‘the good, the bad and the ugly’

The Good News is:

The ducklings are getting bigger and this means life is a bit safer for them in their wanderings.

My little duckling is now 11 and is getting bigger (she is probably going to be the tallest in this family).

The not-so-little girl had a terrific birthday weekend with our house turned into the house of girls, loud noise and lots of partaying.

The school holidays are nearly upon us and I will be able to get stuck into some serious writing – this year has been a bit of a write-off in the writing and submitting arena, but I plan to make up for it in the summer lull. A manuscript I will finish by February next year – I hereby pledge – and if I do not finish it, you may chuck me in a bathtub of water filled with ice cubes! The non-fiction manuscript shall be the Autism Files and will be written under a pseudonym (suggestions for names are welcome, but will probably be ignored – hahaha). I obviously will be letting people know the pseudonym in due course (if the thing ever gets published).

I love the school holidays πŸ™‚ Bring it on!


The Bad News is:

The not-so-little girl sprained her ankle during her birthday celebrations and has been hobbling around the house using crutches for much of the last week 😦 We’ve been to hospital and had x-rays and ultrasounds and lots of time in waiting rooms. The girl doesn’t like doctors much anymore – she refuses to acknowledge that they know anything πŸ˜‰ and is loathe to follow their advice.

The ducklings are much bigger, we have too many of them and they can be quite messy (and no-one has come forth to take them off my hands even though I am begging all passing tradies and unsuspecting parents who dropΒ in – ‘will you please take a ducky’ or ‘can I pay you in ducklings?’ πŸ˜‰ One trady responded with ‘do they lay golden eggs’ Ha!


The Abbott Government is still in power and becoming increasingly embarrassing (but I won’t elaborate).

The Ugly is:

In the eye of the beholder (and if you call this alpaca ugly he will spit at you – so there) πŸ™‚



11 thoughts on “‘the good, the bad and the ugly’

  1. Hi Gabrielle. Hope your ‘not-so-little’ girl’s ankle is healing okay. Fancy doing that during her birthday celebrations. I won’t comment on your ‘lovely’ alpaca’s face as I definitely don’t want to be spat on. Hope your menagerie are doing well.

    • We are all doing well (my family and other animals as Gerald Durrell once wrote πŸ˜‰ ). The girl was on the trampoline and hit the pole that holds the safety net – ha! thanks Helen (can’t believe you share the same birthday as the not-so-little girl – hope you had fun too, but no accidents of course).

  2. Hope your young lady is feeling better & the Drs told her arnica & magnesium would be helpful. Ducks are growing up so quickly – & looking very healthy. Finding time to write – you would need a Tardis. A new pseudonym for you – so many options. Have you got a few favourites in mind? Thanks for the alpaca tip off – will avoid spit where possible. Yukky.

    • I’m revving up the tardis as we speak Jane πŸ˜‰ I’ll probably use my maiden name and change the boys name (he wants to use his Dad’s name). The girl is getting there – still hopping about though – she is supposed to be walking on it and ‘feeling the pain’ so the doc says but the girl is very good and ignoring advice from doctors. I can’t believe your girl is off overseas – huge for you and for her – she’ll have a great time I’m sure.

  3. My you have been busy there…your farm/ranch seems to be growing quite rapidly in terms of number creatures you have about…ah and it seems like we all have governments vying for the World’s Dumbest…sadly.

    • managed to say goodbye to 12 ducklings and a rooster this weekend Charles – which was the plan in the first place, so the numbers are slowly going down (lost a mouse the other day too – suspiciously disappeared during the birthday celebrations – hmmm) πŸ˜‰

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