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Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Birds

It was just like the Alfred Hitchcock film, except I was not worried about getting my eyes gouged out. My main concern was a "lucky" poops landing on me. Although I would not have felt so lucky to be honest.

There must have been thousands of birds overhead. At one stage it was like a huge black noisy cloud overhead. I think they are attacking trees en-mass to eat any cherries remaining or what ever is available.

In any case, it was a pretty amazing scene. It also reminded me that I need to clean up out front door step. We recently discovered a nest under the roof of our house.

It is a family of tiny "Schwalben" (Swallows). They travel to the Northern Hemisphere in the summer months to breed and eat flies and bugs. There are babies in the nest as we can hear them chirping away. There is also poo all over our front door and window ledges.

My parents in laws have many nests at their farm in Austria. They are apparently considered good luck -  birds and luck - who da thought it? I guess its only luck if you are not a fly, bug or standing underneath one at a crucial moment.......splat! 

In the northern winter they travel south to Africa to keep warm. A long way to travel for such a small creature. Although sweet, I'll be happy for them to be on their way, so I can have my front door area bird poop free. I am thinking to call in the fire men to remove the nest, its very high up and I am sure our "neighbours" would be willing to help. Yep, we have the Fire Station as neighbours -  keep your hats on girls!

Ok voting is open. KEEP NEST or REMOVE IT ?????

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Just too cute

Spoiler Alert - if you are even considering getting a dog, read no further! I can not be held responsible for you going and buying one tomorrow.


Today we visited some cute fluffy friends. Very sweet cuddly friends. These 2 little balls of fluff are called Lady and Pippa.

Although I know photographing my kids is tough. With these 2 small things it is almost impossible. Thus the phrase never work with kids or animals. The challenge here is they don't yet know their names. So neither responds when called. We went down to the park and thought to take them off their leads. This is what happened...

We called and then we called...louder. But rather than come to some loving voices for a pat, they ended up rolling about on the grass together. That was after us chasing them all over the park.

We then had the sense to put the leads back on them, so they could roll around and chew on the leads. The moral of the story (in regards to having 2 puppies) is that they need to be separated in these early months. This is so that they can learn their names and get properly trained. Eventually they can keep each other company. But as you have seen now they are just happy to hang out with each other and cause mischief.

This is Lady.

And here is Pippa.

Our oldest girl now wants another puppy. Littlest was a bit freaked out by all the jumping and excitement. I found this surprising as they are at least a quarter of the size of our doggie and don't have such big teeth. Here she is not fazed by the huge yawn and bad breath.

But our beloved Goldie did look like this about 4 years ago....flashback....

Don't you just want to go out and buy one and then some new shoes.....after they chew up a few of your current pairs.