NANOWRIMO: Day two Animals

National Novel Writing Month

November 2: 1959 words

Gives me 3621 words for two days.

I wrote about Animals in my life.

  • Milk Goats
  • Dogs : Alaskan Malamutes, Miniature Schnauzers, Boerboel.

Tomorrow I’m going on with Animals and tell about qualifying as an animal behaviourist.

Farm adventure in pictures.

I had a good time on the farm. The weather was horrible and I had to stay inside the most of the time. I had to go out in the pouring rain to let the sheep into the paddock every day, feed the chickens who are way up the hill from the house.

Chicken coop up the hill.

Sunday October 6, Family and friends visited and we had a lovely sunny day. The weather was so good that we had a barbecue in warm weather(the wind was chilly)

House Sitting(2): More animals to feed

Every morning, the first thing I had to do was

feed the most important animals.

No One



No Two



Who I fed on the front steps while

Trompie kept an eye on us through the lounge window!

He also watched the next animals we had to feed in their cage(photo  left)

Then it’s the bunnies turn.

Trompie went with me to feed them,

every morning and evening.

Puma would sit and wait for us.



Then we went off for our morning walk. I had a look around if everything was okay around the farm while Trompie hunted for his extra sheep poo morning meal. Puma joined in the walk.

Trompie’s feet were usually full of seed bundles.

Before we went inside I first had to clean his feet and also dry them because we had a lot of rain.


Being a farm dog had its good sides but also its bad ones!

House sitting: Animals

Not only frogs to tend but also ten hens and a cockerel.

The chicken coop was about five hundred or more meters from the homestead.

Every afternoon Trompie and I had to feed the chicks.

I collected eggs…

six to nine per day!


The chickens were very human-friendly.

They did not know anything about Trompie dangers.

One morning I took some photos of the building.

Trompie was roaming around, off the lead, for sheep poo.

Suddenly I saw the girls coming to me from the coop’s side.


Trompie suddenly saw them…


He charged. I jumped in his way:

“You don’t, you hear me!”

He stopped dead in the run.

We turned around and walked the other way, ignoring the chicks.


They kept following us.

I let them pass and they went around the corner of the building.

Trompie and I turned around and went home the other way.

Trompie was very good in listening to me.

I am very proud of him.

The dog behind the black nose!

People asked to see the dog behind the macro nose!IMG_9714

Dear Millie

one of Trompie’s favourites girlfriends.


Millie loved to curl up in the cat basket although she is too big for it.

Trompie usually stood watching her up on the table in the basket.


Trompie received an award from Binky

Binky is Trompie’s   very special blog friend.

They know each other for a long time.


I , as Trompie’s mum, am going to answer the questions asked by Binky on Trompie’s blog at

Cee’s Black&White Photos:Heads or Faces



This week’s Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is Heads or Facial Features (human or animal).

For more on this challenge visit Cee’s blog:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features (human or animal)

Look who we saw on our walk!

This afternoon Trompie and I went for our afternoon walk. We went up some stairs and over the hill to the other side of the hill from where we live.

We haven’t done this roundfor  some time. I am so glad we did it.

Never a dull moment while walking.

Not only dogs, cats, birds,people but also



The lady wanted the horse to look at me but

cars were coming and she had to move on!


What can you tell about special events around you?

Blogging from A-Z: Letter Z




These are only a few of the animals at

Wellington ZOO  New Zealand

Wellington Zoo was the first in New Zealand to house Meerkats in 1991. Today you can spot our mischievous mob in the African precinct, run by an alpha female and her chosen mate.

Meerkats are carnivorous and mostly eat insects. Our mob also get cat biscuits, small mice and birds, and corn as a treat. On hot days they sometimes get frozen corn iceblocks as a treat!

Did you know that each Meerkat has a special duty that benefits the group? The babysitter stays close to the burrow, with youngsters under their care. The sentry scans the sky for predators, and the hunters dig for food. The teacher shows juveniles how to hunt.

Blogging from A-Z: Letter P





I asked my son to send me a Paua Shell while still in South Africa. He sent me two beautiful shells.

I wanted to explain how life is, just like the shell with all the rough sediments on it. We are always polishing our lives. As soon as we find things that we can sparkle in it is like the shell that gets cleaned and polished by people and circumstances all around us. In the end, our shining beauty comes out, and it makes a difference, it makes life worth living.

People are always in interaction, and we learn from each other

Pāua is the Māori name given to three species of large edible sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs which belong to the family Haliotidae, known in the United States and Australia as abalone, and in the United Kingdom as ormer shells. Wikipedia


Photos taken at Staglands a nature resort.

Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe offers visitors the unique and exciting opportunity to connect with nature in a beautiful, natural environment. Feed and freely interact with wildlife in this very special place – the product of one man’s passion and vision to experience nature at its best. Located in the scenic Akatarawa Valley near Upper Hutt, Wellington, Staglands is a ‘must see’ attraction for local families and tourists visiting the Wellington region. Looking for things to do in Wellington, look no further.


Each class at the school where I am doing the after school care has an NZ bird or animal name.


The pukeko is a widespread and easily recognisable bird that has benefitted greatly by the clearing of land for agriculture. In addition to its brilliant red frontal shield and deep violet breast plumage, the pukeko is interesting for having a complex social life. In many areas, pukeko live in permanent social groups and defend a shared territory that is used for both feeding and breeding. Social groups can have multiple breeding males and females, but all eggs are laid in a single nest and the group offspring are raised by all group members.

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