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Storm Warning For November 2020

I’ve been getting repeated messages about storms in November 2020 from personal readings and when doing the tarotscopes for November/December 2020, so I thought I had to share.

If you’re a regular tarotscopes reader and viewer on my YouTube channel, you’ll know I’m not an alarmist, but sometimes we need to err on the side of caution, and this is one of those times. If this post helps one or two of you during this period, then it would have done its work!

So, here’s what I’ve been getting: the storms of November 2020 will be especially severe, and in particular winds will be high and rains heavy.
It’s likely that tornadoes will be late this year and stronger or more numerous than usual. Summer rains are likely to bring more flash flooding and even very early cyclones or cyclone-like storms. Blizzards are also very possible in some areas and may last longer than usual.

With this in mind, please take appropriate precautions for your area or the areas you’re travelling to. Be responsible. Stay informed about local conditions and ensure your vehicles are up to the weather so we don’t overtax first responders and other emergency services.

You may want to:

Northern hemisphere

Ensure storm-shelters are maintained and everyone knows the quickest routes to them.

You have sufficient food and water to get you through a prolonged storm or being snowed in.

You are aware of alternative routes and places of safety if driving through tornado and severe-storm prone areas.

Your vehicle lights, especially hazards, are in good working order. Use them in low visibility.

If you’re traveling to snow-prone areas, you have your snow-tires or snow-chains handy.

Inform friends or family of your travel plans/route, or if you’re going out of town for the day.

Check the weather report more than once a day and have severe storm alerts set up if you’re new to the area.

Southern hemisphere

You have sufficient food and water to get you through a prolonged storm and cuts in essential services like electricity/water/ telecommunications.

Your vehicle’s tires have enough tread to effectively prevent hydro-planing.

Your vehicle lights, especially hazards, are in good working order. Use them in low visibility.

You are aware of alternative routes and places of safety if driving through severe-storm prone areas.

Practice safe driving distances in wet weather, and refrain from driving in hail and storm bursts.

Don’t stand next to trees or climb hills when storms are approaching as lightning can still hit you.

Be aware of dips in the road that are likely to flood, and to reconsider routes with very low-lying bridges.

Inform friends or family of your travel plans or if you’re going out of town for the day.

Check the weather report more than once a day and have severe storm alerts set up if you’re new to the area.

And please ensure you have a dry, warm spot your pets and working animals can easily access if they’re outdoors.

Stay safe and healthy! Don’t take unnecessary risks with your life and others.

Posted in Outdoors, Photos, Uncategorized

A walk on Umhlanga’s shores

Last Saturday, my mum and I went for a walk on the Umhlanga boardwalk. Despite finding the tale end of a race with lots of runners and walkers, we still managed to find a few quiet moments and some lovely sights along the walk.
It was a very muggy morning at first; the lighthouse looked really spooky.

Zoomed in it looks like the setting for a scary movie.
Zoomed in it looks like the setting for a scary movie.

Umhlanga boardwalk

Umhlanga pier and lighthouse
Much better from this angle, like an expressionist’s painting

This was the first time I remember walking on the Umhlanga Pier. Below it lay a wonderful surprise.

A sand artist had set up for the day. He had sculptured our KZN most famous animals and mammal: the rhino, leopard, wildebeest, dolphin; and the most dangerous of all – the hippo! I personally loved this rhino.

Sibongwes sand art gallery
Sibongwe’s newly created gallery. Notice the highlights on the eyes.

sand art rhino Sibongwe

Sibongwe very kindly allowed me to take some photos for a small donation. Sphwe is his little son.

sandart dolphin sibongwe sand art heart Sibongwe

Umhlanga lighthouse closer

 

Within an hour or so, the mist cleared, and the sun decided to show its punishing summer face again.

It was great to spend some quality time with my mum. It’s been a while and we both needed it!

selfies mum and me

Posted in nonfiction, Outdoors, Photos

Tiger and Crow

Tiger and crow

I was lucky enough to take this photo during my very first visit to the Siberian Tiger Park in  Harbin, North East China.

I loved this photo from the moment I first saw it on the display screen of my camera, that freezing cold January morning. This photo tells me so many things…

  • Small things can go about their business whilst big things pass them by.
  • Different planes of existence don’t always interact.
  • The symbol of death may pass you by and still leave you whole and vital.
  • Neither of these beings have any thing to prove to anybody else, and so they have presence and balance.
  • But most all this photo speaks to me of harmony and beauty–a perfect moment with which nature has gifted me.

The tiger and crow has rewarded me for seeking perfect moments by showing me that they do, indeed, exist–especially when we least expect to find them.

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REview: Camping Hacks from a Diva! by Lynn Sable

 

m_Lynn Sable I hate Camping SmashwordsTitle: Camping Hacks from a Diva! I Hate Camping But I Love Glamping!
Author: Lynn Sable
Rating: 100%

This is an unsolicited review of a Smashwords epub download. This is merely my very subjective opinion, and should be regarded as such.

In Brief:

I hate camping, myself, but love being out in nature and the odd (short) hike, so I loved, loved, loved this eBook with all Lynn Sable’s very doable hacks, from making foil packs to ‘taking care of business’ with a pop-up room and solar shower.

The Whole Story:

Written in a very conversational, easy tone, this is a quick fun, useful read. Lynn Sable takes you from the bare basics: preparing food (including dessert) to turning your tent into a 5-star retreat space. There are easy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a bug spray recipe, options on equipment and some top secret hacks on lighting and making your own firestarters.

What I learned?

News hacks to apply not just to camping, glamping and being outdoors, but for power outages too. There’s a ton of equipment out there to make camping trips really comfortable for the whole family.

Rating: 100%
Recommended to: campers, glampers and everyone who is thinking of spending some time outdoors in summer—or Australia.

About the Author:

Lynn Sable loves traveling and the outdoors. She’s also written a YA thriller/suspense Oh No You Didn’t.
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Read an interview with Lynn