I lived on a cattle station on the edge of the outback for sometime. The summers were hot, the winters cold. It is here that I learnt to crack a stock whip.
My grandmother at the age of sixty showed us her skill at cracking the whip. It was about three meters in length. I was amazed and begged her to teach me. It took sometime and after several attempts, I amazed myself. They say I’m a lot like my grandmother, which pleases me.
The outback has many surprises. One of my brothers and I were driving back from the creek and I stopped the car so he could open a gate. Just as he was heading back to the car, to my right a giant goanna crawled along beside the car. It was the biggest, ugliest thing I’d ever seen. It scared the daylights out of not only me, but my brother. He jumped in the car and I drove off, churning up a trail of dust. We didn’t shut the gate. This goanna was the size of a large crocodile. I told my parents and they said that they do grow to that size, but they hadn’t seen that particular one. They laughed. Imagine that. Lol. We were so scared, yet my parents were laughing. Its feet and claws were bigger than mine. It’s something I will never forget. I wished I had my camera with me at the time.
This is a photograph of a part of the property. It was so dry, but a lovely quietness filled the atmosphere.
This is the homestead where Sarah returns to face the unexpected.
Another view of how isolated and dry the outback can be.
Thank you. I hope you enjoy ‘Heat in the Outback’
‘Heat in the Outback’
Sarah Munro returns home to tie up her father’s legal affairs and to sell the property she fled a decade ago, only to find Ethan, the boy she loved, now a man firmly entrenched in her family home. The painful choice Sarah was forced to make all those years ago refuses to stay buried and forgotten and no matter how hard she tries to ignore it, Ethan can still make her knees weak with just a single glance.
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