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From the Valleys

June 1st, 2011

David was from the Welsh Valleys. Decades in Australia hadn’t diminished his distinct lilt. I’d learnt a little Welsh at school. Grew up in Pembrokeshire I explained. But hadn’t used it for over a quarter of a century. He laughed. Adding it’d been over half a century for him.

Night in the kitchen - pair

He’d greeted me as dusk fell. Some sharp pulls to reach his small camp site five miles or so south of Kenilworth. Seemed I was the solitary camper. Could make myself at home in the covered kitchen. Pitch indoors. Even a clean towel to be found in the laundry. Left behind in the Easter rush.

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Tangled web

May 31st, 2011

Tangled web - one

Early morning at a camp site near Kenilworth, Mary Valley, southern Queensland

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Oh dear

May 30th, 2011

Oh dear from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken attempts to engage with the locals…

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Early morning in Dingo dell

May 30th, 2011

Early morning in Dingo Dell from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Not actually Dingo dell. A campsite five miles south of Kenilworth in the Mary Valley, southern Queensland. Incidentally, dingos – a sort of wild dog – howl because they can’t bark. Not suitable for children.

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Kenilworth

May 27th, 2011

Kenilworth from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

It’s not always fun in the sun. Never quite the same as Neighbours or Home and Away. Kenilworth, Mary Valley, southern Queensland.

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Voyaging afar

May 27th, 2011

Andy - Kandanga

Six years it’d taken him, he said apologetically. Sailing around the world in a small ketch. I was impressed. And said so. He dismissed this. Simply a case of following the Trade Winds. Recounting tales of struggles with a sextant.

I’d met Andy by chance. Brief stop a little north of Kenilworth in Queensland’s Mary Valley. Settled in Australia with his fourth wife, he was originally from South Africa. Revealing a thick Afrikaans accent now his party trick. He’d not just sailed. He’d cycled through much of southern Africa. And driven buses in London. Even been on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St James.

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