EDITOR DES ABOARD THE INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN

TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWING

 

OK, all packed for our trip across the Nullarbor on the   Indian Pacific train.  It’s a VERY long train.

Editor Des packing

The true necessities of life on the road, sorry…rail.

Editor Des and his luggage

I hope two cases are allowed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Had to catch the train to Sydney first.  For heavens sake…..why couldn’t it pick us up on the way????   Pretty poor service considering my status.

 

Editor Des at Blackheath railway station

At our village station.

Nice little snackies and drinks on the platform before we left Sydney for Perf, sorry Perth.

Pre departure drinks and canapes before boarding the Indian Pacific

A little pie especially for me. That’s more like it.

Do you know why I had two cases?  Well I sneaked my girlfriend Milly on board.  My guardian Pauline Conolly was horrified. Hahaha, she had to buy an extra ticket, or we would have all been made to get off immediately.

Editor Des and Milly

Sitting quietly on the train. Don’t want to push my luck.

When we were right out in the desert I was locked up for a while, because I had a little puff of a ciggie  in the dining car.  I think Pauline made them do it to teach me a lesson really.  As if I cared.  I’ll stop when I want to.  You would think she would realize that by now.

 

Editor Des in the clink at Cook in the Nullarbor

Waiting for bail.

It was shocking how much people ate on this journey.  I mainly ordered the puddings.

 

Editor Des om the Indian Pacific

This looks quite……healthy. I’ll pass I think.

Editor Des and Pauline Conolly on the Indian Pacific

Oh yes! Quandong parfait, mate.

Every night the cabin steward put chocolates on Pauline and Dr Bob’s pillow.  But they didn’t ever know, because I snaffled them straight away. Hahaha. I’m still eating them.

Editor Des and his hoard of chocolates

I had to throw my duffle coat out to fit these in.

Here I am with Pauline in the outback, at a little place called Cook. She had me by the scruff of the neck in case I ran away.  As if I would….I know when I’m well off, just quietly.

 

Editor Des and Pauline Conolly at Cook during a trip in the Indian Pacific

Me and my guardian, Pauline.  Do we look a bit hot?

Here we are with my other guardian, Dr.Bob.. I’m afraid I was stuffed in Pauline’s handbag.  I spend far too much time in there and it’s not a pleasant place.  I’m always getting stuck in the head with a biro, or finding  a lipstick case up my jumper.

 

Rob and Pauline Conolly at Cook in South Australia

I am in the photo, but you can only see a bit of my leg.

Well we finally got off in Perth. Pretty cool hotel room with the city skyline. It was in St. Georges Terrace, where a man called Alan Bond used to have his own tower block. Mr Bond was a hero because he helped win The America’s Cup.  But then he went a bit wrong and he wasn’t a hero anymore.  Life is often like that I find.

 

Editor Des and Milly in Perth

Mr Bond used to own the building  in the middle with the slanty top bit.

Sometimes we had what’s called a working breakfast. I think Pauline was just playing on Facebook though.  I’d been taking notes. No, I’m not saying WHAT ABOUT.

 

Rob Conolly and Editor Des

I think that’s the WACA ground on Pauline’s laptop. We watched our blokes win the Ashes.

Black swans live  over here.  This one didn’t seem to have much ‘go’ in him.  Milly ran away because she thought it might peck her.

Editor Des and the black swan

Lift me up mate…come on!

They wouldn’t let me back on the train after the little incident in the dining car, so I had to get a plane home. Well it was quicker, anyway!

Goodbye.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Comments
  1. Pauline it is such fun to take part on your adventures. It’s as close to being there as I will get. But on never knows.

    I want to thank you for your blog about decorating live trees, flora and fauna instead of hacking down our beautiful evergreens.
    and winter is a terrible time to displace all the tree hugging critters.

    Your words will reach more people.

    Have a Grand Holiday May it be Safe, Fun and Funny.

    Judy. drlollipopandfriends,com

  2. Pauline it is such fun to take part on your adventures. It’s as close to being there as I will get. But on never knows.

    I want to thank you for your blog about decorating live trees, flora and fauna instead of hacking down our beautiful evergreens.
    and winter is a terrible time to displace all the tree hugging critters.

    Judy. drlollipopandfriends,com

  3. Pauline it is such fun to take part on your adventures. It’s as close to being there as I will get. But on never knows.

    Judy. drlollipopandfriends,com

  4. Your writing style is such fun.
    “Lollipop”

    Judy. drlollipopandfriends,com

  5. Great

    Judy. drlollipopandfriends,com

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