Xmas – Mungo shamed: Trog and Other Animals

©irene waters 2013 Mungo : bliss

©irene waters 2013
Mungo : bliss

My nieces were regular visitors at our farm. They loved coming as they both loved animals and we certainly had enough of them. We certainly enjoyed the Christmas’s that they were with us as the excitement that children feel at the thought of Christmas, of Santa Clause, of re-creating the nativity scene and singing carols was certainly infectious. Christmas is after all about children, or rather one particular child.

© irene waters 2013 Grace and Mungo

© irene waters 2013
Ollie and Mungo

This Christmas the girls came and brought their dog Ollie. Mungo was in seventh heaven having a doggy friend to play with. He taught Ollie how to find koalas and let the humans following know where they were so that, they too, could see them. Trog of course quickly established that she was in charge and was to be obeyed.

©irene waters 2013 koala in tree

©irene waters 2013
koala in tree

©irene waters 2013 koala in tree

©irene waters 2013
koala in tree

Mungo enjoyed showing Ollie his territory. He lorded it over her in his knowledge of the property and the animals. Ollie followed dutifully at his heels. That was, until it came to the dams. Ollie loved swimming. Mungo had retained his terror from his first day at the farm and diligently avoided the water .

© irene waters 2013 Grace swimming

© irene waters 2013
Ollie swimming

© irene waters 2013 Grace swimming

© irene waters 2013
Ollie swimming

Everyone threw sticks into the dam. Ollie chased them. Mungo desperately wanted to but just couldn’t overcome his fear. The girls and my brother laughed at him so much that you could see his embarrassment. Shamed, and wanting that stick he eventually, after a couple of days, took the plunge and entered the water amidst great cheers from the bank.

© irene waters 2013

© irene waters 2013

Although he didn’t suddenly take to swimming, he at least paddled in the water from that time on.

This was a wonderful Christmas. A Happy Merry One.

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© irene waters a hot Xmas , the candles melted

© irene waters
a hot Xmas , the candles melted

Although I am sure I will be posting over the break it may be at irregular intervals so

I would like to wish everyone

A VERY MERRY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A FUN-FILLED SAFE NEW YEAR.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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6 Responses to Xmas – Mungo shamed: Trog and Other Animals

  1. Maria M says:

    You all look so happy, hope Christmas brings buckets of it your way. Nice to hear that Mungo will at least go for a paddle, keep him at it, he will surprise you all by swimming some day. Ellie was the same, she now swims out to collect her tennis ball but grumbles all the way there and back, making the game even more fun for those with her.

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  2. fictionfitz says:

    Probably because it is about Christmas, I liked this best of all your posts. It was a graphic depiction of family as you know it, I could feel all the sites, smells and sounds. Merry Christmas for 2013.

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  3. Joann says:

    What a wonderful Christmas pudding in that last photo and the melted candles had me laughing! I have often heard that shepherds aren’t fond of swimming, hope he enjoyed it! Merry Christmas!

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