Posted in Animals and conservation, Happiness, Health and fitness

A book, a dog, parkland, two wood ducks, a dusky moorhen and a pink galah.

Why these seven things made my morning.

Hi readers, I know you’ve been wondering where I got to. There’s nothing wrong with being offline for a patch of time. I hope for your own sanity, you occasionally do the same. Though of course I’ve still been typing, gazing at a white screen, wondering what I can fill it with. As a writer, the writing or thinking about writing rarely stop, but we all need time-out to recharge.

The break from blogging and social media has helped my writing output, given my neck a well-deserved rest and ensured I have quality time renovating my gardens and exploring the parklands near my new home.

Spring is a brilliant time of the year to get outside and enjoy nature. I thought I’d share a little bit of what I found (possible ideas for the next book). As the title of this post says:

  • Book – Kendwa’s Secret first batch of books should be on my doorstep today (the excitement is building)
  • Dog – Mahli, my dog, will chase any bird out of our backyard, but when we walk, she ignores them, giving me time to photograph my neighbourhood birdlife.
  • Parkland – The parklands make up the Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve, which is an open space for recreation, picnics, walks, bike riding, dog runs; all surrounded by bushland and waterways.
  • Two Wood Ducks – There are more than two Australian Wood Ducks in the area, but I only photographed a pair this morning. I’m yet to see ducklings but I’m sure (the way they seem to be loving it up) ducklings will be hatching soon. These aquatic birds obviously love the multiple waterways, lakes, creeks, streams and ponds.
  • Dusky Moorhen – At first its red beak made me think it was a baby swan until it strutted in front of me.
  • Pink Galah – This cute galah had a mate nearby who did not want to be photographed. I love parrots and there are plenty here to see. Rosellas congregate in the tree out the front of my house and their happy twitter is like music out of the speakers of nature.

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Though these photos were only taken with my iphone, you can see how pretty the area is. Where do you live? Can you explore it further? You may live near the beach. Don’t just walk on the sand, feel the sand on your feet, sniff the salt air, look for washed up shells or driftwood, gaze out at the ocean and perhaps spot a whale. Whatever you do, wherever you are, spend some time in nature. You’ll be rewarded. Enjoy.

Oh and if you need a book to read while sitting on a park bench, lying on a beach towel or lazing in your own backyard, don’t forget Kendwa’s Secret is available now. Get yourself a copy and enjoy the read.

Posted in Animals and conservation, Charity

World Elephant Day #BeElephantEthical

World Elephant Day 2018 #BeElephantEthicalHow can you help preserve our awesome giants? Here are a few ideas from the World Elephant  Day Organisation and a couple of my own:

  • Don’t buy ivory or other wildlife products
  • Support Elephant Conservation
  • Do not support places that exploit elephants for entertainment
  • Protect habitat for wild elephants
  • Follow ethical tourism guidelines
  • Donate to the cause
  • Sign their pledge (near 26,000 have signed)
  • Forster an Elephant (I foster Tundani at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust).