Monday, September 11, 2017

The personal stuffs

Our Friend from Japan is staying in Melbourne. Sadly just before she arrived, her father who lived in an outer eastern area among the trees and nature, died. It is timely that she was here in Australia for his funeral and to sort our associated matters.

We had a pleasant evening at home with our Friend from Japan whereby R cooked us two vegetarian curries, served with white and saffron rice. The potato curry was nice. The hot bean curry, absolutely delicious.

We again met up with her for a meal at the nearby La Porchetta. She is out of the habit of tram drivers not waiting for her to sit down, as bus drivers in Japan do, and she tends to go flying down a tram before we or someone grabs her. A workmate of mine joined us. We were supposed to catch up with him for dinner the week before, but it totally slipped my mind.  It was great that he joined us. As you would expect, any friend of mine is a nice person.

We went to Bridge Road, Richmond today, Sunday, for a few bits a pieces, but bought nothing aside from a nice lunch and chorizo was involved. R had a vague idea of buying a suit for nephew's wedding in November, but he has decided that given how rarely he needs a suit, he will hire one.

We thought we would go to see Hippie Niece and her twin daughters on Monday, today when you are reading this, my day off, but after a phone call, she is going to join R and Mother next Thursday for lunch. I won't to get to see the lovely cafe latte coloured twin lasses again. For once R is being proactive and said he wants to visit Grants Picnic Ground this day. Oh, driving in traffic is not what I want to do, but actually I am looking forward to it. It's a great place.

Last Thursday after R took Mother home, there was an incident as Mother went for her afternoon sleep. She does not nap in the afternoon, but has a proper sleep for a couple of hours. She then wonders why she cannot sleep properly without drugs at night.

The tennant neighbour's dogs, one is a Rottweiler, the other a large dog too, broke through her side fence. It is not the first time and Tradie Brother had repaired the fence, but not well enough it seems. I remember a terrible incident in Perth I think, where an older woman was mauled and killed by a neighbour's dog. I had already told Mother to not go outside if the dogs break in, but of course she did and got her favourite Sasha who she talks to over the fence, back into her yard. The other one was impossible to move on, she said. She rang her nice neighbour across the road, but she did not answer. Mother left her a message. Shortly after the neighbour came across, having heard the phone message, but she was dogaphobic, quite terrified of dogs and she could do nothing. Mother then called another friend who arrived pronto. He is of a similar age to Mother and so is not a fit young man and is missing one lung. He went in for the kill to sort this dog business out, and then the dog bit him on the hip, but did not break skin.

Are you getting a mental picture of the chaos of the scene?

Fortunately the dog owning neighbour then returned home from work and took his marauding dog inside. He was very apologetic, but as the owner of where he lives has asked Mother to pay her share for a new fence and she does not have money to do so, he cannot be blamed too much.

Tradie Brother has been summonsed by Mother to fix the fence, and this time do it properly so the dogs cannot break through the fence, but Mother thinks they may have jumped over the fence after using the props on the neighbour's side of the fence as a launching pad.

20 comments:

  1. Lots and lots of personal stuffs. Glad that it ended without much personal damage.
    A blogging friend in Queensland had her cat torn apart on her veranda by her neighbour's escapee dog ten days ago.

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    1. EC, that must have a truly horrible thing to deal with. I have heard of such instances before with cats and small dogs.

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    2. 40 years ago, our neighbour's dingo ate my daughter's kitten and daughter saw it happen. We didn't get another pet until we moved away from there.

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    3. River, that is terrible. She must have been so upset.

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  2. I love most dogs but a few types are banned in parts of the world for very good reason. The pit bull's jaw has no purpose in life, other than killing small children and small animals. The Rottweiler should be banned as well.

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    1. I agree Hels. Their instincts are too strong.

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  3. Ooh Andrew if you're thinking of coming over this way on Thursday, remember it's still winter in them there hills! Might make its max of 10c - rug up well!
    What a tadoo with the dogs - broken fences are a worry in the suburbs. Who does what as opposed to who doesn't do what - causes many neighbourhood 'wars'. Hopefully your family come to the rescue and your mum's fence gets fixed quickly. ~ Cathy

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    1. Cathy, we went today, Monday and while R complained a lot about the weather, it wasn't too bad. The Devonshire tea was delicious and then we went up to Mount Dandenong, where it was a little windy. Beautiful daffodils, daphne and other plants were flowering. It is a bit late for the rhododendrons. They were mostly in bloom, but fading fast.

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  4. We no longer have Chickens thanks to our neighbour's three dogs. Our dog barks at people when they arrive (that's what he's paid for), but he's a sweetie. He loves everyone.

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    1. Cro, I will believe that your chickens didn't like the dogs next door and moved elsewhere.

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  5. Nothing worse than neighbour's dogs. The problems they cause !!!

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    1. We were once such neighbours. One of our dogs never barked when we were home, but did when we weren't there. We did not know.

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  6. All that trouble could have been avoided if Mother had stayed inside because the dogs were loose, just as you specifically instructed. I must remember things like this for when I get old.
    Neighbour needs to be more responsible making sure the dogs cannot get out too. He'll be in real trouble if they hurt or kill someone.
    You'll have to be satisfied with photos of the twins, if Hippie Niece can take some or have someone take some for her.

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    1. River, I think she is worried about 'her' cats, but they are lightening fast to get under the house when anyone visits and any noise, they go under. You are right. She should have just let them wander until their owner came home. I will make sure R takes photos.

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  7. Dog owners need to take full responsibilty for their dogs including fencing them in securely.

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    1. Marie, they do indeed and there is a pretty good argument to do the same with cats to protect wildlife, especially here.

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  8. That sounds horrific Andrew, big dogs are so frightening! That fence needs to be sorted I don't want to hear a similar to the one in Perth!

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    1. Grace, hopefully Tradie Brother will have repaired the fence properly this time, but they are very strong dogs.

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  9. Well, I can picture this whole event in my overactive brain a little too well. Its good no one's throat was torn out.

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    1. Strayer, I wouldn't risk mixing with them myself, let alone a frail 82 year old.

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