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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.

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

December 12th 2013 10:48 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN, YOU HAVE DONE IT AGAIN. YOUR DIARY IS ONE OF TODAYS PICKS. Well done, I am so proud of you.

Its a very hot day today my boy, the wind has dropped, there is about 50% cloud and its extremely humid. If you ran and played today my boy you would have to be extremely careful, you could go down with heat exhaustion very quickly. But of course Molly and Spud and play fighting, although I suspect they will soon find some shade and lay down, Bella and Hobo are doing just that, laying down and panting for all they are worth. I don't know why they go outside when its a lot cooler in the house. Last night was also very hot, the heat kept waking me up. In this heat your mum uses the air-conditioning in her little car and as its only a little engine it slows the car down and uses much more petrol. She's not happy about that. When I had my Jaguar I didn't notice any difference to performance or fuel consumption because it had a sweet and powerful V8 engine. I was sad to see my Jaguar go, but it was losing too much money in resale value.

Mike is having problems with his car, so he's using the Land Rover V8i Discovery to go to work, he's not happy as it uses far more petrol then his own car. I thought Mike was finishing up at his work today, but apparently he's going to go back in January for a week or so to earn extra money to take to UK. He's leaving a very hot summer and going to a very cold winter, he won't know what has hit him.

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

I love you so much Merlin

Your ever loving Daddy

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

December 11th 2013 11:42 pm
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Good morning Merlin my handsome gentle giant.

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN, your diary has again been chosen as one of “Today picks.” well done my magical boy.

I really need to get my laptop sorted, the letters “s” and “w” don't always work, maybe get a new keyboard fitted or at least get this one working properly. I don't want to change my laptop and buy a new one, as it works fine for what I want.

Anyway back to your diary. Its another very clear day, not a cloud in the sky, very hot and thankfully the winds have dropped to a more gentle breeze. It might make a good run and play day for you my boy, but you would need to be very careful of heat exhaustion.

Melissa is getting nervous as she isn't making pots and pots of money, I told her that it takes time to get established, her prices are very good, a lot cheaper then other sandwich bars in the town and her food is very good quality, she uses only the best ingredients. As long as she can cover her overheads at the moment she'll be OK.

I am looking forward to getting my new vehicle next year, there is nothing like the smell of a brand new truck. I have more or less made my mind up what I want, unless something else attracts my attention I am pretty sure of what I want.

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

I do love you so much Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My boy Merlin

December 10th 2013 11:03 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Thankfully the wind has dropped today, there is a fairly gentle breeze instead of the howling high winds that we have been getting. Its still nice and bright and sunny and quite warm, it would make a good run and play day for you my boy as long as you were careful in the sun.

Mia was in a wonderful mood this morning, she was laughing when your mum picked her up and began running around with her. Your mum has definitely got a new lease on life, I haven't seen her so happy and laughing so much in years. Apparently Mia fell over in play school and cut her lip, she didn't seem too fussed about it by the time she got home.

Mike finishes with his job this Friday, in just over a month he flies to UK to live. I hope he finds what he is looking for, I am going to miss the lad and so is his mum. One thing he is worried about, he is scared that Mia will forget him. Well if he comes back here on holiday on a regular basis (provided he cab make enough money to come back) she wont forget him. Although I think he is in for a bit of a shock when he has to do everything for himself, its not going to be as easy as he thinks it will.

Its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

I love you and I miss you so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

I love you so much Merlin.

December 9th 2013 11:40 pm
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Good morning Merlin my special sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

The weather here cannot make its mind up, yesterday we had a bad storm with thunder, we had very little rain, while in the town there was flash flooding. At the moment there are storm clouds, but it looks like the wind is pushing them out to sea. I hate it when the weather is so unsettled like it is right now, maybe it will clear up later on. Its quite hot and very humid at the moment and getting uncomfortable. The pack are outside at the moment, Molly and Spud are going bonkers play fighting as usual, Spud gets carried away and hurts Molly, then Molly loses her temper and attacks him and it all starts all over again. But what is fun to watch is when they play chase, Molly jinx's around, at times throwing Spud off, Molly can really get a gallop on, she stretches out and really moves. The pack had enough of the wind outside and decided to come back inside. It might make a good run and play day for you my boy, if you can put up with the wind.

Lately I have been drinking gallons of soft drinks to quench my thirst, I should be very careful because of my diabetes. I check my sugar level every morning, if my sugar level is too high I take a tablet over and above my normal dose which drops the level. With Christmas coming up I have to be especially careful with all the tempting sweets and chocolate and cakes. Its a pity I don't get my pension pay out until early next year, as I'd love to spoil Mia, I am however going to spoil her on her 2nd birthday in May, I want to buy her a battery powered Land Rover so she can drive around the property. I think she will love it.

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

I do love you so much Merlin, I assure you that I will never ever forget you.

Your ever loving Daddy

 
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