Grey Nomads Stay Safe-Avoid Extra Stress by Staying Home During Major Holidays

Last weekend we celebrated a four day break for Easter and I was thinking about all the traffic on our roads trying to find a way to reduce some of the congestion. Sadly we lost more lives on our busy roads over these holidays.

I thought that if all us grey nomads stayed home during these holidays, it could make a big difference. It would not only keep us safer but it would leave the caravan parks and many other camping spots free for the hard working people that cannot travel any other time to enjoy those precious holidays.

How many times have you heard people moaning because there are no vacancies at the most popular holiday spots? We hear it all the time.

I believe that if we all tried to stay home or with friends it would not only help others to stay safe it would lessen traffic and the load on our busy roads. Let’s face it there are thousands of grey nomads travelling around Australia all year round.

Let me know what all you guys think about that idea. Do you think it would help?

Animals and Insects Around Our Home

This one lost his way and waddled its way down our street.  Sat for quite a while checking the street out.  Must have been someones pet as very friendly. It hung around for a couple of days then disappeared again.  Hope it found its way home again.

Visitor in our Street

This is one of our friendly spiders that hang about under our patio. It helps to keep the flies down, which we do not mind at all.  Although, I wish it would eat faster as have lots hanging around outside.

My Friendly spider

These two big black stray cats live in the rocks under the railway line near our home. They are huge and I assume they live on our beautiful birds and other smaller animals.  Such a shame.  They certainly do not go hungry that’s for sure.

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black-cats

My May: Wild Flowers

We love traveling around Australia and this trip took us up north from our home in Northam through the wildflower towns of Buntine, Perenjorie, Morawa on the way up to Shark Bay. These photos were all taken on the inland roads.

This is the main wildflower that many travellers hunt for because it is not only beautiful but grows exactly like a real wreath that you would buy in shops.  It is one of the many wonders of nature. Yes, that is why it is called the Wreath flower.

Wreath flower near Morawa WA

There are also many different types of wattle growing in Western Australia. I loved this one because it has a solid flower and comes in a vibrant yellow.

Beautiful Wattyl

I am not sure but believe this to be the  “Thelymitra villosa” Custard Orchard although it could even be a tiger Lilly.  This one does not have all its petals, so I could be wrong.

Custard Orchard  Thelymitra villosa

There are so many other wildflowers to see, which you can see here May: Wild Flower photography  Challenge

The Importance of Family

I understand that every human being is different. We all have different ideas, and we all show or hide our feelings in different ways. Which is understandable, although I still believe that family is very important.

You don’t have to see them all the time, just knowing that they are there and care is also important.  Mother’s Day often brings families together too, when nothing else does.

Yesterday, I was surprised by a courier pulling up to our house.  I was expecting a parcel but the driver was different.

Mothers day flowers 1

This was a beaut surprise, although I should have expected it too.  Simply because my daughter loves to send me beautiful flowers and yes she said I was not allowed to eat the chocolates until today.  Which so far I have not broken into them.  Still plenty of time, though.  Thank you so much, Sharon, for caring.  I also received an SMS from our Son too which showed that he cared.

Spiny Ant Eaters are Not Harmful

Spiney Ant eater at Port Pirie S aoustralia

This is my day 3 of my ‘7 days of nature challenge’ We found this little guy hiding among the growth at a Caravan Park in South Australia. They eat ants, hence the name. Although, they will not hurt you, those spikes are there for a reason to protect them from predators.   They are really cute little guys, and yes, those spikes are sharp so be careful.

As hard as we tried we could not get a photo of his face, which was disappointing. He kept it hidden.

 

Lace Monitor at Free Camp in Queensland

I heard a noise amongst the dead leaves at a free campsite at the Chimneys in Queensland. As I hate snakes, I took off and watched from a distance.  I was shocked at the size of the lizard that appeared before me.  At first, I was relieved to see it was not a snake, although this was six foot long and as I had never seen one before it was scary. This is my second entry for the 7 days of nature challenge.Lace Monitor

These are beautiful, especially as they eat snakes.  Their feet are huge too.  As my husband and I watched we saw more movement and another one appeared through the bushes. This one was slightly smaller and it was missing a piece of his tale. They both wandered around the area in between the campers without bothering anyone.