Gizmo's clearly watched too much of those cyclone preparedness videos that used to be on TV when I was a kid, because when a thunderstorm came through last night, he knew where to take shelter: the bathroom! In fact, when I woke up briefly at 3am, he was still sheltering in the bathtub 🤦🏻♀️ I had to scoop him up in my arms and carry him to bed to make him feel it was OK to get out. Gidget had no sympathy.
Yesterday afternoon Gizmo had just about the best beach walk of his life. Not only did he meet another dog… who understood the game of chasey… and was enthusiastic to play it with him… but the owners were walking along the beach in the same direction as us, so they got to play pretty much along the whole length of the beach. Best day ever!
Last night Viv and I went to a housewarming party – one set of his aunts and uncles moved house recently and wanted to celebrate with all the (vaccinated) family. It was actually really nice catching up with everyone 😊 Plus I have to share this picture of the hosts’ dog, who tragically was more interested in the platters of nibbles on the table than she was in getting patted by us guests 😆 (original, slightly longer post)
I'd been perplexed and even a little concerned the last few days, because our magpie friends who are usually such reliable visitors didn't turn up for maybe a whole week! I knew they'd been having territorial disputes with the ravens in the park behind our place, so I wondered if they'd been pushed out 😔 However, today they came back, and I was able to chuck them a few walnuts more. (full post)
Had a go at a new recipe today – jollof rice, working from this Kitchn recipe. I did add chicken and chickpeas to make it an all-in-one meal, rather than having to cook a separate protein. Overall, it was DELICIOUS! The three birds’ eye chillies I blended into it gave it a good amount of heat 😋
This is Daisy; we got to see him today when we visited Viv's brother's and sister-in-law's place! (Yes, Daisy is a boy.) He was a very good boy too, approaching all carefully to make sure we knew how good he was, then after I ruffled him behind the ears, deciding he was free to be his true self and jumping gleefully to welcome me, haha.
Yesterday evening, one of our neighbours’ #cats, Ben, paid a visit to our front porch. Rolled around for a while and made himself very comfortable. Gidget was magnanimous, and while she saw him through the window, she decided she didn’t care 🐱
My folks weren't able to come for their usual Sunday visit today, because my sister woke up with a sore throat. They did say it was very minor, but with no rapid antigen tests anywhere to be found they (and I) didn't think it was worth the risk. This means that Gizmo misses out on his weekly walk on the beach, too. While I was thinking of him, I thought I'd share a couple of Gizmo photos I took during visits last month. Hopefully my sister feels better soon (and doesn't have Covid) so we can catch up then, Gizzy 💔 (OP)
We survived our walk at Werribee Gorge! We only did the "short circuit", which at 2½ hours took long enough – maybe in late autumn or winter weather I'd consider braving the "long" route. The scenery was lovely, too, although you can definitely tell the climate is more arid here compared to the temperate rainforest to Melbourne's east. (original post)
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