Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It's not immediately obvious

We have already decided to go back to the Great Smoky Mountains and are planning a trip for next year with our Australian friends Merv and Madge.

There is lots to do there and we will also visit Nashville and take in the Grand Ole Opry. Merv is a big country music fan and dresses mostly like Garth Brooks.

Madge has developed the ability to filter out country music – and most of what Merv says to her.

I am not sure if I mentioned that we are going to Australia next week. Cate for one week and me for two weeks.

The horrifying prospect for Cate is that she will have to deal with the kitty litter – and feeding and watering the cats. Cate will only go near the kitty litter wearing full Hazmat gear and carrying a whip and a chair.

I know that when I am not here she survives mainly on vegemite toast so on the weekend I will make her a batch of chili and a pot of sausage and bean stew. I hope this will give her strength to open tins – empty litter – and give Monika her Whisker Lickin’s every nite.

She will get no peace until she does this.

I am sure the Purina people had a reason for putting the apostrophe where they did. It is not immediately obvious. Perhaps it was composed by the person who did this sign. 
Give me libety or give me deth

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It's on our list

We had a wonderful time in the Great Smoky Mountains. Cate nailed the accommodation and it was terrific – with great views.

It was a bit of a struggle getting there and back with about a seven hour drive each way – but it was worth it – although we would not go that far again for just three nights in a cabin.

We found our cabin by heading towards Pigeon Forge – past the Dolly pancake shop and the Dolly motel and the Dolly locksmiths – and turning right into Dollywood lane.

We did not get to see Dollywood – or even Dollywood’s Splash Country – but they are on our bucket list for our next visit.

We did see Gatlinburg – which is quite extraordinary. It is hard to describe but is worth driving through if you have an hour to kill - as the traffic inches along at about 1 mph.

It will take some time for the memory of Gatlinburg to fade from our memories but just in case - we have pinned a note on our dashboard ‘do not go to Gatlinburg again’.

We got to see Clingman’s Dome – which you reach by trudging almost vertically for two miles. This is the highest point in the mountains but we could not see anything because of the clouds and mist. But it was good exercise.

There are some parts which are apparently heaving with bears – but we did not get to them. In any event most of America was in the vicinity and I imagine that seeing a bear would be a bit like trying to get close enough to see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.

We had our Nespresso machine and gallons of wine – and I made a batch of Chili to take with us so we did not have to go out for dinner.  

In the evenings we sat on our porch in rocking chairs, drank wine and read. 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I doubt they will have Dagwood Dogs


I have almost finished the deck – but it seems to rain almost every day and this is slowing me down. I only have some of the floor to go – apart from some touching up here and there.

The floor that we have done with two coats looks quite good and only a trained eye could see the blotches and paint spatters.

The touching up I have to do involves me getting on top of the roof. I may not survive this task so am leaving it until last.

But the garden is almost finished and Hermione the garden person was here this morning drawing a plan – so that we know what everything is and what and when to feed it.

A plant died but Hermione replaced it at no cost. It is possible that I killed it by brushing against it on my way out the back gate – but maybe it was just a weakling – and we want none of those in our garden. You have to be tough to survive an Indianapolis winter.

It is Indiana State Fair time and we are promising ourselves we will go. It will probably be a bit like the Sydney Easter Show – but I doubt that they will have Dagwood Dogs.