17 April 2017

harvest moon

In a map dot with a Dad's Army CFA, any 'controlled burn' needs constant monitoring lest it become one of many out-of-control controlled burns. 
Easter 2017 image from my back door. 
Next day down the road to friend's vineyard for picking grapes
Leaning on the stalk separator after harvest, even the dogs needed rest.
then five rested dogs played dog football for hours
and several humans had an intense pool comp.
 Thanks for swinging by, here's my Easter toast to you all:
from the brat of the vat, way way out west so you don't have to be.

26 January 2017

pets + pythons

Lucky I came inside via the front door to see this snake at the end of the hall, or I would have stood right on it and been bitten, 50 kms from A&E. It was curled up at the back screendoor and turned to regard me. Idiotically my first thought was to record it against those who may not believe me.
My second thought was to get Jack Kelpie off the back doorstep and tied away safely. I owed him that as he saved me from opening the back door and standing right on Monty Python who would have swiftly leapt up at me.
Jack always jumps around and trips me up, and that is the reason I went to the front door after some long hours doing yardwork. My property is for sale and keeping 1.5 acres mowed and neat is a full time job for one who moves arthritically slow.
Foolish but necessary to disperse Monty, I propped the screendoor open to aid his egress. He eyed me sinuously. Then I grabbed a long-handled shovel and went back through front door to encourage him to more suitable environs. He did not want to go either. Under the house now, or further I hope. It was olive green with a pale chest and could have been an Olive Python, or a tiger snake in disguise.
Then I discovered he had crapped on the rug in the living room. I suppose owners of pet reptiles have that all the time.
My pet is Lily goat, who is endlessly funny, so here she is
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01 January 2017

Happy New Year

from the SCHAER cats to you all and especially my dear blogpals Copperwitch, Cat Politics, Highriser, Hels Art & Architecture, That's So Pants, and Tony on Hebden Bridge. Thank you all for the pleasure of 2016, keep 'em coming.

10 December 2016

PARK! the herald angels scream ...

Wishing youse all a very merry Christmas but frankly I got very Victor Meldrew yesterday after a 3-hour drive from home when I joined the mongol hordes at the shopping mall. Just look at this selfish parking. and here is another one - who ignored the difficulty I had reverse parking into the spot behind him, despite my deliberate provocation of getting as close to his open window as possible,
that guy sat in his car reading with his foot on the brake for 40 minutes while I went and returned from the queue in the post office I just don't believe it or as That's So Pants would say "What is wrong with these people?".

20 November 2016

ultra anodyne

Lily goat meets Jack the Kelpie. Clearly life is benign out here in the paddocks.
Lily stands on her kennel
She sleeps on her kennel
she sleeps IN her kennel
and Lily the Boer goat head-butts her kennel till it tips over and then she still sleeps in it. as you see from my photos, she is continually amusing to me.