Monday, February 24, 2020

Dui the Ever-ready

And the ain't cats.

Amazing the cooperation when there is a treat in sight.

As you know we have heaps of cats in our 'hood,
And Dui is always in hyper-mode scanning the area
for cats.
Our early morning walks are taken in the dark
lit by streetlights.
Cats usually appear as furry puddles with flattened ears
watching us intently
or sit upright like statues.
They know the dogs can't get them.
Dui always stops, glares and lunges to get them to run.  
(Cats that don't move are useless.)
On later walks,
Dui also stops, glares and occasionally lunges
at ain't cats.*
Ain't cats can be plant pots, water meters, shoes left by
a front door, garden ornaments, bit of rubbish, piles of
garden waste...…..
Dui is always at the ready to Stop, Glare and Lunge.
(and usually tangles the leads.....sigh.)

*Ain't Cats is the term SHE uses based on Stymie (The Little Rascals) who
once ate half a bucket of  Ain't Ice Cream before discovering it was lard.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Ready, Steady.....


Time to leap into the weekend!
Have a good one!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Dui is back in action--we are changing vets, but that's another story.
Bella's strange behaviour was just that--strange behaviour.

Here's Dui in action this morning.

Thanks for all your wishes and POTP.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Dui and the Terrible, Horrible...

No Good, Very Bad Weekend.
(which affected everyone)

The first hint of something wrong.
Friday morning, Dui refused to walk around the track at the river.
He found a grassy patch and just ate grass.

He was not himself that morning.
And turned his nose up at dinner--
( it was sardine night!!!)
Saturday morning he was forced to did walk slowly 
around the track on a lead.
But showed no interest in anything.

Though he slept all day and refused all food all day,
 he did eat dinner.
Then exploded during the night from both ends.
(SHE doesn't recommend cleaning floors and carpets at 2 a.m.)

Sunday morning he seemed a bit better,
though still refused food and worse....water.
He slept most of the day.
Monday, he was extremely lethargic, 
only moving to change position.
However, by noon, he did have a drink.
At bedtime he ate a few tablespoons of pureed chicken and rice.
Happy to report this morning he ate more of the puree 
for breakfast, a biscuit, went for a walk--alert for cats--
and two 'good boy' treats!!

However, Bella is beginning to show the same symptoms.
Hope it won't be a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week!

Friday, February 14, 2020


Our river is very muddy and high at the moment.
Looks like the chocolate river in
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Water Dragon (log) is nearly submerged.

And there are lots of muddy puddles around the track.

Yesterday's mud song is the chorus of
The Hippopotamus Song.

(Sometimes bits of HER Early Childhood teaching leak out.)

Thursday, February 13, 2020


Sometimes you are reminded of a song.
Mud, mud.....glorious mud.
There's nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.
So follow me, follow....
Down to the hollow...
And there let me wallow,
In glorious mud.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Blog Story

There was a link to WUSA on our blog the other day, about a tornado that hit the town where our auntie lives.
SHE looked at it and realised that the trail of destruction
was very close to her house, but SHE couldn't
enlarge the map and couldn't see how close it actually was.
An email was sent to see if they had any damage, and was assured that there were only branches down and the trash bins were found several houses down.
But a large tree had  fallen just a couple of houses up the street.

SHE sent  another email to our other auntie who lives
nearby, and had sent a few emails after the tornado,
but didn't mention it.
Auntie B also said she'd driven to Auntie D's house, about 20 minutes after the tornado and didn't notice a thing.
Auntie B also thought it was very funny the way the information came to us.

Do you have any Blog Stories?
Tell us, please.

This photo is just a reminder of whose blog this actually is.

Monday, February 10, 2020

A silver lining.....

Though we've only had a little rain,  our water supply dam is currently still at 1%, and we're still on level 4 water restrictions.

We live on the Central Plains--west of the Blue Mountains.
The east coast is flooding at the moment.
But the best news is:

So we're happy with our little bit of rain.

Sunday, February 9, 2020


We've had very cool weather and RAIN.  Not a lot  of rain--not like the east coast which is flooding, but several inches of gentle, intermittent  rain.
Luckily, it has held off until we've had our Early Morning Walks
but then the rest of the days were more like:
It's stopped we'll go for another walk, 
oh no it hasn't, we might try later....
We missed the weekend meetings with our friends,
but were able to get out a bit.
This morning we went to the river.
The big puddle was almost across the track.

Dui had to 'christen' every other pole.
 We didn't want to stop for a photo; but she kept saying 'treat'.
Dui wasn't fooled, he knew there weren't any treats.
He has to see them first.
(Also, he is watching Demi, Buddy and Kenzie  arrive.)
We're expecting more rain, not  a drought buster yet.
The soil is only wet a couple of inches down.
But everything looks green.
And we know that it can  rain.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday....

Roxy                                     Kenzie

Saturday, February 1, 2020


Early Ad alert:  Our cousin Nick has another Ad and documentary to be shown in the Superbowl.
Should be on in the third quarter.  So, you announce casually over your spiced chicken wing, that you know the Copywriter's dog cousins.
(We always ignore the other 65 or so people who also worked on the  We did wonder earlier this year, why he was filming in Tulsa OK,.  Now we know!

We know his dog, Olive the corgi, is proud.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Nature Friday

The 'widow-maker'

We have lots of gum trees at the river.
They're known as widow-makers
because they will suddenly and for no apparent
reason, drop a huge branch.
The track is littered with them.
They don't need storms or wind.
In drought, they sometimes 'sacrifice' branches
to use the water they can get to stay alive.

 Every time we go, there are new branches on the ground.

 They leave huge scars on the trees.

 And huge branch-messes on the ground.
This tree is a popular parking spot...and even camping spot.

But yesterday, it decided it needed to shed a branch.

You can understand where they got the name Widow-makers
as they have fallen on unsuspecting people.

(31°C/88.52°F) at 5:30 a.m. heading towards
43°C/109.4°F today...
that's for you cold people.  Your time will come.
Wonder what Paunxsutawny Phil will say on Sunday.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Mischief Monday....

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday--repeat!

Roxy's wonky foot is a birth defect, exaggerated here, and doesn't bother her.

'Nuff said!

That's what SHE says, but in our defence:
Friday was a 3 cat morning
Saturday was a 6 cat morning
Sunday was a 4 cat morning
The fierce barking dogs were up early
there were lots of annoying birds (sorry Kismet)
People with or without dogs walking by our house
and the people behind us had a party.
She shouldn't have two cappuccinos before our 
Early Morning Walk when we want take our time to check out all the new scents!!!!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

26 January


I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

Most famous stanza from 'My Country' by
Dorothea Mackeller early 1900s

Australia before unprecedented droughts, heat,  late monsoon season and
unseasonably devastating bushfires.

And a more light-hearted look at 'Straya' as we celebrate:  barbecues, water activities and 
Citizenship Ceremonies welcoming new Australians.

Friday, January 24, 2020

W T Friday......

Yesterday's post--Roxy rollin'--was the first time Roxy has rolled since last November--and there was no smelly stuff.
She has been out-of-sorts since the end of November.
Walking slowly...not jumping...or being Roxy.
When manipulated, or pressed along the spine, legs and feet there was no flinching or reaction.  
So we've just let her decide what to do.
Recently, she has perked up and is walking faster,
occasionally running, chewing sticks, jumping on the couch and intimidating Bella.  Getting back to her usual self.
So the rolling was noteworthy.
SHE calls that Roxy's 'Pompeii cast dog' pose.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

Dui got mail....


His other 'rakes' have mysteriously disappeared.

He is not impressed.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Stormy weather...

We had a storm last night....more like a squall.  
Very windy, thunder, lightning and a little bit of rain (2.2mm).
But mostly we got DUST:

We found many branches down on our Early Morning Walk.
And one up-rooted tree.
Dui 'christened' all of them.

Friday, January 17, 2020


Madpie, no it isn't a typo.  It's a combination of Mad and Magpie.
The magpies are back--a family of 2 adults and 2 young.
They disappeared for months after having to throw out
beef mince that was smelling up the fridge!
But they're back now.
However, there are new rules.  They get fed once in the afternoons.  As we are allowed to water the gardens for a total of 30 minutes on Wednesdays and Sundays, the ground should be soft enough for them to find their own food!

They usually hang out in the front garden in hope of food 
most of the day.
And we do mean 'hang out' in the case of one of the young.

Because the junk mail deliverers seem unable to read the
'No junk mail' stickers on the letterbox, the paper cylinder has been taped up.  Over time, some of the tape has come loose and
hangs down.
One of the young magpies finds this a great way to
'hang out' until dinnertime.

So we call him the Madpie.
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Disappointed but Hopeful Thankful Thursday...

 This was the forecast for the week:

Look at all that rain predicted.

We didn't get any rain on Wednesday, and only 3.2 mm 
overnight (Thursday). Friday and Saturday are revised.

Though thankful for that little bit of rain,
we're disappointed that we didn't even get puddles.

Still, there's always Sunday and Monday....
(at least the temps are low at the moment)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


 Front and back gardens....covered.


Dui and Roxy

Monday, January 13, 2020

Mischief Monday

What could cause more mischief than a C.A.T?!

 Blakeney (The Orange Pimpernel)  INSIDE OUR GATE!
Right outside our sliding door.
 Don't worry, he didn't stay around for very long.

 We seek him here
 We seek him there

We terriers seek him everywhere
Is he in heaven, is he in hell...
That damned elusive Pimpernel!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Good Dogs

Bacon Rind

equals three good dogs.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Feline Friday

 It's Sibling...
 sleeping under our front Oleander bush....
and when we barked,
she opened her eyes.
 But when Roxy ran outside to bark at her,
she just turned her back to us

and went back to sleep!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wallaby Wednesday...

These are the prints of a pesky wallaby that took off, then stopped to look at Dui, who
was screaming and lunging (luckily, he had been put on the lead)  Then  just hopped away.

As if that wasn't bad enough, we came home to find Ghost Kitty in our front garden!
Dui was in the car and could only scream and aroooo..
He had a bad start to the day.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Thank you, thank you

We're sure it was all your good thoughts, prayers, wishes and maybe a rain dance or two.
But look, we've got puddles!!!!

Yes!  We had rain last night!
15.6 mm worth.
We weren't impressed with the thunder and lightning 
that came with it.
But we're happy about the water!
Dui taste tested every puddle.

It was a localised storm, so not many towns and farms around us
got rain, but WE DID.
It has settled the dust.
So thank you for your kind thoughts.