It was late last year that I first came across Mandy McKeesick’s blog, Rocky Springs Rambles (www.rockysprings.wordpress.com) about “loving and living rural Australia”, and found her vivid accounts of the joys and difficulties of life on the land in northern New South Wales made for fascinating reading.
Our blogs overlapped a little, and we soon found ourselves swapping emails about matters of mutual interest, such as how to get more people to follow your blog, how some people can find time to post to their blog every day and still have a life, interesting events happening in rural towns, etc. We became cyberfriends, and then, due to a serendipitous chain of events, actually met each other in person. See Mandy’s post http://rockysprings.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/cyberfriends-and-dog-tales/comment-page-1/#comment-528 .
Cyberfriendship has been a very positive factor in my life, and both my inbox and outbox contain hundreds of emails which I don’t want to delete because they trace the history of my friendships with people in various parts of the world, some of whom I’ve not seen for many years, and others whom I’ve never actually met. (And perhaps I should add that I don’t use either Facebook or Twitter, having tried them both and decided they didn’t “scratch where it itches” for me.)
Here are some photos to complement Mandy’s picture of when we all met near the end of a recent Outback trip:
Preparing for an evening around the campfire at Montecollina Bore on the Strzelecki Track.
Lake Pinaroo in Sturt National Park in the north-west corner of New South Wales provided some nice reflections to complement a beautiful sky.
The silhouette of a giant Scottish terrier on the horizon at Alberrie Creek on the Oodnadatta Track was reassuring (I think) to my Scottish guests John and Audrey Webster.