Friday 20 January 2012

High Country

Today I'm camped on the shores of Brady's Lake sharing the solitude of this highland lake with two young travellers who arrived yesterday evening in a whizz-bang with writing and pictures on it (you know what I mean).

The occupants were a lovely young Dutch couple, Jimmy and Veronique, who are visiting Australia for a couple of months and who have travelled 12,000kms in just 6 weeks!

Anyway they asked if there was a supermarket nearby and when they heard that the closest was at New Norfolk they weren't too happy as they're doing a lot of walking and needed some bread. I offered them a loaf from the freezer but they insisted on either giving me money or goods in exchange. I explained to them that about 35 years ago I'd been travelling in the Netherlands and everywhere I was met with kindness and offers of help and so I saw this as Karma and it was my way of repaying what had been given to me all those years ago, and that somewhere along the line they'd have a chance to do likewise … hopefully not having to wait 35 years!

In any event they still proceeded to give me some teabags and a small tin of tuna (which I took as it seemed to make them feel better).
This morning we shared a lovely "Dutch style" bacon and egg breakfast and many cups of tea, cooked by Jimmy, before they departed for Mt Field National Park.