Travelling Time

Me and Itai

Me and Itai

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Now as you all know, We have an aunty who likes to travel. This year she has gone all the way to Kurdistan region of Iraq to do some skiing. Me, Nellie and Itai do no know of this Kurdistan place, but mummy says it is far, far away and We would not like it there because there is lots of snow and it is cold. We three do not like the cold.   We like snoozing in front of the nice warm fire.  Would you like to see some photos, aunty took while she was in Skopje, Macedonia.   Of course, you would.

And for our feline friends.

Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

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Look What We have found!!

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Towards the end of summer, mummy and daddy thoughts turn towards preparing for winter. The main concern is getting wood for the fire. This morning when they were returning from loading up the trailer with wood, they spied this box in the paddock.

A bee hive

A bee hive

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While they knew Neighbour Luke was going to bring some hives over they were not sure when it was going to happen.

Beehive + bees = img_7424This is some honey that Neighbour Luke had brought around last month.

Now given the absolutely terrible summer, lots of wind, rain and cold temperatures,  We have been having, mummy was very pleased to see this in her garden this afternoon.

An eggplant

An eggplant which require warm temperature and lots of sunshine to grow. None of which We have had, so hence her surprise.

Love from the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

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My Daily Bone

Our lillies are just coming into bloom.

Our lilies are just coming into bloom.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Daddy’s cousin and her husband came for lunch on Saturday.  In an attempt to stop Us constantly barking We all got a big bone each!!!!!  Would you like to see photos of Us with our bones, of course you would.  Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

 

 

 

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A Garden Ramble

Me, the handsome maremma in the grass

Me, the handsome maremma in the grass

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now last Monday (a public holiday), even before our guests had left, Mummy tootled off in her little white car and left Us Three.  She was going on a garden ramble in town.  She likes to look at other people gardens and gets ideas as to what she can do in her garden which means lots of work for daddy

One thing she was surprised to see, was the number of people who had a few chickens  in their gardens while living in town. Would you like to see pictures she took?  Of course, you do.  Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

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Our Weekend

img_7480Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Well, our guests have come and gone.  We were soooooooooooo good.  We didn’t bark much at our guests and We were on our best behaviour.  In return We got the love and attention that We so richly deserve. Not to mention lots of tasty treats.  Mummy and daddy were very busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

While our guests were here, mummy saw another rabbit out eating apples underneath an apple tree. img_7473img_7470

 

 

 

And what were We doing while this rabbit was outside?

img_7476img_7478Why We were having our mid-afternoon nap.   Followed by our pre-dinner snooze.

 

img_7443img_7442Mummy brought a 4kg pork roast for dinner one night and was given a BIG box of bones and meat scraps by the butcher, which daddy gave some to the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

 

 

 

 

 

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Maremmas in the News

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Mummy found this article on a place called the “internet” and thought she would share it with you all. Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land, who are happy that our guests have started to arrive.

HOTEL’S SHEEPDOGS SURVIVE DEADLY AVALANCHE

Two victims that were caught up in the Italian avalanche that had a happy ending were the Hotel Rigopiano’s dogs, who have been reunited with their puppies.

italian-maremmasLupo and Nuvola (Wolf and Cloud), a pair of shaggy white Abruzzo sheepdogs who were born and raised in the ill-fated hotel, were initially feared to have perished in Wednesday’s tragedy.

But they were found on Thursday ambling along a road in Villa Cupoli, a hamlet more than two miles away, according to resident Martina Rossi, who worked at the hotel but was not there when the avalanche struck.

Earlier today, the hotel’s dogs Wolf and Cloud were found alive after previously going missing after the avalanche. This picture of the dogs was posted on Facebook overnight.

Earlier today, the hotel’s dogs Wolf and Cloud were found alive after previously going missing after the avalanche. This picture of the dogs was posted on Facebook overnight. She told the AFP news agency: ‘I saw them in the street about 9.30 pm on Thursday night, and my heart started beating very fast. ‘I called their names and they recognised me, I was so happy. I have no idea how they got there.’

With the hotel owner among the people missing under the ruins, the dogs have been taken in by another local resident who had just adopted a litter of puppies Nuvola had recently given birth to.

Also known as the Maremmano, the Abruzzo sheepdog breed is known for its photogenic appearance with the puppies resembling furry Polar bear cubs. Their white coats are the result of selective breeding in their native regions of Abruzzo and the Tuscan Maremma. The colour enabled them to blend in with sheep flocks they were assigned to protect from wolves.

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The Big Blow

Honey from Farmer Van

Honey from Farmer Van

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now as you all know it is supposed to be summer here in sunny New Zealand, therefore, hot, sunny and warm.  But for some reason this summer seems to have other ideas.  Today a weather bomb passed over the country with 154 km (95 miles) winds blowing through Wellington.  Accompanied by torrential rain. It certainly was windy here and this morning when mummy went out to feed those pesky chicken she saw a big branch blown off a tree in the paddock.

Daddy looking at the branch.

Daddy looking at the branch.

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Off We go.  We have heard mention of visitors coming this weekend. As loyal readers know Me and Nellie love having guests to stay.  More people to give Us the love and attention that We so richly deserve.   Not to mention more tasty treats coming our way.  Itai has yet to experience guests so he will be in for a pleasurable learning curve.

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Woofless Wednesday

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Summer harvest

Me and Nellie down under the apple tree

Me and Nellie down under the apple tree

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now as you all know, it is summer time here in the sunny Mangamahu valley.  However, mummy is starting to prepare for autumn and winter planting.  While we will never be self-sufficient it is good to be able to grow and eat ones own produce.

60 Bok Choy seedlings

60 Bok Choy seedlings to be planted out in a few months.

Lettuce and cauliflower seedlings

Lettuce and cauliflower seedlings

If you remember from our last post, there was a photo of our bean tripod, well today mummy froze the first of the French beans for the season.

img_7423Then we had a visitor from our neighbour Farmer Van with three containers of home-grown manuka honey.  We will be soon having some hives on our property so in the future we will be getting some more honey.  We will let you know.  Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

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Summer Garden

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Notwithstanding the alsolute appalling weather, mummy’s garden is starting to show the fruits of her labour.  Would you like to see some photos?  Of course you would. Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

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