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Life on two acres of arid dirt, on the edge of the Australian outback.

Monday, December 31, 2007


This is Millie.

Millie is our seven year old Border Collie x Blue Heeler.

Millie likes to play ball with anyone who is willing. No matter the weather the moment someone is outside she disappears and then comes back and drops a ball at your feet. Millie can take a brand new tennis ball and have it split in half, cover removed, and soaked in slobber within a matter of hours.

Millie also loves sticks. She'll carry a tree branch and run alongside the back fence making a hell of a racket!

Millie is a wonderful guard dog for our property. She keeps foxes away from our chooks, but apparently not rats away from the wires in my car.

Millie eats anything and everything. She likes Schmakos, chook scraps and eggs.

She doesn't like to be bathed, but if anyone tries to water the garden with the hose she will play in the water until she is sopping wet.

Until recently we had another dog, a tenterfield terrier named Pippy, who was Millie's companion. Unfortunately Pippy passed away the weekend before Christmas. Since then Millie has been sad as she is missing her little friend.

The top picture was taken this afternoon, and the second on 22/12/2007, her last photo with Pippy.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Hot Hot HOT.

Today was 43 degrees Celsius. The past week since Boxing Day has been getting hotter with the temperature soaring and no relief in sight for the moment. The next few days are expected to be in the 40s with tomorrow being 43 again. This weather is not very kind to the vegies we are struggling to grow. We are on water restrictions and can only water the garden for three hours on a Sunday. Not too good in this heat wave!

I didn't do too much today due to the heat, mainly sat around the house trying to keep cool. We have a newly installed pool that was lovely to get in at the end of the day. Since we are on water restrictions we decided to fill the swimming pool with rain water that we collected in our rain water tanks. Luckily we received a nice, healthy downpour soon after the pool was completed. We are now in the process of putting pavers around the swimming pool.

I still have one of my daughter's home for the Christmas break but she has to go back to Adelaide tomorrow to start work on Wednesday. I mentioned that I wanted to start a blog spot, so she helped me set this one up. I look forward to sharing my pictures and daily posts with everybody!