You don’t have to be a regular reader of our blog to have worked out that Frankie and Beryl are just a tiny bit spoiled:) I do things for them like buy enough stuffies at a garage sale to cover a double bed,
I baked Frankie a bacon and cheese birthday cake which he and Beryl devoured over 2 nights:)
Their new collars arrived last week, belated birthday present for Frankie and early Gotcha Day present for Beryl.
What Frankie doesn’t know yet is that Beryl has inherited his new collar as even though it’s a heavy cotton and only a week old it’s already showing signs of wear!! And Beryl looks really good in it too:) Saves me buying her a green one.
Then they have their own foam mattress in the lounge room, a big, comfy sofa which they prefer to the couches in the house, I changed my car recently to a 4WD so I can drive along the beach to the best spots to give them a run, etc etc. I don’t think I’m being excessive though, do you?
To show my love for them knows no boundaries I’ve done something pretty out there even for me … I bought them this
I was driving home from Foxton Beach a couple of months ago thinking how much I’d like to live there, and I had a ‘lightbulb’ moment! Perhaps we could:) And that was the beginning of much scouring of the Internet for a suitable place, going to Open Homes down there, and lots of wondering if I’m doing the right/best thing. It didn’t take me long to realise that living at the beach wouldn’t be ideal and then I found this house which is down a little dirt road, doesn’t have any neighbours except horses and cows and is on half an acre of land. It’s about a 10 minute drive to the beach and about a 3 minute drive to the town of Foxton. The house is wonderful, very low maintanence with a few luxuries I’ve never had e.g. a double garage WITH an automatic opening door and a self contained flat attached to the double garage. The flat is going to be a lovely ‘kennel’ for Frankie and Beryl while I’m at work;) Oh, and a wood fire, yum! I’ve got gas here and it’s not nice. Of course, I’ll be going into Winter without any dry firewood but hopefully I can get some somewhere:)
Possession date is March 30th which is when the ‘moving experience’ will begin. In the meantime I’m wrestling with emptying John’s house so the new owners can start moving in and spending many hours trying to work out the best and cheapest way to fence off the driveway so F & B can have the whole front lawn while I’m at work, instead of confining them to the backyard, which is still a reasonable size. And I have to do some sort of makeshift fence behind the front hedge as there isn’t one there and Frankie would soon find a way through there to go exploring!
Before the big shift I also have to sort out whether I can get broadband or not! Because my house is the only one on the road it isn’t a given. The lady I’m buying it from doesn’t own a computer so isn’t any help:( I may have to get satellite installed which will take time and I may have to make trips to the library (actually, I don’t know if there is a library in Foxton!) or the Internet Cafe, I know there is one of them there, to even get my email.
Another thing on my mind is that my friends in Foxton with dogs aren’t enamoured with the local vet so I’ll probably keep taking F & B to their present vets, which is a 30 minute drive. I don’t have a doggie first aid kit as such and was really pleased to see this post on Doggie Stylish with a link to information on making up such a first aid kit. I am managing to read a few blog posts here and there;)
So, this is what’s been happening in the past couple of months and why I’ve been so quiet blogging and visiting and commenting. Hopefully life will be starting to settle down again in a month or so and I can catch up and get back into the swing of things. I’m starting to wonder if this is such a good idea when I think of all the work I’ve still got to do with packing up and shifting but I know it will be worth it in the end … I hope!
Thank you all for your kind comments on my photography a couple of posts ago:) I was really delighted to read all the compliments. I had a few people ask about my cameras and hope to do a post on why I chose both of them but it probably won’t happen for a while now so I’ll tell you quickly what I use. My P&S is a Panasonic DMC TZ7/ZS3 (depending on where you live) and is discontinued now. Usually I hand my cameras on to my Dad in Australia but I’m keeping this one as a back up. My new DSLR is a Sony Alpha a35 SLT. I did a lot of research on DSLR’s (this is why I have so much trouble keeping up with blogs, I seem to be always researching something the past few months!) and discovered there are some new breeds of digital cameras out there now. These include micro four thirds and what I got, Single Lens Translucent. There are other formats too. One reason I got the camera I did is that is does lots of frames per second, which I’m hoping will help me get good action photos of Beryl:) Another is that it will take old Minolta lenses which can be bought relatively cheaply. I haven’t got time to go into details but if you’re thinking about upgrading from a P&S check out the other formats that are available now. There are some that are only slightly bigger than a P&S like the Sony NEX range and the Nikon J1 and V1. Mine is slightly smaller than an entry level DSLR.
When I bought my camera I was in a lull between selling and buying as there was a possibility John’s house wasn’t going to sell to the people who wanted it and someone else put in an offer on the house I wanted so I just had to sit and wait and worry, but everything fell into place, whew. Now I haven’t got time to learn how to use my camera so I’m just taking photos and playing around with it.
OK, gotta go. I should be out at John’s cleaning the oven but I’ll do that this afternoon instead of mowing my lawns, lol! Don’t forget us please … we’re going to miss you but I’ll do my best to visit even if I haven’t got time to comment:)
PS – I know a few of you have moved house in recent months, any tips greatly appreciated! I’m still debating with myself whether to get removalists in to move the bigger stuff that I can’t fit in my car and a trailer, or to borrow a horsefloat which I’ve been offered the use of, and try and find some ‘muscle’ to help me. There are times it would be useful to have a bloke;) I can be stupidly independent at times and don’t like asking for help!
PPS – Some readers have commented on liking my blog header photo, thank you very much:) But I don’t actually know which one is being mentioned as I’ve done a few different ones and they’re on a random rotation, lol! Another time wasting thing I enjoy doing.