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.

Fitbit, Stroller and Benji

This was taken at 06:47 today.

Every time I went to the door, Benji was there already. It was clear to me that he wanted to go out but I wasn’t quite sure that he was ready for a harness and walking. So, I went to the garage and got the dog stroller out and  made it ready for him. I  got everything ready to go out and then lifted him into the stroller, clipped him and half closed the overhead cover. Off we went. Since it was a public holiday (Monday) the place was fairly quiet. I also decided to go back to our old route. Yes there is a number of barking dogs but I now figure that they can bark as much as they like – they are behind  fences and gates and  therefore no problem. Except to Dougal who goes ballistic when a dog barks. I don’t mind

Benji and Yogi in happier times

looking after Dougal. He is a lovely  dog in the house, but a real pain to walk out with.  A short tale for Fitbit users. When I took Benji out on the stroller,  I was upset that my Fitbit

did not record any steps. Pushing the stroller means that my arms were not moving and  the Fitbit needs movement to record. I mentioned this to my son and he suggested “why don’t you strap the thing round your ankle?” Yes, I dismissed the idea with a quiet chuckle. However, later on I thought about it and decided to give it a try – nothing to lose anyway. So, I did that – strapped it round my ankle ( the strap was long enough) and off we went.  Well, was I surprised! I have used that route for a number of years and know how many steps it should be – at least I thought I did. When we came back home and I  removed the Fitbit from my ankle I was shocked that it had recorded nearly 500 more steps than I  had expected. It was a double shock because I really (honestly) didn’t think it would work, but it did. However, it is back on my wrist where it should be, but worth remembering if I have to use the stroller again. However, I think Benji is ready for walking.

I have no idea why WordPress decided to change a system that was popular and working well. I don’t like the block system at all and I have already outlined the process I go through to get back to Classic. It’s long drawn and convoluted but it works for me – as the saying goes.

Benji is coming along well. His wounds are healing up nicely and he gets his antibiotic medication twice daily. Since his wounds have now closed, I will start taking him out to the Ada Ryan Gardens when the weather is not too warm.

I took Benji out  to the Ada Ryan Gardens this afternoon. We had a wander around the gardens and then drove to the foreshore where I bought us Ice Cream. Wont do that again!  Since the Foreshore Café was closed down and awaiting repairs and renovations,  food vans have popped up. It was to the food van that I went for the ice cream.             Turns out they

Benji in the Stroller
Same time same area.

use a machine similar to that used by McDonalds and it is not REAL ice cream – sort of soft serve stuff. Anyway,  it started melting almost as soon as I walked away from the van and to add  to that Benji just wouldn’t look at his. Well, he had a couple of licks but that was it. I  finished mine (not great) and was left with this other  stuff melting and running over my hand. Never thought I would drop ice cream in a bin, but I did, then looked for a water tap to clean my hands. Should have gone to the Wetlands where they serve real Ice Cream.  The reason we didn’t go to the Wetlands is that it was a warm to hot(ish) day and I felt the  Concrete Path would be  too warm on his paws