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United Kingdom Agents,Albury-Wodonga Bogs and Singapore Girls

A hot and steamy afternoon saw 11 United Kingdom agents, Ben and Joe from Albury-Wodonga and two girls from Singapore who came in to look around and decided to stay and join the Dalabon tribe. Manuel as usual charmed everyone and they left with a great incite into aboriginal culture, how to use a jalk brush, light a fire with two sticks that are not match sticks and throw a spear using a woomera. AND of course feed and cuddle our orphaned wallabies.Good time had by all.

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Dilly bag workshop

Last Friday we had the MacFarlane School kids back to learn how a loose dilly bag is made.The ladies showed the students the two plants they use to make the string. The budbud (Kurrajong tree) The inner bark is used. Once stripped off the tree it is pounded to separate the inner and outer bark. The pounding also softens the inner bark fibres so they can be separated and rolled into string. The rolling part turned out to be not that easy. The ladies also showed how they use the leaves of the Marrabbi (Sand Palm). The leaves are stripped into lengths and rolled into a string or fibre for making the string bags. After these attempts at making the string, Manuel show the students how to light a fire using two special sticks also from the Kurrajong tree.
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Outstanding Interpretive Guide

Fay made a special trip to Top Didj to present Manuel with his Brolga for Outstanding Interpretive Guide. He has had a bigger than usual smile on his face all day. Well done Manuel with all your commitment over the last six years your over night success is well deserved. All the local wallabies agree that Manuel is a legend.

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Possibly the Last Cultural Experience for the Year

Great fun was had by Mark, Karli, Zac and Harper, a family travelling around Australia and checking out the sites. Here is what they had to say “With a two and four year old I wasn’t sure how we’d go but you managed to be entertaining, informative and very generous with your time! We loved it, well worth the money.”
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Stripping the Pandanus or should I say attempting to

Last Friday we continued on from the previous Friday of collecting the pandanus to stripping the pandanus and crushing the Mulubbirddi roots for boiling to make colour. Well, no one mastered the hard task of stripping so we had to leave that up to Dianne and Jessica the experts, it was just a bit too hard for us still. Preparing the roots for crushing was more to the students liking as they snipped off the the bits not wanted on the roots and preceded to crush the roots to a fine pulp. This was then added to the boiling water with the dried pandanus. Being late in the year the colour did not come out a bright purple but more of a dull brown. The white ends of the pandanus that when mixed with pandanus ash proved to be the favourite colour of bright green. This week the students start to learn the weaving technique.

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First Rain

We had our first down pour on Monday night at about 11:30 pm for about 10 mins. It was bliss. In the morning you could not see any evidence of it as the very dry ground just soaked it all up until it was all gone. Not much happening here this week. Bob has spent most of his time snoozing on the mat near the office door in the air con. Lindy looks likes she has grown a second foot but its her joey going for a tumble. Got to pat it’s head the other day. Still don’t know if its a boy or a girl.

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Manuel Pamkal’s First Exhibition

Here is Manuel finishing off his last painting for his first exhibition which is taking place at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre this Friday at 6pm. We are all getting very excited at Top Didj for Manuel.  If in town come along and support Manuel’s first solo exhibition.

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Jakarta International School

Bangkarrang season is really starting to get to everyone at Top Didj!!! I think its because the weather bureau keeps predicting rain for Katherine but it never gets to Gorge Rd. Might hang the washing out tomorrow and wash the car. The International Students had a great time even with the heat. The joeys were a hit and the fire lighting competition went well with four out of the five groups getting the fire lit. One student wrote in the visitors book. “Highlight of the trip! had a great time.” Erin Dwyer Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Raining Wallabies

Very quiet this week. Too hot for any one to venture too far from a pool or air-con. Wallabies are being hit on the roads as they eat the little green grass at its edges. Lucky was found in the middle of Gorge Rd still in his dead mums pouch. Lucky (hence the name) Alex came along and got him out before he got squashed.
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Knock’em down storm

Thought the big rain was going to hit us today but we only got a few drops and lots of wind to blow the leaves all over the place and the coconuts from the palms.  Apparently it poured in town and it has cooled the place down so that’s something to be happy about. We had a family from Cairns and Jane from Town over the weekend and today Sacred Earth came in with their last tour for the year and what a lovely family, the Butchers  all the way from Sydney.

 

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