Sunday, October 3, 2010

Road Trip to Broken Hill

Patterson's Curse or Salvation JaneAn invasive plant but I reckon it looks beautiful.
Just returned from a holiday to Broken Hill.  The four of us managed to drive there in our bomb of a car (2 door hatchback done 360,000km).  The journey is 825 km phew!

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Surprisingly, the little monkeys survived the road trip pretty well.  We only had a couple of feral moments and that was mostly on the last 30 minutes of the return trip after a lot of sugar.  On reflection, I might've had just a touch too much sugar myself.
Sturt's Desert Pea
The drought has broken, locals told us they'd had more rain than they can remember in a decade and the desert has burst into spring bloom.  There were wildflowers everywhere which looked beautiful.  Our hosts were a tad disappointed they couldn't show us the usual dry, red images of the desert.  Even Mundi Mundi Plains were greener than they can remember.
Little Monkeys on the green Mundi Mundi Plains
We were spoilt by our hosts who served up vegetarian feasts for every meal.  I didn't do much cooking but one night contributed this simple, little side dish of beans using some mint from the garden.   I don't have measurements - just use instinct you can't really go wrong with this one.

Green Beans with Feta
green beans (topped and tailed)
feta cheese (or another soft cheese eg goats, cream)
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Steam or boil the beans until cooked.  Then leave to cool.
Make a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Drizzle over the beans.  Crumble the cheese over the top and add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve at room temperature.


  1. You went to a beautiful place and the little monkeys have so much fun ya!I welcome any rain this month so our seedlings can have a good start before it gets really hot here.

  2. Wow! Broken Hill is a beautiful place indeed! Glad that you are back with beautiful photos to share.

  3. I've never seen Sturt's Desert Pea actually growing wild. Isn't nature wonderful? The seeds were obviously there, just add water.

  4. Great photos, especially the one with the 'little monkeys', looks like a lovely place.


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