Please read Jessie’s post on the Koala Tracker – a real eye opener. Humans must do something to save the precious Koala

Jessie & Jane


Just wanted to let you know that, yesterday on Twitter, I met Alex Harris (@koalatracker). Thank you so much @petsarefound for the introduction to this lovely lady! *whispers* how about following both these twitter accounts?

I’ll let you explore Alex’s webpage Koala Tracker but (believe me!) its worth a visit. I joined immediately (its FREE!) and captured the above picture which shows the devastation our recent floods and fires have caused our Koala population.

I’m going to ask Uncle Hugh to become a Koala Tracker as he lives in the bush!

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Summer House extensions

When Keely & I moved into the Summer House after we were married, it was ideal for just the two of us – enough room to have friends stay over and still cosy for a loving couple.

Then #ourWinnie came along, and to accommodate her growing collection of clothes and Guide Dog Puppy School assignments we renovated her bedroom, which involved adding a study and dressing room. Luckily for me our good pal Alfie @AlfieLuvsCassie assisted in this work:

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Alfie and I were really pleased with the end result, and so was #ourWinnie:

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Now with the arrival of #ourChloePup it has been sternly pointed out to me that we again need to extend to incorporate a new bedroom for her. So I girded my loins and shut myself in my #manshed, throwing myself deep into drawing up plans, my creativity being helped along a little with the occasional baconbeer.

My pal Ruger @RugerBlue volunteered to assist in the renovations, which I was grateful to accept. Ruger is a pawsome mate from Kiwi Land, skilled in carpentry and owning his own tools and hard hat.

Ruger 1

Once we had settled on a course of action (and supped a few more baconbeers) we started working.

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Things were a bit of a mess for a while …


… and Nanny Jessie had a few suggestions …

Thomas & Jessie 1

… but finally we were finished, and #ourChloePup now has a bedroom of her own.

Chloe in Piglet PJ's in Nursery by Nanny Jessie

Little girls are precious gifts

wrapped in love serene;

their dresses tied with sashes,

their futures tied with dreams.

Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah is also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights and lasts eight days. This year it begins on the evening of Saturday 8 December and ends on the evening of Sunday 16 December.
In 165 BC, the Jews in Judea rebelled against the Syrian ruler, Antiochus, because he insisted that all Jewish people must worship Greek Gods. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth – they drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to their God.
As part of the celebrations they lit an oil lamp which should have been kept burning all the time, even though they could only find enough oil to keep it burning for one night. But a miracle occurred, and the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days, which was the time it took to make new oil for the lamp. This  was the Miracle of the Oil.
It was then declared that every year Jews would remember the day with an eight-day Festival of Lights and celebrate the miracle of the oil by placing eight candles in a Menorah (a special candlestick) and lighting one candle for each evening of the celebration. Electric lights are sometimes used, especially where where an open flame might be dangerous, such as a hospital room. The Hanukkah lights are meant to remind those walking by the home about the holiday’s miracle, so the Menorah is displayed at a prominent window or near the front door.
During Hanukkah, people exchange gifts and give to the poor and needy.
Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah

To all our furiends who observe this holiday,
we wish you a Happy Hanukkah.
from Winnie (and Mil) and Thomas (and Nan) xx