Day Trip, Arid Lands and Family

The Man is still with us. He is slowing down a lot, but he is eating well enough and comes out for walks a couple of times a week – which is good for him. He is still medicated

We arrive at the Arid Lands Gardens
We arrive at the Arid Lands Gardens

and still attending the vet on a regular basis to ensure that he is still comfortable and experiencing no unnecessary pain or discomfort. Yes, he still gets trapped by these sneaky corners and he still has to be rescued but other that this, he is well as can be expected. Not that this matters really, he’s still my dog and he still needs looking after – even at 3am  :o) We leave lights on for him but as I keep saying, corners can be very sneaky  and can trap the unwary. Chienne is still playing “Mother”and washes his face and ears.  I just wish   he wouldn’t scream quite so much. The trouble is that it’s a piercing scream that cuts right through everything. Sort of  what I imagine would be like a Banshee in a bad mood.

Scones, Jam and Cream
Scones, Jam and Cream

It’s been a quiet week and the weather has been mild to cool. Generally at this time of the year we are trying to cope with 40c+ but this year has been very cool thus far. It did hit the 40 mark a couple of times in December. When that major fire broke out in Simpson Flats people were a bit concerned at such a destructive fire so early in the Fire Season and although it took a while to bring it under control and get it out, the weather since then has been quite cool. Sometimes when I take Chienne out in the evening I put on a light jacket because it is so cool. Although I have to admit that our cool is nothing in comparison with  Snow Storm Juno that’s been dumping so much snow on many states. I only know one person in  New York (Manhattan)  and I  hope she and her Mom and the dogs are safe and well. Don’t know about Arizona – never hear anything in the news about Arizona but I think they are pretty much like us – stinking hot – cool to cold – floods and fires –  and not necessarily in that order.  Although with recent temperatures bordering on 3000c – it probably doesn’t matter any more  :o)

I undertook a number of tests last week but it will take 14 days for the analysis and report to come back from
Adelaide.  I will be in Adelaide this coming  weekend – 5th, 6th, 7th-  but on a  unrelated matter.

Interesting day. Herself needed to do some banking but there is no branch here so we had to travel to another town to do her banking.

Sturt's Desert Pea
Sturt’s Desert Pea

There is an agency but this time we needed the bank rather than an agent.  After the bank we  did some shopping and I then took her out to the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens where we had  afternoon tea. It’s a long walk from the carpark to the Center so that was not so good for her, but the coffee and the scones were good. She had Coffee and  Scones with locally made Quandong Jam and Cream. I just had a boring old pot of Earl Gray  tea, Scones and Butter. I even bought two new plants –  another Desert Pea and another Desert Rose. A really nice day out and I think – up to a point – she enjoyed the trip.

Andrew is away in Roxby Downs, John is working so no family this weekend. Goodness that’s a worry – whatever will we talk about???