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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's!

First, we survived being born to Mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer. Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos.Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with... We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...... WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.No one was able to reach us all day. And we were OK.We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY, no video/dvd  films,no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. Only girls had pierced ears! We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time. We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays.We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet! RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT  

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bully's always ruled the playground at school.The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.They actually sided with the law! Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !

And YOU are one of them!



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Phew what a night - we have been battered by electric storms - thunder and stair rod rain.  Today the sun shines on the righteous and the hens are happily squawking again - and most important of all - MEN ARE AT WORK.

Yes - Susan is not only breathless with anticipation - she is the labourer - assisting two locals who are undertaking longawaited clearing up and reparations - making good a new pen area - the doors should go on today.

Hopefully some of the medium sized dogs can be moved to their new quarters shortly.

More news updates soon.....


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As promised the first article detailing how essential oils can help us all support the health of our pets is now in the Health  section.


Feedback and any questions will be happily received.

Suryia and Roscoe - Best Of Friends

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A friend of mine, Jane who lives locally in Toparlar sent me this amusing email so I thought I would reproduce it for your enjoyment.

Friends forever..... The orangutan was in a rescue shelter and not doing well. This old hound wandered in absolutely emaciated and the orangutan snapped to life, his buddy had arrived.

He stayed with the hound night and day until he was well and in the whole scenario, found a reason to live.

They are now inseparable. Isn't that sweet?

Suryia and Roscoe - Best Of Friends

We are just good friends

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