Great you’ve enjoyed a few days R & R after the long flight south, @Colin and now at your first sit in Gisborne with some cute pets, very hospitable host and fresh oranges! NZ is such a beautiful country with the two islands being completely different. Your coach ride allowed you to enjoy some of this beauty. Have a fantastic time over there and keep your posts coming!
@Colin - I envy you. New Zealand is a wonderland! Not sure how much you will get to explore but the Hundertwasser Public Toilets in Kawakawa are a marvel. It is pretty far north.
The Austrian artist settled in the area.
Avocados and oranges - and I thought the kiwis tasted better in NZ too.
Will you train/ferry/bus to Christchurch? The trip is well worth the time it takes. And Christchurch has an amazing spirit, I think, of recovery after the earthquake!
If you explore the south island, try to get to Dunedin - the east side of the bay has several wonderful bird sanctuaries - 2 kinds of penguins and albatrosses.
Hi @toml , nice to hear from you, hope you are well? - That public toilet looks interesting, I am not sure if we will get to that area but if we do I will definitely check it out, I am of an age where the location of public toilets is always the first thing I check when visiting a new area
I misjudged the length of the journey from north to south islands and only have a day to do it in so have decided to fly - I would much prefer to use the coach as you get to see so much more but in this case, unfortunately, it isn’t possible - Our Christchurch host has kindly offered his car though so we will definitely be exploring some of the surrounding areas.
I am now in beautiful Cape Town with Silver. She is a dream doggie, sweet, affectionate and obedient, and just loves her regular walks in the Groot Constantia Vineyards. There coffee spots within the wine estate, so makes for a really pleasant experience all round.
Here in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, a surburb 1 hr drive west of Toronto. Sitting a 12 yr old English Setter, sleeps 23 hrs a day on the couch.
She is too sleepy, ignores food for hours so for breakfast 7am must hand feed her thyroid pill instead of inserting inside a small piece of potato.
Must open her jaws and put the pill near the back of her mouth. Poking it inside her mouth as she snoozes doesn’t work, she spits it out. A rare bit of “work” on my 10 day sit here.
Now on my 4th sit since Oct, back to back. I booked right to Dec 23. Hoped for a 3 day break over Christmas to visit my kids in Toronto. Searched Toronto Dec23-26…and I GOT ONE…only 6 houses away from my daughter, 2 cats. Christmas dinner plans next up. What Luck!
Repeat sits already booked to May 1st, 2023 and for summer July-Aug. Only a two month window to jump the pond to sit in Rome or Florence May-June, 2023.
Safe travels to all Sitters where ever you are in the world.
PS If you are nearby, lets meet for a coffee and share stories. Lack of social contact with other human humans is sometimes tough when it lasts months.
Heading off to make my weekly platelet donation this afternoon. Red Cross in the US is really good about sharing donation info so you can donate almost anywhere you are. This will be donation #19 this year!
Mondrian predates Hundertwasser by about 50 years, so there may be some influence. Hundertwasser has some amazing buildings in Vienna also - a wonderful apartment building. He retired to New Zealand.
Just finished a fun sit close to ocean beach in San Francisco with Issa the Border Collie and her cat bro Milo ( pronounced Mee-lo). Both were fun personalities, Meelo on Lockdown due to an altercation with a neighborhood cat. Issa although 10 years old still pretty energetic being a Border Collie and a bit of anxiety. Both were adorable and wanted lot’s of cuddles. San Francisco is actually home for me, yet now semi-retired I work in Alaska seasonally then wander snd sit in the winter. Now hanging out with fur Nephew Luigi aka Poo Bear for the Thanksgiving break. Here’s a couple of images I created for their parents as well.
We’re in Germany this weekend for a family wedding. How happy were everyone when I put up my hand to walk the family dog! I was the happiest of them all! Getting to do a forest walk with autumnal leaves and good company, getting a 1.5 hour break from the wedding madness at home. This is Bruno, he’s just under 1 and has loads of energy but impeccable manners.