Oh boy life is a daring adventure or nothing Now that I’m moving and shaking with the rich and famous I was given the gift of a wonderful opportunity to spend 2 weeks in the country on the most magnificent estate with my own cottage and access to pool tennis courts and private golf course (I have given people permission to shoot me if they ever catch me playing golf or in one of those white uniforms playing lawn bowls ) . In exchange for looking after dogs and horses and keeping my eye on a multimillion dollar estate
Its been the most wonderful opportunity to relax and let my spirit be and just breathe I just love country living
So then I knew this bloke had a few bob He’s a well known entrepreneur and I had thought in the ballpark vincinity of about 5 million .Then someone I know googled what he sold his last chain of businesses for and the figure quoted was wait for it $970 million I couldn’t even imagine that much money …..Like I said he’s not short of a bob …..Anyway I took all that in my stride . We got along fine .He’s a down to earth guy and a family man .
Alas my stay here didn’t get off to the most auspicious start I stacked the buggy It’s a long long winding drive way from the house to the front gate so G gave me a quick driving lesson in the buggy I picked it up easily It had been ages since I had been behind the controls of any vehicle Not since I had ridden the bike which was a long time ago ,Maybe ten years and as we whipped along in the jalopy and I got my confidence up I swear I felt like Toad of Toad Hall in ‘Wind in the Willows’ when he gets behind the wheel of a car intoxicated with the sensation of this new found freedom and power …..SO once I’d settled in and the family had headed off to Noosa I decided to take the buggy out for a spin by myself The first lap went OK …… and my confidence building I was off and racing for a second lap around the property but got into trouble when I turned too soon off the track and found myself somehow wobbling over some small hills Suddenly I found myself perched on the crest of a hill and wobbling there in mid air as if on 3 wheels .I was unceremoniously thrown out of the buggy and took a nasty spill hitting my head hard but was aware the buggy was careering off towards some sort of scrublined creek bed and in the moment forgot about any injuries and sprang up to run after the buggy which luckily lodged itself into some thick scrub .
Just like Toad in ‘Wind in the Willows’
There were still some folks at home and G s daughter S helped me get the buggy out of the scrub Big sigh of relief .Then time to think about my injuries. OMG !! Suddenly realized I had done my back SO MUCH PAIN which just got worse and worse. Eventually a few hours later S called an ambulance and I was rolled onto a stretcher and ferried by ambo to public hospital Nice one spent most of the first night of my house sit in the emergency ward at Royal Bisbane Hospital
Eventuallly had xrays which revealed a hairline fracture of my coxys … was eventually sent home with advice I needed to buy a jelly pillow to sit on . G was pretty cool it was touch and go as to whether I’d be able to stay on The acid test was whether I’d be able to waddle down the steep drive way to the stables to feed the horses ….I wanted to stay on so I just made it happen I was in heaps of pain but could do the chores I signed up for and where better to convalesce than in the country on a beautiful estate .
I was surprised at how rapidly I recovered within a few days the pain considerably lessened and pretty well recovered a few weeks later .I was disappointed though my first time up behind the wheel of any vehicle since my motor bike accidents and I bloody stacked it NOT GOOD
The animals were just lovely I had such a good time with them .The horses would come up everyday in the afternoons to the fence at the cottage where I was staying and eat me out of house and home ……I bought apples and carrots for them then we were down to whatever organic vegetables and rice cakes I could bear to part with
The dogs were very sweet Alphie Chloe and Beau Alfie was this cool little Shihstu this beige coloured bathmat that had the most indomitable little spirit He was definitely the alpha dog of the three . He could run like the wind on these little legs and was up for anything and afraid of nothing When I went down to feed the horses Alfie would take off into the bush .There would be no calling him back and be gone for a couple of hours finally emerging from the scrub when it suited him looking like a creature from the Black Lagoon .The top half of him still all clean and fragrant and fluffy and the bottom half of him caked in black slime and mud ….
Alfie always went for the prime position on the bed ….Eventually he even worked his way up to taking over the side of the bed and the spot I liked best …but he could give the best cuddles and would lie in my arms for a cuddle like a blissed out baby …
I thought I was a cat person but after looking after Alfie and Chloe and Beau I have to say the right dogs can really sock it to you in the heart department . l was a sucker for Alfies charms in particular although Chloe was such a sweetie and Beau was great too. It was very hard to say good bye to the dogs .The day I was leaving when I rolled my suitcase out waiting for my ride the dogs all came to sit beside my suitcase My farewell party !! it was very very sad.
One funny thing while I was at the sit I managed to get along to a painting class an acrylic pour session .We had to take our work home in pizza boxes as it took a while to dry.On the way home one of my artworks got squished in the pizza box but when it dried I really liked the effect thought it looked pretty cool I could see stuff in it that was not in my original creation I could make out features of a fire spirit dancing there in the flames . So I accentuated her features gave her a bit more definition and called the painting ‘Salamander’
I noticed G had quite a few expensive art pieces around the home so I left Salamander to adorn the walls of the cottage I stayed in and told G I noticed he had a few genius art pieces around the place and I was leaving him another to add to his collection
I am not sure if it was my animal whispering skills or my artistic genius G was most impressed with (Certainly not my buggy handling skills) but he did give me a nice reference ………
Beautiful Sunset in the last few days