Over the last months—even before Annabell’s illness—I have been considering where to go with my posts. I did consider some time ago about closing it down and this is what I am considering again. I have kept it going because it has given me a good outlet and I actually enjoyed doing it, but so very few people read or comment ( thank you all) that perhaps it is time to go and that the page has outlived its usefulness. I will, however, keep it going until Christmas / New Year and then make the decision.
Benji and I still go out but since we are surrounded by Conservation Areas, National Parks and the Military PlayPen, this means that much of the countryside and places of interest are all barred to me because if I can’t take Benji, I don’t want to go there. And the further north you go the more National Parks and Conservation areas there are. — From the SA State Gov. Web Page :: There are now 358 parks and reserves in South Australia, which cover 22.6% of the state. All of these are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.::
I think people really do not understand the size of this state. I tell people that South Australia is bigger than either Texas or Alaska, which does not register, so suggesting that I could go beyond the area of the National Parks is just not realistic. I agree in preservation and conservation but it is a large area ( 20 square klms) that Wild Dog Hill Conservation Park covers.. For a start it is well off the main road and is not really well visited, so a visit by a Ranger every few hours would send a good message, particularly if there are notices that the area is patrolled by Park Rangers and impose a heavy fine for breaches of the rules. Not to be Draconian but to send a message so that people stick to the rules and the wildlife is still protected. People who take their dogs with them on a holiday are “Dog People” and not moved to break the rules nor let their dog run riot in a restricted area.
Before Annabell’s current illness I took Benji to the Wetlands and the Ada Ryan Gardens and when she improves in health, I will try and get back down to the Wetlands again. Between the cancer and the seizures, 2022 has not been the best year for Annabell and we are praying that 2023 will be much better for her. My health is good, for which I am most thankful .
Fortunately the weather has been very good—warm and sunny, which makes a change from heavy rain and high winds over the last weeks. We are in the third day since she was released from hospital and already there is a really good change, She is sounding very much better and although she is still using the walker, she seems to be walking and moving a lot better. However, a bit to soon to go back to her own room yet, so we still stick to the present arrangements for another day or so. I will do the shopping tomorrow ( according to the list I am given), “give instructions to a wise man and he will be yet wiser” and that should keep me occupied for a while.
Benji has settled down to the new arrangement. Now he just goes to sleep when the lights go out, which makes a great change from him sticking a wet nose in my face. And you can’t protect yourself because it’s dark and he is very silent. Spent more time than anticipated at the shopping centre since I kept bumping into people and the only thing they asked was “How is Annabell?” So inbetween shopping I have been talking to people and answering questions. But as I said above, she really is improving and much better now than she was last week. Everything is improving – which is good and positive.