GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
"Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway."
It's been a weekend of mixed emotions...
Yesterday, South Africa received its first Olympic Gold medal. Our country was buzzing in celebration...
Congratulations to our own Cameron van der Burgh for his incredible performance in the 100m breast stroke and a new world record! You have made South Africa proud!
All this elation has been against the backdrop of our own sadness of having to say farewell to our sweet little Toffee last week. As expected, the latter was hard. But today the sun is shining and Spring feels like it's just around the corner. Why do I feel so much better? Well, I put it down to a little trick I discovered during Maxdog's era: My secret to managing grief:...
"Create! Create! Create!"
If, perhaps, you are wondering about that very last page....
Well, it's a picture of "The King" peeking his nose through a hole in one of the boards we'd put across the scullery doorway during feeding times. He was so cute.
Take a closer look...
My catharsis happens when I allow myself to get lost in creativity - in a manner that honours the person or animal I have had to say good-bye to.
In this case, I decided to make a mini-scrapbook of TOFFEE. It is a 15cm x15cm little booklet and is the perfect gift for Miss "R". It's small enough for her to take back to her university residence, if she so chooses.
The picture on the left is of a younger 'Miss R' and her pup. We musn't forget that King Toffee was brought into our home as her little pet when she was only 7 years old.
Nowadays, she lives at university during the week.
Toby's response to Toffee's absence has been to take over his smaller bed....
As usual,Tammy simply accepts any given situation. This time she's decided to stretch herself out in a much more spacious manner - on the larger, double dog-bed in the corner of our room...
I also had time, during the weekend, to give some attention to our sweet guinea-pigs. My readers will know that I recently 'rescued' little TWIX...
Well, the little thing has settled in beautifully and is growing stronger by the day. All her injuries have healed up and she is a happy little critter now. She's very tame too and enjoys spending time resting on our chests while we feed her tit-bits.
As you know, we have two other GP's in our household - SCOTCH and SODA...
(Above: "SCOTCH" with "SODA" behind him)
They belong to "Miss R" and only come home over weekends when she returns from university. Twix is still far too small to feel settled with them and earlier attempts to introduce them have resulted in unnecessary attacks on poor little Twix. So,we've decided that she must get a little bigger first so that she can stand up for herself. For the moment, she can stay close to me - in her spacious indoor crate.
Nevertheless, I decided to construct a makeshift "outside" play area for the two larger pigs. We've had beautifully sunny weather recently and I know they'd enjoy some time outdoors. I want 'weekends with Granny' to be a fun time and they were thrilled with the opportunity to explore a different, sunny environment. Perhaps we'll construct something more permanent for the GP's in the near future - especially when Twix gets bigger. We'll see.
My vegetable garden is becoming very useful indeed: All guinea-pigs get their fair share of leafy vegetable tops, carrots, spinach, parsley, apple slices, beans, hay and top quality commercial guinea-pig food.
Our new favourite saying:
"Nothing can be happier than...a pig in our home"
I would also like to take a moment to say thank you to all my friends around the world. Thank you for your messages of condolence and support over the past couple of days. Yes, Toffee has left a huge hole in our heaerts. He was a small doggie, with a large spirit, but he did, indeed,
"Live life to the Max!".
This has made the whole process, of saying goodbye, a lot easier.
Thank you again.