Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Harvest Festival

On Sunday we enjoyed a harvest celebration at the girls school which is held every year, however this year we were also able to celebrate the opening of our new buildings. Over the past year the school community went through much upheaval with the construction of a new art, music and library rooms as well as the building of a new community room. Previously we would all gather outdoors for assembly and performances, and living in a Melbourne in winter can be rather tough.

Sarah had been practicing singing in the school choir for ages. We all enjoyed the three gardening songs that they performed.

Sarah in blue checked shirt

Then it was down to having fun with face painting, lantern making, jaffa smashing and veggie sculptures.

The day before I had helped chop pumpkins and onions to make pumpkin soup for over 200 people. I also managed to bake some cakes in my makeshift kitchen for the afternoon and at $1.50 a slice it was a bargain. I even bought back some slices for my sister and hubby for their afternoon tea.

By the end of the event all the soup, homemade lemonade, cakes and wine had sold.

It was a fun day and a great fundraiser.

Andy carried home for me a 6 kilo pumpkin for MORE pumpkin soup.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Our Beautiful Black Girls

It has been our dream for a long time to add a dog to our family. We waited till we were lucky enough to have a larger yard as we felt it was unfair on the animal to be cooped up in a small courtyard.

So to add just another element to the chaos that we are currently in, with trying to finish renovating while living in our home, I came across this little girl.

Meet Lucy. She a labrador X.

We adopted her from a foster family who rescued her from certain death from a pound in Mildura.
She is 12 months old and was found malnourished about 8kg's under weight, but at her vet visit today she is now only about 2kg's under weight. She also has a few other small ailments that we are attending to. We believe she had a rough start to life from a male, as she was very timid upon meeting Andy and unsure of other males she has met so far. He has been showering her with lots of love and understanding and within one week she has come around and now enjoys his company. We are so glad to be able to give this beautiful girl a home as she is the most lovable, sweet, loyal dog I have ever come across. She has hardly left my side and sleeps on the floor at the end of our bed.

We brought her home last Friday without telling the girls, as I didn't want them too get excited, just in case our meeting with her didn't work out. That afternoon I walked her to school and met the girls, they couldn't believe their eyes. Since then, they get lots of lovely doggy kisses, even Miss Pixie was well behaved. I wasn't sure what her reaction would be, but without any hissing she walked right up to Lucy and they touched noses. I had a tear in my eye as it was so special to watch Pixie welcoming her into our home. It was like she was telling her she is safe now, I also was recently adopted. They now play together although Lucy sometimes forgets how big she is and Pixie gives her a gentle box to remind her to play nice.

An afternoon nap

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Andy Versus Old One Eye

Well folks, after five weeks of renovating and moving we are finally in to our new abode Doris, but we are not alone.

We discovered that we have some furry little friends (pests) living in our roof. We have heard them thumping and squabbling around but worst of all is the smell and it has been wafting into our kitchen where they have been residing above for a long time.

Andy has been on the war path like Bill Murray in Caddyshack with the gopher. He sits and listens till he hears them leave, he then goes outside in the cold night air to make sure they are out, then he's up on the ladder pacing over the roof tiles looking for entrance points. I can hear hammering and tiles moving and an almost maniacal laugh, " ha ha, that will fix them". This all takes place at about 10pm, the neighbours must think we are mad.

However it has not been an easy win as Andy has been outsmarted by a very determined possum, Old One Eye. After six nights of battle Old One Eye is the last standing possum. Each night we crawl into bed thinking that they can no longer get in, then between four and five we hear scratching and scampering over the roof and Old One Eye has broken in again as we can hear and smell him again the next day above our heads.

Tonight after we heard a thump on the roof announcing his departure we went outside and watched him leap from the roof onto the top branches of an old apple tree. So after he had scampered away for his evening romp, we armed ourselves with saws and gave the old tree a trim, hopefully that will prevent access upon his return.

Andy has a bit of a soft spot for the little creature and I think this w'end he will be constructing a possum box to sit up on our garage for Old One Eye to enjoy and make as much noise as he likes.