Sunday, December 31, 2017

From us to you....

 It's 2018!

The celebration noises have ended, we hope.

We're going to bed!
For some reason this didn't post last night.
So we're up and ready for the first river visit of the year!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Christmas, Everyone!

He came....Santa came!
Squeaky Toys and Fish4Dogs Treats!

It has been so difficult to be good.

Yesterday, there was the incident....
SHE put down the bag with presents for our River friends.
And a few of the treats disappeared!
Don't know how that happened.
But anyway, Santa came and the pressure is off now.
We're ready for our Traditional Christmas to begin.

We kick off with a trip to the river to run around
with our friends until we're tired.

Then home for fresh bones and sleep
while SHE goes out for the day.
Yesterday  was 41°C/105°F.
Today, Christmas Day should be only 34°C/93°F
We're always in the air conditioned house, so it doesn't bother us.

Most Australians have Christmas Day near water:
beach  or pool; or house with the best air conditioning.
SHE goes for the latter, where the Christmas feast
will be cold prawns, ham, turkey, etc. and salads
followed by trifle and pavlova.
(Accompanied with Christmas Cracker silly hats and
even sillier jokes.)

Boxing Day will be more of the same...with the leftovers.
And we get to have some of the leftovers.
Have a wonderful, safe holiday....
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

'Twas the Night before Christmas....

Eve....Well, the day before the day before Christmas...
When I, Roxy, was allowed to open my package
that had been sitting in the study for WEEKS!

 Bet you know who it was from BEFORE you see the card open!
 Yes!  My ♥♥♥Ernie♥♥♥!!
 Look at all the stuff!

 Toys for ME, caramel corn for HER
because Ernie knows it's important to suck up to Her spoil us all.
SHE even got this gorgeous handmade scottie wind chime,
that SHE loves.
Ernie, I think this photo says it all.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday..almost

27°C/80.6°F @ 5:30 am.

Bella.  Dui is an occasional wader.

Monday, December 18, 2017

What could be simpler.....

Stop by the Information Centre, pose the dogs in front of the
Gift-box decorations around the trees and head to the river.

Oh look, there are barbed wire-looking wreaths.


Friday, December 15, 2017

School's out for Summer...♪♪♫♫

That means:
SHE doesn't have to drive the two bipeds to school in the mornings.
That means:
SHE doesn't have to keep the car interior spotless!
That means:
We get to come,
 and go
 to our favourite running spots every day!
And play with our friends at the river....
get down and dirty!

YAY! for the Summer Holidays!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wordless Wednesday......nearly.

We donated a 50 kg bag of rice to a family in Cambodia.
(And we're putting together some treats and toys for the local animal shelter.)

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.
 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


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

Look what happened.

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Tasty Tuesday


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 highly spiced are recommended.
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
Makes about 3 bowls AUD$6.20
Canadian $6.01
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.

 STILL unkempt.
 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.

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.