Keeping Busy in the Heat

We’re back in Townsville now, and Dave goes off to England for work in a few days, it sure is going to seem quiet after the weeks excitement!.

I have ben keeping myself busy while Dave is away, going to art classes, the gym,  swimming, and I have joined a very talented choir.

Last night Peter took me to a musos evening, where a group of musical people meet in someone’s home once every five weeks, and perform.

About forty people turned up,, most with instruments. The standard was very high indeed, and the music varied, bagpipes, duets, piano, and Bulgarian folk music!!

This is what people did before radio and television, and it was a fun evening, some played and some just listened.

Just as we were leaving Anneke anounced that she had an art exhibition on at the Perc Tucker art gallery in town, and an Aboriginal elder was going to be giving a talk about her paintings the next day.

This morning I went to the art gallery to see Anneke Silver’s paintings. They were wonderful interpretations  of the twists and turns of our local tropical rivers seen from the air,, many showing mans influence on the environment. Anneke is a very talented artist, with a great eye for colour and line. I loved her paintings, some were  vivid, some pastel, and  some monochromatic.

When I read the information on her, I realised that Anneke is a very well known artist, who has been an artist in residence in several countries, has a PhD, and has lectured at university as an associate professor!!

Uncle Russel, the elder of our local Aboriginal tribe, was introduced, and he told us about one of Annekke paintings depicting his hunting ground. Using it as a map, he showed us where he caught barramundi , where the fresh water spring was, where he caught bush turkey, goanna and porcupine, where we could see cave paintings, and where  thee was  huge crocodile!

He explained that the cave paintings showed travellers what game was in the area, and if there was fresh water. The paintings were signed by the artist using his hand print.

We then listened, fascinated, as Russel told us some of the local legends of the area. For example,how Castle Hill was made by two bored giants throwing pebbles at each other.

 He also told us that if a kangaroo or wallaby is chased by a dingo, they jump into the sea, or river, and sit with just their head above the water and the dingo won’t follow. This is because the dingo knows that if he swims up to the roo, he will be grabbed by it’s powerful front legs and drowned. Russel said he had seen this happen.

Next dayI had some left over bits of chicken, so I fed the fish out of my escape hatch. A few reef fish came by, then a bat fish with a remora stuck to it, parasites fish that can be found on many fish including  whales, sharks, and rays.

Much to my surprise the remora let go and started eating the chicken, I thought that as the bat fish was now free, he might make a break for it and swim away, but he didn’t. Maybe they cant swim fast enough to escape. It was strange to watch, with the remora sucking the bat fish, then darting after some chicken, then back to the fish, then back to the chicken again!