40 days and 40 nights – life in a tent – with Barb

We reached ( and passed ) that special number – 40 days and 40 nights living in the desert in a tent— this is a new PB

You have to admit that Barb appears to be relishing this nomadic life as a camper 😘 then again after a hard day in the outback followed by a glass of a good red she always has a lovely smile😀

Not sure why 40 days and 40 nights is a milestone but here are a few biblical facts that illustrate why this 40 nights has possible significance .from the Old Testament, when God drowned life on the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:12). After Moses killed the Egyptian, he fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks (Acts 7:30). Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18). Moses interceded on Israel’s behalf for 40 days and 40 nights (Deuteronomy 9:18, 25). The Law specified a maximum number of lashes a man could receive for a crime, setting the limit at 40 (Deuteronomy 25:3). The Israelite spies took 40 days to spy out Canaan (Numbers 13:25). The Israelites wandered for 40 years (Deuteronomy 8:2-5). Before Samson’s deliverance, Israel served the Philistines for 40 years (Judges 13:1). Goliath taunted Saul’s army for 40 days before David arrived to slay him (1 Samuel 17:16). When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights to Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8). Then we have the 40 memorable nights in the harem from the ” Arabian nights ”

In this lovely pic from the bungle bungle Barb is telling me that it may be time to descend from this mountain and turn Henrietta south homeward bound for Adelaide and New Zealand . Clearly I said , ” yes darling” or did she say ————–!


IMG_1609-0.JPGWe arrived in Kununurra yesterday , finally back on the bitumen , and have started to attempt to remove layers of red dust that has gotten into almost everything. Even our feet have a reddish tinge . Managed to give Henrietta a wash – her first since Alice.
Still well over 3000 Kms to cover as we turn for colder climes again.


  1. Hi B&B! You two have left us for dead on your sprint from Kununurra and back again, we are still on the Gibb River Road, having made camp at magnificent Manning gorge whilst we settle in with life at the Mt Barnett Roadhouse for a month. We got co-opted to help attend the busy school holiday rush on the place. It has been a good thing to do, given the time we have to settle in a bit and really see what goes on with local life here. With no internet or mobile service of our own, we are reliant on the scant wifi when we are up at the Roadhouse, so am yet to check out all your photos and writings from quite a few of your blogs yet. We look forward to tracing your steps once we get released from here sometime in August. All the best for the southward journey back to the freeze and hope we can catch up again one day in the future. Warm Regards Ros and Dean.

    • Thanks Roz – great to get your news – good plan to settle into Mt Barnett and feeling useful etc. will be sure to catch up again sometime in the future , cheers to you both

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