Thursday, 25 January 2007

The Murray Princess on the Mighty Murray


Here's a lovely old paddle steamer trundling upstream on south-eastern Australia's lifeline, the mighty Murray.
You could say this location is somewhere between Adelaide and the "Back of Beyond".
Walker's flat is a popular destination for Shack Owners who, on weekends and holidays go water skiing, have mates round for a barbeque and a beer and unlax. It's about 90 kilometres east of Adelaide as the crow flies. Languages spoken range from Ozzie to Swahili depending on the lateness of the hour. Most sentences end in "Nah worries mate", which roughly translates as "d'accord" in French. On Google Earth rip over to 34 45 49.47 S - 139 34 14 . 70 E.
Today the Solar Day was 14 hours and 55 seconds long at Walker's Flat.

11 comments:

lynn said...

Wow what a great pic! Looks like times gone past indeed. It's very low in the water isn't it. Eek. Have you been on one like this, M. Benaut?

M.Benaut said...

Lynn, thank you for the nice compliment. Yes I have; with a group of chaps in a cooking class I was in once. We rented a smaller version to declare war on another group of blokes in the same teacher's other class. We had a cook-off and the ship's captain was the judge. Naturally we won but it seems no one remembers too much about it. Can't think why that would be.

Ame said...

Hi there M.B. Welcome to DP World...it's a wild ride as you probably already know...have unicycle or paddle steamer will TRAVEL! ;) Great shot!

Vic said...

Happy Australia Day, M.B.
Nice pics! I'd love to go on the Murray one day.

M.Benaut said...

Ame,
Howdy M"AAM. I is both an honour and a pleasure to have such a distinguished visitor to my new site. I wil endeavour to keep you entertained about the Land Down Under, and attempt to NEVER become boring, dull nor half arsed. You guys have set a cracking pace with your wit and your humour, RIPPER. When I eventually comprehend how to clean up my dashboard thing-gummy I will add your link and all the others. How the clock got where it is ,,,, I dunno!
Thank you.

M.Benaut said...

Ripper Vic and welcome.
Happy OZ day to you also and all our cobbers over there.
Iv'e just come back from your nick of the woods and regret I missed popping in for a cleansing ale.
Thank you.

lynn said...

A cook-off eh? Well they clearly haven't forgotten your victory, poor souls. I wouldn't accept a dinner invitation if i were you.

Ame said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww again M.B! You're too kind! ~blush~ Seems like I'm blushing a lot these days! BE QUIET LYNN! LOL! ;)

Nice to know YOU..waddya talking about...we found you on Eric's site...the KING of Blogs...so it's as much an honour to be here in YOUR company as you seem to feel in mine!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh...just one big happy DP family!

Ta! And can you explain the etimology of RIPPER? Hate to say what it means around HERE in the Santa Clara land of boys and testosterone...but I bet you can "figger" it out! LOL!

=)

Ame said...

Lynn! IS this beginning to look like a party of three? LMAO! ;) What fun! SORRY M.B...I won't hijack anymore space! Don't want to outstay my welcome! Sleepy Time teatime!

M.Benaut said...

Ame, Cobber,
Ripper=The best, OK, will do, etc.
We had a (bloody) ripper time in California.
Ripper Rita = I agree, I'll see you there. Female version is used on men more than women.
No worries. = as above.
No David Murrays (no Davids)= rhyming slang for no worries. French say "D'accord".

Thank you so much for all those nice things wot you said about moi, and it's great to be in the company of stimulating and thought-provoking folk. You know, it would be really nice to see Michael re-blogging; he is such a character and his humour is sharp as a tack.

Good on yer mate. Actually we are still a bit of an outpost of Britain here in S. Oz and quite capable of speaking the Queen's English. We do have electricity,- and running water, but we prefer to water-ski on it.

Ame said...

M-B...thanks for the lingo-dingo translations! Love it...pretty soon I'll be speaking Ozzie as well as I'm doing the Britty one! LOL! ;)