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A Hundred Million Years Ago
2/18/2012 9:04:19 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Perhaps, a hundred million years ago an inland sea swamped the central regions and sea monsters and dinosaurs....

There was no other explanation. The little known Palms National Forest had to have roots in ancient bygone times when land and sea had dimensions unknown. 

     This oasis in the Australian bush consisted of a palm vine forest, resplendent with masses of piccabeen palms, tree ferns,and cycads, strangler figs, and ancient bunya pines.  The 20 acre wonder of nature set in a spring-fed gully is an unexpected delight and was the perfect destination for the Pony Club’s Christmas break-up party...  

      The children rode their ponies along the back roads from the Showground arena to the National Park, a new experience for many of the group. On arrival, the animals were unsaddled and tethered, and we settled with our rugs and enjoyed the picnic lunch. The adults were talking among themselves as the children moved away to make their own fun. I turned sharply as the curdling scream caught in the breeze, then another... and another. I looked with alarm – the other mothers were smiling.  This was my first time at The Palms National Park.  The children were risking life and limb swinging on the vines, swishing though the air, dangling from the trees with generous walloping Tarzan screams – boys and girls, small and large, every single child, having the time of their lives until they were exhausted or perhaps it was me who was exhausted. I need not have worried.  There was not a single injury.  As light faded, it was time to saddle up for the ride back to the Showgrounds with the reloading, both animals and children and then homeward bound – truck first followed by Mum and the boys along the dune-type sandy one-lane road – winding up to our cattle property where we dwelled on the tableland top of the hills all blissfully tired but happy. 

     I included this lovely wonder of nature in the third novel of my Trilogy, The Tan People, bringing it to life as a lover’s retreat in the wilds of the Australian Bush, set in the hinterland of the fictional town of Boonaroo in central Queensland (generally speaking, the Roma area in central Queensland).

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More Blogs by Barbara Hartmann King
• Man Eating Birds - Thursday, November 01, 2012
• THE SIGN POST - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• LOVE IS - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
• Poems from The Tan People - - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
• The first novel - a biography of Emily - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
• Taipans, pig shooters and man eating birds - Thursday, April 19, 2012
• Laugh Kookaburra Laugh - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
• Characters for Country Dramas - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• The Oasis in the Heart of Queensland - Monday, March 19, 2012
• Coloured Sands Dreaming Legend - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
•  A Hundred Million Years Ago - Saturday, February 18, 2012  
• Where couples met and Fell in Love - Monday, February 13, 2012
• The Jet-Propelled Emus - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
• Not a Castle anywhere - only Grand old Homesteads - Thursday, February 02, 2012
• Invitations - requesting your pleasure - Sunday, January 29, 2012
• Love Is - Thursday, January 26, 2012
• Inspiration form Multicoloured Sand Dunes - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
• The first coat of paint in 100 years - Monday, November 28, 2011
• Happy Jacks and Sand Goannas - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
• The old Homestead-Digging into the past for themes - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Monday, November 21, 2011
• Life at Wyuna where the writing began - Friday, November 18, 2011
• A plague of army worm months were the final straw - Thursday, November 17, 2011
• Life is about change-Grandfather married again - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
• Raising money for the community in the country - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
• Charity Work in Country Towns -the Lions Club - Monday, November 14, 2011
• Knowledge gleaned from living in the bush for my outback novels. - Sunday, November 13, 2011
• Nature's Cruel Outbursts - Saturday, November 12, 2011
• The Passion and my imagination - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• The Passion - the Personal relationship with the land - Tuesday, November 08, 2011
• The Vet said: Your horse will get up Or he will lie there and die - Monday, November 07, 2011
• Once an Inland Sea - more - Sunday, November 06, 2011
• Once an inland Sea - no other explanation - Saturday, November 05, 2011
• Life in the Bush - Fodder for Country Dramas - Friday, November 04, 2011
• Medical Emergencies in the Bush - Thursday, November 03, 2011
• Just like Mary the Pioneer Woman - Wednesday, November 02, 2011
• Identifying with my character - The Pioneering Woman Mary - Tuesday, November 01, 2011
• Inspiration for Characters of early settlement - Ancestors - Monday, October 31, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Sunday, October 30, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Saturday, October 29, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Friday, October 28, 2011

War Stories for My Grandchildren - A Memoir in Short Stories by Jansen Estrup

The author served during many of the Cold War's most intense years, including 5 tours to Southeast Asia, but it was as a child that he fought his most courageous battles. For the p..  
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