They also bought two four man tents, all the camping gear they would need to cook food; they bought four eskys which were large water containers and smaller water bottles. Two large knives; matches, a magnifying glass, and a torch with spare batteries.
The man in the shop eyed them with suspicion as Robert paid him.
“Are you fellas’ planning a long trip?
“Yes; we are Geologists here to study the formation of rocks and fossils in the Northern territories.
“Are you poms then?
“Well we are from Scotland actually; so no we aren’t poms.”
Do you know where we could purchase some picks and shovels?
“What you going to be digging up Cactus bodies?
“No, we don’t study plants; just rocks and old fossils.
“Well if you cross the road over there is Old Macs place he will sell you what you need.
“No Worries.” The lads jumped into the truck and headed over the road then pulled in outside.
They opened the wooden door then went inside; there didn’t seem to be anyone around until James called out. A man in his late seventies hobbled out he wore a granddad shirt and a black waistcoat his trousers had been darned at the knees and he wore brown boots that hadn’t seen polish in years. He was bald on the top of his scalp but had pieces of wispy white tuft growing at the sides. He wore thick black spectacles on the bridge of his hooked nose.
Hello said Robert the guy in the camping shop sent us over to buy some picks and shovels and a couple of buckets.
“You gold prospectors?
“No, we have been sent from the University in Scotland to study fossils and rock formations.”
“Long way to come to study rocks.” the man went to the back of the store and picked out two shovels, two picks and a couple of buckets.
“There anything else you need well we got our camping gear, tents etc cooking pots and the likes.
“You’re going to need lamps and paraffin; “I would also get yourselves a couple of rifles as well and some ammunition. “There are some dangerous animals out there.”
Do we need a licence for the rifles?
“Yes but I tell you what I will throw in the licence and a box of cartridges for free how about that?
“Sounds good to me; that is very kind of you sir.”
He brought out the rifles and the cartridges and demonstrated how to load the weapon “One has a telescopic sight the other hasn’t I’m afraid but if you point it in the right direction it will kill it.”
“How many cartridges are there in the box?
“There’s fifty in there.