Well, another fun day down at the Barkly Homestead is done and dusted. After worrying and stressing about everything of course it was a huge success. Why do I panic so much? Everyone had a wonderful day, but I will tell you something for nothing – I am really struggling to keep up with this rockstar lifestyle. Party party party. I need a few weeks here drinking water I think.
So what is Barkly Women’s Day I hear my new readers ask. Twice a year women from the Barkly Tableland and beyond jump in their cars and drive, in some cases, for hours and hours across bumpy dusty roads. You can read about past days here and here. Of course out here distance means nothing so we don’t really care how long it takes. My friend Flick has recently moved back to the NT. I used to think I lived at Woop Woop, but it turns out she now lives at Woop Woop Woop. It took flick over 5 hours to get down there, she drove by herself and had over 300km of remote dirt road to travel on – I am pretty sure she probably didn’t pass one single car on that dirt road … am I right Flick? This was her trip…
The day was very relaxed and easy going. Everyone pitches in and helps to set things up, I just love this little community.
I am not sure what tourists must think when they walk into this remote roadhouse and spot a bunch of spunky women, dressed in their best listening to guest speakers and sipping on bubbles. It would be quite the sight I think. We had 3 wonderful guest speakers this time round and I can’t thank them enough for sharing their stories with us. Taking time out to travel and talk to us. Thanks so much! Here they are… from left to right: Cath Walker – Senior Clinical Counsellor with the RFDS in Mt Isa, Bron Blake – Author from Mt Isa and Debbie Borden – Nursing Unit Manager at the Tennant Creek Hospital (I know I probably got that wrong Debbie – sorry…)
These women were such fun and so wonderful to listen to. And guess what else… they drink Chardy. I have never seen so many Chardy drinkers in the one room, I hate to think how many bottles we went through girls! But gee it was a hoot.
Of course there were also some very talented ladies there selling their wares… Aileen (who most of you will know as our old cook) travelled back over from Charters Towers and brought all of her gorgeous hand made jewellery and shirts with her. It took Aileen and her daughter – Tracey – 12 hours to get there, what legends! Arrived Friday and headed home on Sunday. Gosh it was good to hug her. I did think about kidnapping her.
The crew down at the Barkly Homestead do such a fabulous job putting this day on for us, the food and hospitality is second to none. Thanks a million Georgie, Tom, Pam and all of the staff down there!
Some of us (may or may not include me…) partied on into the night with a bit of dancing (and loud singing). Gosh it was fun. Before we left yesterday we enjoyed breakfast with some very interesting friends. This lady was one of them, her name is Roddy…
I just didn’t realise how bloody interesting this lovely lady was… turns out she survived Cyclone Tracey – she had gone up to Darwin to wait for her baby to arrive – she was 9 months pregnant and in a caravan in a park right on the water when the Cyclone hit. She was all alone. I can’t even imagine what she went through but she made it. I have told her she must come and tell us all her story next year – so how about it Roddy, I am locking you in for the October Women’s Day so get cracking on your presentation… thanks!
After breakfast it was time to pack up and head home to spend the afternoon poolside. All in all it was a wonderful weekend.
Thanks to everyone who made the effort to join us. And a big thank you to NAPCO and the Tennant Creek CWA for sponsoring this day.
Already looking forward to our next day in April 2016… bigger and better than ever.
Have a great week everyone!