Sunday, 30 August 2015

Lazy Sunday

It has been a rather lazy weekend , I'm really looking forward to some Spring weather soon. My garden is terrible mess.
About the only gardening I've done is potted up this fox fern, I've had a few concrete pots & ornaments sitting around for a few weeks now . I bought them in from the house at smythesdale now I have to find spots for them.
I made this little fairy garden as I've had the little agate fairy house for a while .
So much work to be done outside at moment . I need some motivation .
Beautiful blossoms on my almond tree.
Loganberry bushes starting to awaken.
The only thing in my vege garden . The rest is weeds ..... Very long ones .... & lots of them.
Another remnant from Mums garden that I've transferred to mine .
Oh yes I have a couple of lemons on the tree.
The Sunday roast.
Ready for a reiki client tonight , then of to work nightshift boo hoo.
My crystal grid , features citrine for the intent of selling the house ...... A deposit has been placed ... Yay 
Just a bit of light reading over the weekend .
Ready to face the week

Friday, 28 August 2015

Big Friday night

It's a big Friday night in my house.
I'm relaxing reading a book.
I have a cat on one side.
A dog on the other, both sharing my chair. 
The another dog hogging the couch.
Pretty exciting 

Saturday, 22 August 2015

What I have been doing

So what have I been up to this last 2 weeks.
Well last weekend I completed another Reiki master teacher course.
Why another you say?
I believe we never stop learning, to be a good teacher you must keep learning yourself, I don't really like the word Master , I would rather just use teacher level . 
We learn every day of our lives.

Are flowers not absolute miracles , a few little things are starting to bloom. Just magical 

My Reiki certificate from my wonderful weekend away, completing this course. What amazing energy & Jeremy is a awesome teacher, so knowledgable & a lot of fun. There were many laughs across the weekend.

We stayed at the Boomerang ranch in daylesford which was just picturesque .

They take horse trails, I'm sure I will be back. 
Plenty to see.
Before I left I had to make sure the dogs wernt smelly. Alaska helped .

Two of my student received their Reiki level one with me. I have another level one workshop booked for October .
I love sharing this journey with like minded souls. 

Enjoy your week xx

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Not much happening in the gardening department

 This title is pretty spot on. There is not much happening in my garden.
These few pictures of blooms is about all there is. A few jonquils although I have planted quite a few more of these this week as my Auntie just gave me boxes of them.
The one thing I love about winter is the daphne . Oh how I love the scent of this plant. It reminds me of my childhood.

 One tulip has bloomed
 This little sign I found on Mums property {which is for sale} I took it home and painted it and placed it among the bulbs
 Hmmm this looks impressive . The only vege in the garden
 The rest is like this eeeeek. Im getting to it soon
 Now a beautiful massaman curry and guess what the bay leaves are from the garden.
So I am using something I have grown so that counts
 Now this hideous mess, I have had another idea for this spot.
Ive pulled out the grape vine and moved it as Im thinking that I cant seem to keep on top of all my gardens , sooooo Ive decided that this is going to be my zen garden. I will keep one vege garden close to the back door and the other 4 down the back.
 On the weekend I actually got rid of all the weeds, moved the grape vine and dug out some of the dirt and placed it on another vege garden. This garden is going  to have a make over. That will be a future post in weeks to come.
 Fruit trees are budding
 A few nik naks from Mums property are now residing in my garden.
 This is where I moved the dirt to. This will be my only vege garden close to the house.
 Ornaments are thriving,
If not much is flowering I still have the bibs and bobs around the garden to keep it interesting.
Now two blogs in one day Im of to get some house work done xx

My Maremma

 Well hello there, the lazy blogger has returned. With an interesting topic.
My Maremma...... well she is a cross breed {no haters thank you} her Mummy was a Maremma and her Father was a Macedonian Mountain dog cross a St Bernard. She is a bit of a mix up but never the less certainly has most of the Maremma traits.
Boy do they have some special traits and anyone with a Maremma will understand.
I have had pets all my life and usually more than one at a time. My parents were animal lovers and so am I .
Word of a warning if your child asks for a pet dog or a pet anything , if you are not an animal lover and say yes 'if you look after them, walk them, feed them , clean up their poop. DONT  fall for it , its a lie. If you dont plan to look after them yourself. Do not get a pet and leave it outside chained up {it is not a garden ornament.}
The whole family needs to be committed to looking after a pet.
 Now a bit about this pet....... Where do I start........
This girl is a barker {most Maremmas are] That is what they are bred for as a guardian}
So if you live in town I probably would not suggest one.
I live in town hmmmm
This dog is stubborn and very strong willed and that is the nature of the breed.
She knows how to get her way .
 I have had a letter from the council as somebody did make a complaint eeek.
I keep her inside at night so she doesnt disturb anyone.  If she cant see or hear anything she is good.
My goodness if a bird flies past our yard or somebody walks past the house this girl certainly makes a noise to tell everyone its her yard and stay away.

 Alaska has the most beautiful nature and to me she is always smiling even when asleep.
She loves the kids to bits. She loves to be inside and part of the family.
Yes she chews things. My outdoor setting has no cushions, my skirting board in the bathroom where I put her one night, the mat in the lounge where I also put her to keep her quiet.
Ive found the perfect spot for her when we go to bed. "The Laundry" she cant quite get her teeth around the washing machine. So for now thats her sleeping spot to keep her quiet.

 This garden is a hideous mess at the moment, so Alaska tends to sit here and eat her bones.
I buy her big bones a few times a week to keep her quiet amongst pigs ears and treats and all sorts of chew things. Keeps her busy for about 10 minutes.

 Now when I say she likes to be part of the family. I mean every room I go to she has to be with me.
Cooking tea in the kitchen is a task with a large dog in the middle of the floor.
This girl loves her walks, but only if she knows where she is going, take her on a different route and she is hesitant.
She loves to visit Dad around the corner. She marches ........{well pulls} all the way to his unit marches in gets her treat and leaves. The first time I took her there she didnt want to go in, now expects to go there every walk.
She wont let any strangers pat her at all. She would never bite she just cringes away.
They are very loyal to their family and trust no one. Very faithful.
Alaska has been well socialized in a family environment from a young pup so she loves the kids.
Im not sure if a Maremma is not socialized like this how they would be as a lot of farmers own them to guard their flocks.
They are used to scare of predators and guard penguins on Middle Island they even made a movie
"Oddball" about it
copy the link and past and take a look

The Werribee Zoo even have them to guard the bandicoots.
They are definitely a working dog.
So if you see a cute cuddly puppy advertised I suggest you read into the breeds traits even if it is a cross breed. Because if you are not an experienced doggy person you will be in big trouble.
You need to commit to looking after this dog.
There are Maremma rescue groups out there as I would bet a few people get them not knowing what they were in for. As they are the most stubborn dog I have come across when they dont want to do something.
If they dont want to go somewhere they will lay on the ground and not budge. You have to physically lift them.
Yes I have experienced that.
They are smart and not to be tricked. I have tried that with food. Alaska adores food but she is still smarter than that.
They also will not come back if they get out and feel like going for a walk. If you call them and they dont want to come , they wont. No matter how stern or nice your voice sounds or how many treats you have.
Basically they do pretty much want they want.
Saying all that . Alaska is a good girl on her walks.
She will sit and does have some basic training. When she is inside she is pretty well behaved, as you can see she is very comfy and the minute she plays up she goes outside so we do this a couple of times then she knows she has to behave.

But in a nutshell she is the most loving dog and so very entertaining even on those bad days she manages to make us smile or laugh at the silly things she does.
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