A New Dog

A new dog. A wonderful old soul . He  has been here now for 5 months and has gotten a lot smarter generally. “Ginger” is essentially 10 and is  another working dog cross  (is there any other kind ?!!) …kelpie/cattle/rough collie. He loves his new home endlessly after way too long in rescue places.  He is both as rough as bags and as gentle as a baby. I guess his life has made him like that.  He has the saddest eyes and has vast amounts of fur to be removed for summer .  He loves and is loved


pretty in pink and blue

DSC01723having spent time weeding the feral native/and otherwise violets out of the back garden where they are literally trying to strangle natives and other stuff and having spent time removing a pile of vines of some kind never seen on any other land i ever owned and having spent time cutting back the ill advised planting of the passionfruit vine………..i got help to cut these pretty hydrangeas. i never get pink but now i have…..and i suspect it is from the run off from the tiled balcony repair that occurred earlier this year amidst a lot of drama.

anyway……the flowers were beautiful before the terrible heat hit them.

they are still lovely …just not as they were.

the bottom pink one is my favourite i think.



maggies having minced turkey from 1970s Tupperware

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recent soaps

these soaps were done after discussions with other soapmakers about techniques. I added yoghurt …

which i have not used for years. Makes a great soap.

Again …Lavender with a side of strawberry and cream….the very last of that particular fragrance

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the multi colour soaps are part of a donation i did for a charity and are all sold.

they were lavender and very popular


My beautiful Shadow dog has died

After a relatively short time being picky about her food, then not eating much and then eating nothing really……tests showed acute renal failure, amongst other things.
I chose to let her go peacefully and her vet came to our home on 24 April and she died with my son and I beside her.
We are bereft to have lost this beautiful, intelligent, loving dog. She amused us with her tricks, she loved to *work* and I will miss her picking up things from the floor and handing them to me. It sure saved my poor sore back.
She was just that one special animal that some of us are fortunate to own or meet in a lifetime.
The stories about her are legion, the memories endless, warm  and beautiful .
 she lives on forever.
She had had months of pain after a neck injury in late August 2014. Not being able to walk and being able to do nothing but lie around.
I nearly had her put down then but she finally suddenly got better and had some good weeks before the kidney failure. She was slow walking in the park in the last weeks… but still loved her social activities and knew what time it was when I should be preparing to take her out
The weird thing about her food on the last day was that I was eating an Anzac biscuit when she sniffed it and looked interested. I offered her a bit and she loved it and had a bit more. When my son came home with his chicken and ham sandwiches not yet eaten….she asked for some of that and looooooved it.
She had refused proper chicken, tuna, turkey, beef and her usual beloved dry cat food for the previous 24 hours
 Here she is ready to go shopping a about 2 weeks ago. Looking very well
Wondering if I am ever coming back.
Here she is as she was recovering from the neck problems
Sitting with “her boy” waiting for the vet to arrive.