|Whitley .... ain't she sweet?|
|Finley - Cute, aye??|
OMD did we have a good time or what! It mightn’t have been a conventional date but boy what a date it was. As you all know Whitley AND Finley were my dates for the day. They wanted to go on a Roo hunt and here is how it went.:-
My good Mate Zaidie owns a lear jet. Well he owns a whole fleet of lear jets actually but that’s beside the point. Anyway VERY early in the morning he flew over to Scotland where he picked up Bouncing Bertie. I don’t think Bertie had EVER been in a plane before. He'd been on a train and he climbed mountains, often ... but a plane? I don't think so!! He was very nervous. Thank goodness for seat belts. It was the only way Zaidie’s crew could stop him from bouncing all over the plane. You should have seen the feast Zaidie had supplied for the big trip to Australia. There was everything imaginable, including those cat burger things. He went overboard as usual. He even had special Texan food seeing as my TWO dates were from Texas. The inflight movie was Oklahoma! I'd asked Zaidie to arrange this as it is Whitley's VERY favourite movie ever!! Crikey he’s a good stick! Once Bertie was all settled down Zaidie set off for the United States. He had quite a few different places to go so he didn’t waste any time. The first stop was Michigan where Mr. Jack Freckles Sir, hopped on board. Talk about nervous …. OMD ….. he’d NEVER been on a jet before. Next it was Idunno for Zoe with the beautiful eyes. Zoe’s a Sheila but she’s wasn’t my date. Zoe’s a bit of a bloke really. Well she’s not a bloke ….. she’s a Sheila but she kinda acts more like a bloke and I think she likes hangin’ out with blokes better than sheilas. She’s real nice though … but she wasn’t my date. Next stop was New Mexico for Puffy. Crikey … everyone was so pleased to see him but sad at the same time. You see it’s always been Puffy and Coco Rose until just a few days ago. Coco Rose left for the rainbow bridge, very suddenly, and everyone is still a bit in shock. I think being with all his mates for a day will do Puffy the world of good. He was all ready to go. Crikey …. What on earth did he think he was going to do with all those stuffies!! Oh well ….. to each his own. The next stopover was in the middle of nowhere. That’s where my mate Buddy lives. Buddy wanted to come along too. Zaidie wasn’t too happy with him going aboard though. Apparently he had been out exploring earlier in the morning and had found something or other to roll in and he smelled REAL bad. Next stop was Texas for Whitley and Finley, my TWO dates!! OMD how lucky am I? Those two certainly know how to dress for a good time. I’d told them it was going to be a casual thing and they dressed accordingly. Not that they don’t get dressed up for special occasions. They do! They have the BEST wardrobe of any Sheilas I’ve ever seen. Well apart from Coco Rose that was. Coco Rose’s dress sense was something to behold. That was one Sheila that could certainly make an outfit look good. Crikey Coco Rose …… we miss you! But I said casual so casual Whitley and Finley were. Whitley was dressed in army fatigues. OMD was that sexy or what?? Finley looked incredible too. She opted for a very stylish sporty number in aboriginal art fabric. Crikey did she ever look the part. They were both certainly dressed for action. NEXT STOP AUSTRALIA! I believe the trip out was a whole heap of fun but as I wasn’t there and only heard about it I’ll leave it up to someone else to fill you in on the details. I was a bit worried about Bertie but I hear he was right at home. Matter of fact I heard he was the life of the party. Who knew? He and Zaidie got on like a house on fire. He lives in Scotland and Zaidie was born there so they had a lot to talk about. Zaidie played his bagpipes and I heard tell that Bertie did the highland fling. OMD! Bertie did the highland fling????? I would have liked to see that! They landed at Amberley in Queensland. That’s our air force base and it’s where Wills, Kate and Baby George landed when they came to Queensland. I was there to meet everyone. I’d already picked up a few of my mates from around here. I thought Zoe would feel happier if she weren’t the only sheila without a date so I asked Flossie along. She’s a westie and very feisty. She’s a bit of a bloke too and she sure knows how to bark. Between her, Zoe, Whitley and Mr JF Sir those Roos won’t know what’s hit ‘em. Along with Flossie there was Clancy the kelpie. Thought he’d be good to round the roos up and last but not least and just for fun ….Paddy …. He’s an Irish wolfhound and he’s just a pup and all gangly and uncoordinated. Thought he’d probably confuse the Roos. He sure as anything confuses me. I had asked another good friend, Libby, but she's a collie and I've heard somewhere along the line that my Whitley has a bit of an issue with collies so I had to put her off at the last minute. We all piled into the jet and I told Zaidie of my plans. Off we went into the wild blue yonder and before we knew it we were at our destination. Ayers Rock or Uluru as it is sometimes known.
I’d hired a big Trakka bus (complete with a fully stocked bar) and we all piled in and headed off to climb the rock. Crikey ….. who do you think got to the top first? Well ….. it wasn’t fair really. After all I am built for speed. I was sure impressed with everyone though. It was VERY hot and they scaled that rock like you wouldn’t believe. Freckles was really impressive for an old bloke. Crikey he can move when he wants to AND the westies …. Fair dinkum …. You should have seen those little legs pumpin’. Zoe kept stopping to bark at everything and Clancy was running around everyone like a maniac trying to keep us all together. Puffy (being a bit older and slower) didn’t think he’d be able to manage the climb but good old Paddy told him to hop on his back and they took off together. You should have seen Paddy. Talk about uncoordinated. There were legs going in all directions. If only the back of him knew where the front was he might do ok but crikey he was a sight to see. I’m not sure if Puffy enjoyed the ride but he didn’t complain. Buddy got to the top ….. took one look around and said 'Crikey …. And I thought I lived in the middle of nowhere'. Did you note the 'Crikey'. He was really getting into the swing of things, aye?
Once we were back on the ground we jumped back into the Trakka and headed off for our big adventure …. an outback Australian, Kangaroo hunt!! We all refreshed ourselves from the bar. It was thirsty work climbing that Rock. Crikey those Sheila’s like a cocktail or two, aye?? Now if you thought a date should be more romantic than a roo hunt then all I’ve got to say is….bully for you. My date, Whitley and Finley wanted to chase some Roos so that’s what we did and we found a whole mob of 'em.
|They didn't stand still like that for long, aye?|
Crikey it was exciting. Those Roos didn’t stand a chance with us around. Buddy dug a hole soooooooo big you could almost have put Ayers rock itself into it. Clancy rounded ‘em up, hoping they would all fall in the hole Buddy dug but no such luck. They just kept going round and round in circles. Whitley, Mr. JF Sir, Bertie, Zoe, Flossie and even Zaidie barked ’em real good. Paddy after confusing the heck out of her, pinned a big female down and Puffy filled her pouch with some of his old stuffies. Oh! … if only Coco Rose were here. She would have fallen off her high heels laughing at the antics of everyone. I hope she was watching from above. Everyone got a bit hot and bothered so we decided to give the roos a break and headed off to Mataranka Springs for a quick dip.
|Edith falls. They're not hot so you do have to look out for fresh water crocs but they're pretty harmless.|
|Crikey Zoe ..... this blokes eyes are almost as beautiful as yours, aye?? No eyelashes to flutter but an awful good set of chompers!|
Whitley and Finley had a great time. I knew they liked a game of pool ball so I’d asked the Australian Women’s water polo team to meet us there for a game of water polo. Crikey they were good sports! They let us win! Can you believe that??? We had the best time. The springs were mighty hot so we headed off to Edith falls, for a dip under the falls. A few more refreshing drinks were consumed on the way. Crikey those Sheilas sure liked those cocktails, aye?? We lost Zoe and Clancy for a bit at the falls. I'd noticed Zoe fluttering her beautiful lashes at Clancy earlier in the day and I have to say I was a bit jealous. I thought she only did that for me. She's a bit of a tease that Zoe! We were just about to set out on a search for them when they, very sheepishly, returned. Zoe looked VERY disheveled and Clancy had a beam on his face from ear to ear. Hmmmmmmmmmm!!!!
Now for the good part …. I had arranged a huge surprise for Whitley and Finley. I had organised a special dinner for them so it was back to Ayers rock to get ready for the date part of the day. I’d sent all the others off for a bit of a barbie and a hot air balloon ride over the rock at sunset so they were happy. Well … all except Bertie. You see I had a feeling that Finley was a bit keen on Bertie and as I had two Shei… ummmmmm … wee lassies I thought Bertie might like to come along as Finley’s date for the night. He agreed. How good was that? I’d bought real pretty dresses for Whitley and Finley and I’d arranged a room for them at the swanky Rock resort so they could change out of their casual outfits. Bertie and I got all spruced up too and just before sunset we picked the Sh …. lassies up and headed out to watch the beautiful sunset and then to enjoy our romantic dinner, beneath the stars, at Ayers rock.
|Dinner under the stars!|
Whitley and Finley looked amazing and I think Bertie and I looked pretty good too. Crikey we had a good night. That Bertie sure knows how to treat the Sheilas. What a gentleman! I tried so hard to be gentile like him. I hope I succeeded. The sunset was incredible and we saw all our mates go sailing right over the top of the rock in the brightest blue hot air balloon you’ve ever seen. I had to control Whitley when she saw the balloon. She wanted to bark at it but when I told her how all our mates were in it she got herself under control. Fair dinkum ….. we had the best time!!!!!! And I don’t know for sure but I think Bertie and Finley really hit it off. Finley was all shy and gooey. Who’d have thought? Finley and Bertie? Crikey!!! All too soon the others joined us and Zaidie said it was time to head for home. Zoe was a bit reluctant to board the plane and Clancy looked downright forlorn. He'd get over it though ..... I saw him wandering off with Flossie and Paddy. What a good time we had all had and what a wonderful date day it was. Thanks so much Whitley and Finley for being my date. You two are the BEST!!!!
|Can you see all my mates in there??|
|A perfect sunset after a perfect day!!|
Wanna run …. Love, Charlie.