Poppy and I go to the Desert

Poppy and I

Lock Down Continues

There are 22 new COVID cases on the Central Coast today. Most were out and about while infectious. For Poppy and me that means continuing on our walks and discovering new sights. It would be nice to be travelling but obviously people continuing to travel is causing the virus to spread.

I know people are not as lucky as I am to have all this within 5 kilometres from home. I can even stop and get coffee. But I have not seen my family since early June. But I talk to them everyday and even managed to face time Katie accidently today.

Also we are 100% fully vaccinated. So my message to everybody is stay home, wear your mask and get vaccinated.

National Threatened Species Day

Australia has nearly two thousand threatened species. Some are drop dead beautiful like the little Greater Glider. Some are easy to love like koalas and the northern hairy nosed wombat, but some are a little less cute like the little Boggomoss Snail.

You can find the list of threatened species her at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Habitat loss and climate change is the most direct threat to these beautiful and unique animals. The NSW Government has reduced funding to National Parks and have supported and increased habitat clearance.

Campaign for a Threatened Species

Well what can we to protect threatened species? Some ideas from me.

Champion an in danger species.

Pick one or two of the threatened species and learn everything about them. Then write to your environment ministers asking them to be protected. Tell you family, friends and acquaintances about the animals you have championed and ask for their help. Write letters, educate and raise money for local campaigns to save our threatened species.

You can always adopt a threatened species from an organisation like the WWF, but that’s just about you giving money to their campaign for threatened species. Make a difference and become active. Go and visit their habitat. Educate your community about your endangered species.

Of course there are other things we can do. And we can do them locally as well.

Contact me if you need help. But I’m going to champion the Dasyurus hallucatus or the Northern Quoll which is endangered because of habitat destruction and feral cat predation.

The Northern Quoll

End of Times

My Team Lost

Well the weekend was pretty disappointing. My team, the Sydney Swans, lost in the first week of finals. They have come from behind to win a few times this year but it was not to be this time. Sport can be cruel at time and more so for the players. I have enjoyed a few terrific weekends watching my favourite team playing my favourite sport but for the players it is what they do. I can only imagine how devastated and disappointed they must be feeling.

A Sore Foot

I have been so enjoying my walks that I have done some injury to my foot. It feels like a tendonitis as I have the same thing in my shoulder. I have had it before in my shoulder and got it back to pain free with the help of a wonderful Physio-therapist. I have been holding off going again because of COVID and the fact that we are still in lockdown. But it a bit of a bummer not being able to take my usual walks.

Making Myself Useful

I have been volunteering my time at Wildlife ARC an organisation for rescuing and rehabilitating native wildlife on the Central Coast of NSW. It is getting to be a busy time of the year leading into spring. It is very rewarding.

Climate Change

Also rewarding is the poll results in todays papers that show a large majority of electors who believe we have to act on climate change. After the pandemic this is the most important issue to face human kind. Australia must act fast to stabilise temperature increases to the levels agreed by the Paris Convention and transition away from coal and gas. Even then we are going to have to adapt to some climatic changes. We must do all we can to do things like saving the Great Barrier Reel and habitat adaption for native species. We have to do this running. We cannot afford to dawdle.

Some Memories

Strange Times

I haven’t posted much recently because it gets a bit difficult when you can only 5 kilometres from your home to post about travel. However I was looking through some old photos the other day and came upon this one.

This is me in London. Kate and I had a lovely trip so far. We had been to the Isle of Skye the week before so the contrast was pretty significant but we had a lovely spot to stay in London. We had a wonderful old hotel overlooking these gardens and the British Museum was just around the corner.

I had been feeling a bit sick for a couple of days and was taking it easy. I went to the British Museum twice but I missed out on so much more. My intention was to go again and I cant wait for the COVID emergency to finish so we can travel again.

Are there better places to be in Lock Down?

Than Saratoga. These photos are from Saratoga looking over the water to Woy Woy. This is the route the ferry takes from Woy Woy to Saratoga and back. On land it is the one I take when I am taking Poppy for a walk.

It was glorious today. The breeze off the water, these magnificent views and the mangroves and little secluded beaches that dot the waterways make this part of the world so special. The slight smoke haze from hazard reduction burns in Brisbane Water Natural Park.

After 30 years of living here it still takes my breath away. An hour and 15 minutes from the centre of Sydney is it any wonder that the area has be discovered by Sydney siders looking for an alternative life style.

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