Dogs love sticks

this picture shows Rafi, the soft wheaten terrier, sitting and waiting

Rafi loved to chew sticks and he preferred to chew his sticks inside the house.  With doors closed his only option of bringing his stick into the house was through the dog door but he could not get through with the stick held in the typical way.  He worked it out, the stick had to come in long ways.  Unfortunately for Rafi, stick chewing was an outdoor activity and he and his stick went back outside.  Double unfortunate was the learning process had to start again the next time he wanted to bring in the stick as he had forgotten the technique from the day before.

this picture shows Molly, the black labrador, carrying a small tree branch

Molly had the biggest stick. She found it down by the river and wanted to bring it home.  I told her she could bring it if she carried it.  She carried it all the way home, carefully negotiating the bollards at start of river track and not stopping once to rest.  When we got back to the house (about 800m) she dropped the stick at the bottom of the driveway and had no further interest .

Romantic celebrations during House sits

It was a small feast, a romantic feast – bread, cheese, cold meats, dips, olives and sun-dried tomatoes.  It was laid out on the large, low coffee table in the living area with cushions for seating.  The wine was chilled, the lights were low, the scene was set for a romantic anniversary celebration.

A glass of wine and a dip in the spa was the appropriate thing to do before embarking on the evening spread except they forgot about their housesit charges – two dogs and two cats waiting quietly in the wings for their entrance cue – even the olives were sampled.

Story told to me by a home owner, about a previous housesitting couple

Seaweed collection

This picture shows people collecting seaweed from the Timaru coast after a wild day of weather. The waves are big and the sky is blue. Mountains in the far distance have a coating of snow

the sky was blue, the air was fresh, a typical day in Timaru. Fresh snow had fallen on the mountain backdrop. The sea still showed signs of the wind from the day before. The waves roared and the pebbles grumbled. It was the best time to collect seaweed for the garden. Ted gave me some gardening tips:-

  • seaweed around the fruit trees, especially good for apple trees in clay
  • worm farms are great for recyling, the worms eat lots of things
  • diluted seawater has many minerals which the garden needs

so, time for a walk along the beach with Jock (my current dog) …