January 2017


There are a variety of things to do in the garden. Every garden, every person – they have their things. Some things are common to most gardens, and some people have to do the common things in their garden.

When you have plants, you must keep them adequately watered. We have a lawn out the back, with some lawn growing in patches in the dog run behind the back yard. We also have various pots of things in our pool area that need watering regularly, flowers and some herbs. I the dog run there are also some things I’ve totally forgotten the name of, that are doing well.

They are things that grow well in deserts, I think, and we got ours from our neighbour across the road. Not only have grown well, and are considerably taller than when they were planted, they also now have offspring growing alongside them, which is great.

We are growing some of our own vegetables as well as the herbs and we have hanging baskets too, with flowers, herbs (thyme) and strawberries. I love the fact that we’re able to provide some of the food we eat, and wish we had more growing. I’m not the one who does the work though, so I wisely leave the decisions about it up to my husband …

We have four dogs – not little dogs, but medium to big dogs. These dogs are all getting older, of course, with the oldest in her final years, I very much think. It’s a worry, living with such an elderly dog. She naps a lot, and I always fear for her life, when she doesn’t wake up quickly, as the other dogs do. But Nena is old and arthritic and deaf, so these things happen at a slower rate …

The best thing our garden has is lots of different kinds of birds. I love watching the birds as they go about their daily business. I have a list of the different kinds of birds I see, adding a new one if I see it here and isn’t already on the list. I haven’t added any new bird since I think early last year. I’d love to find a new avian visitor!

We have a bird bath in the back yard too, in the pool area where the dogs don’t go, so the birds that visit for a drink or a bath are safe there. I love to see them in there, splashing the water and looking like they’re having a great time! There are two bird baths in the front yard too. If I look out of the windows, left and right, I can see the bird baths, if the curtains are open.

I almost drawn the, rather than open, but I had to think, does drawn actually mean open? I looked in up online and it seems the general feeling is that it can mean either. If curtains are open, you draw them to close them. If the curtains are closed, you draw them to open them. Confused yet?! I love our crazy language!

We have two rose bushes too, and sometimes I might bring in a rose bud like the one below. This one is still sitting next to the computer and I can see it, but it’s very very dead now, and dried out. I’m not sure why it’s even still there. We have new rose buds on the bushes. Maybe tomorrow I’ll bring a new one in. We have both the glorious fragrant red/pink ones, and we have yellow ones too, both planted next to each other near our pool.a-rose-by-any-other-name

So, birds, dogs, a pool, roses, home grown food, we have lots of great things in our back yard. We have some nasty things sometimes too though. Snakes in summer is always a worry. Our bigger dogs are hunters, and have had some ‘fun’, that one time didn’t go at all well, not for the snake, not for one of our dogs.

That’s life in the country though. In summer there are snakes, as well as glorious days of water fun … My husband loves summer and our pool! I prefer autumn – do you have a favourite season? I’d love to hear about it, if you do!

I am a person who likes dogs and also likes to be in her garden. Most of the work in our garden is done by my husband, or with the tall trees we have, by others before we moved to our home.

I watch our dogs though, quite a lot and I like to think about them, and other dogs. I like to do some easy things in the garden too, at times. Mostly I like to sit on the front or more usually back veranda and just look at the things out there. Trees, grass, insects, plants, clouds and of course our four dogs.

I’m sure lots of people would say similar things to me. I’m perhaps a little bit unusual because I write a blog about these things, and I have also written a book about gardening from a dog’s point of view. It was make believe, of course, I pretended I was a dog, thought about how dogs might think about gardening, and just wrote and wrote until I had enough text to make a book, after my clever friend did some great illustrations.

I self-published this book, “Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs”

me and the boys

Photo from back when the first print run of my first self-published book came out. “Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs”

years ago, but I still manage to sell another copy every now and then. I haven’t sole thousands of copies, but that doesn’t matter. What I did in fact, was to follow up that first book with another book “Doggone It – Mindfulness from a Dog’s Point of View”, also illustrated by the same person. This book was also written from that dog’s point of view, and the particular dog is the one that lives inside my head, Buster. Buster is a combination of the two breeds of dogs we have, and he’s a fun guy to be around, I enjoy doing these things with him.

Buster and I are working on our next book at the moment. This book will be called “Dog Buddha’s Thoughts” and is quite a different looking book, (I think). There will be a few illustrations again (not as many), and it will be a longer book. This is if all things go to plan, of course. My plan is that I will finish writing the text before the end of March, then send the text off to the illustrator. After they come back, I’ll put the book together then get as many copies as I can printed. I will hold a book launch for this book in July, during the Adelaide Plains Festival of Words 2017.