Then he unfolds his large majestic wings, they open as if in a wounded surrender that welcomes the dusk. Now the large gum tree bursts with life as all the many mixes and breeds of Australian birdlife give one finale salute to the day. It swells in a huge crescendo, each small chest puffed out with effort, each beak wide open, the sound is thrilling, it winds around you, under you, inside you, as one or two smaller birds stop to gasp a breath of air, the others carry on, then slowly silence, not one sound or peep from human or bird. That one space in time is magical, not one sound for a micro second, then it’s gone, lost forever as the day changes to night.
As always one grumpy galah fusses around, finding another more comfy spot on his branch. The night sky now puts on the most dazzling display, a moody mauve that turns to deep blue, small pinpricks of light flicker as the stars begin their show. Then the dark deep blue creeps in, brilliant stars like scattered sequins on black velvet can now show off the milky way too far away for the naked eye, its presence known as a splash of white in the night sky, the crescent moon shimmers in a ghostly light of pale lemon, our night time show is over…….
A GLIMPSE INTO THE BACKGROUND
The blanket of Azure blue sky, the Orange Reds of sunsets, or pale Mauve Violet heralding another brilliant sunrise, these are gifts from the Universe that when gazed upon we find ourselves stunned by such beauty that no man has been able to create by himself. The question will always arise how or who? Is there another reality? Another pathway where we might find ourselves in another place of incredible beauty, the question arises where and how do we get there? What means of travel do we need to reach this place? Within my travels especially within the South Pacific Rim I have encountered such wonders that I felt compelled to write about them. My main ambition was to visit and encounter the folk at the unknown places that tourist’s pass by without a backward glance, eager to get to the main tourism spot that is well-advertised on pretty postcards or glossy magazines.
This novel is about the unusual, where we have also stopped off at roadside camp spots, the not so famous pretty page advertising but for a peaceful night’s sleep for a weary traveller, there you meet the most wonderful people who do the most interesting things with their lives, they travel all over the country, they swap experiences around a camp fire at night while settling their weary bones. For those of you who think a Caravan has a quite easy life you are wrong it is fraught with laughter, comradeship, hard work, and a can do attitude.We have been fortunate to be included amongst them and listened to their travels, troubles, laughing and crying with them. It is also about finding good friends in the strangest places. This novel not only includes a caravan trip around New Zealand and the places I have been and the Kiwi’s (New Zealanders) I have had the privilege to meet, but a chance to describe the unusual and extraordinary in every situation, it’s about the fun and laughter on our trips around the massive wide endless wonderful land of Australia. I wrote this book to bring these people to you the reader, to let you read for yourself of this huge world we live in. So many photos taken that they would fill a book by themselves, so a journey of words was planned, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it, I also hope that it will encourage you the reader to travel in whatever Metal Mermaid of your choice.