Friday, June 30, 2017


I was invited by Tony and Lisa from the yacht club to join them on a sailing week in Croatia out of Split on the Adriatic. I hesitated  financially but thought I won't get a chance to do this again so said YES.
I flew to Zagreb and stayed in an airbnb for 4 nights then got the train with Di, down to Split on the Adriatic coast.
Met the others the next day and took a bus to Marina Agana to join the yacht Flotilla Sunsail.
The flight over with Qatar was great; I like the breakdown of the flights that allow for sleep at the right time.
Got airport bus to the city then after  a few false turns found the apartment .

the apartment is behind these rooms just past the red sign. 
From the same place looking to the left is the Square and trams (Blue) 
 The weather as you can see was lovely Av daily Temp 26.
part of the 4 block park with station at the end 

Fountains in the park
Great doorways and old buildings.
This little building had a church circular window!
Tram tickets are bought at kiosks Valid for 2-4 hours Kiosks are at every stop or nearby 

House designs were on the street with inner courtyards
Lots of attics!!
Church of St Francis on a small corner 
Walking to the cemetery at last came to some run of the mill apartments 
The trams had  a dedicated road space with hedging along so you could only cross at lights
Park through a small wood to the Cemetery

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!

Christmas Lights

While Brooklyn Victoria is not on the scale of Brooklyn New York a local street is becoming  the for Christmas lights So we planned a walk ...