Recently, we spent a day at Tobruk Sheep Station. We learned about what it is like to be a stockman (cowboy) in Australia. The guide, Rod Cowdroy, showed us how to shear a sheep. The sheep, Baah-rbara, seemed to enjoy it. I learned how to crack a whip. Rod was good at it. I only cracked my whip once. We tasted damper with margarine and golden syrup. It tasted like cake without the frosting or the sprinkles.
I learned how to throw a boomerang. I am not very good at that, either. Once again, Rod was great at it and even caught his. Along with this, he showed us a woomera, a tool Aboriginies use to ward off evil spirits and call each other.
We watched him train a dog. The dog, Ned, wasn’t very obedient. His dad, Ted, was fully trained and could sell for up to AUD$10,000. Ted could herd 2,000 sheep. We watched Ted herd some sheep. He climbed on the sheep. The stockmen wear some strange things too, so check out my job, fashion, if you are interested.
A note from Victoria:
We have begun a new and exciting project called < 3, in which Lucy and Natalie showcase a special experience or location in “less than three” minutes. Our pilot episode, <3: The Sydney Opera House, has taught us a lot about filming, sound, lighting, and editing, and I am sure our future episodes will show continual improvements.
And if you haven’t already, you may want to take a look at our other pages which we have been slowly populating. Natalie has been working on her treats and currency pages, and I have been “buying” everyone souvenirs. The noon photos are also currently up to date, and Todd has a couple of signs up as well.