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Walking the Wetlands

Benji at the Wetlands

Reduced water levels

Have been down to the wetlands the last few days and found the water level has really dropped. So much so that the bottom of the main pond is visible in one area. Still, walking around is not any different. Well it is a bit in that the Benji has a sore paw and walking on gravel hurts him, so I have to carry him over the gravel parts. Well, ok – I guess that’s part of the job description.  The work on the Cafe/Kiosk seems to have come to a halt for the moment and I am not really expecting much movement until next summer. See, I am optimistic! The Whyalla jetty was damaged in a storm last year and closed down for safety reasons. It was popular with  fishing people and people who just wanted a walk along its length. However,  it has taken council until now to decided to replace it. The new jetty will be twice the size of the old jetty and will have a circle in the middle. They say that this is the design that was voted on by public  consultation but I don’t remember being asked. I suspect that it is one of these things you never hear about unless you follow the daily “doings”of council.

The reason for us being down the wetlands these last few days has to do with Benji.  I normally set the alarm for 5:45 and by 6am we are on the road.  The last few days he has been very reluctant to go out in the morning and the other morning when we did go out, we had only gone about 100 yards when he came right to my side and sat down and his demeanor made it clear that he really didn’t want to go. So, I turned round and took him home. Later on in the morning he was a bit more lively so I  got him into the car and we drove to the wetlands. He was quite

The new cafe under construction.

walking and checking the p-mail – except with the gravel area. Age — well I was told he was about 5 when I adopted him and he has been with me for over two years so he’s about 7(ish) – not really old at all.

The little jetty behind Benji – in the photograph – is used for launching boats. No, not boats for people, since that’s not allowed, but radio controlled boats. While we were down there one of the boats that had been sailing suddenly stopped and refused to move. The radio controller having no effect. Since it was too far out to reach he had to telephone the council and explain and they reluctantly allowed him to put a real boat into the pond to retrieve the  radio controlled boat, which had now floated over to one of the islands. He was allowed to get the motorboat but to remove the real boat as soon as that had been done. The water is ‘run-off water” not suitable for animals nor humans and, of course, the lack of rain has meant no run-off water, or very little.

Our Wedding “a few years ago” Me. Annabell and Rev. James Currie

Recently I was reading a post about “How we met” which I found interesting. How we met… I had decided that I was not going to a retreat, since I had already been at several, and stay home. One of our Collegiate Ministers, decided  I must have made a mistake and picked me up in the morning.  It was there at the Church of Scotland Conference Center, Carberry Towers, that I met Annabell. The following August we were married with both ministers conducting the service – Alex Keith and James Currie. That was a wee while ago !! Can’t remember the piper’s name though. Actually if we want to be correct her name is not Annabell, it’s Annabella, named  after Queen Annabella,  Wife of Robert III, King of Scots.

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9 comments on “Walking the Wetlands

  1. a big hug and a wet weim kiss to benji and lots of POTP… and we love your wedding photo!!!!!

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  2. We hope sweet Benji begins to feel better and the foot stops bothering him soon. LOVE your wedding photo. So festive and smile worthy. Oodles of best wishes this Easter weekend.

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  3. Oh, poor Benji! Why the sore paw? My heart goes out to the little guy! 😢

    Happy Almost Anniversary to you and Annabella!!

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    • One of his claws is growing at an odd angle and causing him discomfort. We have already been to the vet and he cut the claw and we had the hope that it would grow back again in the right position. It has not, so now what will happen is that after Easter he will go back to the vet and we will arrange an small operation of de-claw that particular toe. In the mean time he is fine walking on even surfaces but the gravel causes him pain and discomfort. Hence the fact that I carry him over the gravel parts at the wetlands.

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  4. Brilliant that you followed up with a photo – it’s lovely!

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  5. He has a claw on his back left paw that is growing out at right angles. The vet removed the claw and we gave him cream and a collar to stop him licking the cream. We hoped that the claw would grow back in the correct position. It has not. So back to the vet and he may have to have a small operation to de-claw that particular toe. Other than that, he’s fine.Thank you for your comments – we have had a good weekend thus far.

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