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My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

December 23rd 2013 12:05 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its a similar day to yesterday, clear blue skies, no cloud and windy. The pack are outside at the moment, Molly and Spud probably playing and chasing each other, or rather Spud chasing Molly and knocking her over. I really wish she would get bigger and heavier and then give Spud a taste of his own medicine.

Your mum and Mike laid the Astro Turf yesterday for Mia's little play area and fenced it off to keep the dogs out, otherwise they would no doubt pee and poop in there. Last night the wind picked up again, lifted the Astro Turf and threw it on the fencing. I know its a bit late now, but they ought to have pegged the Astro Turf down. Today its all got to get relaid and then pegged down. I really hate the wind here, it does a lot of damage.

Your mum has taken Mia to the doctor, she really has a bad cough which don't seem to go away, poor little mite tries to be brave but she does cry. We try and cheer her up, but she feel too unwell at the moment. Hopefully the doctor can give her something to finally get rid of her cough, we don't want her ill over Christmas.

I guess its time for you to go play with your buddies and have some more fun.

I love you so much Merlin, and I miss you as God is my witness.

Your ever loving Daddy

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

December 22nd 2013 1:13 am
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Good morning Merlin my very special gentle giant, and yes you are also sweet and wonderful.

Its another bright and sunny day, no could and very little wind, so its extremely hot outside. Your mum is outside building Mia's little playground, I can't help her, I have so much pain in my back, within five minutes I'm in agony, literally. I wish I could help her, but all I can do is make her cups of coffee when she wants them. Anyhow, its not a good run and play day for you my boy, its too hot outside.

Mia isn't too well at the moment, she keeps coughing and throwing up, your mum has said that she will take her to the doctor tomorrow is she doesn't improve, I might as well go with her as I am two late in going back to the doctor after he wrote out my prescriptions for diabetes with high sugar in the blood and high cholesterol. I hate going to doctors I really do, but I guess its time.

This afternoon I might dig up a couple of potato plants and see if there are finally any potatoes, although I have basically given up with my crops, its been a waste of time and money.

With this heat I have been drinking gallons of water and soft drinks, I shouldn't really drink soft drinks because of the sugar content, but water is so boring.

Anyway Merlin its time for you to go play and have some fun with your buddies.

Please remember Merlin I love you and I miss you so much.

Your ever loving Daddy

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

December 21st 2013 1:25 am
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Good morning Merlin my very sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its clear with no cloud as far as I can see, and very hot at the moment, yesterday was the same. I tried to sit outside for a while and in all honesty it was too hot, I had to come indoors. It looks like that's how today is going to be, not a good run and play day. Molly and Spud went outside yesterday and were play fighting, but it soon became too hot for them, they came inside too.

A great bit of news, Mike took his starter motor off of his car and took it to an auto electrician, they stripped it down and repaired it, Mike put it back on his car and its fully serviceable again. Thankfully we don't have to scrap it, I am so happy its up and running again, it would have been such a sin scrapping his car as its in beautiful condition. I am annoyed with the main Ford agent, they simply told him that that type of starter motor is no longer made, he got to sort it out himself. That's not good customer relations at all, I'm not impressed. I was going to buy a new truck at that dealership, I might go to another dealership altogether.

Your mum is taking Mia to the Mall today, giving Melissa a bit if a break, Melissa has been under a lot of stress lately so she needs a break.

Well I guess its time for you to go play with your buddies and have some more fun.

I love you Merlin, so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

December 19th 2013 11:37 pm
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Good morning Merlin my very special sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN. Your diary has again been chosen as one of today's picks. Well done my boy I am so proud of you.

Its bright and sunny again today with very little cloud cover and thankfully the high winds have dropped, the high winds keep pushing over my bench and every morning I have to set it on its feet. I hate these high winds, they are a pain in the neck. It would make a good run and play day for you my boy, you could give Spud a few lessons on manners. It was highly amusing yesterday, Mia my Granddaughter wanted to give Spud a dry dog biscuit, she went to give it to him and he ran off, closely followed by Mia shouting “DOGGY, DOGGY, DOGGY,” and holding the biscuit out for him. In the end I grabbed Spud and held him while Mia gave him the biscuit. Spud seemed quite surprised and took the biscuit, Mia then said “TA, TA.” and walked off quite happily. It was quite funny.

Mike is having problems with his car, the starter motor has packed up and he can't get a new one, even from the main agent, if we can't get one the car will have to be scrapped, which is a pity as its in beautiful condition. When he goes to UK I was going to give it to my daughter Melissa. The only thing we could come up with, there is a good chance he will be able to get a new one in the UK, so he could send it surface mail, or try and get one off of an accident damaged car in a scrap yard. Mike is going to UK in less then four weeks, so its left to me to sort it all out. Its a pain in the neck, I don't need these hassles at my age.

I guess its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

Please remember Merlin, I love you and I miss you so much.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

December 18th 2013 11:06 pm
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Good morning Merlin my handsome, sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its a clear blue sky at the moment with no cloud, and thankfully no wind, just a gentle breeze rustling the leaves in the tree's. Its quite warm at the moment and I know its going to get hotter as the day passes.

Your mum took her little car into a body repair shop yesterday, when she told the owner how it happened he stated that the majority of the damage he repairs is down to gates hitting the bodywork. However, he wont be able to work on her car until the new year as everyone goes on leave tomorrow (Friday), he gave her a quote which considering the work needed to be done is very fair but sadly its an expense your mum didn't need. I know their work is very good from the repairs they did to my Jaguar, I couldn't tell where the damage was after they worked their magic.

Yesterday I went to the Land Rover main agents in Stellenbosch to have a look at Land Rover Defenders, I wasn't impressed at all, they didn't have one Defender in stock, all they had was Range Rovers and Discoveries. The salesman said that they had one Land Rover Defender as a demo, but its out on loan! What's wrong with Defenders that even a main agent don't stock them, but get them in if a customer orders one. Needless to say I wont be going back there. Its a pity as I have always had an affection for Land Rovers.

Anyway Merlin, its time that you went and had some fun with your buddies.

I do love you so much Merlin, I miss you so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet boy Merlin.

December 17th 2013 10:42 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its bright and sunny this morning and we are being hammered by very high winds, its not nice at all. As your mum was taking Mia to play school the wind slammed the gate onto her new little car, it hit on the edge of the drivers door. Your mum said that it hit so hard it pushed her car sideways, I thought she was exaggerating until I saw the gate, 2 1/2inch square tube was bent inwards by about an inch or so, so it really must have hit hard. Your mum is obviously upset, I felt so sorry for her, she loves her little car, but it is repairable and I know a good panel beater who will sort her car out so there will be no sign of any damage whatsoever. I am at a loss as to what I can do to prevent this happening again. I really hate this wind here Merlin, if I remember correctly you wasn't too fond of it either.

Mike still hasn't contacted the Ford main agent to book his car in for repair, it won't start even though the battery is charged, the only way to start it is to tow start it. I get so frustrated with Mike at times, he needs to get his priorities in order and sort his car out. Knowing Mike he will leave for UK and leave us to sort his car out. I didn't raise him to be like this, he's got so selfish lately. I tell you what Merlin, he's in for quite a big shock when he gets to UK and he has to start doing things for himself.

I guess its time for you to go play with your buddies my boy and have some more fun.

I do love you so much my boy, never forget that.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin.

December 16th 2013 11:22 pm
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Good morning my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

The weather here today is bright and sunny, there is no cloud cover at all and very windy. This morning sometime we are getting a truck load of sand and Astro Turf delivered for Mia's little play ground that your mum wants to build. The problem is, in this wind the sand is going to blow everywhere unless I water it down with a hose pipe and cover it with a tarpaulin. Your mum does come up with some daft idea's, I know it would be nice giving Mia a little playground of her own, but with this wind its going to be a nightmare with her climbing frame, swing and slide being blown around. She gets these idea's in her head then asks me how the problems can be solved when I explain the pitfalls. The only way that such a playground can be built is if heavy climbing frames, swings and slides are cemented into the ground, but they cost a small fortune. She makes work for herself and others, then when I tell her this she pulls a face that would turn fresh milk sour. I suppose the only way is to help her and when it all goes belly up I simply say “I told you so.”

Melissa seems to be doing quite well with her little sandwich shop, she is worried that she won't make enough money to pay her overheads, she just needs to be patient she is not that well known in the town yet. Her quality is very good and her prices are very reasonable, I've also given her a few idea's such as a “Ploughman Lunch” which is basically a piece of very crusty bread, a piece of very strong cheddar cheese, a couple of pickled onions, a dollop of Branston Pickle, a couple of Gherkins and slightly salted butter, its stunning with a cup of coffee or tea. I don't know if she will take it on board, but I am sure that if she does once people try it they will come back for more.

Well I suppose its time that you went and had some more fun with your buddies.

I do love you Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin.

December 16th 2013 12:54 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant and yes you are wonderful as well, you are the best faithful, loyal and devoted friend I ever had, and that includes humans. I could not have loved you more if you were human.

Last night as so nice, the temperature dropped considerably and I had the best nights sleep in ages, I didn't wake up once. There is some cloud today with a fairly gentle breeze and at the moment its not too hot, so it could turn out to be a nice run and play day for you.

Poor Spud has got the same problem you had with your ears, if someone accidentally touches his ears in the wrong place he cries out in pain. I have checked his ears and I cannot see anything wrong, they look nice and clean and there's nothing in his ears that could hurt him. His ears need to be investigated, but getting him to the vets is a mission in itself, last time I took him he broke loose and ran into the road. I had the devils own job to get hold of him and calm him down, I really thought he was going to get run over. But he still plays silly beggar's with Molly play fighting, yet in their tumbling around his ear don't seem to bother him. I am at a loss to be honest.

Your mum is going shopping again this morning to buy the materials needed to make Mia's mini playground, I'm staying home, going shopping with her is a nightmare.

Well I guess its time that you went and played with your buddies and had a lot more fun and games.

I do love you so much Merlin, please never forget that.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

December 15th 2013 4:56 am
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Good afternoon Merlin my sweet gentle giant. I went to the mall with your mum and Mike this morning which is always a bit of a nightmare going shopping with your mum, so Mike and I went for a burger until she had finished. When we came home Molly was acting like we had been away for years, she kept coming up to me and licking my hand. She really is a sweet girl Merlin and I do love her very much.

WELL DONE MERLIN, YOUR DIARY MADE THE ACTIVE POSTERS LIST. WELL DONE I AM SO PROUD OF YOU.

It is so hot and humid today, its very overcast, there is a bit of a breeze but nothing to write home about. I kept hoping it was going to rain today to cool things off, but no luck so far. This morning Molly and Spud were doing their usual play fighting, Molly can almost outrun Spud, she is really getting fast on her feet now, its really highly amusing to watch Molly out foxing Spud as she pretends to run one way, then when Spud goes to follow her she changes tack and throws him off. He really get annoyed, brilliant. I suppose it would make a good run and play day for you my boy, as long as you were careful and drank lots of water.

This afternoon I think I am going to park off on my bench outside, its too hot inside and my desk fan isn't doing much good. I suppose it time for you to go play and have some fun my boy with your buddies.

I love you so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

I love you so much Merlin.

December 14th 2013 1:26 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

Today is Molly's 2nd Birthday, I know you will wish her lots of happy birthday wishes and love.

Its a very overcast day today, although its still hot and humid, and no wind to speak of, even Molly barked to come indoors. I've got the fan on my desk going 2/3rds but its still uncomfortably hot and humid, last night the heat woke me up a few times. In summer I can't wait for winter, and then in winter I can't wait for summer. I just wish there was a comfortable and happy medium. Spring and Autumn are quite nice, but summer and winter are too much.

Early next year I want to clear the garage out so I can get my new truck in the garage. Yes, I have made my mind up as to the truck I want to buy, its awesome, its quite big with a nice big diesel engine. There is so much rubbish in there its not funny, so your mum suggested that we hire a skip for a week or so and just throw all the rubbish in there and get it taken away. Then I can build work benches, mount my drill press and grinder and other kit and places for the tools I have and the ones I need to buy, then once that's done I can work on the trailer I've got, maybe make it a winter project. I want to turn it from a flat bed into a box trailer with sides and a tailgate, replace all the wood floor as its rotten, get rid of all the rust, add strengtheners to the chassis, repaint then finally change all the wiring and lights. I've got lot of ideas going around in my head, I just need to start work on it.

I guess its time for you to go play and have some more fun my boy with your buddies.

I love you and miss you so much Merlin, please never forget that.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 
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