Friday, 8 December 2017

Hello ......

Hello ....... is there anyone out there that remembers me??????????




Wanna run ...... Love charlie!!

Friday, 8 September 2017

My first flower Friday!!

Crikey ...... you all know my Secretary is hopeless and couldn't join a blog hop if her life depended on it but I just have to join in on Arty and Jakey's flower Friday this week because we found a VERY SPECIAL flower just the other day and we immediately thought of our dear and wonderful friend, Dory.  She might be at the bridge now but she's still in all our hearts, aye??  So here's the special flower ...
DORYanthes EXCELSa!!!!!!!!!  It grows abundantly here in Australia and is known commonly as the Gymea Lily. 
The name is derived from Ancient Greek language and Dory means spear and anthes means FLOWER (how apt for Dory, aye?) And we all know what excelsa means, aye, cause our Dory sure excelled.  Matter of fact she was EXCELlent.
Sorry we aren't around much but Mum's old eyes just aren't up to it.  She's fit and well though so don't worry, aye?  I'm great ...... but then ..... that goes without saying, aye??


Wanna run ... Love, Charlie.





Saturday, 5 August 2017

I've got a cave!!

Crikey ..... get a load of this??  They made my crate into a cave.  I love it ..... what do you think??


Yep ..... they took the door off ..... It's taken 4 years but I can now be left at home alone for 3 whole hours without wrecking the house.  4 hours might test me though.  

Wanna run .... love, Charlie.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Jo's BIG day ..... she's in double figures!!

Our Jo turned 10.  Yes ...... our LITTLE Jo ..... TEN!!!!!!!!!  Oh my ...... Mum's still in shock.  She was there when she was born and it only seems like yesterday to her..  Dear little Jo .... she's such a sweetheart.  She's my favourite of all the Grandkids.  She really loves me and hangs with me more than the others do. I love 'em all but Jo's special.  Mum and Jen made her cake. Now that she's in double figures they aren't doing number cakes anymore so they put their hands to their first ROUND cake. Jo wanted a unicorn cake so Mum and Jen went to work and came up with this little number.
Cute, aye??
Look at all those pressies!!
Jo loved it.  Mum and Jen weren't so happy. It was difficult for them.  They tried a technique they hadn't tried before and they had a lot of trouble but it turned out ok in the end.  The pictures looked better than it really was.  They'll try again but Mum's going to practise a bit before attempting another one.  They are getting a lot more adventurous in their cake decorating and are making their own fondant decorations and Mum's been really practising her piping and getting quite good at it again.  She's really been enjoying it.  Jo went to the movies with a few of her friends and they then came back to our house for the present giving and cake cutting etc.  It was a lovely afternoon but VERY hectic. Mum took 3 days to recover.  Not me .....  I had a great time and yes ...... I did get to try the cake and I also got ICECREAM!!  It wouldn't be a birthday without ice-cream, aye???
Uh Oh ..... Herbie the photo bomber!!!!

Pinyata time!!  
She did ask for a rainbow unicorn cake.  Success on both counts, aye?
Awwwwww ... beautiful girl.  
Crikey ..... ten years make a BIG difference, aye??
Oh and I wanted to thank you all for popping over to check out Bianca's blog. You blokes are the best. Bianca's family have lots of animals and when she finishes this trip I'm going to try and talk her into continuing her blog and maybe she'll join us here in Blogville.  That would be good, aye??

Wanna run .... Love, Charlie.

Monday, 17 July 2017

A new blogger!!

Is there anyone out there that likes a good read.  A friend of our Jen's has recently set out on a trip to the very top of Australia and she has, and is, still doing a very comical blog about it.  She and her husband are travelling with their 4 kids and, trust me, it is a good read.  You will see some great photos of a quite remote part of Australia in the process but you really should start at the beginning to get the full benefit.  HERE is the link.
Mum has really been enjoying the blog as she and Dad did this very same trip a hundred and 87 years ago. When they did it there were no campsites along the way and they had to free camp everywhere. There were NO facilities at all. It took them a lot longer than it is taking this family.  They weren't anywhere near as well set up either but they didn't have 4 kids in tow. They were told to take another couple with another 4WD as it was, supposedly, too dangerous to do it alone but Mum and Dad took no notice of that. Lucky for them they survived but only just if the stories I've heard are true.  I think it is a bit different these days. Mum and Dad hardly saw another vehicle for their entire trip.  I don't think that would happen anymore. One funny story they tell is when they saw a "house" and, as they were quite lost, decided to head on over and ask for directions. The house turned out to be 4 poles with a corrugated iron roof, no walls and a dirt floor. There was a family living there and the numerous kids and dogs and chooks and a couple of pigs came out to greet them.  The parents eventually wandered over too and told Mum and Dad the way to go.  "Just keep going along that track and you'll get to the place you want to go  (Princess Charlotte bay).  No-one's been out there for a while so we don't know what the track's like but you'll be right, mate. If you're not back in a few days we'll come out and look for you".  Well they never did find where they wanted to go but they did manage to see some interesting stuff along the way and made sure they were back so as the family didn't have to come looking for them.    
Our Jen went to work on Thursday Island soon after she graduated from University. She was a special education teacher, specialising in hearing impairment and her job was to travel to all of the Torres Strait Island communities and check on the kids that had hearing problems.  There were a lot of them. Nearly all the kids she saw were local Torres Strait Island kids and, unfortunately, they had and still have a lot of hearing issues.  She travelled by helicopter to the different Islands and would return to her home most nights.  She would sometimes stay overnight but not too often.  She'd never been in a chopper before and was terrified at first but soon learnt to love it.  The waters up there are inundated with all sorts of sea creatures, not to mention crocs, so the view from the chopper was always entertaining.  She ended up living on Horn Island (not Thursday Island) and her flatmate was Bianca, the Mum in the blog.   They became very good friends and are to this day.
Crikey .... such a long time ago now.  Our Jen's first school.  
Just some of her beautiful pupils.  
Teaching sign language!
 This was taken from Thursday Island looking toward Horn Island.  The colour of the water up there is amazing.  
Just so you don't forget what I look like!!
I'm sure, if you take the time, you will enjoy Bianca's blog. I sure hope you do.  I know if you left a comment or two Bianca would be over the moon.  She didn't think ANYONE would bother to read her blog.

Wanna run ..... Love, Charlie.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The ears have it!!

Crikey ..... Mum loves gum tree trunks for some strange reason or other. She takes millions of pictures of them.  See I told you she's boring.  She took these a while back now and thought they were hilarious.  Do you see anything funny about them??  I sure don't?  Weird woman my Mum .....






Wanna run .... Love, Charlie.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

She's back with more BORING pictures!!

Well knock me down with a feather ...... some of you weren't bored with Mum's post yesterday!!!!!  Fair dinkum??????  Who'd have thought??  Not me that's for sure!!  Well ..... the few of you that weren't bored will be pleased to know that she's back. Sorry to the rest of you but flick through to the end. There'll be an interesting shot of you know who??  That should make up for the absolute and utter bored state that you have found yourselves in.  Take it away Mum ......

Well first to answer a question that Blueberry's Mom had ... Then just pictures ..... I wouldn't want to take up too much of Charlie's precious post.  I have to say Da Phenny made me laugh big time with his comment when he said when his Mama reached into her pocket for her phone so she could take a picture all she came up with was a poop bag.  I've been there and done that so many times. My pockets ALWAYS have poop bags AND treats in them.  But back to Blueberry's Mom's question.  She didn't know what salties and freshies were.  Salties are saltwater crocodiles AND DEADLY and freshies are freshwater crocodiles and not so deadly.  Freshies aren't real big and don't worry you if you don't worry them.  I've swam in heaps of places with freshies around without a problem.  There's no way I'd swim anywhere near salties though.  Now to the rest of the pics. Oh my ..... I've just looked at the ones I chose  and Charlie's right.  Way too many. I wanted to show you 36 pics.  That's way too many, aye??  So here's just a few (more than just a few I'm afraid) .... oh and it's better if you biggefy them.
Many an hour was spent here. The wallabies, birds and buffalo  were great company.  
From inside our room! Although we didn't spend much time here  
There was always someone wandering by and the noises at night ..... oh my!!
Such pretty sunsets. I'm afraid the phone just didn't do them justice.  The bloke from Michigan took some stunners. I was so envious of his whopping big telephoto lens.  He took an amazing photo of a saltwater croc too. 
Lotus lillies. Oh so pretty and useful too.  You can eat all of them and the stem can be used as a straw for drinking and the local aborigine women used them as a hat. We had them in one of our meals one night.  Delicious! 
Pretty, aye??

This was a huge eagle.  Again ..... wish I had my camera.  He was truly beautiful through binoculars.  
Loved the air boat. The places it could go!  Amazing!!  I swear there was NO water under us at times.  if you live in the US I believe you use them in the Everglades.  
I loved this place.  They called it kingfisher lagoon.  So many kingfishers and bee catchers to be seen.  

This was a Jabiru nest and Mrs. Jabiru was standing up.  Again the Michigan man got a great shot. Me ..... not so much but you can see her if you biggety it.
These blokes were all over the place.  
Good looking specimen, aye??
Mumma and baby.  That baby was still in the Mumma's pouch from time to time.  You'd wonder how it would fit but it did. Probably not for much longer.  


The next few pics I stole again.  Sorry to whoever took them but I'm just trying to show how brilliant your skills are compared to mine.  
Brolgas ..... We saw some just like this.
Crikey ..... makes my wallaby pic look cheap, aye??
Magpie geese.  They were everywhere but I couldn't capture them like this.  
Dead scary!  I ALWAYS kept my hands INSIDE the boat.  

Thank goodness that's over, aye??  Now here's some pics of an encounter I had on the beach yesterday arvo.  I was just wandering around minding my own business when out of nowhere this greyhound sheila ran at me at a million miles an hour. Crikey I thought I was fast but I was no match for her although  I could beat her over a short distance. She ALWAYS caught me though. We had a great time. I hope she comes back another day. Her name was Piper. Pretty name, aye??

I'm in the lead ..... but not for long!!
Crikey ..... what long legs we have!!
We found this great puddle to cool off in but by the time Mum got her camera out from amongst the poop bags and treats we'd had enough.  

Wanna run ..... Love, Charlie.