Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekend 20 - 21 Sept 2014

We had an action-packed yet but restful weekend. 

Apart from several birding trips into the bush (and this week I WILL post about them and other things - promise!), we also had the largest blast on the mine to date. Apparently 90 holes were drilled and filled with explosives. Grant asked me to come up to the viewing point to watch with him, Thys (production manager) Poena and Touro (production supervisors) and Riaan, the new planning manager for the client.

I set my camera on Scene. The countdown began on Thys' radio and as Stephen, blasting supervisor reached "ZERO", I clicked away. 

In the center of this photo is a rock; right next to it a puff of dust is appearing and going clockwise around the open ground. To the right of the photo, also near the rock, you can see red flames as the charges ignite
An image of the full blast with fly rock which can be dangerous if you're in its path! 

 And finally, all dust settles, the blasters move in to check every charge has gone off and life resumes as normal! 

Now a quick update on our pups: day five

I'm so proud of Princess who has turned out to be a wonderful mother. She feeds and cleans the pups, rests alongside them. In between, when they're all resting, she goes into the garden, runs around the inside of the fence and then settles down between where Michael is working and where she can still watch the shed. 

And of course, the cute factor increases tenfold every day!

I'm hot, leave me alone!

 I need the closeness of my blankeee! 

I'm hugging my sister
I love my mama! 

Here's wishing you all a wonderful week ahead. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Strange sounds in the Hedges Kitties' garden

Hi Lindy and all mum's blog readers. This is Ambrose and mum has told me I have to do a puppy update. 

Unca Shadow, what's a puppy? Oh, is it one of those creatures making squeaking noises in the garden ?

All this started earlier this week when Askari Zechariah knocked on the bedroom window (waking all three kitties draped across our yoomen's bed) Then mum was busy outside until it warmed up much later that morning. She came in sometimes and when dad asked how many, she'd say "four" then "five" and eventually "SEVEN" 
 Early hours of the morning kitties were awake!  

What is a "seven", Unca Shadow? Seven bowls of kibbles? Mmm. Oh, seven of those creatures squeaking in the garden shed!  
  Inside the dog shed : seven sleeping creatures mum calls puppies
Princess, the doggie who came here as a puppy, now has puppies of her own
Uh-oh he's so small!

Mum's blog friends say they like seeing the puppies growing, so this was my update on them. I think I've done my share! 

Have a purrfect day from all of us here in Mwadui: Ambrose, Unca Shadow and Dad Ginger  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Critters with Eileen

I hope you don't mind Eileen; this is actually a post about the most important critters on our yard at the moment: Princess' pups. 
Thanks to everyone who has come along to view the pups and for the kind compliments about them. I passed your congratulations on to Princess and she says thank you very much! She too, is very proud of her beautiful pups! 

In reply to the questions about the paternal influence on the pups: I'm not at all sure. I did hear Michael telling the doctor that he thought the prime "suspect" was a big black dog which had hung around outside the gates at the time of Princess' enticement. 
 The company semi-detached house on the corner

As for the pups having been spoken for yet: well, we - Michael and - are so attached to them already that we have their future worked out in detail. I would like to keep two pups here along with Princess. We can house one pup at the Guest House (over the road from our house) to help Nando, the present guard dog, to protect the property.  There are several expats living in flats and in the Guest House so the pup  would get much attention as does Nando. Michael and I go across to the Guest House regularly, and would keep an eye on the new pup. 
 The distance between our house, the Guest House and the house on the corner, is about 80 meters!

There is also a company semi-detached house on the corner diagonally across from us and the Guest House. There are two gardens separated by a fence and the whole property is newly fenced in. These two gardens would house two pups each.  Every evening Grant and I walk up past this house, and back past it again, once we've done our 3.5km round trip. In the morning, Marita and I walk up past this house, and back past it again once we've done our 6.5km round trip! So I can keep a good eye on the state of these pups. 

I've also been asked if Princess has enough teats for seven pups. She has six teats and as far as I can see, the pups feed in sessions. 

 Three pups feeding while three sleep a little way from mum. (seventh pup was just off-camera) 

On Fridays Michael has a day off; Joshua is his relief. Joshua arrived to find a litter of pups to help with and he took his duties as nursery assistant very seriously. 

 Joshua and I laughed at the different poses the pups take up while not at the milk bar; here he points to one of the pups who was twitching and snuffling in its sleep
Princess eating one of her many bowls of warm milk and chicken-flavored biscuits while the pups drink or lie around near her. Note the same pup I zoomed in on yesterday...

...draped over mum's hind legs! 
I'm linking this post to Saturday Critters with Eileen which you can visit by clicking here

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.