You’re not washing my bed !

Max doesn’t usually see me put his blankets and cushion into the washing machine, but he did yesterday ….  and was most upset ..

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He pulled out his cushion and carried it away … twice!!!   The third time, I had my camera on hand …

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Nooooo !!!   round and round goes they go  !!!

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Not to be completely defeated, he pulled his other cushion and blanket down from the stool in the spare bedroom, dragged the blanket to our bedroom and then settled down onto the cushion.   (This cushion and blanket is only used at night)


Looking very pleased with himself !!!!!

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Spring cleaning

It’s official !!  It’s Spring !!!

Olive Thrush freshens up to celebrate  !!!





Ready to face the world !!!

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Welcome Spring :) Summer’s around the corner!!

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Max graduated from Puppy School


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Our puppy classes came to an end yesterday with a fun day for all the pups, as they graduated :)  I wrote a post about Max’s classes a few weeks ago :

I didn’t include a link to the Puppy School if anyone with new puppies is interested :)  :-

All puppies and people had a great time with puppies having to do the basics learnt at ‘school’ while still having fun

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Our instructor Shannon ..

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Amazing how the puppies didn’t bother about the duck anymore!

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After all puppies were ‘tested’ on their basic skills .. ie sit, sit and down, and sit, stay and down, we all went on a river walk, after which, pups were ‘tested’ on a ‘long recall’ …

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I loved the large property with natural bush and trees ..

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Object of the exercise was firstly to have fun, with some pups going straight into the muddy water, others not attempting it at all, and others, like our Max, testing the waters edge ..

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Pups have also learnt to not go into other puppies space while on the lead ..

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Onward through the forest to another open spot – on a dam wall …

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Basic ‘sit’ ‘down’ etc were tested again.  In a different environment with ‘noise’ as she called it, all the pups did so well :)  ‘Noise’ meant all the different smells in an environment they’re not used to, or haven’t experienced before …

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Then it was time for a ‘long recall’, which we hadn’t done before.  Handlers had to hide behind the trees.  Once hidden, call excitedly to pup …

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Max was a little slow off the mark, but then went flat out to find hubby …

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I loved this gorgeous Lab .. reminded us of our Robbie …

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Giving a treat …


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Lastly was a relay race !!!!

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At the first beacon puppy had to stop and ‘sit’ on command, jump/climb (as is the case for littlies like Max!) over the beam, go round end beacon, back over beam, stop, ‘sit’ and ‘down’ at beacon .. and so on to next puppy and handler.  Max waiting his turn ..

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Well done Max!!!    Proud parents, we are … so proud  !!!

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Bees are busy .. it must be Spring !

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Spring or summer ?   The weather has changed.  Global warming perhaps?  Spring is usually chilly at night with warm days.  It’s supposed to be Spring but even though the nights are chilly-ish, the days are warmer than warm.     But anyway .. if we’ve missed Spring with a blink of an eye, and gone straight into Summer, my spring flowers and flowering shrubs will be struggling under the hotting up sun.

Soooo .. before they come and go in a flash, I’ve been out with my camera –

Viburnum tinus ‘lucidum’ …

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Prunus blireana ..

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Clivia ..

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Arum ..

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Strelitzia ..

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Cape May ..

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Marguerite daisy ..

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Sweet peas ..

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Lavender ..

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Virburnum : – not sure which one – it’s deciduous and I’ve had it in my garden for many, many years.   It could be viburnum carlesii ..

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Primula malacoides ..

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Jasmine ..

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Hebe ..

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Banksia ..

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I love Spring :) !!!

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Elaine’s birthday picnic in the park

A week has passed since we celebrated Elaine’s birthday enjoying a picnic with friends and family on a glorious day in Delta Park.  Before she gets any older, :)  let me share some photos ;)

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Max and Lily met for the first time and had a ball playing together, and with Hardy …

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Pretty ‘Snow White’ came dressed in her gorgeous dress and showed everyone her ” tiny, tiny bunny ” in the palm of her hands :)


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We had a hero amongst us!    Two dogs, belonging to a lady who walked passed us,  jumped in and swam after ducks.  One of the dogs got into difficulty and began to panic.  The owner didn’t seem too concerned but we had all seen how frantic the dog became.  Bryan’s cousin stripped and swam across to help the dog, as did a lady from the other side …

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Our hero !!!

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A rare photograph !!   Jeanette with her camera!   See her photos and story here : Jeanette’s post

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It’s water .. not wine :)

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Jeanette capturing Lily napping …

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It was an awesome day !!!

Birthday cake .. choccie of course ;)… I made for her special day a few days before to picnic

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Throwback Thursday : Mauritius 2010

Busy me !     No time to sit down to do a post continuing ‘memories and highlights of 1997’ but here’s a throwback memory of our fabulous holiday in Mauritius in August 5 years ago ..  this is one of the many, many, many photos I took.

I like the blend of sea, sky and clouds


Wish we were there now !!

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Throwback Thursday : Memories and highlights – 1997

Sooo   …   let’s go back to some memories and highlights!   My last post on 1997 was Jeanette and Lance’s wedding in January.  After the wedding, we took my Mum, for a few R&R days, to the Mont-aux-Sources in the Drakensberg.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photographs.  Not one !!!   We had a video camera in those days which we used the entire time on this trip.   I only have two postcards slotted into the photograph album ..

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Tugela Gorge in the Royal National Park ..

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My Mum and Elaine walked with hubby and I on the long trail to the Tugela Gorge.   We didn’t quite get there as we felt it was just too far for them, but were surprised at the distance they all covered.  It’s quite tough in the beginning but then levels out .. but you always have to think about the your return and the timing.   It was a wonderful few days :)

Also, in early January, was Keith’s 21st birthday  Keith is the eldest son of Kathy and stepson of my brother Ian.  Such a lovely family xxx

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March :  We took a drive out to Magaliesburg one Sunday, as we had never been to the actual town before.  We wondered around the small town popping into antique and nic-nac shops and then drove down to the railway station …

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As luck would have it, a magnificent old steam train was parked on the tracks ..

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‘Brenda’  is one the magnificent steam engines belonging to Rovos Rail : website – …for info on tours etc (which look absolutely amazing – hubby and I would love to trundle through the country in the luxury of beautifully restored coaches

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Quote from Wikipedia :  for info on tours (which look absolutely amazing – hubby and I would love to this)

Rovos Rail is a private railway company operating out of Capital Park Station in Pretoria, South Africa. The Society of International Railway Travelers has regularly named the Pride of Africa, as the train is called, as one of the World’s Top 25 Trains because of its excellent accommodation, public spaces, service, dining and off-train sightseeing.

Rovos Rail runs its train-hotel to a regular schedule on various routes throughout Southern Africa, from South Africa to Namibia and Tanzania. The trains consist of restored Rhodesia Railways (NRZ) coaches with two lounges, two restaurant cars, private sleeping compartments, each with private ensuite facilities. The train has three types of accommodation on board, the smallest being a Pullman, at 76 square feet; the largest being the Royal Suite, which is half a train car, and 172 square feet. All types of cabins have ensuite shower, sink and toilet. The Royal also has a Victorian-style bathtub.[1]

The company was started in 1989 by Rohan Vos [2] and is still family owned. Rovos Rail employs a staff of 210 including the on-board staff to those working to restore carriages in the company’s Capital Park depot.


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The train drivers told us that the train was being used for a movie called ‘Pride of Africa’

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Through window of lounge car ..

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Around the corner from the station was an antique/bric-a-brac shop filled with goodies ..

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At that time, I had no idea my Mum was planning a trip on the 100th anniversary of the commemorative train journey from Johannesburg to Bulawayo, celebrating the first passenger train of 1887 between these two cities.  My great-grandmother was the first and only woman on that train.  So, only a few months later, we (Mum, Ian and his family, and I)  stopped at Magaliesburg railway station where we disembarked to watch our steam engine, Rovos Rail’s  ‘Anne’,  chuffing and puffing her way slowly into the station, black smoke billowing, while photographers and steam train enthusiasts took their pics – all my photos and story in a later post of TBT

April :   Rainy days .. Whiskey on lap and favourite book in hand.   Elaine must have read all in the series of Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High …

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May :  Carl decided to spray paint his car, with the help of friend Jonathan, each piece of bodywork a different colour !!

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Somewhat recognisable in the Technikon car park and everywhere else !!!!

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Visiting the Krugersdorp Game Reserve for the day (40 minute drive from central Johannesburg)   As in all game reserves, getting out of cars is strictly forbidden but there are safe picnic areas

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A small number of lions are kept in a very large enclosure.  There are several different habitats including grassland, rocky outcrops and forest for birdlife, zebra, giraffe and numerous antelope.   In those days there was a family of rhino grazing in the grassland

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July :   We had a short holiday in Ballito where Jeanette and Lance joined us for the weekend.  I think we were there for 8 days or so.  It wasn’t very long and the weather wasn’t that pleasant.   A cold front swept through the country with Jeanette and Lance having difficulty driving through snow on the way home.  No cellphones in those days (well, if there were, we didn’t have them!)  and boy, did we worry about them, not knowing how they were getting on, whether they were stuck completely and if they got home safely !!

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Tea and doughnuts on The Boulders balcony with gorgeous view.   There used to be a superb bakery in the village that made the most delicious baked goodies on a daily basis.  Sadly nice coastal village with artisan shops is no longer :(   .. sign of the times

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We called him ‘The Thinker’.  For several years, The Thinker, a baboon statue, sat on this rock alongside the promenade.  He was eventually chained to the rock, we presumed due to vandalism, and then one year he was gone, leaving only a patch of cement where he had sat, watching the sea and fishermen ..

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Jeanette and Lance’s first home in a complex …

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It was a lovely two bedroomed unit, adjoining another on the right ..

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August :  Cheeeeese  !!   Elaine’s 11th birthday at MacRib with best friend Robyn

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September :  Elaine was chosen to take part in the Cecchetti Youth Ballet ..

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And that’s where I will end ‘memories and highlights – 1997’  for now.  In October of that year, we went down to Hermanus visiting hubby’s Mum and Dad who had recently moved there, and in November I went with my Mum on the 100th anniversary of the commemorative train to Zimbabwe.  I will do separate posts for those

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