Swapping the hole for the Bush - My life will change

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Got a job offer I couldnt refuse. 20 grand more and more responsability. It is South of Marble Bar doing Exploration for 8 months of the year and 4 months working from the Perth office - so By By Winter. Unfortunatly this means I will have to move to the city. While I feel this will be a good financial move I am starting to miss the Goldfields bushland already. Very apprehensive about joing the rat race again
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Reply By: revhead307 - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:50

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:50
Hi Davoe,

We're just moving back to civilisation after a similar stint. Dragged the wife (of 12 months) up to the middle of nowhere for 2 years. Now we are moving back. Glad we came, excellent experience and good financially.

But looking forward to getting back. You dont get anywhere if u dont take a risk. Hope things go well for you.

Rev
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:50

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:50
8 months around Marble bar sounds each year would do me- you can keep the rat race :-)
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Reply By: Bilbo - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:51

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:51
Davoe,

I donlt know how old you are or what your finanacial status is, but fer 20K a year, I'd stay in the bush mate.

"The Rat Race" is something that I'm slowly forgetting after 44 years of working.

But before ya go - any hints on good gold spots around Widgie or H'ville etc ;)

Also I'm looking for a BIG area to test out a "new prospecting invention". It covers a lot of ground real quick. Any ideas??

leslowe@iinet.net.au

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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:01

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:01
I have never really been into prospecting So cant really help you although I was cruising around Higgensville last night - Reckon there might still be a bit of gold around pinjin. Ben Spoon and I were out there a while back and some of those creeks look worthwhile panning or walking down with a detector. Known gold area I reckon there is still a bit out there. Where I will be working at nullagine is a known gold area with them in the advanced stages (apparently) of proving up some resources
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Follow Up By: Bilbo - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:51

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:51
Hmmm,,,,,,,,,,working around Nullagine eh! In the advanced stages of development eh!! Proving up resources eh!

That would have to be Wedgetail Exploration??

They've got some of my old leases now. Mine were around the old Bartons stamper and west of there.

Have a drive out to the Bartons if ya get a chance, Davoe. I seem to remember it was 16 head stamper - that's a big stamper battery. The timbers in it are massive and must have gotten to the Pilbara from down the south of W.A. 'cos there's no straight trees that big up there!

I'll be up there for winter I reckon, once I get this Nissan Chev sorted.

Good luck Davoe,

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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 22:09

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 22:09
Nope www.nw-resources.com.au
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Follow Up By: Bilbo - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 22:48

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 22:48
That'd be around Beatons Creek, Chinese Wall then?

Go have a look at Bartons anyway. It's about 20 kms east along Skull Springs Road. Let me know if the camping shack is still there, along with a supply of new 20 year old tea, noodles, canned food and two camp beds!

Spent some good nights there!

Bilbo
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Follow Up By: Bilbo - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 22:56

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 22:56
Nah, wrong again!

Looks like Blue Spec - gold/antimony and gold/arsenic area. Good gold assays but a real PIA to refine that stuff into payable gold.

The heavy metals clog up the carbon/cyanide circuits, giving a much reduced yield. But perhaps they plan on using bio-technology for extraction.

Who cares - it's a great place to spend winter and a darn site better than Coolgardie at that time of year.

Ahhh - Nullagine,,,,,,,,,,,tropical bars, exotic food, night clubs,all that shopping fer SWMBO, lattes in the winter sunshine, he,he,he!

Good luck, Dave.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 07:33

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 07:33
A new prospecting invention that covers a lot of ground real quick eh ? Detector on both diffs ?? :))))))
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Follow Up By: kesh - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 07:45

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 07:45
Bilbo, your mention of those places caused me to pull out that fascinating old book "gold in the blood" by James Doughty. In 1937 he was tool sharpening at Wiluna then packed up wife and kids and headed to Nullargine camping and working Conns Gully, Five Mile etc.
Didn't pick up the actual date, but about '39 was running the tool shop at Blue Spec.
A great read and some excellent pics. in the book, his A mod. Ford truck a classic! One photo shows every house in Nullargine (11)
And good luck in the new job Davoe
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Reply By: Footloose - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:52

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:52
Yeah, it's a jungle out there :) Look on the bright side, 20 grand more means you'll donate $10K to the ATO so that we can fund organizations that are anti 4wd.
More responsibility..now that's where you'll miss the bush. Timetables, schedules, traffic, staff hassles....hey I was going to say well done but all I've done is paint a very bleak picture indeed.
Marble Bar eh? Some nice country up that way that I'm sure you'll explore...one way or the other :))
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 06:53

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 06:53
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Reply By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:18

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:18
Hard decisions..... Ive just done the opposite; taken a pay cut to improve my lifestyle ( more time with young kids etc), but it's always about what's best for you. Go with your heart.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:25

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:25
It was an extremely tough descision as I was also offered a job at the same time for 12.5 grand more than I am currently on but 6.5k less than the job I took. This job was offering 8/6/7/7 wher as the one I took is 2/1. Tough call but I ended up choosing more money and resposability over working barely 1/2 the year
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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:31

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:31
Good luck! Hope it all works out good for you.

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 22:32

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 22:32
Davoe you have made the decision that suited you and hopefully gives you what you want out of life.
When do you start?

Good luck mate, I hope it goes well for you.
I will have to come visit you in Marble Bar one day.

Cheers

P.S. Don't forget to change your name to Davoe (Marble Bar)
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 22:55

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 22:55
Sometime around the start of next month TBA. Fun begins now. Off to Perth this W/end house hunting then theres the selling the moving etc. My Holiday through the Gascoyne and Pilbara is now on hold. I guess sometime you have to choose what is best over what is fun, especially at my age. I at least got them to agree to flights to and from Kal while moving and also relocation assistance.
While i love living in kal I dont want to own my house there when the Superpit closes down or Gold takes a tumble. It has always been a boom bust town and now it is booming with houses in my house price range not making it to home open
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Reply By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 00:13

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 00:13
Davoe we will miss your informative comments about the Goldfields region - but look forward to your "expert" comments around Nullagine - Marble bar. (PS came home through Nullagine several years ago after doing 17,000kms around Australia, The servo there was the only one we came accross that would not accept a credit card)
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 07:59

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 07:59
Good one Davoe. Congrats.

Going to be up around Nullagine way mid July.

Keep in touch.

Cheers
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Reply By: Rod W - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 10:31

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 10:31
Goodonya Dave, so you'll be right for a bob or two (LoL). You watch within 5 minutes of being in the race rat you'll be like them us, remember I've seen the way ya drive so you'll be right (LoL).
Thats why us who live in the rat race escape to the bush as often as we can. But for me it won't happen very much this year as I've just had our house demolished and will be building a new joint with myself doing most of the work, which I'm looking forward to.
Anyway, hope to catch up with you after you've settled in. You should have my work email.

See ya
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Reply By: Old Scalyback & denny - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 16:28

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 16:28
congraulations on the new job davoe it wont put u above us blokes i hope lololol

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Reply By: V8Diesel - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 19:51

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 19:51
Hey Davoe, have fun mate. Beautiful countryside up there.

Keep on the forum. My trip up north that was planned for Easter is not looking so good now thanks to Glenda, so I may head towards Coolgardie - Norseman - Esperance. May have to hit you up for some up to date local knowledge beforehand.

Good luck in your search for a house. South of the river as close to Freo is the go I reckon. Good 'vibe' if you know what I mean.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 22:14

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 22:14
Well done Davoe,
Hope the move goes well!
I guess you can take the MTRs out of mothballs :-))))

All the best, and keep in touch

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - sparra - Saturday, Apr 01, 2006 at 10:45

Saturday, Apr 01, 2006 at 10:45
g'day davoe, good luck with the new job. why don't you do what i used to do when i was fly in/out of telfer gold mine[way east of nullagine]. 8 months of the year i would have my tojo up there and on my week off i would go touring around all over the place. cheers sparra
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Saturday, Apr 01, 2006 at 14:49

Saturday, Apr 01, 2006 at 14:49
Must be my warped mind (and I didn't read anybody else's reply, so forgive me if I'm re-stating something that somebody else has already said).....

But.......the title of your post got me thinking...............

To get to the "hole" I find I have to go through the "BUSH"....hahahaha ;-)))))
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Saturday, Apr 01, 2006 at 21:26

Saturday, Apr 01, 2006 at 21:26
when i went from exploration to underground the post was swaping the bush for a hole and i got a simular reply to this that is why I thought I would use the same style now I am going back to exploration
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