Ozzy has a sulk

So last evening OH and I decided to pop down to our local Spur for a change. I just had that craving for Spur flavours and suitably sated we returned home early about 7 pm to watch some TV. We decided against lighting a fire as we wanted an early night.

Well to say that Ozzy was miffed would be an understatement. After many trips to the hearth with meaningful looks thrown over his shoulder he just would not settle. OH thought that if he settled in his bed (next to the unlit fire) but wrapped in his blankie it might just do the trick. But Ozzy had other ideas, he would not lie down. So OH wrapped the blankie around him and Ozzy SAT in his bed facing the WALL for about ten minutes. Then with the blanket still over his back like a horse blanket he left his bed and stalked into my office where he lay down on the carpet making it quite clear that he did not wish to share the same room as us heartless humans who would not light a fire for his comfort.

I am pleased to report that today all is forgiven and he is back to his old loving self.

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Hibernation mode and puppies

Hello Bloggers

Well, here’s Monday almost done, after a lazy and laid back weekend.  Sunday was spent relaxing in front of the fire with a few glasses of wine, making pea and ham soup and hanging another batch of biltong.

I have been looking on the internet for a puppy and was disturbed to discover that there are so many scammers out there advertising non-existent puppies and offering to arrange delivery anywhere in the country. My first choice would be a Cavachon (an F1 hybrid of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bischon Frise). However I will also consider a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a miniature Daschund, a Bischon Frise or a Shih Tzu. If anyone knows of any breeders of the above in Cape Town please PM me.

We have not really done much lately except treat ourselves to a new TV with a bigger screen. My son gave me a tiny usb stick with loads of movies and series that he has recorded on it and it has been great to watch tv without the constant advertising interuptions.

This coming weekend we are taking Friday and Monday off to have a long weekend at our holiday house. As usual we will be going down loaded with stuff for the house, which will include a mini oven, a dining table and benches, a huge pot, a big gas bottle and the normal assortment of food and clothes. We have never had a dining table before except for the plastic ones so it is going to be a real treat to eat off a nice stable table, if you know what I mean.  It will be a weekend of DIY but that’s OK because DIY there is 100 times preferable to DIY at home as far as OH is concerned – no problem getting him motivated there at all.

I am defintely in nesting/hibernating mode with the cold weather, nothing nicer than curling up on the couch in front of fire. In the office Ozzy fights with my feet for better access to the heater 🙂 and drops heavy hints about lighting the fire. He goes up to the fire, front feet on the hearth and casts meaningful looks over his shoulder, as if to say ” Come on people, this dog is freezing his arse off in here”.

Wising you all a warm and wonderful week.

Mountains, sea, boats and seals

Sunday in Cape Town was lovely and sunny so we decided to get out and enjoy the warmth of the sun. We headed off to Hout Bay and drove a little way up Chapman’s Peak Drive. The view of the Sentinel across the bay was stunning.

 

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Looking across the bay, Hout Bay is at it’s best in winter.

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Then on to the harbour where we had lunch at Fish on the Rocks. We had a Groupon voucher for a seafood platter for two and what a feast it was. I don’t eat calamari or prawns so OH pigged out on that while I enjoyed the hake and chips. He could not even finish the dozen prawns and took some home for supper.

Walking through the harbour afterwards we enjoyed watching men repairing old wooden fishing boats in the traditional way and then around the other side of the harbour came across the young lad with a huge apparently tame seal. The boy was feeding the seal and gently stroking it and the seal appeared to quite enjoy his affections.

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Seals can be quite agressive but this young boy was very calm and gentle and the seal seemed quite relaxed.

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The seal even seemed to enjoy a massage …

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A snoek boat came in with quite a haul and the seagulls went crazy, swooping all around. If one was afraid of birds this would have been a nightmare come true.

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At R60 a snoek it was tempting but there are only two of us in the house:

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Another local was entertaining the visitors by feeding two seals in the water with scraps of fish. He would put the fish in his mouth and lean over the edge of the quay and the seals would shoot up out of the water to take the fish from his mouth.

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Gaily painted fishing boats in the afternoon sun

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Altogether an interesting day out as a “tourist” in Cape Town.

The Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations

Has anyone else followed the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations this past weekend? I must admit to being glued to my television and am now exhibiting symptoms of withdrawal.

The Thames River Pageant was fabulous, such a pity about the weather but at the same time it really showed the British spirit in all its splendour. That people were prepared to stand for hours in such foul weather just for a glimpse of the queen (okay the boats were also spectacular) says much about how much she is loved and admired.

The BBC really blew their coverage of the pageant with lots of inane commentary and not enough focus on the procession and even Sky TV were let down by Kay Burley who really should not be allowed to open her mouth unless she has a script in front of her. I would have loved to have had more background to the historic boats and all the commonwealth participants.

At 86 the Queen has amazing stamina, standing all through the pageant which of course meant that everyone on the royal barge with her had to stand too. Pity about Prince Phillip ending up in hospital but at 90 he did well too and even managed a jig at the end when the navy band played a sea shanty.

The concert on Monday evening was brilliant; by far my favourites were Tom Jones and Paul McCartney. I think that Elton John is getting a bit lazy with his singing but his piano playing is still fantastic. Robbie Williams acted like he was on speed or something but every other performer was good, the mix of pop, opera, comedy, classic rock and choirs was just right – hats off to Gary Barlow for a job very well done.  The lighting effects especially the Union Jack waving on the palace was wonderful and the fireworks were stunning.

I also watched the Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s and the balcony appearance and flypast later in the afternoon on Tuesday. It was incredible to see all the people in the mall, 1.5 million in total.

I really admire the Queen for her dedication to the role she inherited and her unwavering service to the people of the UK and the Commonwealth. Compared to our South African politics I think it a great thing to have an apolitical head of state to unify the nation. She has no real power but a lot of influence and has used it wisely over the years.

It is good to see that Charles has mellowed somewhat and with William and Kate waiting in the wings I doubt the Royal Family’s fame will fade anytime soon.

You just could not put a value on what the Jubilee Celebrations have done for Brand UK.

Playing with Words

The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus : A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxication : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

8. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease.

11. Karmageddon : It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido : All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

18. Frisbeetarianism (n.): The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men

It’s Friday so please forgive the “cut and paste”.  Have a great weekend everyone.