Monday, December 11, 2017

Bird of the Year....

It narrowly beat  the White Ibis.--second place.
(Thought to have got the sympathy vote as they are annoying scavengers. )



It out-polled the Kookaburra in third place.



Coming in first as Bird of the Year.......

The Magpie.
Feathers..................Alfalfa...............Hoppy
 We think our three must have heard the news.
Alfalfa (has a small feather that stands up on the back of his head)

Hoppy--he is beginning to use his left foot.  If you look carefully,
there is a bump on his left leg.

Feathers--the back of his neck is white with a black/grey patch.
They give us imperious looks.

(Hoppy is retaking his place as boss now that his leg is healing.  Alfalfa is stepping aside
and Feathers has always been last.  The black-grey neck feathers may indicate he is younger.)






Sunday, December 10, 2017

Who knew?

...........that barking at cats
 At 5 a.m. could be construed as Naughty!


We certainly didn't...

Friday, December 1, 2017

Saturday!


That means the River with all our friends.
We've looked forward to it all week.

BUT
Look what happened.

We've been inside all day.  UNFAIR!
Maybe tomorrow....



Monday, November 27, 2017

Tasty Tuesday

Dinner...




Do you see chicken, duck and garden vegetables?
Lost in Transformation.




Thursday, November 23, 2017

Shopping Around the World...


We're crashing the shopping around the world segment.

But it's a potato.  Who doesn't have a favourite potato recipe?

Ours is a knock-off of a knock-off of Zuppe Toscana.
Now, the REAL recipe calls for bacon, cream and kale.
Having grown up in Virginia, the word kale
brings  back images of a black-green glob of sludge--ugh--
on the school lunch plate.  So kale is definitely OUT,
and so are bacon and cream.

Basically, it has Italian sausages....which flavours the soup...so highly spiced are recommended.
POTATOES
onion
garlic
celery stick
olive oil
chicken stock...or vegetable if that's what SHE grabs
Bok choi, or chinese cabbage, or regular cabbage
in place of the K ingredient.
 Chop the onion, celery and stems of bok choi. 
Saute in olive oil until sausage browned.
 Chop potatoes into bite-size pieces, add, and cover with stock
or water (in our case) with the right amount of stock powder.
You can add some pepper at this point, but be careful of salt if using stock powder or cubes.
Simmer until potatoes are cooked.

Chop up the K substitute, place in bowl. 
The hot soup will wilt it.
Add some milk (or cream), salt and pepper to taste
and enjoy.
Now, the cost is difficult as most of the ingredients we
have in the cupboard and use very minute amounts.
Sausages  $1 each (used three)
Potatoes $1 for two
Onion $.75
Celery $.10
Bok choi $1.25
Stock powder $.10
milk
Makes about 3 bowls AUD$6.20
£3.55
€3.99
Canadian $6.01
US$4.73
As the saying goes 'You are what you eat.'
so that makes HER, fast, easy and cheap!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Our door doggy.

The narrower the doorway, the more Dui plugs it.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Guess Who

made sure she was ready to get in the car today?


Yep, Bella.
She was somewhere inside yesterday, probably sleeping, and just missed everyone getting in the car.
Could have been that the car was in a different place and we went out another door.
Today, she was ready.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Left behind...

We had a wet weekend.  Though we did go to the river.
Today, for our second walk, we went to the sportsgrounds.
But, do you notice anything?


No Bella!
She didn't come to get in the car.
We don't know where she was.
So she got left behind.





Friday, November 10, 2017

Still here Saturday

STILL doin' the same ole, same ole.

Bella
 STILL unkempt.
Dui
 STILL dirty.

STILL enjoying life.

So far, we've had cool mornings and mild days.

We've had a bit of rain and a windy thunderstorm.
Roxy and Bella protected HER by staying very close
and following HER everywhere until the storm abated.
Dui didn't help at all.  He ignored the storm.

There was an altercation with the magpies one day.
Dui was seen chasing them around the driveway.
We now have one 'hoppy' magpie.  He has a useless leg
which could be just a coincidence.

Hoppy
All three magpies arrive several times a day for food.
They treat us like a fast-food window,  just calling in their order.


One day we had to close the shades and close the front door
and pretend we weren't home.  They were there every hour.
Have a good weekend.



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Coco saves....

...........the rock.
Bella loves the rock game.
Because she broke the tip off a tooth, real rocks
are no longer used.
Frankie and Ernie sent her a blue plastic-y foam rock
a few years ago.
But, it accidently floated away, down the river.
Some replacements were found.
They have had paper clip wire shoved through them,
knotted and then plastic zip tags through that.
The rock can be attached to the retractable lead and used
like a fishing rod.

 Bella loves it.  She sometimes just refuses to give it up until
she's chewed it for awhile.
Yesterday (Sat.) she chewed through the zip tag and
the rock was floating down the river.
The peeps tried to get Ruby, who loves to retrieve a ball,
get the rock.  They threw real rocks
close to it, but Ruby kept looking for the real rocks.
Then her sibling, Coco, who loves to take Ruby's ball,
took time out from the 'usual' game,
Usual game.
to swim to the middle of the river and bring back Bella's rock!
Coco with the orange rock, Ruby swimming and Bella looking bemused.
This morning, (Sun) a new tag was attached, but Bella
chewed through that one, too!

If it happens again, we think it's the end of the rock game.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Playing is a serious business...

Stalking,
 Attacking....
 Reinforcement...

Game on!


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Do you remember Maggie, Maggie and Maggie

those cheeky magpies that ate our treats?

Well....they arrive several times a day to be fed.
They were getting the cheap round treats
and SHE tried our long, delicious jerky treats.
Those birds just stuck their beaks in the air
and acted like they were going to be poisoned.

When Bella had to take antibiotics, it was easier to put them in a ball of mince (ground beef), but SHE gave some to those
magpies.
They loved it!
Now they race over if SHE goes outside.
And sometimes, they come up to our little verandah

 And peer into our house looking for HER!

 They are such gluttons!
Please excuse the barren lawn.  Today is the first day of rain since early August.
We did get in an early walk before it started, but we've been sleeping most of the day.
We've still had three very wet, bedraggled magpies dropping by, though.










Thursday, October 5, 2017

It's been one of those weeks...

Monday was a public holiday, so EVERYONE was at the river in the morning.
Dui and Bella were entangled in burrs that had to be cut out.
Early....about 2:30 a.m. that night, Dui wanted out.
We all went out, then after about 10 minutes, Bella and Roxy wanted in.
Twenty minutes later, Dui barked to come in.
About 20 minutes later, he wanted out.  This was the pattern until 4 a.m. when SHE gave up any chance of sleep.

 Watched the depressing news...Las Vegas, Catalans, various murders and fatal car accidents....with cappuccino.
Then went into the study to find two huge
grass-filled vomits on the carpet.
Dui had decided to vomit in comfort.
As steam cleaning had been on the list of things to do,
SHE cleaned the carpet at 6:30 a.m.
We only got clean walks that day.

What is Roxy watching so intently?

 We thought it might be Kaci!
 But no, it was just a visitor.  Jedda who lives there is a
tiny black poodle.

 After taking these photos, SHE lost the camera.
Just put it down and couldn't find it...for two days.

Also, the back passenger side window went down
and won't come up.
Dui is getting the blame, he loves putting his
wet, muddy beard over  it.
Oh well, next week the timing belt has to be replaced, just add the window to the bill....
Bella....just hangin' around in the background.
 The weather has improved.  Cool nights and warm, sunny days,
for lying outside.

We are supposed to get some much-needed rain on Sunday.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

And the Good News....

After taking a course of antibiotics for whatever was causing the temperature and elevated liver enzymes, 

Bella was fine this morning, and has now had her
annual vaccinations.
We suppose it was lucky that whatever it was,
it was nipped in the bud.



Get this!


chewing a stick.
Someone told HER that SHE must be a special person
to have adopted such a weird-lookin' dog!




Monday, September 25, 2017

Spin-off



For those of you who read our Flying Doctor Service post.

The Doctor Service introduced the radio to isolated areas, so they could be called to medical emergencies.
That also meant that the people in remote areas could chat with their neighbours. 
The early radios were pedal powered.
Only in the 1930s-40s would anyone dress up to talk on the radio...BOL!

In 1956,  children who had been receiving correspondence lessons through School in the Mail--a slow, unreliable source, could
receive lessons using the radio.  For the first time, they were
able to speak to their teachers and hear their classmates.
Correspondence lessons were still sent out from
the major cities,
but School of the Air became more user-friendly.
Through the years there was an evolution to improve
service delivery.


Today, there are five Schools of Distance Education in New South Wales.  They are, and have always been Public schools.
(Not the same as home schooling)

We have one of those facilities.
It has about 450 students, who due to  isolation, illness, disability, religion or other reasons, can't access  regular schools, or high school students needing subjects not taught at their local school.
The teachers have classes of children pre-school to year 12.
Work and resources still arrive through the mail, but with computers, phones and other technology access to teachers is easier.
There are schedules when teachers are broadcasting, so the children are in a virtual classroom and can ask questions.

Activities are organised, such as  a week's residence in town to meet their teachers and classmates joining in  Athletics carnivals, STEM subjects or other activities.  There are usually 'camps' during the year so the students can catch up with each other, as well.
All children are encouraged to drop by any time they may be in town.

SHE thinks for those days teachers experience in the classroom, a school with no students would be the way to go!




Sunday, September 24, 2017

Half-time....



R and R!


Bella photobombed by Dui's tail.