill! It looks like such an oasis in the desert. You are going to find such a loving community here, I can just tell. x

un arc-en-ciel dans le lavabo said...

this looks so different from where we live. and i really enjoy these views. i enjoy travelling through blogs :) and so wish i had more money to see more of the world -- deluxe stuff doesn't fancy me, but i'd love to be able to experience many different cultures, people & places...
i hope it feels good to you where you have more and are settling.