My Favourite Of All Palm Trees, The Red Sealing Wax Palm.. Story Within.
Commonly know as the Red Sealing Wax Palm.
Crytostachys Lakka or Crytostachys Renda.
Native to Australia, South East Asia and the East Indies.
Time to put pen to paper once more.
Well for those who are unaware of my whereabouts, I am the Northern Territory.
The weather here is magnificent.
We have spent a few days relaxing after the 2000 kilometre trip from Broome on a Greyhound Bus.
It is a lot more comfortable flying and cheaper in fact, but I wanted my overseas visitor to see some of the landscape that is Australia.
My last visit to Darwin was when they bombed the twin towers in 2001, 5 ½ years ago.
It has changed dramatically since then, I can assure you.
I read an article yesterday; Darwin has more restaurants per head than any other city in Australia.
A little about Darwin its self, Darwin has been unfortunate on five occasions.
Bombing and cyclones.
Here is a little information on two of those main events;
The Japanese bombing of Darwin.
During the Second World War, the Japanese bombed Darwin on 64 occasions, beginning on the 19th February 1942 and the final on 12th of November 1943.
Many targets, both military and civil were destroyed.
Australia and its allies lost several ships, 77 aircraft and 900 lives.
While Japan on the other hand lost 131 aircraft.
The devastation caused by Cyclone Tracey.
Then if that was not enough, on Christmas day 1974, over 90% of Darwin’s buildings were destroyed when Cyclone Tracey and it destructive winds of 217 kilometres per hour hit the town.
The death count was 65 of which 16 were lost at sea.
On both occasions, the locals set about building their fine city up again and today it is a great cosmopolitan city, with hotels popping up all over this city.
We are heading into Litchfield Nation Park tomorrow to take some pictures; the area is part of the Aboriginals Dream Time and spreads over an area of 15,000 square kilometres.
On Thursday we are off again bound for Brisbane another 3,600 kilometres and then Cairns and Ravenshoe.
Mid to late September, I plan to fly to Malaysia, Chiang-Mai Thailand, Mandalay in Myanmar and Seoul.
I have not yet finished the article I promised to upload will upload it in about 6 hours, after some well needed sleep.
I hope that you are all well and happy!!