having or showing care and conscientiousness
in one’s work or duties


Of these three pets, Taji, our Labrador,

has been the most diligent when it

comes to cleaning up any morsel of food.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Diligent




not permanent.


Transitory is probably a good adjective to describe

Black Cockatoos in Southern Victoria.

 Usually found further north,

we only tend to sight them

during long hot summers.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Transitory




try to find something by looking
or otherwise seeking carefully
and thoroughly.


A few years ago we began giving

the dogs an afternoon snack of cat food

spread as far and as wide as it can be thrown.

This keeps them occupied for an hour or more,

especially Taji (Labrador).

This year Smudge Cat has summoned up

the courage to join in the afternoon ritual.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Search




strange or mysterious


Initially we thought it uncanny that Candi

would chase and catch a rope.


We soon realised that previous Kelpies

used to muster sheep…

…and that she just channels her energy into mustering her rope.


A ball will not do. 🙂


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Uncanny





throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction.


Apart from a fishing rod, the first thing I remember

learning to cast was a sheep dog.

One would point an arm in the desired direction,

telling the dog to ‘way back‘ and all being well

the dog would charge off to the right or left,

depending on which way the mob was to be taken,

rounding up all the sheep in the paddock as it did so.

If the mob was to go to one’s left,

you would cast the pooch to your right and vice versa.

Twice in a dog’s life things did not always turn out just so.

First was when they were learning and

the second time was when they knew it all

and they thought you had made an error

because for 999 time we had gone left and

this time you wanted them to go right.

In their mind it just had to be the incorrect command.

Those were the times I inserted a few unprintable

additions into my vocabulary.   🙂





be unlike or dissimilar.

I think it would be fair to say that…

…as pups Candi and Taji differed in appearance.

And that there has not been

much of a change in three years.

They are the best of friends, however.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Differ






During my working life I have come into contact

with many (sheep dog) pups…all of which

have a cute factor about them.

Candi did not take long to settle into

Number 2 Son’s arms.

He may have had a head start as

she was a Christmas or birthday gift

from him and daughter-in-law to me.

I have never seen an ugly Labrador

at this stage of its life.

Taji still loves to be handled and

given some rough play.



I think my all time favourite ‘cutes’ are

the several hundred photos I have

of ‘Nosy’ and ‘Rosy’ and Mum Limpy

on our last night in Africa 2013.

At 6-8 weeks old what more would a cub do

but munch on elephant dung

while watching tourists.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Cute






able to withstand wear, pressure, or damage; hard-wearing.

The above definition of ‘durable’ aptly describes

what an Australian Kelpie is supposed to be.

A hardworking pooch.

However, after ten to fifteen minutes of

chasing a rope around the backyard…


…the only thing Candi wants to do is sleep. 

Somehow I don’t think she would have made it on the farm. 

She even strikes this pose on a sunny day in mid-winter. 

And back in the day I think I could have outlasted her in summer.

She may be following Taji’s lead though.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Durable