The Old Buick Van


Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now as you all know, mummy has been disappearing over to Palmerston North to visit her uncle.  While she was over there, she took some photos of the family business’s old Buick van.  She remembers playing on it as a child and brother played on it when he was little.  He called the van a “Brum” after the world-famous little car.  They are hoping that the van will go to a local museum, on loan.

See it is a little dusty

The van was brought in 1927 by mummy’s great grand-father for 228 pounds ($21,829.60 in today’s money)


Mummy says not a lot of “stuff” every gets thrown away, it all just seems to get redistributed.  Now, would you like to see photos of Nellie being cute?  Of, course you would.

Nellie and brother. Nellie is NOT on the couch, just a figment of your imagination.

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One Very Stressed Mummy

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Today mummy’s very elderly computer finally died.  It was daddy’s one from work and was as old as medusa. somewhere from  2007.  Needless, to say she is not happy.  All her important documents have gone and considering in a  previous corporate life she worked in legal information management, you would think she would have back up all her digital documents etc.  But, oh no.  Everything is gone.  But we are not too concerned as she will take her elderly computer over to her little man in Palmerston North and he will (for a generous fee)  be able to retrieve her important documents.   So bear with us as We may not be around in Blogville much in the future.  Having said that Mummy did have a post semi prepared that she will share with you later.  And what’s more there is a general election on today and mummy’s other computer has NO SOUND!!  .And you have to remember that We live in the country side, and cell phone coverage is 15 to 20 minutes away so we do not have smart phones etc.  And what is more, after 26 years of loyal viewing mummy and daddy got rid of Sky which is NZ’s cable TV.  Needless,  to say mummy who is a news junkie is not happy,  Love the three bestest maremmas in the land.

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Look, look S.O.D has returned!!

See the picture of innocence

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now, as you all know We are the bestest, most well-behaved maremmas in all the land.  Goodness oozes from every paw.   So imaging our surprise when mummy discovered this suspicious hole in the lawn.  Who could have caused this, you might ask?  We blame S.O.D (someotherdoggy).  However, mummy has her doubts.

See the evidence

Not Us of course.

Let the evidence speak for itself.  Love the three bestest maremma in all the land.

Chatham Island forgetmenot.

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Doggy Delight

Me waiting to see what is happening?

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now as you are all aware, We all live on a rural property in the sunny Mangamahu valley.  As you would  know, we have livestock on our property.   Can you guess where this is leading too?  Well, over the weekend, the old boy-friend, brother and daddy killed and processed two of the year old lambs. We are in meat heaven.  Mummy was complaining that she couldn’t find the frozen peas for dinner last night.  It was too much effort to move kilos of meat to get to the bottom of the freezer.  Instead, they had frozen beans,  easier to locate.

Now if you don’t like photos of dead meat, then you might like to leave now.


Don’t worry about US.  We had lots of scrapes and bones.  Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

Let US in!!


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Please Let Me Inside!!

See look at my charming, friendly clean face.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. For some reason mummy wouldn’t let Me and Nellie inside this afternoon. Something about being muddy doggie woggies.  We really can’t understand why she is being so mean to US.  After all, are We not the bestest maremmas in all the land.   Maybe, it might have something to do with the fact, We may have gone off and done some rabbit hunting. What do you think, loyal readers?  Should We have been let inside?



But you will be glad to know after some time and a bit of whimpering on my part, mummy relented and let Us inside.  Love Jasper, Nellie and Itai, who is nice and clean.


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A Touch of Sunshine

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Signs of Spring Coming

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Yes, brother did come home to give the three bestest maremmas in all the land all the love and attention We deserve.

We are now half way through the month of August already. Doesn’t time fly!! For once it was not raining today, so mummy ventured out to the garden and took some photos of the beginning signs of spring.  Would you like to see them?  Of course, you would.

Pink forget-me-not

White forget-me-not





Little starling chicks in their nest

White camellia

Broad bean flower

An emerging asparagus

See there is lots happening at Chez Jasper’s garden.

See getting lots of daddy love

Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

Having an afternoon snooze



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Three Maremmas in the Winter Sun

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Where has July gone?

See Us three giving Itai’s first mummy lots of maremma love and attention.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Yes, we are still here, just in case you were wondering where the three bestest maremmas in all the land have got to.

July has been a month of visitors.  Itai’s first mummy came to visit Us. Sister and her new boyfriend also came to see Us. Yes, a new one.  Much to daddy’s amusement, he managed to be in our house for all of three hours before he had to pay a visit to our local A & E department.  No, it was nothing to do with the antics of the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

It would appear that the new boyfriend, who is a city boy, did not realise that old-fashioned country beds often have, along with a head board, a foot board. He jumped on the bed and hit his mouth on the foot board, resulting in his top teeth coming through his bottom lip.  Lots of blood and five stitches.  Sorry, mummy and daddy were laughing too much no photos. Don’t worry, other than a bit of hurt pride, there were not long term injury.

Said foot board exposed

Said foot board covered by a duvet.






And what have the three bestest maremmas in all the land been doing all month.

Well, we have been doing some of this:

And a bit of that:

Don’t worry, we have been getting out and doing a bit of exercise.


Love Jasper, Nellie and Itai.

P S.  We have heard rumours that brother might be coming home for a few months.  It is fitting and proper that he comes and gives Us the love and attention that We so richly deserve.  Watch this space!!


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America’s Cup is now Our Cup, again

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Now as you all know We live in New Zealand. Kiwis (as New Zealanders call themselves) are by their very nature sports mad. The schools brother and sister attended had compulsory summer and winter sport. Sister played hockey, and participated in  triathlons. Brother played rugby and tennis.

Most Kiwis live within a 90 minute drive of the sea. Sailing is a very popular sport, so it is natural that Kiwis participate on the world’s sailing stage.  And did We do so this morning. After the disaster of San Francisco 4 years ago, the America cup comes back to its rightful home.  Mummy is glad that all this media hype is over for another four years, so we can  all concentrate on the beating the Lions rugby team  this Saturday night in the second test against the All Black.  Of course, the All Blacks won the first test.

The Auld Mug.

Our regular posts should resume, when mummy actually manages to stay home for a whole day and not go disappearing off to Palmerston North to visit  her uncle.

Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

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