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The long night of many needles.

It was all going so well. Until the lord of darkness unleashed his legions of flying hypodermic insect drones upon us. Sitting by the Snowy River we had noticed a steady increase in mosquito activity as the sun set. Once the Aeroguard spray proved ineffective we decided to retreat into Ripley for dinner. That was […]

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Dog in distress.

I was on a meditation retreat on an isolated property west of Sydney. It was the evening of day 5 when I first heard it. Somewhere out past the dull yellow splash of light thrown from the meditation hall. Out in the bush. Past the grey shadow trees and tangled ink black scrub beyond. But […]

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The nap spot.

Juno has a perfectly comfortable dog bed to nap in. But what he prefers to do is to hang out under our clotheshorse. Literally. And if he can reach up and nab a couple of foolishly hung soggy socks to chew on…all the better. I tell him not to nap there. ”NO Juno” and ”OFF! […]

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An ordinary evening

It is an ordinary evening. Dinner is done and the dishes are either washed up or stacked not so neatly in the dishwasher. Kelly and I are reclined out in our respective favourite chairs, sipping on tea and deciding between watching one of the YouTube channels we follow or catching a French police drama series […]

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Nothing to see here

Sssshhhhh! Kelly is doing the Valley of Giants tree top walk. It’s in a national park and therefore dogs are verboten. We are finding it a little difficult right now, as most of the interesting places we want to visit are in national parks. I totally understand why many people don’t want dogs to be […]

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Esperance

Spent the day wandering around Esperance, a coastal town with a population of around 14,000 that grew up as a receiving port for settlers arriving to make their fortunes on the goldfields in the 1890s. The day was warm and sunny and we walked the esplanade soaking in the lush green curated lawns and fine […]

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Juno and we.

So it seems Juno is becoming quite the well traveled dog. Although he does not take too kindly to ripple strips, and there are issues with train whistles…and trains. And there is that sudden insane 2am bark at a sound that may or may not be signifying imminent zombie attack. And a tendency to luxuriate […]

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Trip departure imminent.​

Well, we are just about ready to head off on our big road trip. Ripley is all freshly lubricated and provisioned up and awaiting further instructions on the launchpad. Kelly is busy stocking the fridge. Big thanks to Brian and Rhonda for the homegrown chilli olives. And thanks to mum and dad for the 20 […]

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The simple genius of baking soda.

Recently whilst house-sitting for some friends I had to deal with a little incident involving their dog Grace, a voluminous poop, and a very expensive, thick pile rug. This required an extended cleaning intensive on my part to extract the particulate matter, followed by an emergency dash to the local shops to pick up a […]