Scorched Beneath a Southern Sky

| 4/21/2016 10:31:00 AM

Allyson Crocketttree
Eagle Hill Homestead seen from the top of the nearest hill.

Hi there, this is my first post so I’ll start by telling you a little about myself. I live in The Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia, so I’m not only in a southern country, I’m in a southern state, doubly southern, if you will. I enjoy reading all about the rural folk and the way of life in America, and I think you’ll enjoy reading about my rural life in Australia.

Eagle Hill Homestead from a different angle.

I live on a property called Eagle Hill, about a ten-minute drive from the town of Hawker, with a population of 300. It’s not the middle-of-nowhere but you can almost see it from here. I live alone now since the kids grew up and went off to do their own thing. Now when I say alone, I mean I’m the only person here. The property is full of critters. The wild ones such as kangaroos, rabbits, foxes, dingos, feral cats and goats, emus and birds, and the not-so-wild like my two dogs, seven cats and a gaggle of geese. But since I’m the only one here with thumbs, and I pay the bills, that makes me the boss, at least the boss of the not-so-wild ones.

I take my dogs out walking every morning and this is what I see on the way home. It’s like a salve for the soul.

Being in the southern hemisphere, down under and all that, the seasons are opposite to those in the U.S. Right now we’re just coming from summer into autumn and it’s still quite warm in the day, but getting noticeably cool at night. Until a few days ago, we sweltered in a two-week heatwave with temperatures hovering around 104 degrees in the day and 82 degrees at night. Not a nice start to autumn. But it was great to read about people waiting for the cold, the snow, and the frost to be over … it made me feel a little cooler.

4/24/2016 7:30:08 AM

Allyson, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I'm already hooked on knowing all about your lifestyle in the Australia. I always thought it would be a great adventure to have a walk about in Australia but being on the down hill side of life, that's one bucket list item that probably won't happen. I'd be interested in knowing if you have a garden and what you are growing. I live in a fairly large city in the middle of the USA. The metropolitan area is about 500,000. I have a couple garden areas that I maintain with another in property in the wing for development. I have purchased vacant lots within the inner city and am turning them into gardens. It keeps me busy in retirement. It's what I've always wanted to do. It just took me 60 some years to get there. ***** Have a great Australian day.

4/21/2016 3:35:23 PM

Welcome Allyson to Grit Blogging. Even though everything is dry, Eagle Hill is still beautiful in those great photos. Looking forward to hearing more about your land. Connie, Medway Ohio USA

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