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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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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