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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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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