I met a camel the other day! Honestly I did. And guess where I found it?
If you believed the picture above you'd think that it was up in the Pilbara. But up there all we saw were some lizards, the occasional Kangaroo, some fabulous birdlife but not a single hair of a camel did we see!
No, I found the camel in the carpark of a local Growers Market in Claremont in downtown Perth, WA. I even had my first taste of camel's milk in the shop too. And no, it wasn't Yuk! In fact I thought it to be quite pleasant. If it didn't cost half so much (I'm sure it will come down in price once the general public get used to the idea) I'd be quite happy to use it on my cornflakes because it tasted like, well ...er .. milk!!
The photo above was created by yours truly after having some fun on my iPad with SketchBookX. The background is from the Pilbarra, and yes, it is an amazing place.
Why did I do that?
Well, It's good not to take things as you see them. In life extraordinary things can happen in ordinary places. People who look "ordinary" can often live extraordinary lives. As a writer for children and young adults, I want them to discover the amazing in everyday things, and learn that everything that glitters is definitely not gold.
Reading introduces you to a world of the mind-bendingly beautiful world of reality and of the imagination.
In the meantime ....
Mr Dickens has traveled from the East coast of Australia to the North West. Currently he is meandering around Perth before heading off overseas to England and Switzerland. And when we get back he's off to visit schools and libraries in Brighton, Victoria.
Around Christmas should see the first appearance of The Renaissance Brothers, but more of that in later Journal entries.
(Below are the two REAL photos which I used to create my montage)