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My beautiful boy Merlin

November 28th 2013 10:25 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

So many wonderful people have left gifts for my boy Merlin and our doggie family, there are too many to thank personally, so I hope that you will all forgive me for thanking each and everyone of you on Merlins page. I love you all and may God bless everyone of you.

Its a very bright and sunny day today, I can't see any cloud whatsoever, there is a brisk breeze blowing but thankfully not gale force so far, its quite warm at the moment but its going to get hotter before too long. It would make a good run and play day at the moment, but later on you'd have to be careful that you didn't overheat. Last night was not cold but fresh, I woke up once or twice and it was actually quite nice. Yesterday I sat in the sun for a little while, which was nice, but then it began to get hotter, so I had to go indoors followed by Molly. She was laying under the tractor again panting like crazy, she really must feel uncomfortable in this heat.

Bella looks like she isn't going to last much longer, she isn't in any pain at the moment but as soon as she is Merlin, she is going to join you over the bridge. I wont let her suffer, but while she's able to walk around and even sometimes she gets a trot on she can enjoy life.

The past couple of days I have been drinking cold drinks like crazy as its been so hot, I have to be careful what I drink because of my diabetes. I cant drink soda's like coke or even diet coke, I have to drink non sweetened drinks which can at times taste really awful, either that or water.

I can't wait to get my pensions paying out, I want to get a load of tools and of course a new vehicle, I haven't decided yet what I intend to buy, its a toss up between two types but both made by the same auto maker. I do love getting into a brand new vehicle, I love that new car smell.

I hope that you had a good birthday yesterday Merlin, I was thinking of you so much and wishing you were here beside me.

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

I do love you so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MERLIN!!!!!

November 27th 2013 11:59 pm
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HAPPY 7th BIRTHDAY MERLIN my sweet and wonderful gentle giant. How I wish you were here to celebrate it, I am thinking of you my boy as I often do. I remember that wonderful day that you came home to live with us, Monty wasn't pleased to see you, Bella made sure that you knew that she was the boss. I loved watching you playing, a beautiful little puppy having so much fun. I miss those days so much Merlin, so very much.

A lot of wonderful people on dogster have given you and all of our doggie family delicious doggy biscuit for halloween. Thank all of you so much, thank you for the kindness that all of you have shown my doggie family and myself. I feel truly humbled by the kindness shown

Last night there were very high winds and the same this morning, there's not a cloud in the sky and I think its going to be very hot again. The other day was so hot I could literally hear and smell the heat as daft as it may sound. I don't think today would be a good run and play day with Spud, unless you were very careful of heat exhaustion. Molly and Spud went out this morning, then came inside, I don't think they liked the wind very much.

Its also your mums birthday today, where have all the years gone? I couldn't buy your mum anything for her birthday because I am saving every cent I have until I know exactly what my pension will pay out, once I know 100% I will make it up to her.

I think my crops are a total failure, the runner beans are not producing enough pods and the potatoes seem to be doing nothing, I think this will be the last time I plant any veggies. Possibly the soil is a wrong ph for crops, but this property once was part of a farm, maybe the soil has been farmed out.

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

I love you so much Merlin.

Again, Happy Birthday my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy.

November 26th 2013 11:19 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Yesterday was so nice and cool, we had a little rainy drizzle, then it stopped and was very overcast, but then it rained properly cooling everything off and watering my crops. Today its a very clear sky, very bright and sunny, there is some cloud but not too much and a very gentle breeze. I think later on its going to get extremely hot, however at the moment it would make a good run and play day for you my boy.

Bella wanted to go outside but as soon as she got outside she began to bark to come inside, I was not amused, then Spud began arguing with the dogs at the back of us. I hope its not going to be one of those days where the pack become a pain in the neck. The only one behaving is Molly, at least she does as she is told...............eventually!

I've got a bit of a headache at the moment, but I don't want to take one of my very strong pain killers as it would be a waste, I might need all of them if I get problems with my back again, hopefully it will pass soon. Getting old is not fun Merlin, I often wonder where my youth went, the years just flashed past. Oh well never mind.

I was talking to your mum yesterday about my new vehicle, she wants me to get a mini bus while I want to get a 4x4 with all the bells and whistles. The mini bus is a bit cheaper, and I must admit it is nice inside but how often am I going to carry seven passengers, besides which there is a chance of getting hi-jacked as mini buses are used by taxi drivers who don't like paying for their vehicles, they would rather steal them. I guess I'll have to think a bit more about this closer to the time.

I suppose its time for you to go play with your buddies some more my boy.

I do love you so much Merlin, and I miss you.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

November 25th 2013 11:49 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its a much cooler day today, yesterday was too hot, I sat outside for a little while but the heat got too much, Molly was laying in the shade near me under the tractor panting like crazy. I didn't want to sit indoors all day so I sat on a folding chair in the garage with the garage door open, it was much cooler in there and quite pleasant. All day long I was drinking copious amounts of water, I was thirsty. Then later on it became very overcast and chilly, I was hoping it was going to rain, but it didn't happen. I sat outside for an hour after dinner and it was quite nice in the coolness of the evening. This morning however, looks like we have had a very light rain, more like a drizzle then actual rain, so it would be a good run and play day for you. With luck we might get some rain, my crops could do with it. Even though its cooled off, its very humid I've got my desk fan going helping me to keep cool.

I'm not impressed with the runner bean variety I've planted. I was able to pick a few beans and had them with my Sunday lunch, they were no way as tasty as the one's I grew in England all those years ago, now they were nice. I'm not impressed with the potato main crop either, they are taking far too long to produce tubers which is why I prefer earlies or 2nd earlies, they produce tubers much quicker and much tastier baby new potatoes. I've just looked out the window again and thankfully its started to rain, which is just what I (and my crops) needed.

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

I love you so much Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

November 24th 2013 9:10 pm
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Good morning Merlin my very sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its only 6:45 am and its already getting very hot, there's no clouds in the sky and very little wind, yesterday was extremely hot. I reckon it was hitting at least 120 degrees, so hot it was uncomfortable, even Molly and Spud were not running about as much. Today looks like its going to be more of the same, I don't think it would be a very good run and play day as you could go over with heat exhaustion very easily. The heat kept waking me up during the night, I was fully awake at 4 am so I got up and made your mum her cuppa coffee while I had a cuppa tea. I do love my tea in the morning. No doubt I will be falling asleep this afternoon, I daren't fall asleep outside, I'd get sunburnt.

Mia seems to be going through one of “those” phases, she can be a very sweet little girl one minute, the next she throws a temper tantrum and gets very annoying screaming and crying, even her uncle Mike said he was getting fed up with her and he adores her. I have to admit I was getting fed up with her as well. The other day she was throwing stones and she hit Molly with one, I REALLY told her off, she lowered her eyes and wouldn't look at me, she went up to her uncle Mike for a cuddle, all the time I was looking at her over my glasses at her with a very disapproving look, if she saw me looking at her she looked away. I love her very much, but I wont put up with her nonsense.

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

I love you so much Merlin

Your ever loving Daddy

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

November 24th 2013 2:17 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its a very hot day today, not a cloud in the sky and no wind, perhaps a very gentle breeze. You could run and play today Merlin but you would need to watch out for heat exhaustion.

I seem to be having problems with my internet this morning, so I am typing this on my word processor so I can save your diary entry and post when I get on line. The times I'd open your diary, type the new entry and because the internet would drop I'd lose all that I typed. Very annoying indeed.

Yesterday I checked out the new truck I want to buy Merlin, it is so nice with lots of safety features so Mia would be very safe when she rides in it, I am so waiting for my pension to pay out so I can buy it. You mum isn't really interested when I showed her the brochure, to her a car/truck is a means to an end, yet she loves her little car. There's a few extras I want to fit on it and a 2nd spare wheel. I know I am going to enjoy it Merlin, I intend to take Mia out every Sunday for a little ride, take her for a burger in Hermanus, I really hope Mia thinks of me as I thought of my Granddad. He really was magic Merlin, people loved him so much, but not as much as I loved him.

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

I love you so much Merlin and I always will.

Your ever loving Daddy

PS It took me over two hours to connect to the internet, so its now Sunday afternoon. Just as well that I saved this diary entry.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

November 23rd 2013 12:45 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Today is very much like yesterday, except there is a strongish wind blowing, the sky is nice and bright and blue and quite warm. Yesterday was very nice in the morning, not too hot, then by noon is got really hot, I like the sun but even I had to go indoors. While I was sat outside Molly was with me, but she laid in the shade under the tractor, as soon as I went indoors she followed me inside. The rest of the pack were laying around the property in the shade under various tree's. It should make a good run and play day for you by boy, but you would need to watch out for heat exhaustion.

Last night your mum and I were talking about you, I told your mum that I miss you so much, your mum said that she knew I missed you, she misses you too, but she laughed and said that she hated your high pitched bark when you were helping her in the garden. I use to laugh when she came indoors moaning, “YOUR DOG IS DRIVING ME NUTS!!!” I use to chuckle. You always had the ability to make me laugh Merlin, you made my life complete my boy.

Mike just told me that Mia had called him uncle, he is so pleased but when he goes back to UK in January he is going to miss her.

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

I love you so much Merlin and I miss you more then you could ever know.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

November 21st 2013 11:15 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its a really glorious day today my boy, the sky is clear with not a cloud in sight, its beautifully warm not too hot and no wind. Although I imagine its going to get very hot later on today. So, so far it would make a good run and play day for you to chase Spud and give him a few lessons in good behaviour. Although if I remember correctly, you could be a bit naughty at times with the dogs next door, you and they would chase up and down the fence line barking at each other, I had to tell you off to get you to stop, remember my boy??? lol. Molly is taking after you when your mum does some gardening, she helps by pulling weeds up, she then shakes them to get the dirt off. She really is a sweetheart Merlin, she was the last of the litter, the best was saved till last and we got her. Like you she comes and sees where I am to get me to come outside, when I take a break and sit on the bench she lays not far from me. She has got to be around people.

I have had even more good news Merlin, I have had conformation of what my private pension is going to pay out next year, its actually more then twice what I had expected, so it looks like I should be able to buy my brand new top of the line truck with all the bells and whistles. I was considering buying a new Land Rover, but I just don't trust the build quality. I have been reading a few forums and a lot of people have a lot of complaints, so I guess I'll give Land Rover a miss. I will buy a baby seat for Mia, so your mum and I can take her for a ride every Sunday morning to the seaside and I can take them both for breakfast or lunch or brunch. Your mum reckons I should do the lottery with all the good luck I have been having lately lol. Its about time I had some good luck Merlin.

I guess its time that you went and had some fun with your buddies.

I love you so much Merlin and I miss you beyond words.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

I miss you so much Merlin.

November 20th 2013 11:40 pm
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Good morning Merlin my very sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its a beautiful morning so far Merlin, hardly a cloud in the sky, nice and sunny and warm and thankfully not much of a wind. I detest high winds as they do a lot of damage, besides which they take my breath away and I have problems breathing. The storm predicted by the weather forecasters never materialised, we had about 5 minutes of rain yesterday and that was it! So all in all it would make a good run and play day for you chasing Spud for all you were worth.

I remember so well when I woke up in the morning you were standing beside my bed to say hello, I do miss that so much my boy. Molly hangs around your mum and Mia in the mornings, she might come and see me but she doesn't hang around for very long. Sad to say Molly and I don't have the same bond you and I had, you was my dog, Molly is everyone's dog. I miss that so much Merlin, how I wish I could have those days all over again, you and I together. Over the years I have had many dogs I bonded with, but none of them compared to the bond you and I had. It was so strong my boy and as I said, I miss that so much. No I'm not sad Merlin, well maybe a little because I know exactly how much I lost when you crossed the bridge without me with you. I'm not ashamed to say that I cried like a baby for days, I wept openly and I didn't care who saw me. You were my whole world Merlin and you still are. I know I have Mia my Granddaughter, but she is not exclusively mine, you were.

I guess its time that you went and played with your buddies my boy and had some more fun and games.

I love you and I miss you so much Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My beautiful gentle giant Merlin

November 19th 2013 11:08 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

It was supposed to be heavy storms today according to the weather forecast, it began raining last night, not much to shout about, then stopped this morning. Its very overcast at the moment with a lot of dark storm/rain clouds, its also very humid, which is giving me a headache, there is just a light breeze which are just rustling the leaves in the tree's. So to be honest I don't know what's going to happen today with the weather, but with my irrigation not working properly I hope it does rain. At the moment it would make a nice run and play day for you.

The runner beans are at last producing flowers which in turn are producing runner bean pods, so hopefully we are going to have lots of runner beans for Christmas. The potatoes are coming along very slowly which is why I don't like main crop, I prefer earlies or 2nd earlies which start producing potato tubers in just a few weeks. The potato plants are producing flowers which have to be removed as they stop or slow tuber growth. Hopefully next year I can get hold of earlies or 2nd earlies, and what I may do is weld up a frame to grow runner beans up, the frame can then be moved around to grow runner beans in different parts of the property. As we get very high winds here the bamboo poles are very fragile and can be blown over, with a steel framework I can force it into the ground quite deep and would be far more wind resistant.

Yesterday I had some brilliant news, I got a forecast of my state pension, (not my private pension) its nearly twice what I assumed it would be. I suppose Mia my granddaughter is going to be spoiled something terrible which should annoy her mum, good eh lol.

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

I do love you so much.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 
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