I am very sorry that I did not post for a while. But with mom being out of commission and with a whole garden to keep me busy, I did not have any time for hijacking mom’s computer.
Oooh, I must tell you I am an aunt now, Lian my human brother adopted a puppy two weeks ago. Her name is Oprah and she is a very busy little pup.
Oprah steals my food and toys. So, I am forced to hide my favorite toys from her by digging holes in the garden. Mom gets so mad she says I am ruining her garden….
Mom and Lian, says I must help them potty train Oprah. I must take her outside when I go outside. But Oprah is very naughty, as soon as she sets foot in the house, she makes a puddle or a stinkbom….
I must say life is very busy these days. All Oprah wants to do is play, eat and sleep. I hide on mom’s bed to get away from her. I used to go lie on the couch, but Oprah got a way up and now I have no peace and quiet on the couch.
I get very jealous when Oprah sits on mom’s lap. But I am a clever girl, I devise a plan so that Oprah gets down from mom’s lap then I climb on and give mom lots of kisses. Mom keeps telling me I am her girl and she loves me to the moon and back.
Mom said if I am good, we can go for walks again in the Spring. Then her leg will be healed… Till then I will have to play with Oprah, and go on the occasional drive with mom.
I do love Oprah and I try to protect her. Mom says I am a good girl and I would have made a good mommy.
I am very sorry that I did not post for a while. But Mom was so busy at her computer that I did not have a chance to hijack it.
A lot has happened since I last talked to you. Grandad went away to a place they call a hospital and Mom was sick in bed here at home. I took care of Mom and made sure she was not cold. I also helped her to finish her food. After Mom got better, Granddad came home, but he could not walk. Mom spend all her time looking after Granddad and when she went out to fetch food I looked after him to make sure he was okay.
Well, I am here now. I took Mom for a walk this morning. It looked like her eyes were going to leak again. Since Dad and Granddad left Mom’s, eyes keep leaking. I try to lick away the water. Sometimes Mom starts laughing and we go outside and play. Sometimes I climb on Mom’s lap and I give her lots of cuddles. I don’t like it when mom’s eyes leak like that….
Mom said that I must get back to training, she told one of the people on that thing she takes the photos with when we are walking, that I had a very long school holiday (whatever that means). Mom also told me that if I behave, we can go on more walks this week. I like spending time with Mom, and I protect her from all other humans I don’t know.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed our outing this morning.
Today I wanted to go and take the photos for the last part of my assignment. But unfortunately it did not work out as planned.
While we was busy getting ready to go, Willow knew something was going to happen and every time I walked towards the kitchen she darted out of the back door waiting for me. I felt guilty not walking her this week so I had a look and saw that Signal Hill do allow dogs. I then told Morné we can take her with.
On our way there I saw that I would not get my City view from Signal Hill. The clouds was to thick and to low. I had a certain view in mind and it will not work if there is clouds in the way. We then decided to go to Table Bay and Eden on the Bay to take a photo of Cape Towns biggest Tourist attraction through the frame.
Willow enjoyed the walk on the beach. I am still not feeling myself and got so tired we had to go back to the car after about 15 minutes of walking on the sand. Willow could also not go in the water because we did not plan on coming to the beach and we did not pack any towels to dry her.
After our walk we headed to Eden on the Bay where I asked a dad and his two children if they would mind posing for my assignment photo. In return I’ll send him the photo.
I am a bit disappointed that I could not finish up my assignment today, but at least Willow had her outing and I had some exercise and fresh air.
I will have to try again in the week. I have to submit before I leave.
Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my photo.
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Do I have some news for you. Mom told me that I must tell you all about my visit to the beach yesterday. So here goes….
Yesterday morning Mom woke me up very early. It was still dark outside and that big light in the sky was still switched off. Mom then put her face covering around her neck, and then she went into her office and got her camera bag. I call it I will be back soon bag. When she takes that bag I stay at home and Mom goes out by herself. She do give me treats though.
Mom and Dad called me and told me we are going to the beach. Beach????? I did not know what that is. Now I understand why Mom was putting stuff in the car and an blanket on the backseat the previous evening. I wondered why she put my bath towels, a water bowl and a bottle of water in the back of the car.
We drove for a very long time. When Mom stopped she went to the back of the car and took out her camera and Dad took me out of the car. Mom was walking one way and Dad took me in the opposite direction. I did not like that at all. I wanted to go to Mom. She climbed on to big stones and Dad told me that I am going to hurt myself if I go after Mom. I called her but she only came back a little while later. I was so worried I could not see her she just disappeared behind the big stones.
After a while we saw Mom again and she was taking photos of the water and all those big stones dad calls rocks. She showed Dad the back of her camera and said that she is finish and we can go. We got back in the car and I did not understand is this the beach? I did not understand what all the fuss was about. I did not even went for a proper walk.
Mom drove for a short while and then we got out again. Then I saw it…..
WOOOOFFSEEE what a big pool, everywhere you look is just water that come and greet you and run away again. I wonder why the water is afraid of me. There was also lots and lots of sand. Dad said I can dig as many holes as I want to here.
Dad took the movie of Mom and me playing in the water.
Mom said as soon as I listen to her when she calls me back and stop pulling and running off she will take my leash off and I can go play in the sand and water. But for now Mom says it is safer for me to be on the leash.
I gave Mom some proper exercise we ran in the water and when Mom and I turned to run back to Dad the water grabbed Moms foot and she fell down in the water, I pulled as hard as I could to save her from the water…. Mom got up and laughed she thought it was so funny. She told Dad that one moment there was sand the next moment nothing, just water.
Mom, Dad and I walked along the beach and then the sand started hurting us, Mom said it is broken shells and it can cut my paws and their feet. We turned around and went back to the car. Mom gave me some water in my bowl but I was not that thirsty but Mom insisted that I drink some and gave me some water in her hands. Then she took out my bath towels and dried me.
We got back in the car and we drove home. I was very tired and slept nearly all the way home.
Yesterday afternoon Mom and Dad watched movies and I caught up on some lost sleep. Who would have thought that an early morning run and walk along the beach can make one so very tired.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed our outing to the beach.
What a morning. I was standing guard while Mom is giving Granddad his morning food. That’s when I saw something flying into the driveway. I told the thing to go away but it just moved closer to the gate.
After Mom finished in Granddad’s flat she came out and asked me what’s wrong. I then showed her the flying creature in the driveway.
What did Mom do? The most irresponsible thing you can think of!!! She opened the gate and invited the flying creature into our backyard. She clearly did not understand that it could be aliens trying to hurt us all.
I told it to leave us alone, and go away. Mom thought it was very funny and laughed the whole time. Even Snuffels smelled the flying creature’s butt and just walked away.
I could not understand how they can be so calm about something that moves around without legs and it can fly too. What kind of creature is this??????? And then it had the audacity to drink my water without asking!
Mom told me it is alright that it will not harm us. She invited it inside and now it is hiding under Moms bed.
Since Thursday I have been feeling very tired, have a killer headache, and it feels like I had a very heavy gym session.
I have not scheduled any hourly posts for the weekend. Yesterday after loadshedding I had problems with my internet. Every time I tried to connect it keeps telling me I am registered at new service provider…
Lian, my youngest who is more clued up on the IT side of things sorted it out for me. I was too tired to schedule posts so I am giving your inboxes a rest until Monday…. Then it will all be back to normal…
I watched a few YouTube videos this morning and started deleting photos that did not make the cut to be edited. I have more than 2 gig un-edited photos. Every time I go out with my camera it increases.
We had loadshedding again this afternoon from 2:00pm till 4:30pm. I had 3 options, catch up on some sleep, take Willow for a walk, or go and recapture this mornings flower photos.
Yes, this mornings handheld photos with my 18-55mm lens was one big disaster I started going through it and had to delete about 90% of the photos. I definitely do not have a steady hand…
But like I said next time I will double check before I start using any lens handheld.
Well we were not supposed to have loadshedding but like always Eskom knows just how to cheer me up by giving me 2 hours to go and explore more locations.
I have done a few family and portrait portfolio shoots at the Majik Forrest in the past.
Today was the first time I explored it a little bit. My oldest and his girlfriend came with and she showed me a few different paths I can take. I was blown away by all the different compositions, not even mentioning all the wildflowers.
I willbe returning there this weekend if the weather permits. I want to capture the wildflowers. The trees, moss and other compositions will still be there a month or two from now.
Here is just a few photos I took on our walk today. Willow enjoyed the water a lot.
I am not sure if I will take her in the forest again, I will rather stick to my normal route when I take her. She was covered in ticks. Not sure if there is a tick repellent for dogs.
That’s all for now friends. I am heading to bed early again need to go back to Botterblom in the morning to see if I can find all the blurry flowers.
Hope everyone is still doing well and in good health.
I can’t believe it has been 20 years since the world watched as two plains crashed into twin towers. This event shook the world.
I remember it as clear as daylight. We visited on a farm in Touws River when it happened. I was busy changing Lian’s nappy, he was only 1 month old and Armand was sitting in front of the tv playing with his toys. I heard the auntie yell, OH NO, and I thought Armand broke something. I ran to see what happened and saw the smoke coming out of the buildings on tv. Armand just kept on playing with his toys.
My heart goes out to all the people who lost a loved one that day. Also to all the rescue workers who had to do rescues and recoveries. It could not have been easy on them.
It is cool this morning and I am posting from bed. Willow is sleeping beside me. She looks so innocent…
According to the weather forecast we are having a lovely cloudy Spring day with a maximum temperature of 19°C.
I don’t have anything planned for today. I feel a bit tired and light-headed and yesterday my nose started running again. Will have to tie it down…. 🤧
I am busy whatching videos by Thomas Heaton and is learning a lot. To be a landscape photographer is not that easy and it takes planning and lots of patience and commitment. Early mornings and late nights… I look forward to getting out there and capture some beautiful landscapes. I will have to get use to always use my tripod, shutter release cable, focus manually and use filters and polarizer s when necessary.
Well I think that’s it for now.
Have a fabulous day everyone. Talk to you again soon….
Willow loves playing outside and with winter nearly finished I am looking forward to playing with her in the garden or what is left of it anyway. Willow has been digging all over the. The lawn has a lot of sandpits now. I try to take her for walks whenever we have a nice day.
Willow love her stuffed animals. Well they were stuffed at the time the photos was taken. I had to take out the stuffing so that she don’t eat it. I don’t want her to get sick.
She really likes her unstuffed giraffe. When she gets excited she will go look for it and start throwing it in the air. She also use it as payment for treats…. When I am busy working and she want treats she will throw the giraffe on my lap or put it on my desk and then she will look in the direction of the treats.
When you go outside in the morning and found that a mini hurricane with the name of Willow hit your garden the previous evening…
Even if you take her for walks, play with her and give her tons of affection and treats she still has to be naughty. I did found that the days we went out for walks that evening she goes into destructive mode.
Mom took me to Sonstraaldam again this morning. I had such a lovely walk.
In the beginning I did not want to listen to mom. There was so many new smells I just had to chase and smell them all. But I soon realized that if I do not stop pulling mom is going to take me to the car and then we are going home. She told me so.
We had such a great time walking today. George the Cocker Spaniel and his sister was also there. They had another furry dog with them who kept barking at me in her high pitch voice. It was so annoying I could not hear a word George said. I do hope we see George and his mom again sometime.
On our second round around the dam mom stopped a lot to take photos so that I can show you how beautiful it is. I had such a good time that when we had to come home I did not want to get in the car. Mom said if I don’t get in she is not bringing me to the dam anymore. So I got in, I will miss all the Ducks, Geese, Guineafowl and the friends I meet along the walk.
I am going to miss our walks next week when mom and Granddad goes away to take photos and look at the flowers.
Mommy uploaded some of the photos she took with her cellphone. I was a good girl when mom took her photos I sat patiently and wait for her to finish. One of these days mommy can bring her big camera and take even more beautiful photos.
That’s it for now friends. Mommy wants to edit some photos. I am so tired of all the exercise I am going to take a nap.
We have not taken that many photos the past month. It was raining a lot and we did not play outside that much. I hope to take much more photos with my camera of Willow when the days get warmer and we spend some more time outdoors. At the moment most of the photos of Willow is taken with my cellphone.
At the moment I try to take Willow out on drives and we go to Sonstraaldam and walk around the dam a few times.
She loves to go for drives, I cannot open the car door when she is around she gets in and it is a struggle to get her out.
Willow and I went for a walk around Sonstraaldam this morning. We went around 4 times and not 2 as usual.
Today she met two old Cocker Spaniels. The owner and I talked a bit and she noticed that Willow has a lot of energy even though we went around twice already. She gave me some advice and I am going to try it. I must excerise her twice a day 30 minutes each. I can do that. We will both get fit when I run up and down our cul de sac.
We are home now and Willow is really tired.
Well that is it for now friends, have a wonderful day.
This morning Willow did not want to get up. But when I took my buff she was of the bed tail wagging. She knew something was going to happen.
When I took the car keys and her leash she did not run around like two days ago. I think she learned her lesson if she don’t sit so that I can put her leash on she stays home and I go out without her. This morning she came and sit infront of me so that I could put on her leash.
She ran to the car and when I opened the door she was inside.
It was a beautiful morning and we encounter a few dog walkers this morning. Willow took me for a walk this morning. My arm is still sore from the vaccination yesterday. Later Willow slowed down, and we both enjoyed a casual walk the second time around the dam.
I promised Willow yesterday that we would go for a walk this morning. I am not sure if Willow can understand me, but I think she remembered my promise to her.
At first I just wanted to walk around the neighborhood but then I decided against it. I got her leash and car keys. Normally she runs around and make a game of putting on her training collar and leash, not this morning she came and sat in front of me and her tail was sweeping the floor of excitement.
I drove to Sonstraaldam a place where I love to take photos. This morning it was just me, Willow and my cellphone. Willow first needs to get familiar with the places I like to take photos. This will mean that we will visit there a few times before I take my camera with. I am going to be honest it is hell not to have my camera there, and I see all these amazing shots I miss. But I think it is also important that Willow learn and get exposed to all the new scents and sounds.
The dam will be there tomorrow and I will get amazing shots then.
Willow sniffed and ran and pulled and sniffed the whole time. We went around the dam twice. The first time was so that she can sniff and smell everything. The second time was much more relaxed although she still sniffed a lot she did not pull as much.
I was very surprised that she did not run after the geese. She did want to chase the Guineafowl. But I pulled her back and told her not to. I will never get in a bird shot again if I teach her to chase the birds.
We also socialized with a French poodle and a big White Swiss Shephard. Willow enjoyed this and I wish we are at a stage where I can take of her leash too so that she can go play. We will get there I know and I know it will take some time.
Thank you for joining us on our walk around the dam. Willow says she is very tired now and is going to sleep the rest of the day.
Willow have been a very good girl this week. I think she realizes that we do have our play times and the rest of the time she is sleeping either on the bed or next to the bed on a blanket.
The Braai Room is off limits to her on days it is raining a lot. She puts her front paws and face into the buckets and then she blows bubbles. When she comes inside everything is wet… I must replace the roof of the Braai Room but I must first save up enough money to buy all the materials needed to do it.
Willow is a bit frustrated today. It has been 4 days since she can roam free. Due to the rain, I had to keep her indoors and only take her outside supervised. She loves water, which makes it hard to keep the house clean and dry.
Willow loves to take mud baths. When she gets a gap, she will go and play in the mud. It is a very messy affair. I see that it will only be cloudy today Willow and I can go play outside later.
Willow has also found the toilet brush, and she carries it around everywhere. I have to lock the bathroom now. She also found out if you pull on the toilet paper roll it the paper comes with you… I forgot to take a photo of it friends, so sorry.
Poor Willow is very confused today. She is being kept on the other side of the house. She can go to Granddad, but mom is in her office working, and there are unknown men in our home. They are installing the fiber today.