Thursday, December 16, 2010

IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING!

GREETINGS FROM A POURING...
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA!
 TOBY here...

Hello there, dear friends...

The rain is unrelenting and has been pouring down on us for the past 3 days.  Last night (the whole night) it felt like an endless bucket was being tipped out onto us.  The latest news is that we had over 70mm during the night.  Our rivers have broken their banks and some of our highways are flooded too.

(The "little" stream - usually 1m width - in our park)
But each for their own....for us GOLDEN RETRIEVERS this weather is perfect!!!!

It's cuddle time when we are inside the house and its a romping frenzy when we get an opportunity to go outside to investigate.

It's a public holiday here in South Africa today, so the "Boss" is home and celebrating with us with
Miss "R"s fabulous news....see last post! 

This morning however, Maxmom and the Boss were chased up early so that we could go and  take a look at our little stream...

Well, it too had broken it's banks...
(Sorry about the bad quality photos...my camera is really playing up!)
How wonderful for us dogs and the Hadedah Ibises
(you can see one behind the fence).

We love running and splashing in the puddles.

There is so much to investigate...so much 'doggie-news' being poured into our turf...what fun!!!

I don't know how long this rain is going to last, but our dams will be full and the weather cool. 
This kind of rain however always has consequences for those humans who live in the shacks in low lying areas...so we spare a thought for their demise. 
It must be very worrying when all your belongings get washed away with an encroaching river.

Anyway, we are comfortable here -  even our front garden is water-logged . 

Our gutters too aren't really coping with all the water...

Phew...we're going to have a very wet Christmas.
But nothing can dampen our spirits...

(Aunt Tam' and Toby celebrating!)
Our tree is up and
Miss "R" is now an 'official' Veterinary Student.
Congrats Miss "R"!!!
we are all so very proud of you!!!
Sending lotsalicks

20 comments:

Sierra Rose said...

Oh my! We have VERY WET predictions headed our way, so may be seeing similar results. Stay safe..high and dry. It may be a golden funtime...but let's keep our hoomans smiling too, ok?!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Bouncing Bertie said...

Oh I love that picture of Aunt Tam and Toby celebrating. Gail and I did a little dance here too when we heard Miss 'R's good news!
But that rain does look bad, even to a Scot!! I'm thinking that your swimming pool is a bit superfluous just now..
Toodle pip!
Bertie.
PS As for dark 'mornings', well somedays if its cloudy (i.e. usually) it feels as is it doesn't get properly light here at all. At least the snow, which returned last night, brightens things up.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Congrats to Miss "R"!

Looks like yoo are loving that rain!

Mango said...

You water retrieving doggies just don't know when to stop. I can see you are loving the giant puddles and rushing rivers. Hope that it doesn't go into your house.

Slobbers,
Mango

kks said...

that's a lot of rain!
love all the pics! Toby is going to be a big boy!
xoxo

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I would SO be sponging it up!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

MySpecialDoggies said...

Hi Toby
And we're complaining about cold weather here??? Stay dry with Aunt Tam.

Woofs
Nadine & Neeli
Angel doggie Apples (1994-2010)

Mrs. JP said...

Wow, what great weather for Golden's. I bet there are towels waiting just inside the door to dry them off.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Congratulations to Miss R!!! That's wonderful news!! You are getting too much rain and we are getting snow and sleet here. I'd rather be where it's warm if I could be though!! Love the picture of Toby and Aunt Tam celebrating!!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

Ginger Jasper said...

Oh what fabulous news about Miss R we send huge congratulations to her.. Great photo's in the rain.. Hugs GJ x

Jake of Florida said...

We loved Aunt Tam and Toby's celebratory dance in the rain!!! (Gene Kelly would have approved.)

Over here in South Florida, with no rain for quite some time, we're looking at increased watering restrictions. It's either too wet or too dy. Too hot or too cold. Nature has her own way of dealing with us! One minute we're ecstatic that no hurricanes hit us; the next we're whining that we need rain!

But as long as we have dogs -- and daughters to make us proud -- it's all good.

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry

emilene said...

Wow - I can't believe it's that wet over there when in Beaufort West they don't have a DROP of water left in their dams!

They're actually asking people to take 2x5litre containers with water to drop off if passing by the town!

We are indeed a country of contrasts!

Hugs to you all

Abigail the Yorkie & clan xx

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Toby! Wow that is crazy how much rain you are getting. It is good that you like it but we feel bad for the people who have to deal with it! We are behind so we just read the news - congrats to Miss R for getting into Vet school - that is so cool!!

Sheila and Bob said...

Stay Dry, it's 20 degrees here today with snow flurries.

Hamish & Sophie

Clive said...

Hi Toby

All that rain is just like Ireland! That's what we get a lot of the time!!

Hope your sun comes back out for Christmas. Huge congrats to Miss R - that is wonderful for her - we wish her the very best in her future studies.

Thank you so much to your Mom for sending us the lovely Christmas card - and the lovely note. It was very much appreciated. We have a lovely photo of it on our blog post today.

Here's hoping that rain has stopped ....

take care
Clive and Murray

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Hi Toby,

Wow that sure is alot of rain but at least it's not snowing and freezing like it is here. I hope your rain ends soon but I know you retriever dogs really like the rain.. Stay dry and Congratulations to Ms. R!! I didn't realize how much she looked like maxmom until this picture you posted.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Deborah said...

WOW, that is a lot of rain. It has been very cold in New England, but we have no snow yet, maybe this weekend!
I just dropped by to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a very healthy New Year.
xxoo
Deborah
PS I like your header! It's cute :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

The earth seems like it is in a big swirl.
You have massive rain and we did too! and a TORNADO.. 30 miles from here....
Our lands are soaked liked yours,
I think the sun needs to shine,,,
but we are happy because mother earth needed the rain
love
tweedles

Benny and Lily said...

Oh Toby yukky ran. It is suppose to rain here from tomorrow til next week. What is a Frenchie to do!
Snuggles,
Benny & Lily

Scout 'n Freyja said...

If Toby looks like a 'little Maxdog' your daughter looks like a little Caryl. Ohmygosh! You two are clones!