Sunday, June 18, 2006

Just poppin in to say Hi

I'm sitting in the bar at the end of a long long day. I'm in the quiet bar (the Gay Bar as it's known, because they serve wine here as well as beer). The sun has gone down behind the low red hills and outside everything is pretty quiet. Here in the camp, that is. Out on the mine everything's as noisy and busy as usual. It never stops out there.

It's all going well for me, though. I'm the first to admit that I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying myself. The mine itself is massive and exciting, and in contrast, life in the camp (think of a school camp, but populated by rusty old miners) is easy and quiet. There is something about hauling dirt around in a truck all day that makes my colleagues easygoing and cheerful. It's a pleasure to help them with their paperwork each day.

I love the landscape surrounding the mine, and I'll have some photos soon.

Well, not that soon. I've got ten more days on this stint, and I'll be back to talk more at the end of that.

Over and out.

7 comments:

Eileen said...

If the bar doesn't have fruity drinks with sugared rims then it isn't even trying hard...

kookie said...

hey nai,

how exciting is that? do you get to drive any big trucks with lots of gears? do they have really cheap beer? went to a gold mine in WA once and the beer was 1/4 of the price that it sold for in perth. it won me...

Naomi said...

Sadly, I only get to drive around the smallest of the vehicles they have here - one of those prado 4WDs that are too big to fit in a supermarket carpark.

If I'm not careful while I'm driving around, I could literally get squashed by one of the massive dirt-hauling trucks. The mine owns all its own roads and doesn't bother to register any of its vehicles, neither do you necessarily need a government-issued drivers license to drive around here. Rather, they conduct their own driving tests and issue their own licenses. As part of my test, I got to sit in one of the haul trucks for a couple of hours as it trucked dirt and ore out of the pit. It was like being driven around in a two-storey office block.

drue said...

hey, must be fun having a break from, kinda like a holiday. poor hayden though, must be missing him heeps.

is there a law up there or is it survival of the fittest?

Naomi said...

If it was survival of the fittest, I think I'd be OK. Unfortunately for me, it's more like survival of the toughest. I'm totally out of my league. I'm pretty sure I'm the smallest of the 500 people here.

You're right, though. None of this is fair on Hayden. I do apologise to him most days..

Hayden said...

I am very very proud of my cute little Naomi and yes, I do miss you lots and lots XOXOXOXOX

Naomi said...

Oh, and I have to make a correction: I am by no means the smallest person on this mine site.

Yesterday I met the tiniest Swiss lady truck driver you've ever seen.