Sunday, June 25, 2017


We acquired Spencer through a friend of Celia's who had his sister the prima donna Talulah!
We were surprised at how he made us laugh! Sometimes just a look, or his sneaking of my slippers even if I'd only taken it off to scratch my foot; when I went to put it back on it was gone!
He liked to come up as we were sitting on the couch and but his head under your hand so we would pat him.
But he would lie down and I couldn't reach, So then he'd stand up again
Or if we stopped he'd go to the other person on opposite side of the coffee table and just look back!!
he was a beautiful black cocker spaniel with unusually curly hair when it was long
and a very expressive tail (no docking for our boy!)
Only in his latter years did he master walking to lead!
He was endlessly patient. Just lying down at my feet.
Would get up even if I was just getting a pen then lie back down
He loved my slippers and would always find one and take it to his basket
In the morning I had one warm slipper!
He'd sleep anywhere !

He coped well after the move from the big backyard to the courtyard  
As he aged he got grey ears and a grey chest and muzzle .But still curly
He'd often lie on anything near his mat 
I took a series of photos in the last 2 years as he was now completely deaf and didn't wake immediately when i did
I wonder why I bothered with the bedding!

But then he'd get it!!
He loved going to the beach or cliff walk at Aireys Inlet as he could be safely off leash there
As he came completed deaf he didn't hear when I called and in a crowd couldn't see me 
So he was always on lead.
The opening of the Brooklyn reserve off leash park over the road in Brooklyn meant we could have a walk round the park then he could wander around there off lead.
He was funny, ignoring all the other dogs just doing his own thing.
People referred to him as a puppy and were stunned when I said how old he was. 
He was as thrilled to see me when I'd just been to get the mail, as he was when I got home late.
When Celia came home after a year or more intervals,  I was the 2nd fiddle for a few days. He remembered her well.
 I have donated his stuff to Pets of the homeless.
When I was down at Aireys this week I collected 4 more leads to donate
When I left Aireys he would run out and wait at the car and I'd often forget to get the lead, so had to buy another in Melbourne.
He was only unwell in the last 6 months and more in the last 3 months.
A life lived and loved well!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A wedding

My dear friend Jo was down in Melbourne for her eldest son John's wedding and called in to visit last week . Showing off her 15kg weight loss! 
I commented how in the old days people went to see the bride (or groom) at the church without going to the reception.
So I was delighted when she rang on Friday to say they were very happy if I wanted come to Yarraville Gardens for the Wedding at 10am .
So I got there at 9:50 and people were still setting up, and Jo was there with her kids and grandchildren, and a few guests.
Ina's (not sure of spelling) family are originally from Samoa and Jo said that the invitation said 9am so that they would all be there about 10am!! 
So by 10:15 the crowd was trickling in and a big surge at 10:20 ,
and probably from some pre-arranged signal the bride arrived at 1030.
Ina, Her parents (dad is a Church Minster) and  ?Niece
It was a lovely simple ceremony with about 60 people there.
Church members singing With Ina's Dad and brother (left)
The bride and groom and parents 
I have not seen Jo and Paul's kids all together for years, and their children have grown considerably since I saw some of them 
Marko, Beth, Ina and John and Kate (Natal was off playing) 
Alice, Kate, John, William
The family.
Cousins. Natal (Marko and Kate) and Zion (William)
John's waist length red hair has gone!!

Also there was Cass (William's partner) and Sam, Jo's brother Damian's son.
Jo had forgotten to tell Sam that although their invitation said 9 not to come till 10.  But when they rang the were 2 stops away! So settled in a cafe or something to kill time.
Beth was looking really pretty (like her mother) and dressed for the occasion!
I was so pleased to share this happy day with them.  

Friday, April 14, 2017

60 years of RCH Good Friday Appeal

Dan was host of the program interviewing the kids
He died this year at age of 93
At Appeal last year at 92
My old Moorabbin Archery Club was on the show!

Good Friday

Doing the usual stay at home in trackydacks, and read, garden, cook, and watch the Good Friday Appeal. With no TV this is the first year I have realised that Live on top of Plus 7 Yahoo actually means Live broadcast not Life style! (that I had only clicked on about 3 months ago. So seen the AFLW games!
 But I had been looking at the courtyard last week and while it is a big change from 2 years ago
When we moved in 
Last week 
I wasn't happy with the pots all just line dup along the edge. (partly to control where along the garden Spencer would walk and compact.HE has a favourite pee spot next to the begonias pots so I have left that accessible.
But I was after some 'spaces' rather than a row of plants
So I started to move stuff around
Still looks like a lan,e but will see what I can move out without Spencer knocking it down.
He'll just have to learn to weave
Tree dahlia is getting tall by the tank.
 Blooms at end of Autumn 

The succulent bed is thriving
The blue pots are today planted grasses so when bigger will move them 

move date succulent pots to beside door 
Still not sure but looks better I still have to water the plants even if they are at the garden edge so being under cover is no big deal, but they still get sunshine.
I need to be sure I don't trip over stuff and that Spencer doesn't knock things over as he races around

Monday, March 6, 2017

Canberra NGA

Last month I decided to make a quick trip o canberra to see the Treasures of the Versailles Exhibition. I hadn't been to Canberra for quite a few years so I wanted to see the new National Portrait Gallery as well.
So I booked in to a small hotel that on the map was walking distance, and used some FF points to fly up Business Class.
The hotel was 20 minute walk in what was a hot week but going early enough made it easy.
The hotel room was amazing small but with the bed taking up he whole of the picture window at end of the room The bed, when you sat on it felt too soft but it turned out to be incredibly conformable with a sort of 6inches of cushioning before you hot firm. They even advertised you could order a bed $2000.
The traffic in canberra has to be seen to be believed!
11am on a Friday morning 
and arriving at the National Gallery of Australia I entered through the beautiful water feature on the side.

 The Versailles exhibition was great and the audio guide beyond excellent! Really interesting history and side stores as well as music of the time .
Phoot of Hall of Mirrors
Louis XV1 in his cell before execution 
Beautiful wood, porcelain and enamel work 

A Barometer 
Beautiful art works 
A fountain statue from the gardens 
After hours in there I had lunch then did a round of the Main exhibitions
From Muchas,  to Monet, to Magritte