Monday, May 7, 2018

Whale Migration Where do they go?

I saw my first whale the other day, migrating down the east coast of Australia. It was close to shore, but not close enough to take a pic with my phone, unfortunately. 

I was unsure of their migrating habits and this picture explains their activity. Apparently 30.000 are to migrate, but I'm not sure if that is including the west coast as well, as it seems a lot of whales. 

Below are some photographs I took a while back of a pod of whales. They're just as beautiful as dolphins, don't you agree? 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Anzac Day in Australia 2018

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is the anniversary of the landing of our troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I.

On April 25, 1915, Australian troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, a site they were advised 'a friendly beach.'

For the men and women who displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in serving our country.
ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day.


In 1915, Australia along with its Allies  Britain, France and Russia, Italy, and Japan were at war, fighting Germany, the Ottoman Empire aka Turkey, and Austria-Hungary. Most people think of World War 1 of fighting the Germans in the trenches across France. But Russia was also under attack from Turkey in the Caucasus. To aid their plight the Allies devised a plan to distract Turkey by attacking the Gallipoli Peninsula, on Turkey's Aegean coast. By taking control of this strip of land they would have control of a strait of water called the Dardanelles and lay siege to Turkey's main city, Istanbul (then Constantinople).


The troops were advised that the beach was friendly. Under misdirection, around 20,000 soldiers landed on the beach, but they landed in the wrong place. With steep cliffs and the fire of the enemy surrounding them, they fought for several months but couldn't make any leeway. There wasn't anywhere to go, so they dug in and copped the brunt of the Turks. Thousands of Aussies and Kiwi soldiers died, not only from the battle but from disease caused by the living conditions.

This disaster gave birth to the Aussie Digger, a courageous battler who faced inconceivable odds with humour, courage and mate ship. Eventually the troops were withdrawn but nothing was accomplished.  It was from here that the legend of the Aussie Digger spread throughout the world.



Thursday, March 29, 2018

It's Easter

Wishing you a Happy Easter, even if you do not celebrate Easter, I do hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Keep safe on the roads.  :) x

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Between the Pages of After Sundown

Hi, there.
As most of you know I lived on the edge of the Outback for some time. It was a wonderful experience. I glean my stories, settings, and characters from my experiences during my time in this great wonderful land.

One of my ancestors was a tracker with the New South Wales police force many moons ago. Therefore, I gleaned what little information I could and gave them to one of my characters. I also put a in a twist. It's fun inventing people. Seeing them in my mind’s eye. They truly come to life. 
Did you know that an experienced tracker can read the ground like a book? Often in harsh and remote areas, trackers are famous for using their bush skills to spot the slighest of markings and reveal the direction a person has taken. They sound out things which are unnoticed to the untrained eye. Footprints, broken trees or a camp fire. Even working on a large cattle station, they find cattle and horses if they disappear.

If they are tracking an animal, they can probably tell us the size and weight and approximate age of that animal. If the animal is female, he will know by the spacing of the hind legs wheter or not it is carrying young.   

He can usually tell us the species of a lizard and not only which way a snake is travelling, and its size, but how fast it is moving and whether it is harmless or venomous. Such talent is priceless.
I also use German Shepard’s in After Sundown. You'd know the reason why, while reading. Here is a glimpse of Bear, the second dog I used in After Sundown, who was a gift from the hero to the heroine. 

Isn't he cute?