Back on the road and having to tour over most of NSW dodging flood water and taking four days to get to my starting point which would normally have been an easy one days drive away wasn't the best start for another year on the show circuit. My wish is that there were sufficient events in the outback so I could stay well away from the inside country . I changed the routine from previous years to include a few drafts and to sneak up into QLD for the odd show. The new venues included Ashford on the Severn River, Walcha, Baradine, a quiet little village west of the Pilliga scrub, Dirranbandi, Boggabri draft and for Easter, Lightning Ridge. I was amazed that towns such as Toowoomba having suffered devastating floods had no apparent visual scars, even the locals played down the event. Our roads however, after severe flooding leave a lot to be desired. Prior to road work teams tackling the worst effected areas heavy traffic made some of the major highways almost impassable. The truckies talk on the radio kept most of us informed where the worst sections were and with their rather colourful explanations of how the Government should get its act together is certainly entertaining to say the least. I pity those listeners of the fairer sex copping some of the free to air radio discussions that some big hairy gravel voiced truck drivers choose at times. Thankfully it rarely happens and really the greater percentage of truckies are totally professional in every way and enormously helpful keeping the roads safe with the use of the radio.
A grey overcast day that showered on an off kept me close by the camp so when our feathered friends landed in a white cedar tree close by to bathe in rain I snapped a few shots as they ruffled their feathers turning inside out and up side down getting as wet as they possibly could. I've seen these characters in the city,on the beach at Byron bay and all over the far outback, they are teenage larrikins to say the least and this is the first time I've seen them cutting so many cappers bathing in the rain at the top of a tree. The Walcha community take enormous pride in their local show. It really is one of the best and the entire town attends as do all the property owners in the district. The main feature as far as the kids are concerned is the peanut drop. Some of the peanuts have been painted various colours some of which are worth quite a few dollars when handed into the secretaries office. Keen eyes are on the look out for these when the mad race commences but failing to find them still allows all involved to gather lots of peanuts to eat so everybody is happy, and special lucky few, extra happy.