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Monday, September 7, 2009



Today I thought I'd finally introduce my neighbouthood to all my furfriends.
I think it's a great idea, then you guys can finally see where I live!

I thought we'd do the long walk together - our early, Sunday morning, 5km walk. No, this isn't the only walk we get! We are lucky dogs and we are usually walked daily. Our daily walks however are usually shorter and more sedate. Mom and Dad like to take us on a longer and faster walk over the weekends.
So yesterday morning Mom grabbed her camera, donned our leashes and off we went.
I have to say, that once Mom has her camera in hand, our walks are slowed down SIGNIFICANTLY!!
Here goes Guys.......

Setting out in the early morning sunshine. It's about 7am and look how bright it is!

This house is the oldest house in our area. It's called "Hymany House" and named after the original farmer (yes farmer!). This old farm house was built in the early part of last century and is now privately owned. The jakaranda trees in its garden were planted by that first 'farmer' so they are over 100 years old! Sadly this old house now has houses built up all around it.

All the Coral trees are ablase with read flowers at the moment!
(Mom loves them!)

This is my favourite cactus bush on our walk. Mom can't understand why I have to leave pee-mail on it every time I pass here. I keep telling her that if you are a dog, you would understand!
(Amazingly I have learned to defy all its prickly defences)

Our walks are always fraught with frustrated, loud, barking colleagues, who would love to walk with us. Their body language always makes Mom nervous as they are quite unpredictable when their owners leave their gates open....scary stuff!! (for Mom)

One can really understand why there are so many dog attacks in this country. Our houses all have high walls, security gates, electric fences and an edgy concern about all the crime which goes on. No wonder our dogs are also aggitated!

But not my pretty girlfriend - Tammy - she just strolls along quite comfortably and quite beautifully! Don't you think she is gorgeous!?!
...(psst...nearly as beautiful as Ammy!)

This picture below is of a pathway - which stretches for about a kilometre - along our walk.
We think it is very pretty and has a beautiful display of South African succulents.

Sometimes we see strange bushes!...
...and sometimes the Pee-mail is soooooo interesting too! ....Breaking news!!!

Mom likes all the blossoms which are out at the moment...

Occasionally she lets us stop for a breather and a photo-opportunity!

Oh, and yes....and the jasmine is out too!!!
It's the fragrance of our Spring and signals the change in our seasons.

Finally, when we get to this street, we know we are nearly home.

Let's race! Our water bowls are just around that corner!
Hope you enjoyed our walk and our neighbourhood.
Lots of licks


kks said...

thanks for the lovely tour Max! so all the homes have security? that is so interesting to me...we live in an area where we never even lock our doors...maybe stupid....

The Thundering Herd said...

A lovely tour, thank you. Though we are excited about our coming winter, the spring sure looks pretty there.

Mango said...

That Tammy is quite the looker I must say.

Your neighborhood is pretty. Too bad all those frustrated doggies barking at their fences.


Anya said...

Thanks for the lovely trip,
its nice to see
where you are living Max :)
It looks beautiful & peaceful !!

Mango said...

Some doggie is a real artist.


P.S. We are getting close, might move up our arrival date. Stay tuned.

Nika + PARKER said...

Thanks for the tour of your neighborhood, that is such a wonderful idea. We feel like we went on the walk with you.

Cocorue said...

lovely , tiring tour but thanks as i love your neighbourhood.

i think i may need a ride on your shoulders when we go for another of your walks.....ok 40X moi?

yeah, DON'T blink or your treats will disappear bol....


Mango said...
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Oh yeah, delete after reading previous comment, OK?


Hi Max,

What a bootiful walk'n place! We luv the tree! Grrreat job Mango!

Your pictures are sooo pretty and thanx for Sharing.

Riley and Star.

The Army of Four said...

What a wonderful walk, Max! It was almost like I was right there with you!
I have never seen some of those trees before - they were very interesting!
I think Tammy is VERY beautiful! (Thank you for saying I am! :) ) You are very lucky to have such a lovely, sweet girlfriend!
Thank you for taking us on your walk, Max!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Tank woo fur sharing YOUR neighbourhood!

Another special feature of The Blog World is getting to see how others live and what they see each day!

PeeEssWoo: As fur the pee-mail issue, it is like I pawed Anna The GSD today: there was a song that said 'Pawrents Just Don't Understand'!

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Max
What a lovely walk. It's great seeing where my blogging pals live. Was that a tree or a corkscrew??
This week, I didn't get to go on a nice Sunday walk, and was stuck on a train for EVER instead. Not fair!
Cheers, H.

Clive said...

A great walk Max! It's lovely to see where other dogs get to go on their morning constitutionals!

Envy you that sunshine and brightness - we've just had a weekend of rain, wind and cold!!

lots of woofs

Benson and Lily said...

You sure do live in a pretty place. I think we would be scared of those wild animals behind the gates.
Benny & Lily

Rufus and Indie said...

Hi Max!
Your photos are so beautiful and your girlfriend Tammy is so sweet!
Great walk!
Rufus and Indie

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Hey Max

We really enjoyed the tour of your neighborhood, Max. It looks very different from where we live. You are very lucky to have a nice girlfriend like Tammy.

Tucker and Daisy

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
Thanks for the tour around your neighborhood!
Your country and mine have some things in common!
Kisses and hugs

Tracey and Huffle said...

Thank you for the tour of your neighbourhood Max. My mum and dad have never been to South Africa but they say it is on the list. I hope ham is on that list too.

Huffle Mawson

Emma said...

Lovely tour, thank you for sharing it with us! I love spring :)