Crystal Brook

08 Nov

I have finalised sorting my Car Cam recordings, from our Outback trip into Central Australia area last September.

There is not much in the audio that would be of interest to my friends, unless they are Australians, the roads are long and monotonous, as is the scenery in some places, that seem to reach for the horizon.

We drove through Crystal Brook on our way Outback,

Crystal Brook is a town in South Australia, named after the spring-fed creek next to which it was founded. It is 197 kilometres (122 mi) north of Adelaide and in 2006 had a population of 1,185.

It is a beautiful little Australian country town, many of the buildings are reminicent of the early years of the development of Australian towns.

Driving through the town up north, I noticed an Antique shop with a closed sign, now being an avid Antique collector, I marked it in my minds map for the return journey.

In the main street is a large statue of a Goanna or Monitor Lizard, this I found out to be a huge reptilian called the Lace Monitor.

Lace monitors are the second-largest monitor in Australia after the perentie. They can be as long as 2.1 m (over 6.8 ft) with a head-and-body length of up to 76.5 cm (2.5 ft). The tail is long and slender and about 1.5 times the length of the head and body.The maximum weight of lace monitor can be 20 kg (44 lb), but most adults are much smaller.

Apparently these creatures are observed frequently around Crystal Brook and inhabit the creek the town is named after.

So getting back to my story, after leaving the main highway we headed for Crystal brook, primarily the Antique shop, and I wasn’t dissapointed.

We browsed for a while, with eyes wide open and a wallet shrinking in my mind.

We selected a number of pieces that were more Vintage than Antique, the prices were in our expence range, I have learnt over the years, that small country towns do actually hold treasures from bygone days, in this case it proved correct.

Satisfied with a boot load of treasures we headed for home.

I leave you with a couple of pictures of Crystal Brook and its Monitor Lizard, and finally, the last small clip of our video of Crystal Brook, I have left out the mundane road shots to save boring you, but the short clip will give you an idea of this unique little Australian country town.



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37 responses to “Crystal Brook

  1. natswans

    December 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Well that was interesting , I do like his colors to. Your shots are not mundane , I would like Sue ,love to drive on a clear road. I had a tortoise once , but I find these Lizards very interesting to watch I guess. Handsome he is , the town folk did very well.
    Take care enjoy your Summer
    Sheila 🙂

    • The Emu

      December 17, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Hi Sheila, thanks for the visit and comment, sorry its taken so long to respond, the old computer finally had a nervous breakdown and required a major overhaul, hoping you are in great spirits and wishing you a beautiful Christmas.
      Kind regards

  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    November 26, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Learned something else new today thanks to your post Ian.. And oh boy would I love to drive on your roads.. NO TRAFFIC! .. 🙂 loved the video 🙂 Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • The Emu

      December 1, 2014 at 12:22 am

      Its really great driving long distances on our outback roads Sue.
      You get to see a lot of wildlife and the everchanging scenery.
      Driving at nightime under the stars is an experience to remember.
      Have a great week Sue, and water the allotment, its 40 degrees here, bloody hot.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        December 1, 2014 at 11:57 am

        I would imagine with no light pollution in much of your sky line the view of the stars are amazing… Like a billion sequins and I bet you can distinguish the Milky Way too.. I know I have only seen a sky like that up in the mountains of Scotland where it was remote ..
        The allotments are plenty wet Ian.. we have had lots of rainy days and fog here.. the temp is dropping now and we have had a few frosts.. Set to go even colder this week..

        40 degs is mighty hot.. when a hot Summer day for for us is around 22 to 25.. we here average around 20 if we are lucky in Summer… But having said that, this last year was one of the best so can’t grumble.. Dry weather means more donkey work in carrying water back and forth to the crops from the tank on the allotments..:-)
        Enjoy your Summer Ian.. Love to Ana.. xox

        • The Emu

          December 17, 2014 at 5:27 am

          Hi Sue, thanks for the visit and comment,Scotland sounds like a beautiful romantic country, yes we do see the Milky way here at night and a billion stars, we even get to see satellites crossing the skies at night, I have been able to pick out the old Russian Sputniks still going strong. Sorry for the delay in responding Sue, the old computer finally had a nervous breakdown and needed a major overhaul, I see I have a multitude of blogs to catch up on, little by little.
          Wishing you a beautiful Christmas Sue.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            December 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm

            Awww sorry to hear about the PC breakdown.. And Sending both you and Ana all the very best for Christmas.. Love and Hugs Sue

          • The Emu

            December 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

            Good evening Sue, the old PC problems are finally sorted out and all is running well.
            The technician that worked on my com, had the audacity to ask if I ever considered donating it to a museum, smart arse.
            Had this old com for years now, been best of mates, only had three new monitors, 12 new mouses, six new keyboards and three tower upgrades.
            Still the same old computer I have had for fifteen years.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            December 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

            Haha… Yes my old one ran on Gas! lol.. too 🙂 Glad all sorted now Ian… Sending you both love and Joy for the weekend.. and Happy Christmas to you both.. Love Sue

          • The Emu

            December 25, 2014 at 10:49 am

            Hi Sue, Christmas day is waning fast, a quiet yet happy day all round.
            Hope your day tomorrow is beautiful Sue.
            Kind regards
            Ian and Ana

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            December 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

            It was… And thank you so much for dropping in on Christmas Day here.. 🙂 x

          • The Emu

            December 28, 2014 at 2:08 am

            My pleasure Sue.
            Hope the rest of your year is enjoyable with lots of happiness.

  3. suzjones

    November 9, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I love old country towns that are part past and part future. The fretwork outside the cafe is gorgeous. Thanks for taking me on your road trip. Have I ever mentioned that I love road trips?

    • The Emu

      November 10, 2014 at 2:59 am

      Country towns is what makes a trip I think Sue.
      Yes I do get the impression you like to hit the highways now and then.

  4. auntyuta

    November 9, 2014 at 3:39 am

    This Goanna looks very impressive, Ian. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. Are there any pics of the treasures of bygone days that you took home?

    • The Emu

      November 9, 2014 at 3:43 am

      Will take some pics Uta.
      The looked great to me.

  5. reocochran

    November 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I wish I could have joined you at the antique shop! It sounds like a lovely place~ Crystal Brook! Smiles and enjoy this weekend! Robin

    • The Emu

      November 9, 2014 at 12:13 am

      Thank you Robin, it was a great shop to explore, everything was on consignment from around the town,
      so there was a lot of cleaned out estates, just wish my wallet was fatter.
      Hope your weekend is going well.

  6. Colline

    November 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Interesting lizard sculpture Ian.

    • The Emu

      November 9, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Hi Colline, it is a great sculpture and what makes it more interesting, is that it is lifesize.
      Hope your weekend is going well.

      • Colline

        November 9, 2014 at 12:38 am

        It is going well Ian. Not as warm as it is there down under 🙂

  7. wonkywizard

    November 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Have never lizards of that size. Didn’t know they can be eaten. Steamed young crocodiles taste good with ginger and soya sauce.

    • The Emu

      November 9, 2014 at 12:17 am

      Good morning Wonkywizard, thanks for the visit.
      The Aboriginals used to hunt the Lizards for food in days of long ago, some remote tribes still do I think.
      I have tried eating most species of animals, I have never heard of steamed young Crodiles, not sure if it would be to my taste.
      Hope your weekend is going well.

  8. Eddie Two Hawks

    November 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Always unusual and fascinating, your photos and articles present (at least to me) a side of life not regularly seen. thanks Ian. sincerely, Eddie

    • The Emu

      November 9, 2014 at 12:58 am

      Thanks Eddie for that great comment, I try to be as diverse and interesting as I can.
      My other site does tend to get a bit boring with Love and Romance the main topic.

  9. gpcox

    November 8, 2014 at 11:16 am

    The entire community supports their native monitor – that’s excellent, Ian!

    • The Emu

      November 9, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Good morning gpcox, thanks for the visit, it was quite surprising how the Monitor Lizard has been the adopted emblem of the town, probably because of its frequency around the creek that runs through the town.
      Also I think, because of the towns Aboriginal links.

  10. cat

    November 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    … so …mundane shots? … so … never … so …and you know what, my friend … so sick rite now and so enjoying your journey with you …so don’t stop … so there … so there, baby 🙂 … Love, cat.

    • The Emu

      November 8, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Aww Cat, your making me blush with that comment.
      Then again the old Emu doesn’t blush much, dont like hearing those words that you are sick girl.
      Dont like my friends being sick without my permission, now get your arse into gear girl and get well fast.
      Doctor Emu has spoken.

      • cat

        November 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

        … smiled so much at your remark, Ian … promise … cross my heart and all that crap … won’t be sick without ur permission again … u r such a trooper, and i love u for that… uhm … will half 1/2 a promise do? … 1/4 promise? … i don’t know right now … damnit, take it or leave it, Ian … 1/4 it it is then? … 1/8?… SOLD! … smiles … i sold my cattle to Oklahoma … got money … now will get health 🙂
        Love u, cat.

        • The Emu

          November 9, 2014 at 1:09 am

          Good morning Cat, hope you are feeling much better.
          Great that you sold the cattle and are back to being rich again.
          Now get well enough to start travelling and enjoying life.
          I really like the Auctioneer link, they are fantastic to listen too.
          I remember posting The Auctioneers Song once in Emu.
          Now that you are rich we can expect to see you holidaying in Australia soon then.

      • cat

        November 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

        Love u Dr. Emu … c.

        • The Emu

          November 9, 2014 at 12:18 am

          Thank you Nurse Cat.

  11. prenin

    November 8, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for this Ian!!! 🙂

    The monitor Lizard proves the dinosaurs didn’t all die out!!! 🙂

    God Bless my friend!!! 🙂


    • The Emu

      November 8, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Hi Prenin, we have some big guys around here, and are they big.
      All our Lizards and Goannas all look like something out of Jurassic Park.
      They really are harmless, but dont keep one as a pet, they do get cranky.


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