Saturday, June 5, 2010

TAMMY-GIRL'S FIRST REAL BUMPER BLOGPOST

GREETINGS FROM SUNNY SOUTH AFRICA!
TAMMY-GIRL  here...
Hello there everybody!
This is the first blogpost which I  am putting up all by myself!
 I hope you are going to like it!
 It's a bumper post today with lots and lots of photographs.
You see, there is so much excitement here in my city of
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA!

Next friday (11June 2010) is the kick-off day to the

FIFA SOCCER WORLD CUP 2010

and the excitement in our city is almost at fever pitch level. So many of our visitors have already arrived and are settling down to see all the attractions which our country is offering. Today Maxmom and my human family went off to one of the big shopping centres to see some of the activity.
Our grocery stores are also in with the spirit of welcoming all the countries...
So many interesting things are on the shelves:
Chocolate soccer balls...
Chocolate soccer shoes...
Our roads and highways are filled with flags...
Many cars have 'socks' which are put on rear-view mirrors and which sport the colours of the flag...
Our street-sellers are out en masse...
Cars are decorated in many ways with flags...
At the shopping centre which Maxmom visited, there was a special car...
Look at the beautifully painted 'Soccer World Cup' on its side...
There was so much activity on with many people in a festive spirit:
Beat-boxers entertained the crowds...
Skilled soccer players were giving demonstrations on ball control...
The highlight at this particular gathering was the "BIG BANNER".  Over the past couple of weeks, the organisers of this "BIG BANNER" - a local radio station - have visited various shopping centres and handed out canvasses for the public to paint...
Each block (and there are thousands) is going towards making up a giant banner to support our team:
BAFANA BAFANA
and the banner will be up at the opening game for the world to see. If you are watching the opening game, you may see it on TV.
Each group of people who painted a block have had their photographs taken... 
(Unfortunately Maxmom got there too late)
These are some of the canvasses which were collected today...
There was a makeshift soccer field for the children to play on...
...and dancers to teach the public how to
Diski Dance
(The official dance of the SWC)
There were funny hats for sale...

...and shops full of SWC supporters clothing...
Exclusive teddy bears...
Not only were there...
VUVUZELAS
(The big noisy horns)
...but there were also...
"KUDU-ZELAS"
(shaped like the horn of the Kudu antelope)
...they make a very loud noise indeed!...
Anyway, when Maxmom got home, I had a word with her..
"Maxmom...?"
"Yes, Tammy-girl, what is it sweety?"
"Maxmom...mmm...
I think we should put some of this World cup Spirit into our own house!"

"What do you suggest, Tammy-girl?"
"psst....mumble...mumble...mumble"
"Very good idea Tams'...I'll get the others..."
They listened to me!
I wanted them to get all the flags for the countries of my friends across the world. 
I want you to know that, not only am I going to support
SOUTH AFRICA!
But I am also going to support
ALL THE TEAMS too...!!!
(I really do love you all!)
So the humans set about putting up flags on the front of our house...


After that Maxmom and I lay on the grass and soaked up the sun...
I think I have got the right thing going with this Soccer World cup thingy...
My house now has all the flags!!!
Have you seen your flag yet?
I promise you...ALL 32 countries are up!
(psst...USA is in the middle! Bad photo..sorry..)

Thank you so much for reading my first real post.
Have a wonderful happy weekend...and please join me in this exciting build up to the...
FIFA SOCCER WORLD CUP
2010
SOUTH AFRICA!!!
Lotsalicks
TAMMY-GIRL IN SOUTH AFRICA

32 comments:

Louisette passion retriever, cat, memory Katanga said...

Have nice day with golden andsun,
Greeting from Belgium
http://retrieverhond.eigenstart.nl/
http://blog.seniorennet.be/louisette/

Benny and Lily said...

Oh Tammy what a great job. We love your pictures. Max would be proud of you. We love your little personal spa pool.
Benny & Lily

NanaNor's said...

Hi Tammy girl, I think you have found a new job-posting-for this was wonderful! Loved seeing all the excitement of the world cup and thank you for flying my U.S. flag. I'm glad you seem happy and that your mom is giving you some extra loves.
Have a wonderful day rolling in the grass.
Hugs, Noreen & Reggie-dog

Ms. ~K said...

Tammy, Thank you for this exciting, colorful post...
You're a natural at doggie blogging...you had a great teacher!
Hugs and belly rubs to Mom and all the pups,
Kit

Emma Rose said...

Hi Tammy,

Great job on the post :) Your flag idea is fabulous and looks so pretty.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Kisses,
Emma Rose

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We hope their is a UK flag there too! We couldn't see it ...

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Hi Tammy girl!!! Your first post is excellent! You are the best! I love all of the pictures. Everything looks so exciting there!!! Your house looks exciting with all of the flags!! Tammy, you are just so very pretty and sweet!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Sheila and Bob said...

Wonderful Post Tammy, boy it sure is an exciting time.
We will be watching on TV.
Have lotsa fun.....

Hamish & Sophie

Bouncing Bertie said...

Very nice post Tammy, we can almost feel the waves of excitement coming out from South Africa. Gail smiled when she saw the England flag, although she has been looking a bit glum since we heard that the England captain injured himself in training and will miss the tournament...
Toodle pip!
Bertie
PS Tammy, you are clearly a very clever lady, perhaps you could advise on whether or not I too should be supporting England..?

Doris Sturm said...

You are a natural, Tammy Girl! What a nice post! ...and what a great idea you had with hanging all the flags - I saw the German flag too. I talked to my mother in Germany today and her cousin, Matilde Koerper, lives in Johannesburg too - but I have to find out her address, maybe you know her (which would be amazing, because Johannesburg is a very big place and why would you know a 77 year old women from Germany?

Well, looks like everyone's all geared up for the big soccer game, so be safe and I hope all goes well without any mishaps - remember, safety first! (stay close to mom!)

Love you,
Doris, Gizzy and Middi :-)

Jacqueline said...

What a fun post, beautiful Tammy!...There is so much excitement in your city, it almost seems contagious!...It is very sweet of you guys to support all the countries of all the teams=your flag banner is very festive!...Happy weekend gorgeous girl and hugs to your Mom!

Ginger Jasper said...

What a simply fabulous post. Thank you so much for putting up all our flags. I see my counties there. I looked out for all our blog friends too. Tammy your first pst was great and our dear Max would have been proud.. Hugs GJ xx

Mrs. JP said...

Tammy you are a natural at this blog stuff. I love your post and your thoughtfulness of all of us.
My new favorite picture is of you and your mom in the son.
You are a sweet, sweetie!

houndstooth said...

Tammy Girl, your first post was awesome! I love how you showed all the things about the soccer cup. I'd sure like a shot at chewing one of those shoes! The pictures of you are awesome, too!

Bunny

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

You did a fabulous job, Tammy! It is so great for us who are so far away to get an insider's view of how people in SA are getting ready for the World Cup.

We saw the French flag but we will NOT be supporting them after what they did to Ireland in their qualifier. So, it will be England for us!... or maybe Japan?????

Woofs,
Tommy

The Life of Riley said...

Dear Tammy,

This is a wonderful "first real bumper blogpost" from you, because mum and I can sense your excitement as you tell us about the world cup. While you may have been quiet in the past, you obvioulsy were observing Max and have learnt well from him.

Your idea, for you and your family to put up flags of the 32 countries, is wonderful. We could see our New Zealand flag in four of your photos! In the first round we are supporting NZ - after that we will have to see. Mum was drooling at the sight of Thornton's chocolate balls and shoes - as she remembers their chocolate from when she lived in England, and although you can sometimes buy it here it never tastes the same as she remembers.

Woofs,
Riley

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a great post!! I LOVED looking at all the pictures and seeing all that's going on in them--So much excitement and fun and chocolate to boot--It doesn't get any better!!

Clive said...

Tammy

We love reading about all the excitment leading up to the World Cup! The flags outside your house are great!

We smiled at the Poupounette's comment - they are very good remembering how 'we so nearly' got there!

Guess, we'll be shouting for any country other than France!

Looking forward to more footie updates!

take care
Clive and the NSLM

The Airechicks said...

What a marvelous first post!!

You have the right idea about all the flags......

Can't wait for the rest of your cup coverage... maybe you score a big name interview...

XXoooXXooXXoooXXoo

Khyra, Khousin Merdie, And Sometimes Her Mom said...

KhonGRats on a pawesome furst Tammy Post!

Thanks fur sharing the building excitement!

Mom would like if woo khould share some of that yummy chokholate!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Sweet, sweet Tammy, you did furry wonderful on your first bloggy post. We think that you are a wonderful rePURRter! It was so much fun to see the stores and the people and the flags and the CHOCOLATE.

We can't have any of that chocolate but our momma can and it is a good thing that those chocolate soccer balls are so far away☺ We just know that momma would take a big chunk out of one!

Mr. Scout is preparing to post his first solo on our bloggy. It is going to be furry specials, too! He's PURRty excited about momma lettin' him have a solo event but I told him that sooner or later I will have my turn, too☺

Keep up the good work, Tammy. Do you have to wear a press pass when you do all that photographing and stuff?

Miss Freyja

sprinkles said...

Oh Tammy, you did perfect for your first post! Hopefully this won't be the last one because I'd love to hear more from you.

Looks like there's a lot of fun things going on in your fair city right now. Thanks for sharing all the excitement with us!

I FINALLY got a digital camera today and am looking forward to sitting down to read the instructions on how to use it. The first pictures posted from it will be ones of my sweet little chi's.

Tessa the Maltese said...

OMD Tammy Girl you did a Wonderful Job!

I KNOW that MaxDog is looking down at you and saying "My Girl is doing a Great job, I taught her well!"

Keep doing the wonderful job Tammy Girl!

We sure enjoyed your tour!

Hugs, Tessa

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Congrats on your first real post Tammy. It's furry interesting, oh Tammy the reporter of Soccer World Cup. I feel the excitement from way over here, thanks to you.
Dear Tammy,
May I ask you a favor, please go visit Autumn to give her and her mom your kind words of love, encouragement and support, they really need it now, thanks.
http://fromautumnwithlove.blogspot.com/
I see Max has his paw up of approval, Tammy.
Cheers!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Tammy!
Your first post is pawesome!
I can imagine all the excitment there!
I can see our flag there!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Way yo go Tammy Girl
You did an awsome job.
I cannnot believe this celebration is as big as it really is- but you have showed it is!!!!!!!!!
Wow, now that is lot of excitment, colors and festivities.
Thank you so much for showing us and we LOVE the photos of you and your mom. Rock on Tammy Girl,, you rock!
love
tweedles

Piappies World said...

Hello Tammy girl!

You did really well on your first post! We are feeling the excitement of the World Cup spirit though our country is not part of it but it has not stopped us to watch it on TV. We are looking forward to watching the kick-off on Fri!

Your idea of having the flags is really wonderful. You do have so much connections with so many countries around the world.

You, your pack and MaxMom are doing really well and we are happy.

Love lots!

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & the Piappies

KB said...

Tammy: What a sweet post. You're my kind of girl :)

I love the flags - they are an inspiration, and the product of your love.

Keep taking care of your mom like she's taking care of you.

PS I love the chocolate soccer shoes!

Asta said...

Tammy Giwl
You awe so polite and clevew. That was s pawfect bumpew dogpost!
I love all the pwepawations and excitement. It's awfully sweet of you to ask ytouw sweet mom to put up all those flagses.
(I wouldn't mind one of those hooge chocolate soccew balls, hehehe, but Mommi says absolutely NO chockies fow me..sheeesh)

I will be wooting fow youw BafanaBafanas!
and am sending you hooge smoochie kisses
pee ess. I love youw headew..it's so good to see my dawling Angel Max up thewe too..I bet he's pwacticing his soccew moves in heaven

love
ASTA

MySpecialDoggies said...

Hi Tammy Girl - what a great tour guide you are and what a nice post! Apples says hello & wants you to know that she just celebrated her 5 year anniversary with us yesterday since being rescued!

Hugs & wags,
Nadine, Apples & Neeli

TK and Squashies said...

This is a very good job Tammy-girl! You has put out a very fine first post. Good Girl! (Treats are in order.)
We loves the colors and flavors of your country and you has showed them very well indeed.
We sees our flag in the middle of your string. This was a very good idea to show your spirit.
We hopes to see more posts from you.
Love TK, Squashies, TK mommy

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Tammy, you did a wonderful job on your first real post, Max would be proud!!!
The pictures do a great job of capturing the electric atmosphere and help us to imagine the excitement in your beautiful country right now!

Luv,
Cloud and his mom

PS. We love the flags!!