Wetlands; Stroller, Chestnuts and Lockdowns

Part of the Wetlands yesterday morning.

I have to admit that I have not been doing a lot of posts this while back. I think all the trips to and from Adelaide of late have kind of washed me out for a while. They were interesting  and I did get my new  Laptop, but at the same time they were tiring. I have gone back to walking at the Wetlands in the early morning. I had simply been going around the district but decided to return to the Wetlands. And apparently I was missed. Even in the early morning people were wondering where I was and if everything was ok with Benji, Annabell or even me. They actually stopped their walk to come and talk to me and  make sure everything was ok. I was very touched. It was really very thoughtful of them. On the subject of Benji, he is not recovering as well nor as quickly as I thought he would. Ok, so he is 11 this year but he is still good and active.  I think the initial attack has had a greater effect than we  realised. I have tried walking him and he is very slow and ponderous but he is quite happy to be in the stroller and we are wondering if he is sort of looking on the stroller as a protection barrier between him and other dogs – it lets him feel safe. If that is the case, then I am fine with that and I am also fine with lifting him in and out of the car. The Fitbit then, becomes a semi-permanent  feature strapped around my ankle

The weather of late had been fairly cold and overnight it has gone down to 1C. The day temperature is bout 15 – 17c and for us that is cool to cold.  I think I said before that the one thing I really like about the winter  in Australia is the fact that  there are chestnuts in the shops, and I love roasted chestnuts. I think I did say before that one of my joys of

All good..

growing up in Glasgow was going into town  with my dad in winter and going to the Hot Chestnut men and dad would buy two bags of  fresh roasted chestnuts – one for me and one for himself. These days I use a microwave and I am  really not sure if dad would approve. I could do them another way but it would mean buying a cast-iron  frying pan and I don’t know if Annabell would approve. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place  :o)

Took Benji out this evening for a walk around the block. We did part of the walk in the stroller and some  walking, He did walk for a bit and he did well, but then he  seemed to fade so I lifted him back into the stroller and he was fine for the rest of the way. Just thought I would mention that Benji is not just put into the stroller and that’s that. He is strapped in and he had a good blanket wrapped around him. Well, it is cold and he – unlike me – is not moving so he needs the blanket.   Looks like  we are surrounded by States in Lockdown. South Australia is not in lockdown but our borders are closed to just about everyone and we have gone to mask restrictions. Actually I have just been sent a new set or Covid-19 Restriction  Rules for the church , so I’ll have to read them and print them off so they are available in the church. – That should be interesting;;; singing by congregants is not permitted under the new rules. These restrictions came into effect at Midnight and are to last for one week only but reviewed by the Gov. Medical Team on a daily basis. The week is, of course, flexible, but, provide it ends in a week ( Next Wednesday) it should only be an imposition for one Sunday.  The last thing we want to do is go into lockdown, which is what the Premier is trying to avoid.

4 thoughts on “Wetlands; Stroller, Chestnuts and Lockdowns

  1. Aww, sweet Benji. Glad he’s at least getting out and about; I’m sure the enrichment helps his mind even if the attack has weighed heavily on his psyche. It’s wonderful the Wetlands folks let you know your presence had been noted and missed. Have a lovely weekend. Stay safe and warm.

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    1. Yes he is getting out and about and he’s not doing too badly. Tires easily. The Wetland Walkers have been really good and Annabell and I have been invited to their dinner at the end of this month, which I thought was lovely. Yes it’s been cold these last few days and I’m not protected and wrapped in a nice warm blanket, like some… :o)

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  2. At the moment it seems as if we might avoid it, but we have closed the church for this week since these restrictions are only for a week and then – we hope – we get back to normal, well, not quite but close enough. I generally check the surroundings first, then I get Benji out for a walk on the lead for a little while,

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