Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!!!

It's New Years Eve!!!  CRIKEY ... where did that year go??? 

I sure would like to wish everyone out there all the VERY best for 2016.  Are you making any New Year resolutions??  I am ..... can you guess what it is??  I'm going to eat more ICECREAM!!  Sounds like it's going to be a real good year for me, aye??

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!

Wanna run ... Love, Charlie!!



Monday, 28 December 2015

Miss Jo's birthday!!

This is one of the drafts I did 87 years ago before we went cold turkey. It never did get finished but thought you might like it just the same ... so here goes.

We got home from Sydney just in time for Mum to help our Jen make Miss Jo's birthday cake. They were very pleased with their efforts this time. They reckon it was the best cake they had EVER made. Funny!!  They say that about every cake but I do think they are getting better.  They really enjoy doing it and want to take some cake decorating lessons but so far they haven't found any classes up here.  One of the disadvantages of NOT living in a city I s'pose.
Miss Jo got guinea pigs for her birthday.  GUINEA PIGS!!!!!!  OMD!!  What next?????  I used to be able to relax and have a good time playing with Murphs when I went over there but now ..... chooks, a pig and last but not least guinea pigs.  When will it end??  They want a miniature cow next.  I like cows ... a lot ..... but ..... fair dinkum ..... when will it end???????  We went over for the party.  I didn't get locked in my crate this time.  Miss PPP's got locked up instead and so did the chooks.  The guinea pigs were in a cage inside. I WASN'T ALLOWED INSIDE!!!!  Hmmmmmmmmmmph!!!!!  Of all the nerve ..... I've always been allowed inside before. It was a good day regardless!!  The kids had a great time. Miss Jo loved her guinea pigs and all her other pressies.

This is where I finished dictating to Mum and now it's so long ago I can't remember what else I was going to say so I'll just finish off with some pics of the day and the cake of course. A pretty crook old post, aye??  but hey ..... it's been a while .... I'll get better again ..... I promise.

Happy birthday Miss Jo.

She got this as well as the guinea pigs. I think she likes it


Crikey ..... I'd sure like to give him what for.

She put a coat on him!!!!!

Dad and Miss G giving us a sing song!!

Those eyes are going to break a few hearts one day, aye?? Mum reckons she's got lashes that go on forever.

The guinea pig cake.  Pretty good, aye?? Mum piped all the grass. Her arthritic hands are still recovering.

Wanna run ... Love, Charlie.   

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Crikey ..... it's the end of the earth!!!!!!

Fair dinkum ..... it's gotta be!!  It's the end of the earth, I'm telling you .... listen to this:-
This very morning Mum slept in.  I was pretty tired so I didn't complain and besides I'm not really a morning person. BUT ..... then ..... when Mum did get up she hardly even said hello to me. Just started CLEANING!!  I was shocked to say the least. So was Dad!!  What the heck got into her. It's SUMMER ...... not SPRING!!!!  AND we didn't go to the beach.  I ALWAYS get to go to the beach .... every morning, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If Mum doesn't take me Dad does but he's just had a knee replacement so he's out.  For goodness sake ..... what's going on??  When they took me on they promised to take me to the beach every day. Summer, winter, autumn, spring, rain, hail or shine.  I was shattered. I always have yoghurt when we get BACK from the beach.  Mum hand feeds it to me, off a spoon. It's a very special time for us. She told Dad to give it to me. She told him what to do. What was she thinking?????  I refused to eat it.  I might NEVER eat, EVER again!! 
It's the end of the earth, I'm telling you .....

Wanna run,  Love Charlie.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

How good was this??

How good was this???  Can you see anything strange looking in this tree.
Well can you see it??
Here's a closer look!
Mum and I were at the local park, come sporting fields, the other day. We were having a great time.  It was right on dusk after the most beautiful day. I'd been chasing the ball but I decided to drop it and check out the peemail. Mum went to get the ball and just as she did she heard a bit of a rustle in the tree in front of her. She looked up and the above is what she saw. That would have been it but then she saw this:-
He took off up the tree at a rate of knots.
he was  a big healthy lookin' bloke.
he was heading to the top for the young eucalyptus tips.
 Mum said she used to see heaps of these blokes but they are getting a bit scarce around here and they are a bit hard to spot.   Like ...... they don't do much in the day time!!  Most of the time they are just trying to get over the hangover from the night before. Mum was VERY excited to see him.  She took heaps of photos but they all looked the same to me. She said 'it doesn't matter how many times you see 'em ..... it's a thrill, every time'.  It didn't thrill me!!!!!  Dead boring if you ask me. I didn't even so much as bark at him.  Really ... why all the fuss??

Before I go I just wanted to wish all you blokes and Sheilas out there a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.  Here's my Christmas card and I would just love it if all of you would do me the honour of adding it to your numerous other cards. I wanted to send it to you personally but I only had a few email addresses so if you haven't already got one ...... you have now, aye??  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!

Wanna run .... Love, Charlie. 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Guess who Mum and I met the other day!!

Guess who Mum and I met the other day???  You'll NEVER guess so here's a picture to help you!!

She's the little one! Mum's the big one!  I'm in the middle!  Did you guess??????  Yes ..... it's Yam Aunty!!   Crikey ..... how good is that?????  We went to the beach together. It was a lot of fun.  Mum and Aunty liked each other a LOT!!!  Well, at least I think they did. They sure did a lot of that talking stuff. I showed Aunty how good I was at running and doing zoomies on the beach and how I play with all my mates.  I don't know but I think she was impressed.  There was only one problem and that was her visit was a very short one.  There was so much Mum and I would have liked to have shown her. She'll just have to come back another day, aye??  Mum didn't take any photos on the beach.  How silly was that??  So ...... you'll have to wait for Aunty to post the pics.  She took HEAPS.  Here's one (and not a very good one) that Mum took the next day. She was upset because we spotted two, very beautiful brahminy kites (Mum's favourite sea birds).  If Aunty had been there with her camera she would have taken some really good photos.  Oh well ...... next time, aye??

Wanna run .... love Charlie. 

Saturday, 12 December 2015

A trip to the car wash!!

This is one of the drafts I did before we went cold turkey.  You probably won't believe this little story but I'm here to tell you it's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  So help Mum, GOD!!!  She sure needs a bit of help, aye??  There were no pics so I'll just pop in a few, very embarrassing, shots Mum took the other day.

Here goes!!!!!          Crikey ..... what a shame I'm too late for Bertie's  Darwin-lite award.  My Mum would have been a prime candidate for it today.  I so wish I had pictures but I don't so you are just going to have to picture it in your minds. I'll try and paint the story in words.  Are you ready?? ...... picture this .....

Our car was filthy. Mum decided to run it through the automatic car wash as she was too lazy to wash it herself.  She packed me in the back and off we went.  She's NEVER used one of these things before. We pulled up where it said to ...... in front of the paying machine. Mum wound down the window and put her money in and then proceeded, slowly, as the sign said, into the car wash area. The light turned green and the washing process started. It starts with a soap solution first. All was going well. Mum was fascinated and was watching the machine closely as it moved slowly down the bonnet of the car and then WHAMMO ... Mum was covered in white soapy suds and so was the INSIDE of the car. She forgot to wind up her window after putting her money in the machine.  Yeah ..... I know ...... you gotta wonder, aye???  There's not much goes on in that brain of hers. Her eyes were stinging and she was feeling around for something to wipe things down with. She did have enough sense to wind up the window before the machine came round again. Just as well as the next cycle was a powerful water spray. Even I would have got soaked in the back. Now usually there's heaps of towels and things in the car but not today. Dad had cleaned it out and all she could find was a box of tissues with about 4 tissues left in it. Those tissues sure got a work out.  Sometimes I think there's just no hope for her.

Wanna run ... Love, Charlie.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Remember me?????

Crikey .... I sure hope you remember me!!  It wasn't my fault I disappeared.  It wasn't really Mum's fault either.  Things just got a bit on top of us here for a while. I wont go into all  the boring details all at once. I'll spread 'em out a bit.  BUT ... I guess I do need to explain my hasty departure.  Mum got some bad news from her eye Doctor and he said she had to limit her computer use for a while. Now Mum being Mum couldn't bring herself to look at my blog and all YOUR blogs without having something to say so she made the decision to just STOP!!  She went (and made me go) COLD TURKEY!!  Now I don't mind a bit of cold turkey. Matter of fact I don't mind a bit of hot turkey either.  Fair dinkum ..... I'll take it raw if necessary ... but the cold turkey Mum was talking about wasn't the kind of cold turkey I'm into. So I've got a great big apology to make on Mum's behalf. SORRY, SORRY, SORRY for making you worry. When we finally got to have a bit of a squiz at all your blogs we saw that a lot of you had been to my last blog and left comments as to where we were and if we were alright.  OMD!!  Did Mum EVER feel bad. So sorry, sorry, sorry again AND AGAIN!!!!!!!!  Madi and Mom (you kept checking on me), Bev Green, Zoe (oh Zoe ..... I've missed those beautiful eyes), Lord Shilo and Lady Shasta (your back!!!!!  How good is that), Finley (you found me on facebook and you came back I don't know how many times to check on me), Chester and Joey (I see your Mom's been working real hard), Milton and Mr Stubbs .... oh so many of you. Thankyou for your concern. It's going to take me a while to catch up on all your news. Mum still can't be on the computer for too long. She's had an operation on one eye and is booked in for March next year for the other and they're keeping a close watch on her major problem which is macular degeneration but they are making big inroads into that these days.   I see our dear friend Goose has sent a new Buddy to Michelle. Oh so much to catch up on. I've missed you all sooooooooo much.  I mightn't be commenting as much for a while yet but please know that I will be there checking everything out.  Crikey ..... did I see something about a wedding in Blogville??  Murphy and Ruby????????  How exciting is that?????  Oh ...... and Yam Aunty is coming to see me, NEXT MONDAY, if all goes well.  That's awful exciting too, aye??  My first Blogville mate in the flesh.
Crikey so much has happened I don't know where to begin but I'll leave you today with this little bit of very sad news.  We lost, after a very trying and difficult 3 months, my dear Nan on the 4th November at 8.30pm.  The day after the Mebourne cup.  She always enjoyed the Melbourne cup so she couldn't go before then, aye??  It's her birthday today. She would have been 97.  It's still hard for Mum to talk about.  Nan may have been very old and lived a good, long life but it's still hard, aye?? Mum never knew her Dad. He died when she was 2 so although she has a sister, who she loves dearly, she is feeling a bit lost. Her Mum was ALWAYS there for her and now she's gone. OMD she loved that woman. Mum's are very special people, aye??

She sure was a cute baby, aye??

That's my Mum on the right.

lookin' good Nan!!
Yep I loved her too!!

This was the last photo taken before she got REAL sick.

And this is the last photo Mum took. She wished she took more!! 
S'pose I have to say SORRY again. My first post in months and I end it on a sad note.  I promise they'll get happier from now on.  I do have a few draft posts half done from ages ago so I'll get them fixed up and ready to go and I do have two of the little girls birthdays to tell you about.
Crikey I sure hope you remember me.

Wanna run ... love, Charlie.  

Friday, 17 July 2015

Eight photos of happiness!!

Crikey ...... Am I ever late with this one.  87 million years ago my dear friend Whitley nominated me for the eight photos of happiness tag and my secretary has been too slack to do anything about it. Not only that but I've got a Liebster award to do too.  Crikey I hope she gets round to that one soon. Maybe I can talk her into combining the two. Hey Whitley .... would it be alright if I just answer your questions and forget about everything else??  Oh ...... you all know Whitley don't you??  If you don't you need to. She's a great Sheila.
Now ..... there's some guidelines for this tag ...... crikey I'm sure glad they're guidelines cause these things usually have rules and I'm not too good at following those rule things. So here's the guidelines:

1. Thank your nominator and link them to this post.     Yep ..... ticked that box already!!
2. Link to the creator of the tag.  Ariel's little corner of the Internet.  Crikey I don't know Ariel. Better
    get myself over there and check her out, aye??           Ok .... ticked that box too!!
3. Post your eight photos of happiness.                            Alright ..... I'm getting to it!!
4. Pop in a brief description of the photo, why you chose it, or just let the picture do the talking.
                                                                                         Well .... I think my choice of pics will tell all. 
5. Spread the happiness and tag up to ten other bloggers.  Glad they said 'up to'. Ten might be testing


Now as to the tagging of up to ten others ...... well ..... all of my mates have already been tagged but there is one person I sure would like to see 8 photos of happiness from and that's Zoe.  I know things are a bit hectic for Zoe's writer at the moment but I sure would like to see 8 photos of happiness from Zoe if it's at all possible.  Forget everything else Mrs Zoe ...... just photos will do. Mmmmmmmm!  Need I mention the eyes and those lashes from hell and Tux, don't forget Tux.   Could you ..... please!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh and Aunty ...... how about you??  AND anyone else that feels up to it.  Eight photos of happiness from everyone. How good would that be???

AND now to Whitley's questions for the Liebster award. Crikey that was so long ago I had trouble finding them .... but I did so here they are:

1. What are your favoritest treat?
2. What are your favoritest toy?
3.  Has ya ever killed anything?
4.  How barky is ya?  Quiet, medium, loud, or Whitley-level?
5.  Do ya get scared of storms or does ya ignore em?
6.  What are your favorite nap spot?
7.  Do ya like summer better or winter?
8.  Who are your favorite peep?
9.  What are da furthest from home ya has ever been?
10.  Do ya like baffs?
11.  Do ya ever watch TV?

1.  Crikey Whitley ...... you gotta be jokin???  EVERYONE knows my favouritest treat.
                      ICECREAM!  ICECREAM and more ICECREAM!! Sure beats everything else, aye? 

2.  My favouritist toy ....... My Sorry Ass.  Dear Goose gave him to me and I just love him. I take him to bed every night and he always comes on road trips with me.  Funny but I never really felt like I belonged in Blogville until Goose sent me my Sorry Ass. He made me feel I was meant to be here. I sure hope he was right.

3. Fair dinkum Whitley ..... have I gotta answer this one??  I'm a killer.  Mum tries real hard to keep me under control. Crikey ..... she won't even kill an ant if she can help it but I have managed to kill my fair share of lizards and grasshoppers. I nearly managed to get a magpie once. He took off a bit slow and I damn near got a tail feather but just missed.  I'm currently working on a way to get at 2 guinea pigs, 1head buttin,' out of control, badly spoiled pig and 3 chooks.  Leave me alone with 'em for 87 seconds and they're gone!!!!!  

4. How barky am I????    You got that covered Whitley.  I could never compete with you.  I'm not much of a barker.  Crikey ..... I don't even bark when the doorbell goes.  I've got a pretty good bay (howl) on me though.  Mum and Dad laugh when I bay.  I don't see the funny side!!!!!  I use it for special occasions not funny occasions. 

 5. Do I get scared scared of storms??  No, not me!!  I rather like 'em. Dad loves storms.  If we know one is approaching we sit outside with a refreshing ale and watch them pass over. It's a me and Dad thing.  Mum's a scaredy cat. She watches from inside.  I sometimes get a try of the refreshing ale. Good times.  

6. My favouritist nap spots??  Crikey ...... I've got heaps.  If there's anything other than runnin' that I do well it's NAP!!  In winter it's the walk in wardrobe.  It's a small room and the sun shines through the window and it's oh so warm in there.  I love it.  Mum complains about the blinds being open all the time cause she reckons all the clothes will fade but she leaves them open for me. At night it's Mum's lap.  She rubs my ears.  Doesn't get any better than that, aye??  

7. Do I like summer or winter best??   Yep ..... I like both of those best and spring and autumn.  Crikey I just love 'em all. It's good to be alive, aye??  I sure would like to see snow though. We don't get snow here. 

8. My favouritist peep??  Crikey ..... that's a hard one!!  I like everyone .... well not EVERYONE .... I don't dislike anyone but I don't like to be petted much by anyone other than my family. But I love everyone in my family and make a great big fuss over them.  Especially my 2 legged sister, Jen.  I always welcome her with my special BAY and I can't get close enough to her.  She's great!!!  But I suppose I love Mum the best.  AND Dad the second best.  

9.  The furtherest away from home Ive been??  So far Bright in Victoria is the furtherest I've been (a bit over 1,600klms) but Mum and Dad travel around Australia all the time so I'm hoping to see a lot more of the place. 

10. Do I like BAFFS?????  NO .... NO .... NO!!  I like swimmin' though.  There's a difference, aye??

11.  Eleven!!!!!!!  Crikey I thought there was only supposed to be TEN!!   Oh well ..... here goes!!  Do I watch TV???  I do Whitley ..... I do!!  But not a whole movie like you. I must get Mum to put Oklahoma on. I might like it. I know you do.  I haven't got a favourite show but I do like animal shows the best. 

Well Whitley ...... thanks so much for nominating me for both of these. I hope you'll forgive me for my shortened version of the Liebster award. I had fun answering your questions.  Maybe some of the other blokes and Sheilas out there could answer them too. It's always good to know what's going on in our friends worlds, aye??

Wanna run, Love, Charlie. 


Thursday, 16 July 2015

I'm NEVER going to see snow!!!!!

Crikey ..... it's snowing at the Blue mountains!!  We were there just the other week. There wasn't any snow then. I'm NEVER going to see snow.  We are home again now. Mum's sister arrived back from overseas so she is taking over from Mum in the looking after of Nan.  It's good to be home but if we didn't come home I would have seen snow. Now I'm NEVER going to see it.  It's even snowing in Queensland today. It only snows in Queensland once in about 87 million years. It's cold!!!  Even here, where I live, it's cold!!  That's MOST unusual.  It only got to 18C yesterday.  Crikey ...... that's positively freezing, aye???   I have to run like the wind at the beach just to get warm. Lucky I can run again, aye??  Here's some pictures to show you how cold it is ...

Well ..... my ears get cold too you know!!!
Ok ..... I knew you'd wanna see 'em!!!
My Mum made this coat. I'm so proud of her. She's no seamstress but with the help of our Jen she made this.  Pretty good, aye??  The snood is detachable.  Whatd'ya reckon Madi??  I know you like a bloke in red.
OMD .... its Miss PPP's the dinosaur.  She gets cold too.
At the river. Winter sunsets are pretty, aye??

Crikey ... this bloke's sure a long way from home, aye??

Wanna run ..... Love, Charlie.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Cow appreciation day!!

According to Ranger's wacky holidays calendar today is Cow Appreciation day. Mum and I LOVE cows with a passion so we just wanted to share THIS photo with you.

Mum and Dad's good friends in Holland took it one morning and we think it's a beauty. Funny how they lined up to have their photo taken, aye??

Happy Cow Appreciation Day to all you cow blokes and sheilas out there and a big hello to our friends in Holland!!  G'day Lisette, Michel and all the animals. We love you heaps!!!!!!!

Wanna run ... love Charlie.

Monday, 6 July 2015

OMD!!!! I thought I was going to die this morning.

OMD!!  Was it ever cold this morning??? I thought I was going to freeze to DEATH!!  I saw something I've NEVER seen before.  We went for an early morning walk to the park. When we got there we were confronted with THIS:-

Yep .... the boardwalk was covered in ICE.  Lucky for Mum there was a lady in front of us or she would have fallen down and probably would have broken every bone in her ancient body. The poor lady didn't notice the ice and she slipped but she was young and managed to regain her footing before any damage was done. Mum would've just gone sliding right on down there if she got there first. Crikey it was cold.  There was another whippet at the park. His name was Cody and boy could he run.  He's a big bloke.  Mum thought I was a BIG whippet but Cody was much bigger than me. Mum reckons he was part greyhound but HIS Mum said he was all whippet. He sure could run fast but I managed to catch him after a while. He got tired quicker than me.

I look a bit puny, aye??

Yep we got treats!!
Crikey we went fast!!  It's  good to run with another whippet.

We really liked each other.

Mum reckons I'm a maniac now that I'm back to running.  I just don't wanna stop.  I've been running and running.  It sure is good to be back to normal.  The hole in my side is all better. There's still a big scabby thing on it and I have to wear my collar when no-one's watching me cause I'd chew it off but other than that everything is good.  Except the weather.  It's freezing.  It was 2C this morning. 2C ..... crikey I thought I was going to die.  Even for Sydney that's cold. I can't wait to get back home. It's never cold there.

Wanna run (yippeeeeeeee!!!) .... Love, Charlie.