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doggie help


last winter i chopped down a grove of popular tree stumps that were just too old and too ugly however they sprouted a lot of meter long sprouts in the neighbors side and if left would grow to 3 meters the next summer.
so with permission from the neighbor i started to prune.
trouble was the two border collies were extremely interested and with squeals of delight waited for each frond to be cut and raced off with it.
so i had to quickly prune and try to get as many done between demands for the next frond from the two dogs.
two of the most lovely natured dogs i have the pleasure to meet.

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Yes, I know Poplars have a strong tendency to sucker so it's no surprise they grew up again!

Your dogs look lovely, PD. Did you have to go around the garden later to pick up all the suckers the dogs raced off with?

13 Sep, 2009


they got tired of the game and was able to clean up later
hate to think of what might have happened if i decided to paint the fence green

13 Sep, 2009


Your canine helpers look wonderful :o)

13 Sep, 2009


They look very happy dogs

13 Sep, 2009


Lovely to have a little help in the garden.........

14 Sep, 2009


sadly the people next door have shifted and no longer do i get the excited voices (not barks) from next door as i work near the fence with inquisitive noses poking through the cracks in the fence.
so every thing is quiet next door now
i can now paint the rest of the fence with out the neighbors wondering why the dogs have green noses

14 Sep, 2009


I hope they have a good neighbour like you, wherever those dogs have moved to.

14 Sep, 2009


Green-nosed dogs! You NZ people are funny people!

14 Sep, 2009


Balcony what about blue nosed whales?

14 Sep, 2009


of interest to those who might want to shift here
the last time i saw an ant was 3 years ago
wasps was i think 18 years ago
bees all day
fleas (what are those)
weather in summer 10 to 20 c
winter about a dozen frosts and 7c to 12 c days

rain once a year a real down pour for 1/2 day then wet stuff now and again.
average rain fall 35 to 45 inches (just enough)
water is from underground and very pure no chlorine needed.
always cloudy but clear when the hot winds blow from the alps
so i intend to stay here

14 Sep, 2009


oh yes Christchurch new zealand

14 Sep, 2009


I saw a wasp just this morning! I've not seen any ants in a couple of months but there were plenty a few months ago on the balcony.

Bees I see most days, especially since I put up the 5 hanging baskets of Fuchsias. I even taught our 2 year old granddaughter to say "Bumble bee"!

Summer weather not too different from yours but more rain - even here in East Anglia, the driest region of the UK. Seldom do we get hot winds but, where I live, we tend to get southwest winds which can be quite strong & even cold. I don't know our average rainfall but it's not very much.

Water here is OK but not from springs!!! Doesn't smell or taste much of chlorine either.

15 Sep, 2009

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