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July 13, 2015 / diannegray

Scary Gully

I was walking the dogs around Scary Gully on Saturday when my hubby decided to take a rear shot of me. He says I’m a serious walker.


Scary Gully is to my left and curls around in front of me. I’ve never been down there because, well – it’s scary…

It’s a fifteen metre (50 foot) drop into a gully that looks like Jurassic Park. One day I’ll take it on and get some pics for you (just joking mum)…

The dogs have ventured down there – only once which tells you something because they’re pretty stupid brave

Do you like my boots? They’re purple with green polka dots.

I carry refreshments in my backpack (beer, water, biscuits).

I carry weapons in my side pack (machete, secateurs, small spade, nail file) – don’t mess with me.

Note to mum: I’m not wearing a hat because our walks take place late afternoon.

BootsThese boots may be old, but they’ve still got that razzle-dazzle.

The laces may come in handy one day if I have to lasso my way out of Scary Gully.

I’m sending out a big thank you today to Carrie Rubin (do you follow her blog? if not, you should) for her review of my novel Let Sleeping Gods Lie.

Have a great week!

❤ ❤ ❤


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  1. Minuscule Moments / Jul 13 2015 7:42 am

    Dianne it sounds like a great place to get inspiration for a horror story. Love your serious walking gear.


    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 8:02 am

      I sometimes walk that way alone and horror stories come to me and I start jumping at every sound LOL! 😀

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  2. Jacqui Murray / Jul 13 2015 8:04 am

    I’m taking notes in case I need to describe a serious walker who does it for fun. A nail file? Really?


    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 8:35 am

      I added the nail file for fun – but you never know when it will be needed, Jacqui! 😀

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  3. Carrie Rubin / Jul 13 2015 8:11 am

    I do indeed love your boots. And judging by your photo, you have gorgeous long legs with which to show them off!

    Thanks for the mention. I enjoyed your book very much, just as I have your others. You’re such a talented writer. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 8:39 am

      It’s my pleasure to mention you, Carrie – you’re a star 😀

      They used to call me ‘legs 11’ at school. I was always upset about it but as you get older you realise it’s not such an insult lol 😉

      I hope the conference is going well for you xxxx

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      • Carrie Rubin / Jul 13 2015 9:10 am

        It was a great conference. Just returned from New York today. It was ThrillerFest. Saw lots of famous authors, and I came home with 14 books, 12 of which were free!

        Later, Legs 11. 😉

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      • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 10:47 am

        WOW! Sounds excellent LOL legs 11 😀

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  4. JackieP / Jul 13 2015 8:42 am

    That looks like a lovely walk…maybe. LOL Your boots are so cute! 🙂


  5. Gallivanta / Jul 13 2015 9:30 am

    Are you really scared of Scary Gully? You look intrepid in your gorgeous boots.


    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 10:49 am

      I get scared sometimes because I don’t actually know whats down there (I’m thinking it’s a razor back haven) 😉

      I’m so glad you like my boots! 😀

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  6. bodhisattvaintraining / Jul 13 2015 10:08 am

    great photo and love the inventory of weapons/supplies 😉


  7. EllaDee / Jul 13 2015 10:40 am

    You take more on an afternoon walk that I do on a weekend away! Love the stylish boots… mine are plain old Henry Ford black.


    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 10:52 am

      Strangely enough these were the only pair left when I went to buy some a few years back. I don’t know why no one else wanted them 😉 But I’ve actually come to like them a lot! 😀


  8. anotherday2paradise / Jul 13 2015 11:35 am

    Yes, you definitely do look like a “serious walker.” Love the boots.They’re fun, but I’m not sure about the machete, although I guess one always has to be prepared for all eventualities. Is the spade for burying the bodies you’ve attacked with your machete? 😯 I wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of you. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 1:20 pm

      LOL – yes, that’s what the spade is for 😀 (I’ll laugh about that all day, Sylvia – not too loud though)
      I’ve actually needed to use the machete a couple of times when the dogs have been caught in vines at the creek (on the vines, not the dogs) and the spade is for digging up little plants -there are some lovely ferns, native ginger, orchids, monstera and banana plants that I often lug home 😉

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  9. ripe red berries / Jul 13 2015 11:46 am

    Love the boots! And the machete – must have both!! Sounds like a fabulously intriguing place…Great pic too!


    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 1:22 pm

      It is very intriguing. I sometimes think dinosaurs (or a yowie) will jump out of that gully at any moment because it’s so deep and thick. I’m so glad you like the boots – I got a lot of laughs when I first bought them but now everyone thinks they’ve very handy 😀


  10. Daphne Shadows / Jul 13 2015 12:00 pm

    I LOVE the picture of you! You look determined; a woman on a mission. ;D


    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 1:26 pm

      Haaaa – my hubby caught me at a very focused moment, Daphne. I’m glad it was from the back (I hate facing the camera) – and I’m really glad you like it 😀


  11. nrhatch / Jul 13 2015 12:15 pm

    You look so elegant backpacking in your polka dot boots, while packing weapons.


    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 1:29 pm

      I’m a walking contradiction, Nancy 😉 I’ll have to tell hubby you think I look elegant, he’ll be impressed for capturing that side of me with his newly found love of photography 😀


  12. avwalters / Jul 13 2015 1:13 pm

    Enjoy your dog walk. Someday….someday you’ll do the scary gully.


  13. Cynthia Reyes / Jul 13 2015 1:15 pm

    Great boots! Scary gully – yikes – what a name – I wouldn’t venture there.


    • diannegray / Jul 13 2015 1:30 pm

      My son and his girlfriend will be here in a month for a visit. I wonder if they’ll come with me after I named it that! 😀

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      • Cynthia Reyes / Jul 13 2015 9:57 pm

        Maybe you should re-name it, Dianne. Adventure Gully or Magic Gully or something that your own mind will find more appealing!


      • diannegray / Jul 14 2015 7:16 am

        LOL – good idea! 😉

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  14. davidprosser / Jul 13 2015 3:21 pm

    An intrepid walker who carries a nail file. Yup, I won’t be messing with you.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


    • diannegray / Jul 14 2015 7:09 am

      LOL – thanks David 😀 You never know when you might break a nail 😉


  15. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jul 13 2015 5:00 pm

    I’m with you. I wouldn’t dare enter that Scary Gully without my nail file – and my Howling Purple nail polish! Ya gotta be prepared.


    • diannegray / Jul 14 2015 7:11 am

      What a great idea Sharon! I’ll paint my nails purple to match the boots. No one will dare come near me then, lol! 😀


  16. Rebecca Bradley / Jul 13 2015 8:04 pm

    I love your note to mum 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 14 2015 7:11 am

      LOL – thank’s Rebecca. She worries about me 😉


  17. beeblu / Jul 13 2015 8:12 pm

    Serious. And very stylish! Love the boots.


  18. pommepal / Jul 13 2015 8:13 pm

    You are a very serious walker Dianne, prepared for everything, gorgeous gumboots for tracking through mud and across streams, machete for hacking through the undergrowth, a decent sized back pack carrying supplies to last forever if you get lost. a spade for!!!! (well all campers know you have to have a spade in the bush), and of course a nailfile the ultimate weapon of choice (a girl has to keep her nails sharp and looking good)…. Scary Gully look out here you come…


    • diannegray / Jul 14 2015 7:15 am

      You know exactly where I’m coming from, Pauline! I’m sure you’ve walked a few trails like this in your adventures across Australia. I’m taking on Scary Gully with ‘the lot’! 😀


  19. char / Jul 14 2015 2:38 am

    Yeah, I wouldn’t take that gully on without some backup…and maybe a few more weapons than you carry (hee hee).


    • diannegray / Jul 14 2015 7:18 am

      My neighbour thinks I should carry a gun – which doesn’t bode well for my confidence and relaxation for the walk. I usually just keep my fingers crossed (that seems to work) 😉

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  20. Daydreams / Jul 14 2015 4:49 am

    I hope you don’t have to lasso your way out! Looks like a neat little area, though. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 14 2015 7:19 am

      You’d love it! The birds and the trees are just stunning. I’ve tried to get a picture of the gully but it’s too dark and never seems to come out right. One day I’ll get some snaps 😉

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      • Daydreams / Jul 14 2015 7:43 am

        Just don’t get stuck! I’ll have to come to Australia with a grapping hook. Get you outta there Batman-style!

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  21. Sheila / Jul 14 2015 6:12 am

    Great rear shot of you and the dog! 🙂 I hope you have lots of beer/water in there just in case. I’m glad to hear the dogs only ventured into Scary Gully once and that you didn’t have to lasso them out. But I’m guessing with those boots, you can do anything!


    • diannegray / Jul 14 2015 7:21 am

      I might have to invite Harrison Ford on a walk with me one day, Sheila! I’m sure he’d love it (once we’ve had a few beers) 😉

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  22. Peter / Jul 14 2015 7:04 am

    Doesn’t everyone need a pair of Wellies?


  23. dkbunnell / Jul 14 2015 11:00 am

    Love your humor!


  24. Britt Skrabanek / Jul 14 2015 1:25 pm

    Love this picture of you, Miss Dianne! You look like a badass.


    • diannegray / Jul 15 2015 8:04 am

      Oh yes, I’m definitely a badass, Britt! Don’t mess with me and my nail-file! lol 😀

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  25. Roy McCarthy / Jul 14 2015 5:23 pm

    Wow I couldn’t resist if that was me Dianne. I guess Oz is so huge you don’t need to know every square inch. The word ‘gully’ was a word we used in Birmingham long ago for alleyways or cuts between and behind houses – our secret worlds. Love the pic.


    • diannegray / Jul 15 2015 8:08 am

      One day I’ll do the trek down there, Roy. I’ll probably need tougher protective gear (the largest taipan in the world was found in this area – Guinness Book of Records) so I’d need very hardy long sleeves and maybe leather pants (okay – that sounds weird!) 😉 I’d probably also need a gun because I’m sure this is a superhighway for razorback pigs. If I do go in, I’ll take a video camera as well. Wish me luck! 😀

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      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jul 15 2015 8:17 am

        I looked up taipan because I had no idea what it is. Turns out it’s one of the most venomous and largest and aggressive snakes in the world. Were it me going into that gully, I’d be inside an armored tank. Course, were it really me, I wouldn’t go anywhere near the place. Don’t you have any nice shopping malls in Australia?


      • diannegray / Jul 16 2015 6:56 am

        LOL – I’m actually going to the shopping mall this morning, Sharon (my favourite place) 😀
        I’ve seen taipans and they are very aggressive. Not my favourite snake by any means. I won’t be wandering into Scary Gully any time soon 😉


      • Roy McCarthy / Jul 15 2015 3:59 pm

        Haha! We’ll give you a week then maybe come looking for you 🙂

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  26. restlessjo / Jul 14 2015 5:52 pm

    JUST when I thought it was safe to come out again! 😦


  27. bulldog / Jul 14 2015 6:22 pm

    Oh Dear don’t tackle that woman,,,, that rear view though sure makes you look ready for anything… BUT I was told recently by an Australian here in RSA that Aussie woman are chrome plated, you can’t even scratch them, so why all the protective stuff.?.. mind you those purple boots would frighten the cr..p out of me…


    • diannegray / Jul 15 2015 8:15 am

      LOL! I think you should wear these purple boots, Rob 😀
      That Australian friend you have is right – no one messes with the Aussie women. The protective stuff – the largest taipan in the world (Guinness Book of Records) was found in this area. Don’t worry the razor-back pigs in the gully would probably kill a snake before I could get to it LOL 😀

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  28. jmmcdowell / Jul 15 2015 5:42 am

    A serious walker indeed! And just what might you encounter that makes a machete a must-have for the walk?


    • diannegray / Jul 15 2015 8:17 am

      The machete would probably be useless if i encountered a razor-back pig, but I’m not keen on guns 😉 So I mainly use it to chop through undergrowth near the creek to pick nice orchids to take home 😉


  29. billyraychitwood1 / Jul 15 2015 6:26 am

    Love your jeans, and hubby gets high marks for his photo shot… NOT crazy about ‘Scary Gully’! Glad you have all those weapons with you…somebody commented about a ‘badass’! Must not be looking at the same picture I am… :–)


    • diannegray / Jul 15 2015 8:19 am

      Hubby never takes pics so I was surprised when he took this one. Now he’s hooked and photographs everything. I think I’ve been a positive influence 😉


  30. Luanne / Jul 15 2015 9:04 am

    You can have a photo like that taken of you because you have a GREAT figure. If my hubby took one of me like that I would probably use the same weapons on him that I use when he tries to stick around hear my weight at the dr’s office. Is your book available in paperwork or just Kindle? Carrie’s review is great!


  31. the eternal traveller / Jul 15 2015 9:47 pm

    Knowing the kind of creatures that live up your way, I wouldn’t be walking down in there either. It would freak me right out!

    Nice boots!


  32. Kate Johnston / Jul 15 2015 9:53 pm

    Love polka dots — so I love your boots! Your walk sounds awesome and adventurous. I wonder what I’d do about Scary Gully — I kinda like things like that, to observe mind you, not necessarily to tackle! 🙂

    Your side notes to your mum made me smile.


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2015 7:04 am

      I love polka dots as well so I couldn’t resist theses ones (even though they were the last pair left in the shop – I wonder why hmmm) 😉

      I’m glad the notes to mum made you smile. She worries 😉

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  33. donnajeanmcdunn / Jul 16 2015 1:45 am

    I wondered why your legs looked purple. I should have known you had boots on. Anything with a 50 foot drop scares me.


    • diannegray / Jul 16 2015 7:05 am

      That drop is absolutely scary. When the dogs went down there one day I wondered if I could get in to save them if something happened. Hmmm, no 😉


  34. Jill Weatherholt / Jul 16 2015 10:44 pm

    You do look serious, Dianne…and weapons too! Did you see any interesting critters along the way? I love polka dots! Your boots are too cute!


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2015 5:42 am

      I see a load of interesting critters, Jill. Most of them are really cute. If they weren’t so fast I’d be able to get some nice pics of them. I’m so glad you like the boots 😀

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  35. Letizia / Jul 18 2015 6:04 am

    Weapons and polka dot boots. I think you may be a super heroine in disguise!


  36. agjorgenson / Jul 18 2015 10:46 am

    Great post! Love the boots. My daughters have some just like them! By the way, I ran into a couple from Queensland the other day and had a great chat with them about farming in Australia and Canada.


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2015 1:42 pm

      How wonderful, Allen. It’s really nice to meet people from across the world 😀

      I’m glad you like the boots and your daughters also wear them – they certainly serve the purpose!


  37. roughwighting / Jul 19 2015 3:59 am

    I’m a serious walker too, but I don’t know if I look as good from the back as you do. 🙂 I LOVE your walking boots. “These boots are made for walking…” (Nancy Sinatra song – do you know it?)


    • diannegray / Jul 19 2015 8:25 am

      Oh, I absolutely know that song, Pam! That’s what I was originally going to call this post but changed it at the last minute 😉


  38. ParentingIsFunny / Jul 19 2015 4:47 am

    Wouldn’t have guessed the boots were old. They’re darling.


  39. Yolanda M. / Aug 10 2015 7:47 am

    LOVE the boots and yes you look like a serious walker 🙂 please take pictures of the mysterious gully….


    • diannegray / Aug 10 2015 8:34 am

      I will one day – when I’m really brave! LOL 😀


  40. jannatwrites / Oct 16 2015 10:30 pm

    Machete? Scary Gully should be scared 🙂 I don’t think I’d mess with you… that gear seems pretty serious and I won’t be thrown off by the whimsy of purple boots with green polka dots!



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