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These pieces of plaster have been around for a while: They all show different layers of paint.

These pieces of plaster have been around for a while: They all show different layers of paint.

 

This looks like we have many houses buried in our garden, with the colour palette ranging through the entire colour spectrum.

I love how each plaster piece has at least 2 different colour layers.

Do they all come from one house? That must’ve looked like Pippi Longstocking’s Villa Villekulla.

Or are these remains of the houses that stood on the now abandoned corner of Greatmore and York Street?

And why are they still in our garden, why did no-one ever clean up the rubble?

If you know more about The Broken Palace, please get in touch: TrulyJuly@web.de 🙂

 

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Review of Movie Night by Susanne Dietz at the Shunt’s railway arch

 

You can see the original article here: http://creativecommunicationswrithings.webs.com/Writhings/MovieSusanne.htm

 

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Sisi and Molly are sharing and tearing a mini muffin. Harley and Mulan look cute in front. At the back, Cinnamonkey's bum. Somehow in there: Felix and Milka.

Sisi and Molly are sharing and tearing a mini muffin. Harley and Mulan look cute in front. At the back, Cinnamonkey’s bum. Somehow in there: Felix and Milka.

 

Our ratties’ 1st birthday! And they celebrated with lots of #rattie #treats:

Mini fruit skewers, mini bruschetta, mini cupcakes, mini biscuits, mini 85% dark chocolate splinters: Our ratties turn 1! :)

Mini fruit skewers, mini bruschetta, mini cupcakes, mini biscuits, mini 85% dark chocolate splinters: Our ratties turn 1! 🙂

 

Watch rattie Mommy enjoy her fruit skewer:

 

And a cupcake on top of it:

 

 

Yoshi is undeterred and only focusses on licking the yoghurt off the cupake:

 

They came, they saw, they ate:

The empty buffet after the ratties are done with it.

The empty buffet after the ratties are done with it.

 

Like after any good party, the ratties pass out all cuddled up:

After the feast, the ratties are cuddling up to sleep.

After the feast, the ratties are cuddling up to sleep.

 

We can conclude: The ratties had a great 1st Birthday Party! 🙂

 

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Metal bits and bobs that I find plentiful in our garden soil.

Metal bits and bobs that I find plentiful in our garden soil.

 

These are the contents of only one hole.

 

You might think I excavated this over time.

 

Far from that: The dogs start digging and I start collecting. This is the result of only one of their digging holes. I don’t even know what half of these things are.

 

The metal bits sit compacted on top of each other. Like parts of a house that has collapsed and been buried.

 

In a matter of one session of removing all items from the ground that could pose a danger to digging puppy paws, this is what I collect. Besides gazillions of nails and other unidentifiable scrap metal.

 

What happened to The Broken Palace that once stood here? Are these the remains? How come this never got cleared up? If you know more, kindly get in touch: TrulyJuly@web.de

 

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Darn, my pet's drinking bottle has algae growing inside, and I can't even reach the rim to clean it!

Darn, my pet’s drinking bottle has algae growing inside, and I can’t even reach the rim to clean it!

 

In the 20+ years that I had pet rats I never had problems with algae in the ratties’ drinking bottle.

 

Then I heard from one of my #RattieSitting friends that she has to buy a new one, because hers has turned all green.

 

Weirdly enough, not too long after, also my pet water bottles showed signs of algae infestation.

 

Maybe something has changed to the Cape Town’s drinking water with the drought crisis?

 

Fortunately buying a new water dispenser is not necessary:

 

How to get rid of algae in your pet’s water dispenser

 

Simply soak the dish or bottle in 100% white vinegar.

 

Around the internet you’ll find a vinegar-water solution recommended at a ratio of 1 to 1. White vinegar also works well when diluted. Caution is advised when handling even food-grade vinegar as it is an acid.

 

But I find rinsing my rattie’s water bottle with pure white vinegar and let it soak for a while, does the trick: The algae simply disappears.

 

Wash the drinking bottle extensively to make sure all traces of algae and white vinegar are gone.

 

White vinegar is not bad for pet rats, apple cider vinegar is even good for them, but of course: only in a very diluted form. So don’t worry if the water bottle still smells of vinegar, a tiny bit of it won’t do any harm.

 

Of course, taking the time to clean your pet’s drinking bottle thoroughly means you need at least two. A good practice tip is anyway to provide two water bottles – just in case one fails – to make sure your pets always have access to water, especially in hot weather. This also gives you the chance to alternate between the two bottles when a proper clean is needed.

 

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This one made me laugh:

Spot the spelling mistakes! This is why you must always proofread.

Spot the spelling mistakes! This is why you must always proofread.

“This is possibly how German Shepard Emma felt before she escaped from the vet and ended up wondering terrified along the Liesbeeck River for five weeks.”

 

Besides that it is of course a German Shepherd, the image of this poor creature sitting all pensive and contemplative by the river, humming to herself a terrified Rodriguez’ “I wonder…” made me involuntarily laugh.

 

Yoh, two spelling mistakes in one sentence!

 

As Wikipedia puts it: “Shepard may refer to: A common misspelling of shepherd”.

 

And yes, the wonderful wandering / wondering swap, which in this example works just as well actually.

 

Maybe it’s because I can relate: I also wonder, about all the things, and it makes me terrified.
Of course, wondering for five weeks is a bit extreme, but I’m sure it can happen to the best of us if we ended up along the Liesbeek River. 😉

 

Luckily the dog was rescued and it all ended well. 🙂

I can only repeat my advice: Always proofread your copy before publishing.

 

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Gigi makes herself small to play with the puppies. Just the other day she was a puppy herself, now she's all grown-up with our foster pups.

Gigi makes herself small to play with the puppies. Just the other day she was a puppy herself, now she’s all grown-up with our foster pups.

 

Our dogs are quite relaxed about other canine visitors. As I offer dogsitting services, they got used to having their friends around.

 

Inviting some newbies into our home such as foster puppies Starsky & Hutch has however an impact on the pack hierarchy, and it’s fascinating to follow how the dynamics change:

 

Gigi, so far the youngest, behaved very much like a puppy, including the odd wee inside the house that left me puzzled to wonder if she has a mini bladder and just can’t hold it long enough.

 

In come the rescue puppies. And voilà: Gigi stops peeing inside and behaves all grown-up and mature, doing her business in our garden. No more accidents.

 

Gigi is also the one who fell in love with our foster puppies first. She adopted them right away, and although being a puppy herself, she is looking out for them, watching over them and there in a flash when one of the pups starts whining.

 

All the while Lola, who did the same for Gigi, takes it easy with the new addition to the pack and only slowly allows them to interact her. So now that Starsky & Hutch can, they kiss her mouth and snuggle up to her and generally worship her.

 

But it is Gigi who takes on the role as puppy nanny and keeps them entertained all the time. She makes herself small, lying on the ground, robbing towards the pups to play with them.

Especially Starsky is on the same energy level as her and welcomes every opportunity for some play action. Hutch is more a cuddly one and will watch the tumult of puppy play unfold, preferably in the safety of a human’s lap.

 

Incredible how quickly they grow up. You don’t want to miss a second, before you know it the puppy phase is over!

 

So please spread the news for Starsky & Hutch: They’re looking for a forever home and whoever will adopt them won’t want to miss out on all the cuteness overload they’re blessing us with every day! 🙂

 

Kindly get in touch: TrulyJuly@web.de

 

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