Saturday, 15 July 2017

Back....

 Two fires roaring to heat the old villa, coats hanging over railing to dry - it is winter here in New Zealand

 Snow on the Tararuas  today

Kingston Tunic 

Gosh it was May since I last blogged and 5 months into my gap year.... I can't honestly say what I've been up to.... Looking after family (and I'm thrilled to say some fab progress has been happening!), decluttering and selling my homeschooling books and study books... still more to sort through.


Oh I got a new car - which is called Kenny G or Kimmie but in reality is called the dober van as it carries Louie the Doberman around.


Louie has been quite a problem. First off I am a cat person not a dog person. But Louie is sooo needy. He barks if left alone. And frankly I've been really struggling with such a velcro dog. We had a dog behaviourist out and she helped. A few new things have been put in place and I am coping a little better with him. Louie and I are trying to bond  - ok I am trying to bond better with Louie, Louie just wants to be with me ALL the time. Something I am not used to from a dog. I'm even now training Louie for competitions.... Bit of a laugh as I have never done anything like it before in my life, I'm pleased to say - Louie and I were not the worst at the seminar we went to. But we are the bottom of the class that we attend each week. We are working hard to get into a higher level of  a training group.

Abbey has got me organised on a  Facebook Group where I now upload videos daily of the cats staying at Cottage Tails Farm Stay for Cats  instead of blogging. It is so much easier - and my videoing is getting better. Feel free to join the group if you would like to follow the cats that stay. Feel free to share with your friends if they are looking for a cattery. (many thanks to the lovely people who have been telling their friends about us)


Not much gardening has been done... but come spring time that will change. There are little hints of spring daily in the garden which bring me great joy.


I've been enjoying knitting, listening to audio books, going to movies and watching some fab shows on TV - rather decadent lifestyle aye,



I'm hooked on the TV show Good behavior - it has Lady Mary from Downton Abbey and she is soo good! I find I can't knit and watch it - as there are so many surprises. It's a little shocking (I get shocked easily) but terribly good. We get it in New Zealand on Neon. Have you seen it?



I enjoyed Wonder on audio and very much looking forward to it coming out at the movies - they have the characters perfect. A wonderful book for children to read!


I'm currently listening to Bear Town (same author as A Man called Ove). It is touching on some tough topics, but so far tastefully written. I've not finished it yet, but so far I would have made it a book that was to be read and studied in homeschooling (senior years)

I'll try and get back into blogging...

I've been pretty good at putting a photo a day up on Instagram - which is a bit of a sneek peek into my days.


8 comments:

  1. Looks like you have been busy with your hands. Great to see the snow! I am looking forward to seeing Wonder, I loved the book. Keep warm. xxx

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    1. Isn't Wonder a lovely book! I think Julia Roberts will be the perfect mum, and towards the end of the book I could really see Owen Wilson as the dad. The little boy played the lad in movie Room.

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  2. It has been a bit chilly, but nice to see the daffodils around the place and the blue skies today.

    keep warm my friends.

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    1. no daffodils out at my place yet... but soo looking forward to them. A frost here this morning. James starts night shift next week, I thought of you. Not sure how it is going to work with a barking Louie. He is terribly naughty at it.

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  3. glad you are back! ahhhh...winter! i am so done with summer over here. i understand how you are with louie. chows are more like cats than dogs. i don't know that i could have any other kind of dog. they are not clingy at all.

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    1. Winter hasn't been too bad, but we are chewing through the wood. Louie is the first doberman we have ever had like this. I think the doberman has been bred out of him and we have a lab. As he gets older I am sure he will get better.... I hope!

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  4. welcome back :) I'm sure your dog will be better as he ages. Dogs are needy! Frodo took four years for the neediness was better.

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    1. Four years, Oh NO! - He is being terribly good this morning. Our son is on night shift so everyone is trying to shhhhhh

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