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post #2141 of 2159 Old 08-13-2019, 10:00 AM
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That was a beautiful article @SueC ! I loved the picture you painted of the morning.

Yes, I am super excited!
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Thank you, @Knave ! I sat down and wrote that one in a single four hour session one morning and it just came out complete. I'd only stop to think and re-read but didn't have to go back to edit anything. The right words simply appeared. Similar experience again this morning - four hours, complete 1500 word piece on the new donkeys etc for Grass Roots, and I wish I could share it because it's really funny, but can't until after it's actually out!

I am also terribly excited anticipating the next issue of The Owner Builder with an international article in it!

It rained cats and dogs again today, so what can one do but write and do indoors chores... although the weather is meant to be cool and sunny tomorrow, which would suit us for another long walk. Riding? In this weather, with everything a swamp? Nope. I did actually get in a loop around the valley floor a couple of evenings ago when it had been dry for a day, miracle of miracles, but right now everyone is in rugs and on higher ground, except me - I'm indoors a lot hiding...

The weather has been so bad I have actually been mending socks. That's an indoors thing to do, while procrastinating the paperwork filing I've been meaning to do forever and I'm simply going to kick my own @ss on Friday and do it. Does anyone else here actually mend socks? I've been saving the cotton strings from the feed bags, they're great for mending bamboo socks! Especially the red strings make a quite fetching suture line!

I've got a very Gothic, very beautiful song I'm listening to on endless repeat, which is about the fear of losing someone you love. It's all watercolours and poetry, and I think I'll share it.


If you'd like something more about love and less about anticipated loss, here's another gorgeous layered watercolour of a song:


...very lovely. I'm reviewing the whole B-sides set at the moment, which could take a while as there's 4 CDs...
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Nice to see your updates @SueC , we've missed you
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Nice to see your updates @SueC , we've missed you
Thank you, @egrogan ! I've been three things: 1) Trying to catch up on a backlog of post-flu work, 2) Doing a lot of walking, as you can see, and 3) Away with the fairies too!

...and we have another long walk planned tomorrow. The fitness goals this year are really working out for us, that's for sure, and it's so lovely to see the countryside like this, in complete immersion and at least once a week.

We've always loved doing this, and it's what we did before we built this house. And now, we've managed to get back into it seriously, for the first time since building and moving onto this farm... 9 years later...

I've got a nice retrospective on our last "away" holiday in Tasmania here to compare it to, with lots of photos - we're hoping to go again next year:

Tasmania By Campervan, Spring 2009 ? Sue Coulstock

...we're not quite as lean and mean yet as we were at the tail end of that holiday, but we're working on it!

I hope you've been well and enjoying your summer!

And this weekend I'm finally going to be able to catch up with HF!

Have a great day, everyone. We're going to do this:

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I have never seen anything like that tree with the mushrooms. Wow! It belongs in a fairy tale.

I am excited about the article; I just am afraid to jinx it. Lol. Like if I say that I wrote it, it wonít actually happen. Who knows why I am this way?
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Wow!! I love all the photos! You both look great! Love that the dog gets to go too! That is amazing! Are you guys on holidays? Who look after the farm with all these trips!?
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We're not on holidays, @DanteDressageNerd ! We made a resolution to do at least one day walk a week (possibly two, or one day walk plus a half day walk a week) ...and live in a spectacular area. This is why both of us moved to the South Coast in the first place - because we love hiking as a form of getting fit while seeing beautiful scenery! It's just that when we bought the farm in 2010, that took a bit of a back seat, what with having to set everything up, build the shed and the house and all that, and then intensive care for Romeo twice daily food-wise for the last few years... So now, 9 years later, we're getting it back how it used to be... the animals we have left are fine in the paddock unattended for the day.

You're just not seeing the photos of me mopping the floor, fencing paddocks, trimming horse feet, cooking, writing, doing paperwork etc etc!

@Knave , I feel like that too. I've got a new place I sent something to who want to publish what I sent, and right now I'm going, "Is this actually going to happen?" - even though they said yes ...until it becomes a pattern, that's what it feels like...

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Hello, everyone!

Hope all of you are having a great weekend. It's been a rainy weekend here so far - well, that's an understatement. Friday afternoon, a deluge arrived, and the rainwater tank started overflowing, so I just hooked it to the stock trough line for a day to lose the top few rings of water (as it's going to rain a few more months yet). Everything got even more soaked than before. Riding? Nope. All the horses were snug in rugs.

Before it started raining, I managed to get the washing done - everything dried very quickly in the gale-force winds of the approaching front! I had to put so many pegs on each item so things wouldn't get blown away! And I took the pole-saw to saw off a few dead tree branches from a stand behind the house - it's ready-dried wood when you need it, if you cut it when it's not raining. I then chopped the branches up with my little drop saw, and append a photo of the results of my labours, which kept me warm on Friday night - so warm I didn't even have to light the fire today, the house kept warm for nearly a day after heating, and in the afternoon, just enough sun came through the windows to top up the heating again. I haven't had to light a fire tonight. But this morning, the hail was drumming down, and didn't stop until lunchtime. Hopefully, tomorrow will be less wild.

I've been writing essays for fun much of today and some of yesterday. Brett is up in Perth for a family birthday, and will be home tomorrow night. He sends me regular cute and naughty messages.

One sad thing is that Jess is unwell, but she's looking better now. We're not exactly sure what is wrong with her - she started acting strangely on Wednesday night, but she does that sort of thing if she gets zapped by an electric fence, for instance - get all sooky and weird for quite a while. She was still acting weird on Thursday morning for no obvious reason, and we took her on a walking expedition with us so that if it was just her mind, she'd get distracted and back to normal. She was OK on the walk, but pretty subdued - swam and retrieved though, of her own volition, at the halfway point of the 3.5 hour walk (the photos of which I'll put up early next week - Mt Martin Botanical Walk). But when we got home and she tried to drink from a big bucket, she started yelping and cowering. I looked at her mouth, and she had blood blisters forming in the epithelium.

We could rule out rat poison, but not a spider bite or even a snake bite causing coagulation problems. Anyway, we zoomed straight to the vet hospital, who did a full blood profile. All blood clotting normal, so that's fine. No obvious signs of venomous bites (but they can be tricky). Just really high neutrophils indicating an infection somewhere, but not in the gut - not vomiting, no diarrhoea, normal appetite except something about her mouth is bothering her. Kidneys, liver normal, so that's all good. The mouth might be a misadventure injury from the night she acted funny - like a run-in with a donkey - or maybe that's the infection, near there somewhere. She's on soft foods and TLC, and antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. The worst thing is she was shaking uncontrollably and super hot yesterday, but she looks much better today, and was sunning herself on the lawn for a while. She's still resting, at the moment on a bunch of big pillows by my bedside (a special occasions treat; she has a sofa). I've never seen her like this before, or as sick as she was yesterday. We're still wondering if she got a minor redback bite to the mouth, because I evicted quite a few of these critters when cleaning our patio last week. Spider bites can get infected... maybe she swallowed it and got it in the back of the throat somewhere...

Big mystery. But it's very sad to have a sad, sighing, shaking dog around. I'm so glad she's improving; she even had a dream earlier where she was wagging her tail so furiously that it was thumping into the underbed storage drawer! And I boiled her an egg for her dinner, to have with some peanut butter on wholemeal bread cubes - she can't do proper solids at the moment. She was mad about that egg, and about the antibiotics I hid in the ham , and snuggling up to me more like her usual self after that!

Happy Sunday to all.

The firewood photo... all those containers are Romeo's old feed bins that we had to keep replacing because his super-angled front teeth would wear a hole through the bottom of the container in a few months at the end... they're still OK for firewood, and it's nice to think of the old horse and the many feed bins he had, that were filled up with so much food for him twice a day for his last five years...
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