Living on a sheep farm for 55 years meant that

there was nearly always a new pup around

hopefully learning the tricks of the trade.

This Brandy and yours truly in early 1988.

Brandy earned himself the nickname of

‘Six Milllion Dollar Dog’ (after the television show),

because he would work anywhere and only for me.


And he could always be found sitting

on the back of my farm ute waiting patiently

until I was ready to find some work for him.

This was taken through our kitchen window.

Brandy is on the left.



The Master and the apprentice.


During middle age, Brandy had an eye infection.

Darkened quarters, no scratching (the eye)

and two or three times a day ointment had to be applied.

During this six to eight weeks,

Brandy was renamed ‘Buckethead’

During his thirteen years Brandy only ever sired one litter 

of pups and he died suddenly a week or two

after they were born.

Ginger was one of these pups.



Ginger never had to work as hard as Brandy.

However, she was as loyal as Brandy and

accompanied me all the time.


Ginger even grew to enjoy a visit to McDonalds

where she enjoyed a junior burger.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Precious-Pets

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Precious-Pets

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Precious-Pets

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Precious-Pets






overcome (a difficulty or obstacle).

Some of my first posted photos were

several hundred kilobytes in size.

For example, this one is around 290 kilobytes.

 Posting images of that size would soon

use up my WordPress storage.

To surmount this problem I began using Google’s Picasa

which would export a 25 Mb file and reduce its size to

somewhere between 20 and 90 kilobytes in size.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Surmount





a person or thing that wins something.

In June 2018 No 1 Son sent us a Facebook message,

while we were  in Canada, telling us he

was quitting his job the bank and setting up his

own Financial Planning business.

Recently he submitted relevant documentation

and was shortlisted for the the

Financial Planners

2019 Rising Star Award.

At an award night in Adelaide, late last week,

he was Awarded the Winner’s trophy.

I think there were 5 or 6 Rising Star candidates

in attendance from the original 40

which were at the first interview.


Word of the Day Challenge:  Winner