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Saturday, July 30, 2011

End of an Era


Meet The Wheelie-Bin, my new(ish) knight in shining armour.  Isn't he handsome?  No more snow day's stuck indoors for me anymore, don't ya' know he's got a four wheel drive?

Well, it had to happen.  Our trusty old Tardis went senile a long time back, flashing "Deflated Tyres", beeping "Gear Malfunction", and spewing all kinds of hissy-fits and lies other dire warnings out across the consul.  Despite many frequent check-up's and much tender loving care, sadly, her marbles had plum up and left her.  Then when she went and developed that awful hacking cough, we knew it was all over.

The poor girl needed needed a carer, not an abuser, it was well after time for her trade in.  

The Wheelie-Bin's boot is too high a challenge for Jake to leap, I had to invest in a ramp to allow him access.  It cost slightly shy of a kings ransom, too (£90)!!

Yeah, and is he grateful?

Hmph.

It takes the youngest shoving him from behind (him farting in distress), and me cutting off his air supply by the collar firmly yanking him up from the front, him growling low and locking his paws at every drag, to heave him all the way up it.

By the time he's loaded, we are all too knackered to much consider any kind of a run.  Oh, and it appears he has no trouble at all jumping OUT of the boot.. muttermutter

Still, practise makes perfect.  He's at least stopped with the farting now.  The youngest is just glad he isn't a horse, they must kick and poo something chronic before being trained to walk up a horse-trailer!

And have you seen the length of this darn thing?  I need the parking space of a juggernaut to erect that contraption.  I've not yet been brave enough to drive out to the beach, I'm too nervous people will laugh at me wrestling Jake into the boot, and besides, like I say, parking is at a premium there, it's doubtful I'll find a place big enough to dock us all in.

Thankfully, it does fold to a third it's size, but ye Gods it's heavy!  I have to be VERY careful, amidst a few other things I'm awaiting a bone-density scan, and am leery of fracturing a limb or two whilst traipsing out and about in the wild beyond.

(I also recently found out I apparently have a freaking kidney stone the size of an apple needing removal  First I have to turn tea-total for my liver to improve - sheesh -  so here I am even denied the comfort of my wee drop of wine of a night - ah, but enough of all of this, I'm digressing..)

So for now I've resorted to kidnapping the youngest (for support), to explore glens and woodlands I've never set foot in before.  There are a lot to the north of the isle we're still discovering.

With the weather in the mid-70's, it's a perfect way to get used to handling The Wheelie Bin, as well as to discover a secluded enough spot to run Jake up the plank, without fear of arrest.

Look what I found at the heart of Glen Helen - there is no sign or explanation as to why it is there.  It faces onto a waterfall.  Isn't it gorgeous? 


Maybe this is where the fairies hold court?


62 comments:

ellen abbott said...

Might have been easier to have just picked him up and put him in even if you had to do it in two stages...front half, back half.

And it seems that everyone lives in a prettier place than me.

lladybugg said...

That little seat of nature is beautiful. I love finding little places like that, although I don't make time for it enough. :)

As for the new vehicle, and the new ramp, and the frustrated pup...it will likely all come in good time. And until then, try to have a laugh at the growing pains. :P

TexWisGirl said...

what a great spot! and jake better be glad you still care to take him out with you! :)

Pat Tillett said...

I have no idea what it's for, but that place is awesome for a photo!
It's always nice to have a car that you can rely on. Especially so if you have bad weather (which you do!). Have a great weekend!

Shrinky said...

oh ellen, there is no way I could lift his hind quarters up that high, not without pulling my back out!

Shrinky said...

You're right lladybug, there is little to be done but to see the funny side, it'll all settle in eventually, eh?

Shrinky said...

I know texwisgirl, he's such an ingrate that hound of mine (grin)!

Shrinky said...

I will Pat, but having just seen where you are at, I doubt it is even as close to the the good one you are enjoying!

Rob-bear said...

Nice new Wheelie Bin. And a great place for you to sit with the fairies. (Looks like a truly marvellous spot!)
But instead of the ramp, perhaps a small, portable derrik would have been in order. Well, perhaps next time.
Have fun in your new "circumstances."

silly rabbit said...

Poor old Tardis! Perhaps Dr. Who will adopt her for short hops while in your area.
Jake is a big fella! But he can still sit upright in the new Wheelie-Bin. That's a plus.
That is a gorgeous place! If I were a fairy I'd hang out there.
Congratulations on the new vehicle.
Yay for no more dashboard messages!

Leslie: said...

You look like a fairy yourself sitting in that lovely mossy chair. I remember my boxer (Star) not being able to get up into my new 4-wheeler, so I had to get her front paws up on the edge and then heave up her hind legs so she could get in. But, as you say, they seem to be able to get out easily enough. I love the look on his face - kind of like he's giving you a hiss/boo! lol

Gorilla Bananas said...

Is that green stuff edible?

li said...

Priceless photo of the dog - is that a sneer on his face? Sorry to hear about the kidney stone - hope they can use one of the less invasive techniques available these days to get rid of it. Or have the dog sit on you and try to pulverize it that way - as long as he doesn't fart.

Ms. A said...

I couldn't help but giggle, which I don't do nearly often enough. Then you gave me a total smack-down, with the mid 70 degrees! Lucky, lucky girl! Mid 70s sounds like heaven.

Putz said...

we had to build stairs up to my daughter's bed to accomidate her HEARING DOG<><><>yes he has a kennel, but isn't it more fun to have dog company????

Ami said...

LOVE that last photo.

we have to put a sling around our dog and lift her into our vehicle. Sucks when they get old.

~Babs said...

Kidney stones,,,,oh Lord,,,The Boyfriend grows those like weeds. Cannot even count the emergency room trips we've made with those.
Are you not in terrific PAIN?

Laffing, laaffing, (sorry, snort snort) at the dog/lift vision!

I have it on good authority that the very spot upon which you sit was once used for sacrificing Blonde Beauties.
Get up!

Kit Courteney said...

I have one of those! (The ramp, not the kidney stone.)

I tried so hard to get my dogs to use it but they thought they were pups and still tried to jump in the boot of my car. Needless to say, they bounced right back down to the ground as per usual - hence the need for the ramp in the first place (arthritis made worse by their jumping/landing).

Unfortunately I have only the one dog now (2 weeks ago - very sad - must not dwell) and he's much easier to manage on his own so he still jumps and I catch his back end and spring him into the boot. We have it down to a fine art... most of the time!

I'm sure there'll come a time when I need to get the ramp out again but I'm dreading it - too heavy, too long and a bugger at the vet's with few parking spaces while it pours with rain.

Lovely pics as ever :)

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh the youngest blaming the dog for the wind routine eh? lol! You indeed look like a fairy perched on that!
(Flowers lasted right through Carol - just throwing some of the dead ones out now - but there are STILL some left!)

Dxx
PS Just getting ready for a tootle about - watch the post!

Jinksy said...

What an elegant throne - and the occupier's not bad looking, either?! LOL
Your great woofer looks the picture of misery in that boot...

Akelamalu said...

This reminded me of watching my son trying to get their newest dog into the car last week - Bear is a huge English Mastiff who really doesn't like getting into the car!

I love the throne - there must be a fairy story behind it.

TechnoBabe said...

You obviously love that huge dog. Smile. The photo in the fairy garden is really neat. Are those the natural colors? Amazing.

I for one am glad you got a better car to get around in, especially with the four wheel drive. The Wheelie Bin looks like a perfect vehicle for you and your clan.

Thank goodness the farts have stopped.
Yikes.

Let us know the results of the bone scan. And take care of your liver!

Shammickite said...

I know exactly what you're experiencing.... my golden retreiver Wendy (long gone now to doggy heaven) couldn't make it up into the back of the station wagon when she got older, and had to be helped front feet then back feet, not such a pleasant experience when she had been for a muddy walk and ended up paddling in the pond.

Moannie said...

Wish I could find one of tos contraptions that are long enough to cover our stairs; Milou is getting too heavy for me to carry an the day will come when JP wont be able to either.

As for that Fairy Glen, it cannot be anything other than the water nymphs hideaway.

Shrinky said...

Hi Rob-Bear, what's a derrik?? maybe I should google it!

Shrinky said...

hey Silly Rabbit, I am SOOO frustrated, three times now I have tried to leave a comment on your "logical" post, and every time it's refused to publish (pout)!! I'll try again later, I'm so sorry, I've no clue as to why this is the case.

Shrinky said...

Haha, oh Leslie he was NOT a happy houndlett when I snapped that picture, not in the least! I'm happy to report he is getting a little more used to it as time goes by, tho' he's still reluctant, he's not fighting it quite so hard.

Shrinky said...

GB, um, can't say as I know, not having tried..

Shrinky said...

Yikes Li, no way am ever having this mutt trample over me, he weighs a ton! Thanks for the well wishes hon, I suspect keyhole surgery should be an option, I sure hope so!

Shrinky said...

Hi Ms A, yeah, summer on the isle IS pure heaven, but it balances out, come the winter it rains and rains for months on end!

Shrinky said...

Oh Putz, sounds to me as though that little mutt has EARNED his place on your daughter's bed, eh? (Smile)

Shrinky said...

I know Ami, it's painful to watch them age, isn't it? Our cat now limps and has stopped grooming herself - I have to cut the matted clumps from her fur, but her appetite for both food and life holds strong. She's 14, I know she won't last forever, but sheesh - I hope her time doesn't come too soon.

Shrinky said...

Ha Babs, if it's blonde BEAUTIES they're after, then I'm safe enough, 'side's, don't they prefer virgins (blush)??

I've kinda' slowed down a lot recently, just general aches and pains, tierdness and stuff, nothing acute - which is why I went for tests. I'm lucky, the stone isn't placed where it hurts too bad, tho' I'm told that it can shift..! It's better out than in, so I'm following doc's orders and being a good girl to get fit!

Shrinky said...

Hey Kit, love the new avatar pic! I am so sorry to hear of your loss, that sucks (hugs). Yeah, the ramp is far from ideal, but guess if it's the only option you just gotta' make do as best you can, huh?

Shrinky said...

Hi Denise, WOW, I can't believe they lasted that length of time, that's amazing (grin)! Hope the weather is better than it is over here today (raining) for your tootle-about.. say hi to Jon for me!

Shrinky said...

Oh Jinksy, his expression and body language says it all, doesn't it (I know I shouldn't laugh)..

Shrinky said...

Hi Akelamalu, I LOVE Mastiff's, but they sure are big!! I'm certain you're right about there being a story behind that throne, I must try to dig a little to find out what it is.

Shrinky said...

Thanks Technobabe, I'm on a health kick, watch this space! And yeah, much as I love to moan and gripe about him, I truly love that silly mutt to pieces (grin). It is a relief to have a reliable car again, being the only driver when Al is off the island, and not being on any public transport route, it's kinda' essential.

Shrinky said...

Hi Shammickite, awww, you're a goldie fan too, eh (smile)? Don't they just love the mud and the water? Sigh..

Shrinky said...

Moannie, I love that thought of water nymphs - yes, of course, it's the perfect spot for them to inhabit! As for poor little Milou, perhaps a stair lift might be in order??

i beati said...

My car is 16 years and every day I say this is it..sk

mythopolis said...

That does look like the perfect place for a forest fairie such as yourself to hold court!
I think the doggie ramp could be much improved by making the surface a conveyor belt that plugs into your car's power....making it a doggie escalator!

Now, your car is very nice. But, when are you folks going to figure out that the steering wheel is on the WRONG side!!

:) : D

Portia said...

The last photo is beautiful! Looks like a throne.

My dog is still young, thank goodness. Although we don't take him out in the car all that often.

Grayquill said...

1st - dog's are not suppose to be in cars, epecially new cars. 2nd - fairy court looks unused with all that moss unless of course that is green fairy dust.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Wow, that little mystical place is intriguing - looks quite ancient, but obviously used recently and often enough to be free of moss on the "throne." If you ever find out its purpose, please do tell!

I know what you're talking about with the ailing old car and your ailing not-so-old body. Same here, but I'm determined to drive my car until it drops dead in the middle of the road - it has 442,000 miles right now, and I'm hoping to see 500,000!

...and everybody always blames the dog for the farts..tsk, tsk.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I love the car and the dog..and really love the meeting place for fairies.

Shrinky said...

Oh ibeati, sounds a bit like my old Tardis..!

Shrinky said...

Hi Dan, I heard an explaination (it's a pretty long-winded one) as to why you guys drive on the WRONG side of the road - all to do with swords being carried on the right, so passing on the left was considered safer and polite - but Napoleon, (told you it was long winded)being left-handed and an ego-maniac, decided to change the custom to everyone passing on the right.. it goes on, but this'll turn into a full blown post if I do (giggle)..

Shrinky said...

Hi Portia, yes it was a lovely surprise to trip across, and were it not for Jake, I would never have found it, he provides me with the excuse to get out of the house!

Shrinky said...

Hi GQ, the poor wheelie-bin was christened in mud within hours of us having it - but only in the boot! Hubby has his own old run-around to get about in, the mutt is banned from that! Yeah, the whole glen there is pretty much deserted, it's tucked away in an isolated spot of the island, and we didn't encounter anyone else on our walk there - I don't think that throne has been sat on for quite a while.

Shrinky said...

ethelmae - 442,000????????? Wow, I AM impressed! Aw, old age sucks, but I guess it's better than the only other alternative open, eh?

Shrinky said...

Hi Jackie-Sue, it's a really cute spot, isn't it? Maybe it was built to celebrate some pagan rituals?

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Dude, Jake sounds a bit like me getting on the treadmill - farting with disdain at the indignity of the thing. :)

Shrinky said...

Oh VA, now THAT'S a post worth the reading of - haaaaaaaaaaa!

secret agent woman said...

Good for you on the new car. And what a cool, mossy spot you found!

Barbara Shallue said...

What a magical place you live! And how sweet of you to buy him a ramp (our dogs wish they were so lucky, but I bet if it came down to it, they'd be just as ungrateful.)

Furry Bottoms said...

I love love the way you write :)

chewy said...

You wear that new Honda well. Jake doesn't wear it so well. (giggle) More reason to go exploring... just don't get lost... does it have a navigation system?

chewy said...

A green throne built for Queen Shrinky Fairy.

Rock Chef said...

I always wondered who bought those doggy ramps...

Middle Child said...

I am sure thats where the faeries are - for sure...gave away my old wheelchair ramp recently - that would have done although the cost of postage would have cost hundreds - and the doggie still may not have liked it

Chef Green said...

You look like a Celtic Goddess in this picture...