Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tools of the trade

The coast of Cornwall at Tintagel.
To take on the world, one needs the right tools. For me, this means photography equipment.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Snakes on a plain

The inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), also commonly known as the western taipan, the small-scaled snake, or the fierce snake (Wikipedia)
Of the twelve most venomous snakes listed on wikipedia, only 2 are not found in Australia. However,  according to Australian Geographic, the rate at which humans are bitten is low.

Passing the time

Anyone who knows us will understand that one of our main pursuits in Australia will be finding birds. We have found a dandy book to help us with this. We haven't yet had time to go through the book in detail, but it looks to be very complete and well-written.

As near as we can tell, there really aren't any bird in Australia that we already know from our travels elsewhere in the world. There might be a few old friends, but this is going to be a trip filled with wonders. The common backyard birds are amazing. The amazing birds are amazing. It's just amazing.

We will just find a place to sit and be. Unwinding while watching beautiful birds in an exotic location is going to be a very fine way to pass the time. Of course we will move the "be-ing" spot from time to time and see what there is lots of places.

This seems to be great book. It's going to be a great trip.

If you are in the business to heading to Australia as well, you can find the book at

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Livin' for free

Living in East Finchley, UK.

Thanks to the internet, there are ways to find places to live without cost. Well, without paying money at least.

We discovered in about mid-2013 that web sites exist for just this sort of thing. Thanks to clever folks who had a great idea, there is now a way to connect people who have home, and often pets, that need to be watched while they are away with folks who are interested in helping them out. So if you are responsible, clean, and enjoy pets, that is made to order.

Monday, July 20, 2015

In the beginning...

Imagine being able to sit on a beach, a mountain side, or a grassy plain and do...nothing. For as long as you like.

Soon, Elizabeth will retire. In less that a year, so will I. We've been practicing for this, off and on, most of our life. We are now slow-walking the startup of the real thing.

We are embarking on an adventure. Having discovered a couple years ago that we can use the web to find people who are looking for pet and house sitters, we've been exploring this as a way to travel. It works. So we are moving into full time sitting.

This blog will record our travels, our discoveries, and include some photography and opinions along the way. We want to remember what we've done and we'd like to share it with our friends.

Welcome to the adventure.