Friday, 19 August 2011


Let me introduce you to my latest critter - Bilbo.

This little fellow is rather shy, and a bit overwhelmed at the thought of being seen in public, so he asked me to make him a hoodie. Bilbo says he feels better now he knows he can retreat into his hood if it all gets too much.

Bilbo is available for adoption. He is made of cream and brown sparse German Schulte mohair, with brown leather footpads, and his face has been airbrushed.

He is stuffed with polyester, and has glass beads in his tummy. His English glass eyes are highlighted with white ultrasuede. He is 23cm tall, and his adoption fee is $AUD130.00 (plus postage costs and insurance - I send by registered mail). Please email me if you would like further information.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011


What a relief! I know you will be glad to hear the good news too - Mackenzie Stuart's mother reports that he is feeling much better this afternoon.

As you can see from the picture she sent, he certainly looks much improved - in fact it's an amazing recovery - it must have been the chocolate frog!

Monday, 15 August 2011


Poor Mackenzie Stuart! Last week his parents succumbed to the dreaded lurgi - a head cold - and unfortunately Mackenzie went down with a 'coldiddadoze' today. His mother tucked him up in bed immediately, and began treating him with the best medicine for a cold - chocolate frogs!

She sent me this picture to reassure me that he is being looked after properly. With such tender loving care being lavished on him, I am certain he will be well in no time!

Here's another picture of Mackenzie in our garden before he was adopted - the picture of health, as you can see.

Thursday, 11 August 2011


I never know what I'm going to see when I leave the road, and start down the one kilometre dirt track that leads to our house. To get home we have to drive through two other properties, and through three farm gates, opening and closing each gate as we go, so there's plenty of opportunity to see interesting things along the way - if we look around, that is.

Earlier this week, after turning on to the track I rounded the first bend and came across the flock of sheep belonging to the neighbours on the first property. The flock, a mixture of fat-tails and merinos often graze along the track.

It's lambing season, and I love to see the newborn lambs with their mums. I couldn't resist taking a few pics with my mobile phone, and thought I'd share them with you.

This little lamb just sat there, quite undisturbed by my presence.

But Mother sheep suddenly noticed my interest in her beloved, and began calling to her little one to come away from the big bad human, and baa-ing at me to 'back off'.

Baby took even less notice of its mum than it had of me, so Mum charged down to her baby and shepherded it away from danger.

I called out to her, and tried to reassure her that I thought her baby was beautiful, and that I meant no harm. She stopped and turned around to look at me, before deciding that it wasn't worth continuing the conversation. Last seen, they were heading up the hill to join the rest of the flock.

Monday, 8 August 2011


Well, almost. Although Albie was chosen some months ago by his foster mother, he wanted to go to the Gold Coast Teddy Bear Fair with my other critters first, so happily this was agreed upon and we all had a lovely time together (see earlier posts). Last week, however, I finally had to bid farewell to this happy little fellow. Albie is flying out on the 1st September, on a Qantas 380 airbus bound for England. He is to be adopted by a little girl, Freya, as a gift for her baptism and companion for life.

Albie can hardly wait! 

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


It's hard to believe we still have another month of winter to go - this week has been so mild in Adelaide that we're out of overcoats and hats and into the warm sunshine. Our prunus tree thinks it's spring already, and is in full bloom. Because of the lovely weather I have finally started to tackle the winter pruning of roses and fruit trees - hope I haven't left it too late.

On Monday afternoon, while out in the garden I glanced up the hill and caught sight of our neighbours' horses enjoying the weather too.

Bella the silky terrier
On furry matters, a dear friend recently adopted Patches* the bunny as a companion for another dear friend who lives alone, having lost her beloved Bella (a silky terrier) some time ago.

Patches (yielding to chocolate temptation)
When Patches was with me she behaved herself impeccably, and was a fine example to my other critters. However, I'm afraid she must have witnessed too much chocolate being consumed in her presence by yours truly, because she has acquired a taste for it too. I received a report via SMS tonight (complete with pictorial evidence) that she is up to mischief, as you can see, raiding her new mother's chocolate Smarties!

Patches (a fine example of good bunny behaviour)
* I created Patches from a Monica Spicer pattern, with her kind permission - thank you, Monica!