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My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

November 12th 2013 11:08 pm
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Good morning Merlin my very sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its very overcast today, very little sun is coming through and no wind, but its also a lot cooler which means that you could run and annoy Spud as much as you liked. Yesterday was very hot, but the high winds had dropped which meant I could water my crops. I don't know why, but they are really taking their time. Potatoes I can understand as they are a main crop variety, but the runner beans seem to get a growth spurt and then slow right down.

Mike my son is made up his mind to go to UK on 14th January next year, apparently he has got accommodation and food all set up, he needs to do all the stuff he needs to do to get a job, he's looking to become a policeman. I think he'd make a good copper, but lets wait and see.

Melissa is making test muffins for her little sandwich shop, I'm testing one of her chocolate chip muffins and they are so nice, so very very nice. She is a good little cook, she learned well from your mum.

Yesterday I was sitting having a bit of a break when for some reason I said loudly, “I MISS YOU SO MUCH MERLIN.” I hope you heard me my boy. I also sit and think about our wonderful times together and watching you grow from a gorgeous little puppy into a gorgeous grown GSD, perfect in every way.

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

I love you my boy, please never forget that OK?

Your ever loving Daddy

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy.

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

It looks like its going to be a very hot day, there's no cloud as far as I can see from my study, there's no wind thankfully, thankfully I can water my crops without the water going every where except on the crops themselves. It would be a good run and play day for you my boy, but you would have to be careful that you didn't go down with heat exhaustion. I've got the fan on my desk working which is helping quite a bit.

Melissa has hit a problem with her little sandwich shop, the Coca Cola fridge went weird and froze the drinks, causing the drinks cans to bulge and the bottle explode, Coca Cola said that they would replace the stock and fix or replace the fridge. They were meant to come yesterday but didn't turn up. So what else is new in South Africa? Hopefully she will open sometime this week. One never knows she could turn into another Mugg & Bean and go national or even international one day. She has the work ethic to do it, I just hope she gets the business she needs to survive.

Mia was in a bit of a temper this morning for some reason or other, she got told off not only by her mum but her Nana. Mia hates being told off by her Nana, oh boy.

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

I love you so much Merlin

Your ever loving Daddy

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

November 10th 2013 10:40 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its quite a nice day today, but its very windy. Its nice and bright and sunny with few cloud, very much like yesterday. It would make a nice run and play day for you my boy, chasing Spud all over the property as long as you were careful with heat exhaustion. The pain in the neck is, it makes watering my crop very difficult as the wind blows the water all over the place and away from the crops. Yesterday I was sitting on my bench with a cuppa tea (or it could have been a beaker of water) when I got soaked with the wind blowing water everywhere, including myself. I was not a happy bunny.

Melissa is getting very very nervous now, she should open her little sandwich shop sometime this week and she is starting to panic a little bit. Your mum has done a wonderful job sorting out her work tops, counter and the rest of the shop fitting, she's bloody clever.

I've been looking at brochures for new trucks, hopefully I will get enough pension to buy one. Only 3 more months to wait. I'm torn between two types, a Ford Ranger with all the bells and whistles and a basic but just as expensive Land Rover. Well I have three months to make up my mind. Mike my son reckons I should go for the Land Rover, but the Ford is way more comfortable. I don't intend to do any more safaris, except a trip now and again to ADDO elephant reserve, so either would do.

Well I guess its time for you to go play some more with your buddies and have lots more fun and games. Don't forget to keep a place for me, just don't knock me over when you see me and come running.

I love you so much Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

November 10th 2013 12:07 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Guess what Merlin? Your diary has been chosen as one of today's picks. Well done my boy I am so proud of you.

Its looks like a glorious day today, nice and bright and sunny, very little cloud and a very gentle breeze, very much like yesterday. Yesterday was very hot around noon, I was drinking copious amounts of water and sat in the shade. Molly was sitting next to me and as usual if Spud came near me Molly would chase him off. She really is a jealous little girl, she doesn't like people giving cuddles unless those cuddles are for her. She has always got to be around people, she has to know what they are doing, she is so nosey its unbelievable. She has an habit of walking in front of me, she assumes where I am going and stops every so often to make sure I am behind her. All very well but when I am carrying a battery out of the tractor she gets in the way, I end up raising my voice to get her out of the way. But all in all she really is a sweet little girl. When I inspect my crop she trots along with me, she always has to know what I am doing. Oh boy what a dog! Today would be a nice run and play day for you my boy, but you would have to watch out for heat exhaustion.

Your mum is in Melissa's shop finishing off fitting it out, she's a clever old stick, she's built up counters and work surfaces for Melissa and done a very good job. Melissa is a lucky girl to have a mum like her.

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

I do love you so much Merlin, the best friend I ever had.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

November 8th 2013 10:29 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

It looks like its going to be a glorious day today, the sun is shinning, there is just a gentle breeze, but it could turn very hot later on. It could be a good run and play day for you my boy, you could chase Spud all that you wanted to, as long as you were careful not to overheat. Yesterday I was sitting on the garden bench with a cuppa tea when it got very hot all of a sudden, then a strong breeze sprang up cooling me off, it was so nice. Molly was laying under the tractor in the shade, but when Spud attempted to come up to me she chased him off, he realised she was very serious and he backed off. I felt really sorry for him, he was being very sweet (which makes a change) all he simply wanted was a bit of a cuddle.

Melissa opens her sandwich shop on Monday or Tuesday, she is very nervous obviously, I think she will succeed, because she's a worker and don't give up easily. I am so proud of her.

I really hope my potatoes and runner beans will be ready for Christmas lunch, everything seems to have slowed up again, except for two or three runner beans which are climbing, I just wish they would start producing flowers and then start to yield pods. Maybe they will be ready for new year!

Mike has had his passport renewed, he said he is going to UK in the middle of January next year. I'm going to miss him, I won't have my little helper to help me any more. Perhaps he will come back on holiday the year after, maybe for his and my birthdays in February. He's got to get himself sorted, he needs to find a job, he's already found somewhere to live and at some point he will need to get a car.

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

I love you and I miss you so much. I often look up at the clouds and in my minds eye I can see you playing up there.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

I love you so much Merlin.

November 7th 2013 10:34 pm
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Good morning Merlin my so sweet and wonderful big gentle giant.

It looks quite bright this morning, there is some cloud but not too much, there's not even a gentle breeze, its still as still can be, I only hope it doesn't get too hot later on with no breeze. It should make a good run and play day for you my boy, as long as it doesn't get too hot for you. Yesterday I noticed something about Spud that I hadn't taken notice of before, when he trots he trots like one of those high stepping horses of the Spanish riding school, from the back it looks really strange

I didn't get much sleep last night, I woke up about four or five times and this morning I am so tired. I'll probably be falling asleep this afternoon if I'm not careful.

I was thinking this morning about the time that your puppies chased you around the property, oh Merlin it was so funny to watch, there was you running around the wood pile then seconds later five puppies with tails like little aerials running after you. When you stopped they all began to jump up at you and giving you little bites, you looked at me so pleadingly as if to say, “Daddy get these little horrors off of me.” I managed to get them off of you while you ran indoors out of the way. I will never forget that look of pleading that you gave me. You were so patient with them Merlin, it shows you have a huge heart and full of love.

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.

November 6th 2013 10:35 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Well, its better today (so far) then it was yesterday, its not so overcast and the sun is coming through in places and thankfully the wind has dropped considerably. Last night was very cold but it appears to have warmed up and its only 8:15am, so it might be a nice run and play day for you after all. After I have finished your diary my boy I've got to start work on my crop, the last lot of runner beans I have planted seems to have really taken off, soon I will have to hook the plants to string and train them up onto sticks. Hopefully soon the second lot I planted will start to flower soon and begin to produce pods.

Your mum has been helping me with my pension which is due in four months time, there's my state pension and then my private pension. If all works out OK I might buy a new truck for the property, which will be rather nice. If I can get a new truck I'm going to do a trip to Addo elephant park one last time while I can and before I become too ill. I'd love to do another safari but I couldn't cope now, my back pains are quite bad now and I struggle to get down on the ground and struggle to get up again. Getting old is a bummer Merlin, especially in my mind I think like an 18 year old.

Melissa is practising her muffin baking for her shop, so I get to sample them. Last night she baked some chocolate chip muffins, oh boy, they are so nice, they should sell literally like hot cakes (pun intended). I am so proud at her get up and go, I wish Mike was more like her.

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

I love you so much Merlin, and I miss you more then I can ever tell you.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

November 5th 2013 11:07 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Oh wow Merlin, your diary has been chosen as “One of today's picks.” Well done my boy I am so proud of you.

Its a very overcast day today, there has been some quite strong wind which is blowing in gusts, its also quite chilly. However, last night was quite hot and humid but not too bad as it didn't wake me up. Thankfully I am sleeping a lot better lately, I got so fed up waking up every two hours or so, nowadays I can go up to six hours without waking up. Anyway, it would be a good run and play day for you my boy, so you could chase Spud all that you wanted to. I just looked out of the window and saw rain clouds coming overhead, I think we could be in for a storm.

Yesterday while I was working I saw the dogs trying to dig something up, then saw them jumping back, I was worried it was some kind of snake, but then I saw Hobo run off with a baby tortoise in his mouth. I yelled at him to drop it, which he did, I picked it up and showed Mia, she wasn't impressed at all. He is now in somewhere safer where the dogs can't get at him, this is the second or third tortoise that's shown up on the property, I have no idea where they come from.

Melissa has got her business registration for her sandwich shop, she's called it “Upper Crust Melissa's sandwich bar.” Upper crust will be in big letters, while underneath in smaller letters will be Melissa's sandwich bar. I suggested a logo of a toff in a top hat and cane, but apparently that logo has already been taken. Back to the drawing board.

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

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

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin.

November 4th 2013 11:20 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its a glorious day here today, the sun is shinning, its nice and warm but no wind, so it could get very hot later on. Usually I sit out side when the sun has gone behind the house so I'm sitting in the shade, its quite nice watching the world go by, sometimes I talk to you, I tell you how much I miss you and how much I love you my boy. I really wish you were here Merlin, two old boys sitting together watching the world go by. You weren't very long with me Merlin, but you gave me a life time of memories. Many times I sit and laugh to myself at some of the antics you pulled, the expressions on your beautiful or should I say handsome face, and that silly bark of yours when you were helping your mum with the gardening by pulling out weeds, then your mum coming indoors and exclaiming, “YOUR DOG IS DRIVING ME BONKERS WITH THAT SILLY BARK OF HIS!!” I'd chuckle to myself. God how I miss you my boy.

Bella is looking very ill now, she won't go outside much now, when she does she is soon barking at the door to be let inside. Molly and Spud as usual play fight and Hobo chills out in the shade, Hobo is so laid back its a wonder he's awake half the time. Molly really is getting better and better, she's two years old next month, and this month is your birthday, you would have been 7 years old this year. Its been almost two years since you crossed the bridge, the pain of losing you has eased a little, but there is still a huge hole in my heart where you use to be. I know you sent Molly to me, she really is a good girl and when I sit outside she comes and sits beside me. All I can say is Merlin, “Thank you for being the best friend I ever had.”

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

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

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

November 3rd 2013 10:59 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

It looks like its going to be a very hot day again today, there's hardly a cloud in the sky and not even a gentle breeze to ruffle the leaves on the tree's, it would be a good run and play day for you, but you would have to be careful of heat exhaustion and of course snakes. Molly and Spud tires me out just watching them, Molly will wait for Spud, then attack him and then grabbing him by his collar, that little girl is so full of mischief and so full of fun, she never wants to stop playing unless its breakfast or dinner time. But, I must admit she is a wonderful little girl, I just wish she was a bit bigger so she could put Spud on his back.

As I told you I went out with your mum yesterday to buy a few things, but it doesn't stop there, she has to go and check out everything, in the end I am in agony with my back hurting so much. I dread going out with her, I really do. I remember years ago going shoe shopping with her in Basildon in the UK, we went into every shoes shop in the town, literally and guess what? She bought the first pair of shoes she looked at. I was furious. Whenever I go shopping I know what I want, I go in the shop and walk out ten minutes later with what I wanted.

This morning little Mia was in such a happy mood, that child has really given me a new lease on life, she has given me something to live for, just like you did my boy. I will never forget how you pulled me out of that deep hole of depression, your love, loyalty and devotion pulled me kicking and screaming back to normality. If it wasn't for you my boy I'd probably be dead now. I owe you so much Merlin, so very much.

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

I will love you till the end of time my boy

Your ever loving Daddy

 
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