The last few months have been really busy, travelling a lot for work, a little bit of a sightseeing in Europe and packing up the house in preparation for our big move. There’s been no rest.
A while ago we decided we would move to Sydney and see what dreams the big city feels like throwing our way, new lifestyle, employment opportunities and a BIG playground for Geoff to experience lots of new adventures.
So the relaxation that normally comes from a vacation had to surrender to lots of boxes, lots of packing and lots of cleaning, Geoff always the willing helper. So after what seemed like forever but in actual fact only a week, we found a new home.
With the truck packed under Geoff’s careful guidance we set off before sunrise to our new home. James threw on his truckers cap and carefully zig zagged our cargo through the narrow Sydney streets to our destination, a few of my fingernails were sacrificed along the way.
A few more car loads and days of unpacking followed but now the move is complete the relaxation can finally begin. Geoff, unfazed by it all has already started getting amongst his new surroundings and so far gives it the paws up.
Geoff and I are baching this weekend while James plays chooky for Louise’s hens weekend. An early night last night for us both meant an early morning breakfast in the park was possible sans hangover. I had a fantastically tasty toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich and the best coffee in Newy from Coffee on Crown . Geoff had the staple dog food and some water, he was distracted by all of the early morning activity in the park so I had to hand feed him piece by piece…sheesh!. A little bit of exploring around King Edward Park, the view is amazing, and a run around the park ended the best breakfast this week. We may just do it again tomorrow.
We recently returned from an overseas vacation and after 24 hrs of travelling the last thing we wanted to do was housework, however there could be no rest until it was done. We dumped the bags and got straight to work, James on the inside and Geoff and I responsible for outside. Included In the housework was a little bit of grooming for Geoffy. A bit of a trim with the clippers and a scrub in the tub…I think by the end of it Geoff was wishing we would go again.
Father’s Day was quite an eventful day for Geoff. We had a morning coffee with Dad and the family before a stroll through the markets. Afterwards it was off to the water park for a picnic. There were lots of turning heads and smiles for the little dog in the wheelchair and even a little kiss from his cousin Harper. Needless to say Geoff is one worn out little puppy, I think he’ll sleep for days…
A view of Nobbys Beach, the warm winter sun and a bacon and egg roll is a great way to start off a Sunday Morning.
While James ordered the tucker, Geoff lapped up the opportunity to soak in the the sun and quickly found a spot resting over a ledge. Having the perfect viewpoint of Nobbys Beach, Geoff made himself known to the passing pedestrians and their four legged friends.
With Geoff locked firmly in place, James and I got stuck into our Bacon and Egg rolls like we hadn’t eaten in days. Pretty yummy and messy- note; without napkins, runny eggs are not #cleaneating…thank you James
A really great coffee to seal the deal for the ride home and the morning was done!
Geoff and I spent the morning at the local Park. The thing we like most about King Edward Park is it has lots of hills for Geoff to run down. An eager Geoff popped on his wheels and hit the slopes. It’s been a while since he has moved quite so fast, his little front legs struggled to keep up with the momentum and for a moment, i thought he was going to take a bit of a tumble. Luckily he kept his balance and did it all over again…a few times!
A few people and puppies stopped to say hello, we took some happy snaps and laid in the warm winter sun before heading home. Geoff fell asleep almost as soon as the car turned the first corner. Looks like we’ll be going back again next week.
Our friend Bob suggested we go for a morning bike ride, so i dusted off the cruiser in the shed, put a bit of air in the tyres, popped on the ugly helmet, strapped myself with 7kg’s of Geoff and put foot to pedal.
As is usually the case, being a local means you sometimes miss the cool stuff in your own backyard and i gotta say i had missed Fernleigh Track up until now. An old rail line from Newcastle to Belmont through beautiful Aussie bushland makes the perfect cycling track.
30km round trip riding in one gear I murdered my quads while Geoff relaxed in his new pouch, the warm sun on his face, his ears flapping in the cool breeze. Always one to bring attention, Geoff ensured the families and fitness fanatics passed by with a smile.
I never did continue the …to be continued part of our camping trip a while back so here goes. Just when we thought we could not have any more fun on our camping trip we managed to raise the fun bar and spend the day at the Dairy Tavern, a little dairy milking shed converted into a Tavern not far from our campsite. Carmen’s Brother Phil and their Father renovated the shed themselves and were kind enough to invite us over for to the Tavern for a yummy roast lunch cooked in a camp oven.
When we arrived Geoff, never one to miss out on the action, did his usual inspection taking in the Dairy tavern, the outhouse and the many cows taking shelter from the hot sun under a nearby tree. The Cow’s nor Geoff knew quite what to make of each other. After a few Moo’s and a few restless cautious woofs it was time to get out of the hot sun and back to the comfort of the Dairy Tavern. On return, much to Geoff’s surprise and amusement, we discovered a cute little cattle dog puppy sleeping in Geoff’s bed. We posted about this earlier.
As the day grew longer we amused ourselves with games and the company of a few neighbours. We watched the sun set over the gorgeous Aussie scenery, the heat faded and the cold night air crept in. Geoff kept himself busy with the working farm dogs Bill and his mother Kelly, we even got a show watching the dogs round up the cattle for the night, Geoff did not participate 😁. It all got a bit too much for Geoff as we partied on into the night, seeking comfort in the bottom of my shirt doubled as a sling. He nestled in and slept the rest of the night away.
8 words, “do you want to go for a walk?” sends Geoff into excitement overload. Recently he has added a cute little bounce to his swagger, not sure why this is easier to get around but it sure does bring a smile to my face.