Flakey Snow

Hi all, it’s me – Nellie. Well, this Snow has been with us for nearly a week and I can say I am not happy with this leapy, bouncing creature that keeps on annoying me by assisting on playing with me.  For some reason, mummy and daddy are enamoured with this creature.  They pick him up and play with him and laugh when he does something stupid (which is most of the time).  Mummy swears he is getting bigger by the day.

Young and old

Me, I like to keep my distance and growl whenever this creature comes too close to me. Daddy says soon I will get used to him and maybe even play with him.  I don’t think so. After all he is not my beloved Jasper.

What do loyal readers think about this creature?  Love Nellie, Itai and creature Snow.

Snow meeting a baby goat.

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Greetings.  At the risk of giving you all an overdose of Snow, mummy has been very restrainted in her selection of photos.

Here goes……………

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Snow Preparations

Hi. It’s Me – Nellie here.  For some reason this was appeared in the corner of the kitchen.  Mummy says it is a doggy bed, but it not  either of our beds. We wonder whose it is?  We are most perplexed. And just for another added clue.

From the two bestest maremmas in all the land.

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Snow is Coming

Itai in the sunshine. See no Snow!!

Hello world.  It’s me – Nellie.  Me and Itai are somewhat perplexed.  For a week now, we have been hearing talk of Snow coming.  Now as you all know We live in the sunny Mangamahu valley and it has only snowed here once in many year and that was back in 2011.


So, we do not understand this talk of Snow.  What can it mean?  Mummy says that our lives will never be the same when this Snow arrives on Saturday.  She says We have to be good dogs and be nice to this Snow.  She has even been doing some tidying up by removing all the assorted shoes and gumboots off from the deck, where they have been abandoned, neatly left.  She says Snow will chew anything and everything in its path. How can this be?  Can you see why we are confused.

Me and Itai getting some love and attention from daddy.

Oh well, no doubt all will be revealed soon.  Meanwhile, it is time for our mid-afternoon snooze, to be followed by our pre-dinner nap.

Love Nellie and Itai.

A magpie, mummy saw this afternoon collecting maremma fur for its nest.

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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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