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Unwelcome Visitors

You Little Monkey

I am waging war today!

Perhaps not what you would expect to hear from me, especially after yesterday’s peace post.

But there are some critters without whom the world would be a much better place.

I refer, of course, to those blood sucking parasites we all know.

What am I talking about?

Little Monkey has fleas!

Little Monkey – Always ready for Mischief

And it is all-out war!!


Treat the dog

Treat the environment

Spray everything

Vacuum everything

Wash everything

Repeat till victorious!

Happy Little Monkey


post script: This was not the post I had intended for today, but by the time I had waged my all-out war, I was too exhausted to be creative!

It is more than three years since LM last had these visitors, so we’ve done very well. The flea and tick season has just begun; if she’s going to get them it is usually this time of year.

The reason she rarely catches fleas is because she keeps away from other dogs, even when mingling with 30 or more dogs in her weekly socialising classes. She must have picked one flea up during the last class, when all the dogs were lying very close together doing stays. I choose the calmer more stable dogs for her to lie next to and then she’ll tolerate them. Unfortunately, one of the dogs must have passed on this unwelcome visitor!



Black Cats

Cat’s Eyes 1

Happy Halloween!

This is a guest spot by Little Monkey’s Arch Nemesis, Princess Morbo, my daughter Pix’s cat.

Cat’s Eyes 2

I have always thought black cats are lucky. Not everyone thinks this way.

Cat’s Eyes 3

If you go to a rescue centre, you will find an inordinate number of black cats waiting to be adopted.

Cat’s Eyes 4

People pick all the pretty and unusual colours first. Friday 27 October was Black Cat Day to raise awareness of the problem. Check out this Simon’s Cat cartoon.

Cat’s Eyes 5

Who could resist those eyes?

It is the same for black dogs. They are the ones always left there at the rescue organisations. Animals have no idea what colour they are. Isn’t it about time we also became colour blind?

For some fun Black Cat facts check out this little clip of Cole the Black Cat.

Happy Halloween!


Halloween is not really celebrated here in SA, though I do have two bowls of sweets ready on the dining table, just in case.

Of course, if no-one comes again, like last year, I guess I’ll just have to eat them all myself. It’s a hard task, but someone has to do it!


Wait Till the Cows Come Home

Cows 1

What a treat it was that the cows came in to be milked, while my sister and I were having lunch at the farm in Yorkshire.

Cows 2

There was a large pile of hay in one corner.

Cows 3

Many of the cows made straight for it and rubbed their faces in it!

Cows 4

It was quite an odd thing to see!

Cows 5

They had walked from a field up in the distance and travelled down the road to this field.

Cows 6

When we left we had to wait for the last of them to arrive.



It reminded me of one of my childhood memories, when visiting a farmer friend of my parents in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

I remember driving down those narrow country lanes, with very high hedgerows and not enough room for two cars to pass without one squeezing into the hedge!

We were brought to a sudden standstill when we came upon a herd of cows ambling along in the middle of the road on their way back to the farm to be milked.

As youngsters we just wanted to get there. We had yet to learn patience. Cows waddling at their leisure down a country lane will teach you that patience. In the end you simply have to sit back and enjoy the scene.

And when you are older, you will look back and appreciate just how lucky you were to witness it.

Wait till the cows come home indeed!


Making New Friends

Sparky 1

Hello there!

We were enjoying afternoon tea and scones outside at the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, when Sparky the Squirrel came to join us.

Sparky 2

There I was, eating the last of my delicious scone, when I noticed little Sparky begging for food.

By this stage I only had a few crumbs left, but I gladly shared them with the charming little chap.

Sparky 3 – Photo credit M the Greek

What a delight it was to have this little wild creature stare up trustingly into my eyes and lay his little paw in my hand.

Sparky 4 – Photo credit M the Greek

But apparently my offerings were lacking.

Sparky was having – Anything he could get his little paws on . . . As witness here, eating part of a sandwich he has begged from someone apparently less hungry than me!

Sparky 5

This seems to be what he was after all along; not my pathetic little crumbs.

I am only surprised that, with all the easy pickings, he was not totally rotund!


National Vodka Day!

LM Vodka Day 1


It’s hard to believe that a whole year has gone by, but yes, it is National Vodka Day again!

LM Vodka Day 2

My photo is unedited; Little Monkey really did have this sheepish grin on her face! She was eating a dog biscuit treat.

LM Vodka Day 3

It was the only way I could get her to lie that close to the bottles!

LM Vodka Day 4

Here LM gives a whole new meaning to the expression “Hang Dog” as she looks very hung over!


And what’s a Vodka post without some silly jokes?

I drank so much vodka last night that this morning I woke up with a Russian accent.

“Trust me, you can dance.” – Vodka.

Whenever I have a panic attack, I put a brown paper bag over my mouth . . .  and drink all the vodka inside. It seems to help.

Pain makes you stronger. Tears make you braver. Heartache makes you wiser. And vodka makes you not remember any of that rubbish.

Vodka is made from potatoes. Potatoes are vegetables. Vegetables are good for you. You’re welcome!

Someone sent me an email about using vodka for cleaning around the house. It worked! The more vodka I drank, the cleaner the house looked!

And my favourite . . .

I love water. Especially frozen into cubes and completely surrounded by vodka.


So, enjoy the day and have a vodka. And since I am several hours ahead of many of my readers, by the time you read this I’ll probably already have my glass in hand; let me raise it and say:



post script: Click here for more information on my personal favourite brand of vodka, Smirnoff.


Do the Twist

LM Twist 1

Come on Baby; Let’s do the Twist.

LM Twist 2

Come on Baby; and it goes like this.

LM Twist 3

I’ve noticed lately that Little Monkey likes to rush outside as soon as she’s had her supper and rub her face all over the grass, with her bum in the air.

LM Twist 4

I’m pretty supple myself, but LM takes it to a whole new level!


post script: You can listen here to Chubby Checker sing The Twist. How high are the girls’ pants in the clip??


Little Monkey and the Giant Hairball

LM and Hairball 1

The photo shows Little Monkey lying next to the hair I have just brushed off her. It gives a whole new meaning to the expression, ‘Shedding the light’.

LM and Hairball 2

Who knew Little Monkey was so blonde?

I guess that explains why she is such a Noo Noo!


And why is she moulting now? We are in the middle of a cold snap and heading deeper into winter!

Little Monkey: Dog of Mystery!


post script: Apologies to my fair-haired Blogger friends for the Blonde joke!