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Tentative

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We had cattle on our farm some decades back, Herefords, quiet stock mostly. But moving vehicles make even the calmest cow skittish. This cow has not long given birth to this calf and is dutifully standing by. We tentatively crawled the car past so as not to disturb them or frighten the mother away. You can see from our tyre tracks on the road that we skirted them, and very slowly. I often wonder if the farmer managed to get them into the paddock that afternoon, and why she was on the road in the first place, certainly not the best place to give birth, but she seemd content. And so we moved on, wondering, trying to solve a puzzle we couldn’t answer. Life’s like that, we agonise and overthink everything, maybe the cow is more content.

Paul

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Thorny Problem

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You’re not just out in the back blocks, but Geoff, there’s no engine or wheels, you’re going nowhere mate 🙂 It would have been difficut for the person who abandoned the car some decades ago. But now its even more difficult for the environment, on the W.A. side there was a wreck every 1 – 2 kms between Laverton and Warakurna. And they’re just siting there clogging up the lanscape, rusting slowly, leaching plastic and rubber into the soil, broken glass and more. On the Northern Territory side they seem to tow them away, there were only two wrecks on that side in over a 1,000 kms by comparison. They don’t seem to have a problem with cleaning up in the Northern Territory, but in W.A. we sure do.

Paul

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Daily Prompt: Total

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I think this car is a total write-off. It sits nearby Boondie Rock in the Boorabbin National Park, quietly rusting. I wonder what sort of life it had, and who owned it, why was it left?

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Daily Prompt: Puncture

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Back in 2009 Lyn and I went away for a coupe of days to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. We went to a place called Watson’s Way B&B north-east of Mukinbudin and near Berimbooding Rock. It was a wonderful time and we were well looked after there. But we nearly didn’t get home. We were heading home after lunch, we had done 50km and were just past Bonnie Rock when the a tyre went on the car (my work vehicle). I thought, this won’t be difficult. It wasn’t but it did get a surprise when I opened the boot because the only prospect was what is known as a ‘space saver tyre.’

It was still over 20km into Mukinbudin, and the recommended tyre usage was a travel speed of 80 kms, weighted against the time ticking away to get to a tyre repair place in Mukinbudin. The space saver tyre had all the appeal of the wrong item about it. It didn’t even look like it could do the job of a tyre let alone survive the distance, and if the tyre service in Mukinbudin couldn’t fit a new tyre, it was 79 kms back into Merredin where we lived. I had visions of having to thumb a ride.

Fortunately the tyre service in Mukinbudin had the relevant replacement. Upon investigation, the cause was a puncture caused by a tek screw.

The upshot has been that I now ask when buying, borrowing, or accepting a work vehicle – does it have a proper spare tyre. Space savers are great for saving space, they work well in the city, but not on gravel roads or rough country roads.

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