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A look at the lighter side of life - from the Other Down Under

Vodka Day

Vodka Day LM 1

One for the road?

Looks to me like Little Monkey has had one too many already!

Vodka Day LM 2

I can’t believe I missed National Vodka Day this year (it was the 4th). I had a lot going on, but still that’s no excuse.

Vodka Day LM 3

And I must praise Little Monkey here. Sometimes I think I take her good behaviour for granted. She was snoozing on her mat, so I thought it was a good opportunity to snap a Vodka shot. However, as I arranged the bottles and glass near her, she raised herself up on her front legs to see what was going on.

I gently pushed her back down, but as I stepped back to take a shot, she half sat up. I settled her down again and got my photo. Then I trotted into the kitchen with her to give her a treat.

It was only afterwards that I thought, “Hey, she did all that for me, with no treats. Pretty good for a Mutt!”

Cheers!

 

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Sparky’s Adventures in Suburbia

Sparky 1

Spotted!

So there I was minding my own business pottering around my lawn, when suddenly I noticed the Lady of the House looking at me.

Sparky 2

Indecision.

Maybe I should go? But I don’t see the wolf.

Sparky 3

Confirmation.

Yep, she’s still looking, pointing that silver thing right at me.

Sparky 4

Decision!

I’m outta here!

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I spotted little Sparky the squirrel on my lawn the other day, and he spotted me too. It was fun to watch his little brain working, while he decided what to do.

Sparky 5

This is how far away he was (on zoom) and why some photos are a little blurred.

 

Focus!

Little Monkey

Haiku 80

Hey Mum! You have my

Undivided attention

Tasty treat offered

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There’s no denying that Little Monkey lurves her food; the more so, the older she gets.

I had a special treat for her and judging by this focused look, I guess it smelled really good!

 

post script: For dog owners: others may find this a bit gross! I suppose someone will want to know what the treat was: a dried pig’s ear. I’ve never given her one before and after first seeming a bit wary, she promptly ate it. Then she brought it all back up in the kitchen during the night!

 

Hybrids

Freesia 1

Haiku 79

Though a late bloomer

Colours fuse beautifully

Hybridisation

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We used to have freesias of many different colours, but over the years the yellow ones have tended to dominate. I don’t know why. I also had one white freesia this year.

Sometime after all the freesias had died down, this last flower shyly peeped out.

Freesia 2

She is a creamy colour that seems to be a lovely hybrid of the yellow and white plants.

The colour makes me think of Cadbury Creme Eggs. Mmmmm

I also like the shape of the older flower drying out towards the bottom. It sort of looks like a squid!

 

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Cape Daisies 1

Wildflowers are springing up over all the wastelands.

Cape Daisies 2

Good winter rains (Hooray!) and now long sunny days are perfect conditions for everything to flourish.

Cape Daisies 3 and LM

These are Cape Daisiesarctotheca calendula, modelled by Little Monkey this very morning.