Getting lost is not always bad – and echidnas!

I made my way this afternoon to Kyabram for a sad occasion – my grandfather passed away last week. Well, he made it to 94 and that’s a life to be celebrated in my book.

On the way up with my wife (thanks to her for some of20141015_161804

Hello! Just crossing the road at his own pace! Great pic by my wife.

Hello! Just crossing the road at his own pace! Great pic by my wife.

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The countryside was stunning!

The countryside was stunning!

My pics of the second echidna were not so good. He burrowed his head into the ground and hid!

My pics of the second echidna were not so good. He burrowed his head into the ground and hid!

these pics) I missed a turn in Seymour and continued along the Hume Freeway (which connects Melbourne and Sydney) until I realised I was not heading in the right direction. I checked my GPS on my android (Google – fix your rotten GPS!) and took a route across to the freeway we should have been on.

We went through a small town Longwood and found ourselves driving through some really beautiful farmland that this area is famous for. It was still pretty green – give it a month or two and low rain fall and it will be brown, but the best thing was the wildlife – galahs and Cockatoos, and not one but two echidnas ambling slowly across the road. My wife got out to photograph the first one, I the second. Mine immediately dug its head deeply into the ground to hide!

Oh – what’s an echidna? Well, I guess it’s the Australia version of the ant eater. It does eat ants with its long nose, and is covered with spikes to ward off predators. However – it’s extremely cute!

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