Calingiri Rd, Old Plains

Flowcon road edging Calingiri Rd, Old Plains..

Where did the weekend go? it’s Monday already.


Four generations of fencing; the original strainer post (tree) with three strand single wire and two different types of ringlock fencing supported by star pickets.
In the background (difficult to see) is the new ringlock fence.

Old Plains post




Every now and again we have to stop people for an extended period of time whilst work is being done on the road. When this occurs and it looks like it maybe for more than a few minutes, I generally tell the first person in the cue what is going on and approximately how long they will be waiting.

On most occasions, I will have a bit of a chat with them while we wait.

Today I spoke to one gentleman who was visiting his parents in Wongan Hills, he travelled all the way up from Esperance and runs a transport business down south. Another car I stopped had two lovely ladies on there way to Calingiri, both have lived in the area for some time

Another car I stopped had two lovely ladies on their way to Calingiri, both have lived in the area for some time, and one just got a new set of ears (hearing aids). I said it is just as well she didn’t get a new set of glasses as she would be feeling a bit nervous talking to me.

One young man I stopped has only just moved into the Calingiri area three days ago and was picking his kids up from school. Another young man was visiting his cousin in Wongan Hills, he was from Victoria and works FIFO up north.

The last unfortunate man I stopped was on his way home to Dalwallinu, he thought by going the back way he would miss the road works. I guess he was wrong.

All the people I have stopped today have been friendly and courteous, even though they may be in a hurry, they understand the need for the roads to be fixed and really don’t mind being held up for 5 to 10 minutes.


Calingiri Rd, Old Plains

Flowcon road edging Calingiri Rd, Old Plains.

Back to work after the rains.


Calingiri Rd, Old Plains

Cucumis myriocarpus (prickly paddy melon) Also known as gooseberry cucumber, gooseberry gourd, paddy melon. These are known to be poisonous, so best not eat them.


Found these guys just across the road.

Calingiri Rd, Old Plains

Citrullus Lanatus (Afgan, camel melon) also known as pig melon, paddy melon. I’m not too sure if these can be eaten or not.




Calingiri Rd, Old Plains

Flowcon road edging Calingiri Rd, Old Plains.


Flowcon road edging involves laying a strip of bitumen along the road edge to protect the road.



Farmers are doing it tough in these parts, more rain is required for the crops to grow.



Alongside the road, I found a trail marker.


This trail marker forms part of the Camino Salvado Pilgrim Trail. The trail was established and inspired by Fra Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine who came to serve the Indigenous people in the early Swan River Settlement in 1846. The trail starts in Perth and ends at the New Norcia monastery 185 kilometres away, for further information click Here…


Prevalent along this part of the road are stands of eucalyptus capillosa, commonly known as white gum or wandoo.   It has smooth bark, often in mottled patches of white, light grey, light brown light yellow and pink. Old layers of bark come off in flakes, and it is not uncommon for a few flakes to persist on the trunk for a long time.

The wood of this species is extremely dense, and is used for a range of heavy-duty construction purposes, including as railway sleepers and wood flooring. There was once an industry in the extraction of tannin from the bark and wood. These days the wood is not much available, as the wandoo forests are preserved for recreation and watershed protection. Wandoo is also famous for the honey produced from its nectar.