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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A Little Woofathon

Me and Daddy having a little cuddle in front of the fire.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now as you all know We three do like a good woofathon.  Just to let the neighbours and the world in general know that We are all here keeping an eye on everything happening in our ‘hood.  Every day, often more than once the neighbour walks his greyhounds.  Every day, often more than once a day We three have to let our family and anyone else within listening distance that this is event is occurring. And how do We do this might you ask.  Why We have to rush out and bark, and bark and then bark some more.

See our modus operandi.

 

Aren’t We the three bestest maremmas in all the land!!

 

 

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Our visitors have Gone

See Me and Nellie waiting for some tasty treats to fall from the table.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Over the last weekend it was Queen’s Birthday weekend, celebrating Elizabeth II’s birthday. It is a public holiday here in New Zealand, hence the arrival of our visitors.  Brother even came home for the long weekend, bringing his dirty washing home for mummy to do.

The weather was fine and lots of good food was cooked and eaten.  Mummy made two date loaves and two Feijoa chocolate cakes, however, she forgot to take photos of them to prove their existence, before they were eaten by our hungry guests.  On Saturday night, daddy cooked a slow roast pork,  it was in the oven for 7 hours. Imagine all that tantalising smell waffting through the house all day.

Any tasty treats in the offering?

Did they share anything with the three bestest maremmas in all the land?  Yes, of course, but not as much as We think we deserve.

Mummy and aunty had to go to Palmerston North to visit their uncle who is in hospital.  Travelling back, our Holden SUV started to play up and begun to lose power.  Mummy managed to get it to our local garage and daddy picked them up from there.  It would transpire that our Captiva got knocked out by a rat climbing into the engine air intake and chewing on the air filter. Resulting bits caused wild sensor readings which made the engine do all sorts of weird stuff. Rat chewed its way through the air filter cover to get out as well.  Mummy says Lord knows how much the repair bill will be, but thankfully any repairs will be covered by insurance.

 

A picture of our car

Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

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Today is the first day of Winter

See Me under a nice warm blanket.

Greetings loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Today, is the first day of Winter,here in the sunny Mangmahu Valley. However, today seems a little misty.  Mummy, of course has been too busy to attend to the bloging needs of the three bestest maremmas in all the land.  What has she been doing, you might ask? Well, she has been attending to her garden.  She was telling daddy who is no gardener that currently growing in the vegetable garden are the following: celery, broccoli, cauliflower, broad beans,  garlic, potatoes, boy choy, silverbeet, spring onions and red onions.  Not bad for beginning of winter.

Would you like to see some photos, mummy took this morning.  Of course, you would.  Before I forget, We overheard mummy and daddy talking about the guest who were supposed to be coming to visit Us at Easter are now arriving this weekend.  Hurrah.  As loyal readers know We love visitors.  All the love and tasty treats that We deserve.  Mummy is even talking of doing some baking.  Wonders never cease to happen!!.  Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

 

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Now, isn’t this the picture of innocence?

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now as you all know I am the bestest maremma in all the land.  I can do no doggy wrong.  Goodness oozes from every paw. So imagine my surprise when mummy started yelling at me!!! Something about being a “bad dog”.  How can that be loyal readers?  Could it be something to do with me eating the freshly cooked beetroot that mummy was going  to prepare as a salad? Nah couldn’t be.

See the picture of perfection.

Just like Nellie, who is a good dog.

Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

 

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Winter Gardening

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now as you all know it is autumn here in the sunny Mangamahu valley.  One of the many things mummy has been doing is preparing the garden to begin planting winter vegetable plants.

 

She planted 18 broad bean seeds and 17 germinated.  She thought that was pretty good.

The broad bean seedlings planted in the garden. The netting is to keep those pesky chickens out until the plants get bigger.

Her cauliflower plants are growing.  Just as well, because due to the bad weather we have been having in New Zealand the price of vegetables has shot up.  Cauliflowers are selling for up to NZ$10 EACH.

There are three cauliflowers growing and there are more seedlings to be planted out.

Tiny coloured silverbeet seedlings.

Today, she is going to plant garlic in an already prepared garden bed.

Would you like to see some photos of Itai, taken by sister when she was home from uni-ver-si-ty last month.  Of course, you would.

Love from the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

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Italian Maremmas

Itia checking out Nellie’s new bed.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Sorry We three have not been around in Blogville lately.  It would seem that mummy has better things to do been busy lately with other activities, rather than attend to the blogging needs of the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

So,   what prompted mummy to come back online was a couple of photos a friend of hers sent to her all the way from Santo Stefano in I-ta-ly.  We three do not know of this place, mummy says it is far, far away and it the country where We maremmas come from.

See don’t these dogs look just like Me, Nellie and Itai.

Love Nellie, Jasper and Itai, and We promise to back soon.

 

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Sunny Days are here again

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Well, the forecast rain and flooding thankfully did not eventuate and after a few days the rain stopped. Mummy was very busy taking advantage fo the few sunny days we were having by going outside and “hanging washing on the line” and daddy was very busy “mowing the lawns”. However, their plans are being thwarted by yet another storm that is about to hit New Zealand in the next few days.

Here are a few photos mummy took of the swollen river and damp countryside, when she went on one of her walks.

Off, we three go, for We have heard rumours that we are having guests over Easter and that brother could be coming for a visit.  As loyal readers know, We love having visitors.  All those tasty treats just waiting to be given to the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. As they say it never rains but it pours and believe Us it is pouring here in the sunny Mangamahu valley.  The storm is the tail end from a cyclone that has caused devastation in Australia.  In fact it has been raining so much and there is more rain to come that there has been a state of emergency declared this afternoon.  Evacuations of homes in Wanganui will commence tomorrow.  The mayor says the flooding could reach levels of “historical precident”.

Daddy is in Wellington and is trying to get home, hopefully tonight.  Don’t worry about the three bestest maremmas in all the land.  We are safe and warm, snoozing inside.

Here are some photos taken by aunty this afternoon at about 5 pm of the Mangawhero River, which is about 1.6 km (just under a mile)  from our place.

We are about 30 km (18 miles) from Wanganui and the weather prediction for the next few days is not good.  Due to flooding and slips we could be cut off for up to a week depending on how high the rivers get.  We will keep you posted.

Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land and their family.

 

 

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Doggy Poem

This Is Just to Say: A Mad Lib For Dogs

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