Missing Jasper

The last photo taken of Jasper with Itai.

Greetings. It’s me – Nellie.  Life is still very sad around here, since Jasper went to the Rainbow Bridge.  Mummy is slowly getting used to not having a great furry git following her around the house and garden.  She says sometimes she thinks she sees a glimpse of a big white dog out of the corner of her eye but then realises she is mistaken. Me and Itai don’t seem to want to do much of anything now.  Mummy and daddy say it is very quiet and how they miss the barking.

While we all miss Jasper, there is talk of another doggy joining us here at Chez Jasper.  A puppy!!  Mummy says the new puppy will be good and kind.  The new puppy will not bark and escape. The new puppy will not chew the furniture, shed fur all over the carpet, always let mummy groom him and never get on the couch/bed.

Love Nellie and Itai, the two bestest maremmas in all the land.

Getting Daddy love.


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R I P Jasper

Greetings loyal readers. It is with a heavy heart that I have to let Blogville know that overnight Jasper crossed over the Rainbow bridge. We are all devastated. Nellie and Itai are very subdued. They know something is not right in their world. He was eight years old and kept the best of health until this. He was a good dog and was very much loved by his family.

Jasper’s mother

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What you can find…..

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. This morning mummy was out in the garden picking out self seeded ivy plants from underneath a row of hedging trees. She looked up and what did she spy but a bird house that she had never noticed before.

The very used bird house.

Mummy says we will have to place it somewhere so it can be used again.

Now, as you all might remember mummy’s uncle has been in a retirement home for the last six months and now the family have been sorting out his home.  Mummy has been coming home with all sort of treasures junk.

See a chamber pot with a Pelargonium. The chamber pot came from uncle’s house.

Another chamber pot, this time with a cyclamen plant

Mummy is a swimmer,  she tries to swim 1km two or three times a week at our local pool.  Sister has been back for  the university holidays working at the Marton pool as Head Life Guard.    The pool is run by a gentleman who is a member of New Zealand Olympic Swim coach team and he has offered  mummy swim lessons (in exchange for her wonderful lemon loaf cake).  So. mummy has to be at Marton pool at 7:30 am on Tuesday morning. 40 minutes away!!

Why anyone would want to immerse themselves in water is beyond the ken of this dog but hey what would we know.Love three bestest mareemas in all the the land.

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Boy!! Is it Hot!!

A very late-blooming Christmas Lilly

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Once again we have been away from Blogville. For this We must apologies.  For some reason, beyond the ken of three of the bestest maremmas in all the land, mummy has been busy lately.  Much too busy to attend to our blogging needs, but as our loyal readers know this is a very familiar story to all of you.

Brother came to visit Us at Christmas and brought some new visitors for mummy him to look after.  For some reason We were not allowed to play with our guests.




In an attempt to keep cool, Itai has dug himself a nice dirt bed in the cool soil, underneath the grapevine.

Unfortunately, he gets rather grubby in the processes, but he is so happy.

Me, I am just hot.

Daddy has been busy doing this:

And Nellie has just been adorable. Love Us Three.

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Life in the Countryside

Means dealing with lots of Sh*t.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  As you all know, We live in the very sunny Mangamahu valley – a very long way from town.  Therefore, We are not on town sewage.  We have a septic tank to deal with our waste water.   Today a large truck appeared in our driveway.  It would appear that our septic tank needed to be emptied. So, how did mummy and daddy know this.  Well, it was the appearance of smelly water on our lawn that made them think maybe the tank needed emptying and the fact that we have been living here for 8 years and have never emptied the tank.  Two very good clues one would assume.

So, daddy and the man from Allens Spetic Tank Cleaning service spent a joyful couple of hours, finding the lid to the septic tank, digging it out, lifting the concrete lid, and pumping the sh*t waste out. Mummy, of course supervised and took photos and The three bestest maremmas in all the land were tied up, away from the action. Would you like to see some photos. Of course, you would.

Mummy and daddy were so thankful to the man from Allen’s.  He saved Us from a lawn full of sh*t, specially on the day of mummy’s birthday.  We will be back tomorrow for our summer Christmas holiday traditions.   Love Jasper, Nellie and Itai.

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Mummy’s Garden Photos


Greeting Loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Today, is the first day of summer here in New Zealand.  After months of rain, the rain has stopped and we have had nearly a month of no significant rain fall.  Which means mummy, is now having to spend her time watering the gardens. She likes the luscious look and as we have access to bore water, we have plenty of water for the garden.  Temperatures have been 26 C (78F) to 34C (93F).  The three bestest maremmas in all the land do not like being too hot.   Would you like to see some photos of mummy’s garden.  Of course you would.




Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

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Guess What Happened this Evening?

We have new neighbours!! We are looking after the neighbours two horses.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now as you all know we live on a small life-style block (six acres) in the middle of no-where, or as the locals would say “the wop-wops.  Lots have been happen here at Chez Jasper over the last few weeks.  We have four sheep living with us and tonight they were shorn.  As mummy would say it was long overdue and this is reflected in how dirty the fleeces were.  We promise We shall return soon.  Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.


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Mummy’s Garden

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  As promised here are some photos of mummy’s garden. Not so many of the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

Beans. Mummy thinks they could be eating fresh beans by Christmas.

Jersey benne potatoes, for Christmas dinner.

Unruly broad beans.

Broccoli head

Mummy dug up her three surviving blueberry plants, put them into pots so she could use their garden bed for kumera (sweet potato). The plants in the gravel are poppies and borage, to attract bees to the garden.

Pumpkin, courgette and eggplants getting ready to go out into the garden.

Basil, dill and lemon grass.

Newly planted tomatoes. There are lots more plants to go out yet.

And a photo of Me!!. My favourite place is resting underneath the kitchen table. You never know when a tasty treat might fall from the sky.


One last photo of Farmer Rae’s cow.  We do like to bark at them when they come close to the fence.

Think of Us tomorrow.  Mummy is away all day on her garden tour, leaving Us in the tender loving care of Aunty.

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We are still here.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Yes, We three are still here. Not that you would know that due to the lack of blogging activity over the last few months.

Sometimes, mummy goes away.  She LEAVES the three bestest maremmas in all the land.  Today, she went into the house garden and shut the gate, leaving We three outside.  She says it is easier to weed and dig her vegetable garden without our assistance.  Cruel, we tell you: cruel!!  How can We supervise her activities and be with her at all times as per the maremma code when she denies us access?  We just had to sit outside and wait.  While We were waiting daddy took our photo.

See three patient maremmas.

Mummy promises to take some more photos of her vegetable garden, when she has done more weeding.  At the moment, the weeds are growing at a greater rate than the vegetable plants.

Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

Our fruit trees are ladened with fruit this year.

Mummy and her aunt are going on a garden tour next week, so she will be taking lots of photos of other peoples gardens.

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Wonderful, Clever Maremmas

Guardian Dogs as Bandicoot Bodyguards

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