March 2016


Today was a good day. I did useful things, and enjoyed doing it. One of the useful things I did was to work on my next book. This is a second book in a series concerning a dog named Buster, and his take on life. The first book was titled ‘Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs’ and was. as you’d expect, about the canine take on the whole gardening thing.

The second book, which will probably be launched around the middle of this year (2016), is about Mindfulness as a dog sees it, and is titled ‘Doggone It! Mindfulness from a Dog’s Point of View’. I’m hoping this book is popular, as Dig It seems to be. I have copies of three of my books for sale at my favourite cafe, in Gawler, Poetic Justice Cafe Gallery, and Dig It is the one that sells the best.

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Sales are actually going  so well there is only one copy of the book left. I’m going to have to look into doing another print run of Dig It in time for the launch of Doggone It! I’m not an expert in selling books, but it makes sense to me that if you’re selling another book in a series, it’s sensible to have the first book available for those who haven’t got the first one.

Both of these books are illustrated, using the same illustrator – Allyson Hean. The first book had more pictures, and the second book is more ‘learned’ so the fewer pictures in it are in keeping with the text.

These books are both self-published. Allyson put together the first book, which was produced using Publisher. She did a wonderful book, but has now gone on to other things. That meant it was my job to put together this second book, using Publisher, which I have fortunately gained some knowledge in, since ‘Dig It!’ came out quite a few years ago.

The supposed writer of these books is a Pharaoh Hound Schnauzer cross dog named Buster. Buster isn’t a real dog, he’s a make-believe figment of my imagination. I’ve had fun imagining my way into Buster’s life, thinking about how he would look at the relevant things these two books are about  – gardening, and living a mindful life …

There’s no telling what the next book might be about … Something a dog may think about, something I know a little about. I’m thinking it may be a cook book of some kind. Buster loves food, after all, he’s a dog!

 

 

 

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I saw a wedge tailed eagle earlier today. I had to think about the sighting for a bit before I could definitely say, yes it definitely was a wedge tail. The heavy dark strong look of it, so much heavier and more impressive than any other Australian bird of prey, definitely a wedge tailed eagle.

It wasn’t here, at home but even so, to see one flying across a road I drive on often was exciting. I was on my way to Salisbury from home, travelling along Port Wakefield road, and heading south, the bird was flying across the road, headed east, and approx. fifty metres above the traffic. Major roads are good places for carrion birds in some ways, but not in others.

I didn’t see any dead creatures on this journey, but I wasn’t looking, and I’ve certainly seen quite a few dead things along that road, over the years. It’s a sad fact that fast cars and animals don’t go together well, and the animals are usually the ones that end up dead.

The other day I was driving from my place to Gawler and saw a bearded dragon on the road. The slowed down as much as I could, the creature crouched down a little, and I think that one lived, this time. I wish they’d stay off the road, but who knows, the lizard may have been feasting on something smaller that had lost the battle with the cars.

Getting back to the wedge tailed eagle, from earlier today, if you’ve never seen one of these magnificent creatures, this is Wedge-tailed Eagle 06what they look like. Their wing span is over 2 metres, and the adult is usually quite dark overall. They are feathered almost all of the way down to their toes, and are a very strong and solid looking bird in flight, as they leisurely circle around high above, on the thermals over slow and hot summer’s days.

 

 

 

 

(image from http://rwsboa2011.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/saw-pair-of-wedge-tailed-eagles-today.html – A great site for seeing images of birds in the wild.)

I’ll never forget the day I saw one of these birds on my way home from Balaklava – it was on the ground next to the side of the road, and it appeared enormous. I suspect it had either killed or found something dead, and was settling in for a meal. I was on my way home, and thinking about a meal myself! This was quite a few years ago, and I can’t remember what I’d been doing. The sighting of the wedgie was the more exciting thing, for me.

My most recent poetry collection, that is coming out around the middle of the year has many poems about dead creatures and roads, and dogs that like to kill creatures and other creature-related matters. I was going to call this collection ‘Critters’, but my publisher didn’t like the name, so it’s now called ‘Delicious Tension’ which comes from the first poem. It’s certainly a more dignified title, but I still have a soft spot for all of the critters that make up the collection, and that make up for my life interest in Nature, and all of the animals, birds, insects and so on who share this world with us.