BEYOND WORDS WEDNESDAY

HILARY IS RECUPERATING..HER JOEY GONE….KANGAROOS THROW JOEYS FROM THEIR POUCHES WHEN IN DANGER…THE JOEY SADLY HAS NOT BEEN FOUND….A CALLOUS CREEP HANDED HIMSELF IN TO POLICE..

I AM WITHOUT MUCH MORE IN THE WAY OF WORDS..PLEASE SEND YOUR WISHES FOR A FULL RECOVERY FOR THIS GENTLE AND BEAUTIFUL CREATURE

I AM ASHAMED TO BE A HUMAN AT THIS POINT IN FACT I AM ASHAMED MOST OF THE TIME

ARTICLE FROM HERALD SUN

Kangaroo shot with 2 arrows.

Kangaroo shot with 2 arrows.

SUNDAY KITCHEN SLIP UPS

THE IDEA WAS THAT WITH AN EXCESS OF SOURCREAM I NEEDED TO GET MY BAKE-ON..

AFTER SOFTENING 250GRAMS OF BUTTER AND CREAMING IN THE SUGAR AND LEMON ZEST..THEN FOLDING IN THE FLOURS AND THE SOURCREAM I POURED THE DELISH MIXTURE INTO MY SILICONE PAN…

OF COURSE IT HAD TO HAPPEN..I OPENED THE OVEN DOOR WITH ONE HAND AND PROMPTLY DROPPED THE TRAY WITH THE OTHER…

EPIC FAIL

SO I GRABBED MY PASTRY CUTTER AND SCRAPED IT UP…THANKFULLY THE DOGS SLEPT RIGHT THROUGH…

I FELT LIKE A TILER..THIS STUFF WAS LIKE GROUTING…LUCKY I CLEANED THE FLOOR YESTERDAY..MUTTER MUTTER MUTTER…

HOLY CAKE-TASTROPHE BATMAN

HOLY CAKE-TASTROPHE BATMAN

I FINISHED CLEANING UP SO I THOUGHT UNTIL I LOOKED UP AND SAW…

SUPER...SAID NO ONE ..EVER

SUPER…SAID NO ONE ..EVER

LUCKY FOR ME THE OVEN HAS DOUBLE GLASS..NOW I HAVE TO PULL THE OVEN DOOR OFF..REMOVE BOTH PANELS..BECAUSE IT’S DRIPPED ALL THE WAY DOWN BETWEEN THE TWO GLASS PANELS

I AM NOW MAKING A DIFFERENT CAKE…A LEMON WALNUT SOUR CREAM CAKE..BONUS IS I AM GOING THROUGH THE SOURCREAM…WHETHER I PLANNED IT OR NOT…ROUND TWO…DING DING…

R.I.P. NAT

REST IN PEACE OFFICER NAT..THE LAST ROTTWEILER IN VICTORIAS POLICE FORCE PASSED AWAY LAST NIGHT.

AGED 8 AFTER SERVICE IN THE VICTORIA POLICE FORCE SINCE 2007. AND MANY AWARDS.

OUR DEARLY MISSED ROTTWEILER EICH ALSO CAME FROM BREEDERS FOR THE POLICE FORCE AND WAS ALSO A SMART AND LOVING DOG.

MUCH MALIGNED BY THE PUBLIC AS VICIOUS THEY ARE LOYAL AND GENTLE.

I AM SURE HIS HANDLER AND BEST FRIEND WILL BE MISSING HIM DEARLY.

THANKYOU NAT FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AS ALL WORKING AND SERVICE DOGS YOU ARE INVALUABLE AND APPRECIATED MORE THAN WE COULD EVER REPAY YOU.

THIS PICTURE IS FROM THE VICTORIA POLICE FACEBOOK PAGE..PLEASE POP OVER AND READ MORE ABOUT  NAT AND HIS HANDLER AND THE WORK THEY DID.

WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY CAREER.

WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY CAREER.

Chair person

I ALWAYS FEEL FOR THE OLD AND ABANDONED..WHETHER IT BE A LIVING THING OR AN OBJECT.

WANDERING THOUGH AN OLD STORE I FOUND THIS POOR CHAIR AND IT’S SIDEKICK THE FOOTSTOOL.

POOR THING

POOR THING

ON CLOSE INSPECTION THEY HAD BEEN BADLY RECOVERED..VISIBLE HAND STITCHING AND TATTED BITS OF MATERIAL..THE LEGS ON THE FOOTSTOOL..WELL I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON THERE..

BUT FOR $35.00 FOR THE PAIR I THOUGHT THAT THEY DESERVED A SECOND CHANCE..I LIKED THE WORN ARMS ON THE CHAIR AND TO SIT IN IT WAS COMFY WITH MEMORIES OF BUTTS GONE BY..I COULDN’T RESIST.

I AM BY NO MEANS AN UPHOLSTERER I JUST LOVE A CHALLENGE..

AND AS FOR MY ‘STYLE’ WELL I DON’T HAVE ONE..I LIKE DIFFERENT THINGS FROM DIFFERENT YEARS ..NO RHYME OR REASON..JUST WHAT I FIND THAT APPEALS..I AM MORE LIKELY TO BE CLASSED AS QUIRKY..WHICH SUITS ME FINE..I DON’T WANT WHAT EVERONE ELSE HAS AND I SUPPOSE BY RE-DOING THINGS I GET THE CHANCE TO HAVE THAT.

I WENT OP SHOPPING..FOR MY OVERSEAS FRIENDS THIS IS THRIFT SHOPPING..USED OLD UNWANTED THINGS AT BARGAIN PRICES,

FIRST ONE I WENT INTO I FOUND THE MATERIAL I WANTED.

AN OLD BEDSPREAD..THICK MATERIAL SLIGHTLY EMBOSSED COLORS PERFECT FOR MY SEWING ROOM!

$15.00 A STEAL!

I SET ABOUT REMOVING THE COVERING…YUKKKK!!

YUKK!

YUKK!

SAD IT WAS PRETTY ONCE

FIRST THE FOOTSTOOL..THE FRINGE ON THE BEDSPREAD IS AN ADDED BONUS!..

ARMED WITH MY TACKS AND GOOD OLD GLUE GUN..I GOT BUSY..

FOOTSTOOL

FOOTSTOOL

AND THEN ONTO THE CHAIR…I HAVE GONE TO TOWN WITH THE FRINGE..LIKE I SAID I AM QUIRKY!

QUEEN OF THE QUIRKY

QUEEN OF THE QUIRKY

I WILL SAND THE WOOD BACK LIGHTLY AND GIVE IT EITHER A STAIN OR AN OIL..AND THEN I AM OFF SEARCHING FOR FEET FOR THE FOOTSTOOL..THE COLORS ARE MATCHING THE DRESSER I JUST FINISHED AND EVENTUALLY MY SEWING ROOM WILL BE FINISHED..I HAVE ALSO BEEN WORKING WITH OLD PICTURE FRAMES,OLD PAPER AND MATERIAL AND HAVE DONE SOME FRAMES THAT I AM PLEASED WITH TOO..NOT TO MENTION MY MACARON ADVENTURE ..SO THIS WEEK HAS BEEN ABOUT FINDING THINGS TO DO WHEN THE WEATHER IS CRAPPY OUTSIDE..

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE AND WHAT WILL YOU SEE IN YOUR WORLD THAT COULD BE GIVEN A NEW LEASE OF LIFE?

MOTHER OF THE GROOM PART TWO

LAST YEAR SAW OUR ELDEST SON GETTING MARRIED..TO SAY WE WERE PROUD PARENTS WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

THE YEAR WAS A BUZZ WITH WEDDING FEVER ..PLANS..OUTFITS..VENUES..RELATIVES FROM INTERSTATE AND FROM THE BRIDES SIDE ALSO OVERSEAS..

THE DAY WENT WITHOUT A HITCH..WELL ONE SMALL ONE WHEN SAID MARRIED SON RANG FROM THE HOTEL THAT NIGHT TO SAY THE PASSPORTS FOR THE HONEYMOON WERE STILL AT HOME..A MAD VERY VERY LATE NIGHT DASH FOR HUBBY INTO THE CITY TO DROP OFF THE PASSPORTS..

TO HAVE FAMILY TOGETHER FOR THESE OCCASIONS IS SO EXCITING..

WE STARTED THE DAY BEFORE WITH DROPPING THE DOGGIES OFF AT BOARDING..MANY HOURS AWAY..AND THE GIRLS..WELL THEY WERE HOME WITH OUR DAUGHTER AND AS SHE WAS LAST TO LEAVE FED THEM AND OF COURSE THEY WERE FINE INSIDE UNTIL WE GOT HOME..

LOVELY ROOMS WHERE THE PRE WEDDING KITCHEN TEA WAS HELD..

LOVELY ROOMS WHERE THE PRE WEDDING KITCHEN TEA WAS HELD..

THE BRIDE AND GROOM

THE BRIDE AND GROOM

THE MEN WHO MAKE MY LIFE COMPLETE

THE MEN WHO MAKE MY LIFE COMPLETE

ME AND MY BABY BOY

ME AND MY BABY BOY

BEAUTIFUL PICTURE

BEAUTIFUL PICTURE

WE DO CRAZY WELL OUR FAMILY

WE DO CRAZY WELL OUR FAMILY

THE GROOM AND HISBROTHER CHRIS...TWITS

THE GROOM AND HISBROTHER CHRIS…TWITS

CHRIS AND AMBER..NEXT ONES ON THE WEDDING ARENA

CHRIS AND AMBER..NEXT ONES ON THE WEDDING ARENA

ROMANCE

ROMANCE

THE NEXT MRS GREEN..THIS XMAS THERE WILL BE THREE OF US!

THE NEXT MRS GREEN..THIS XMAS THERE WILL BE THREE OF US!

THE NEXT WEDDING APPROACHES WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THIS TODAY

THE NEXT WEDDING APPROACHES WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THIS TODAY

SO WE HEAD TO ANOTHER WONDERFUL WEDDING IN NOVEMBER….

AND CLOSE TO OUR OWN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TOO..

WE CAN’T WAIT..WE JUST ASK THAT THE REMAINING TWO KIDS GIVE US A BREATHER FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS…TWO WEDDINGS AND AN ENGAGEMENT IN THE SPACE OF A YEAR IS WAY TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT FOR US OLD FOLKS HAHAHA

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYBODY…MUST DUST OFF THE DANCING SHOES!

All About Eddie: Part I

Isn’t Eddie a character…let’s hope he finds his forever home soon

Couches for Breakfast

Last week, I posted about our wish for Eddie to find his forever home in the next couple weeks and why we are unable to foster him any longer.  While I’ve been posting about Edwin for over a year, those posts don’t fully cover the things we discuss with potential adopters.  Plus, let’s be honest, most people don’t want to dig through a year’s worth of posts!  Since there is a lot to say about an adoptable dog who has been in foster care for more than a couple weeks, I’m breaking this into a few posts.

If you want to see cute pictures of Eddie, go here.

Personality: Indoors

Indoors, Eddie is low energy and laid back.  He will happily snooze the day away but will soak up any attention he is given.

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While he’s not the lick-your-face attention seeking type of dog, he loooves his scratches…

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RANDALL..THE RAVEN LUNATIC

All week I have stalked Randall..this has been a chore..you see he is on to me..so every time I was close..he took off..i have sat patiently in my car..looking like a weirdo..he has eluded me ..when I had my camera he was not there ..when I didn’t have my camera ..there he would be…

Finally I got him …i had to pull over to the wrong side of the road..(off the actual road)..and creep across to the passenger seat..sticking myself with the handbrake in  the process..slowly wind the window down and start shooting…he is at this every day..you see I think he thinks he has a girlfriend..one that dances like him,opens it’s mouth and talks like him…he just can’t get over his love for this mirror image..

He does this on and off all day everyday…singing and talking..his throat hackles flaring as he does..

What will  become of his affair when the bridge works down the road are finished and the grader has left…

I introduce Randall ..the Australian Raven (lunatic)

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WHY THERE ARE NO ‘FREE’ PETS

I thought that I would do a post on the importance of taking pet ownership seriously.

I get incredibly frustrated at peoples assumptions that ‘free to a good home’ is indeed a bargain,now don’t get me wrong,there are an amazing amount of people who get their pets this way and give them the best of everything life has to offer..but there are some who have no idea that animals..like people have needs and wants far beyond just a comfy bed and a toy or meal.

When you take on an animal you take them on for better or for worse…also like people they get sick,they have accidents and they age..this is where commitment comes in.

We have had the honour of animals in our lives for a long long time..this time has seen some beautiful moments and some incredibly sad and upsetting times also.

We have loved and lost more than our fair share of amazing pets..illness has taken some,old age others ,dog attacks some and a shotgun another.

We have always  placed our pets in the same position as any other family member..with a need for good food,health care,mental stimulation,comfort and safety.

Pickles was a rescue and as such ‘free’ but that was where the free part ended.

We place on our Vet an even higher priority than  our G.P…we had a brilliant Vet where we lived before and I did more research on Vets before we sold our house than anything else in the area.

We are lucky we found Dr Rayya a Vet who also cares for animals as we do..with respect and integrity.

I wish people would consider than long term post puppy/kitten/lamb etc care of their pets..

I decided to get our Vet bills and out of curiosity and in line with the ‘Free to a good home’ theme,add up the ones that we have kept (by no means all of them) dating back roughly eleven years..

Before I put the total up I need to clarify a few things..

1.This is not inclusive of special dietary food required by Dinnermintz

2.This is not inclusive of any food..dog.cat.sheep

3.This is not inclusive of boarding costs for the animals when we go away (four cats two dogs and three sheep)

4.This does not include toys,bedding,litter trays,litter,collars,leads,flea/worm treatments

5.This does not include Forrests medications

6.Fencing,cat enclosures,cat cages

7.This does not include brushes,combs,shampoos,car harnesses

I also don’t believe it is unreasonable..we have always had Vets that are very moderate in their fees.

The total I got was.

$17.137.29 Australian Dollars over 11 years.

Realistically this is only an average of $1.557.93 a year..so as you can see still far from ‘Free’

When taking this into consideration you need to understand that it isn’t always ‘averaged’ out..sometimes the bills are in one lump..illness or accident..being the reason.

These incidents can happen when you least can afford them..like I said just like with people.

So I urge people to think when seeing a ‘Free to a good home’ ad..do you have the ability to maintain the animal in a proper and loving way..are you able to care for an ill animal..both financially and emotionally..do you have a plan for when things go wrong,do you have back up and support,what are you prepared to go without to ensure your pet is properly cared for in times of need.

Doc ,Forrest and Marbles are the eldest of our pets and as such health issues will arise due to aging..the younger ones can still get ill or have accidents..

I would not swap the love loyalty fun and joy our pets have given us for any of the money we have spent.

We are not wealthy by any means,and we at times have to make big financial sacrifices to care for our pets,but we knew this when we got them,we owe them they are our family and we would not have it any other way.

Pop over and check out our amazing Vet Dr Rayya ..at  http://www.rayyathevet.com

She has some awesome information and also great stories !

Also on our other bloggie http://ourpawpad.wordpress.com

We have some stories on there soon about events that have happened with our animals and attacks,fosters and animal welfare related articles .

Have a great day folks.