Well, Perenjori is not quite right – the Charles Darwin Reserve is actually about 80kms out of Perenjori, far enough away for me to wonder if I was going in the right direction as there were no signs anywhere. So I turned back to Perenjori for better directions only to find I had been probably within 15kms of my destination – and now I had to drive it all again. Needed to fill up with petrol again which really blew my budget so by the time I arrived at the Charles Darwin Reserve I wasn’t all light and sunshine…… more like dark storm clouds.
I left Lake Indoon, where I had camped on Thursday night, and arrived at Blues for the Bush on the Friday and set up camp for the 2 nights I would be there. It wasn’t long before Jose arrived and parked next to me. We had a quiet Friday night in anticipation of lots of activities on Saturday. The program was quite varied and although we missed out on the bus trips to various parts of the Reserve to learn about the flora and fauna of the area, (they were booked out), we managed to participate in a workshop making perfumed oils and also attended the Bush Poetry sessions.
The organisers had done a great job keeping the bush theme around the grounds and the entertainment was good.
I loved the Chipolatas as they were very entertaining with a mixture of circus performance and music. I found this performance by them on YouTube
The following photos will give you an idea of the event.
At night the fairies came out and danced with the children in front of the stage
And in between acts they had an amazing duo playing with fire!
By the time I left the Charles Darwin Reserve my mood had certainly improved from when I arrived. I have now spent the last couple of days in Perenjori at the caravan park catching up on washing, reading, lying around, walking and generally relaxing in preparation for the West Coast Rally at Cervantes that starts on Thursday, October 9.