I am in Coober Pedy, right in the heart of the country. All around is desolate landscape and very little sign of anything alive. This is harsh country, full of flies, low shrubs  and baked hard earth, shimmering in the heat as at as the eye can see.


The idea of people even accidentally  living here is surprising but this is an active mining town and the inhabitants are working underground. They also live underground, in hewed out of the rock purpose built homes. Men came here to chase the rainbow refraction of opal and they still do.

Today I’ve been touring down a mine, visiting church, driving out to a barren, yet stunning, area of harsh natural beauty and fossicking for opals.

There was also some buying of opals. Even with a fifty percent staff discount (the mine owner is an ex-tour guide and knows how to look after us), it was still way too extravagent a purchase and I was selfish to do so. I wish the guilt would go away because it is impacting on my enjoyment of such stunning jewellery.

I even looked  (noodled is the local term) in discarded heaps of tailings for any leftover opal.

I love my job so much.

And, yes, I did find some.


About quirkycharm

I like to think that I have a certain quirky charm but I am probably being optimistic. Acquired taste, perhaps, which many don't acquire. This is about my fifth blog out there. My hosting companies kept going out of business or my IT exhusband kept hacking into them and I would move again. I don't do twitter, I barely do facebook, I don't try and 'monetize' my blog. I love my husband, my grown children and my job and this particular incarnation of oversharing my life comes at a time when I am the most content that I have ever been. I write always, sporadically during the good stuff and exhaustingly during the bad.
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