Welcome to the Family!

We did it.  We welcomed more guinea pigs into our home and hearts.

Meet Noodle and Pancake.  Noodle is the one with the long curly hair, and Pancake likes to lie flat on his stomach.

These photographs were taken in April of this year.

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Only Copper Remains

Nearly all our dear pets are gone.

They passed away one way or the other.  Our last guinea pig who was living with a friend of my daughters recently passed.

He is buried under a large curtain fig tree and had a very happy life.

Copper is happy in our new home.  He sings, and thanks people for his food.  He has a fan all of his own and lots of pictures up in the room where his cage is.

I am thinking of putting some plants around him.

Recently a cat snuck under our open front door – where there is a gap.   We chased it out and Copper was fine.  A bird also flew in through the window and was talking to him.

I don’t know how long Copper will live but he is now our only pet, – and thankfully he has calmed down a lot.

I do miss our guinea pigs sometimes.  They had such beautiful personalities.

Moving House dilemmas



It’s a big dilemma when you move house as to what can be done with pets.

We had been dreading tackling this topic with our children, as we weren’t sure we could bring or keep our pets.

However our decision was affected by: the availability of good homes for them to go to, the sad fact that three of our guinea pigs died leaving one all on his own and that our Copper was highly strung.

We miss our dear  Soot who went to our daughter’s best friends, but we are happy he is now in a great home and the children even if skyped him the other day.  What’s more he has other guinea pig friends!

We have decided for now not to own any more guinea pigs.  There was so many tears and burials in quick succession that we felt all guinea pigged out.

But we do have Copper the bird.  Can you believe it we traveled all the way to our new home with him in the car.  It was a three day car trip.

He certainly kept the family amused.

He is loving our new home but still doesn’t like it when he doesn’t see my eldest enough.  We think he is going to have to take that bird with him when he leaves home if the bird is still alive.

He had a lot of amusing bird calls, including car alarms, sirens and the songs of the birds around our new home.

Sometimes we think it would be lovely to have a pet dog, but it would all depend on how the bird adapted to him, and we can’t have one until we stop renting.

It is much harder to rent with a dog.   Rental agents don’t really mind birds.



We bid a sad farewell to Chocolate – a dear friend and guinea pig, who just one day began to stop eating, and then on the day we were due to visit the vet passed away.

So sad, but he was happy even to the end, treasured and loved.

Now only Soot remains, with Calico and also Misty gone too.  He is receiving lots of extra attention and cuddles and seems to be doing well.

Living Near the Cane


Backyard visitor – June Perkins


I want to remember what it was like to live out near the cane, on the way to a waterfall, where the wallabies, goannas and bandicoots roam.

We have had wallabies come visiting in the back yard. They run around until they work their way to front gate and hop out again.

The other day we saw a massive goanna with two young ones. She was enormous!  I wonder if they’ll be back and what they are eating.

At night the bandicoots keep finding their way under the house, and make a huge racket. Wish we would secure down there better so they would go somewhere else.

One of the saddest things was recently seeing two wagtails lose their baby which had fallen out of their nest.

We couldn’t take it away from them as they were so distressed and crying, but they also couldn’t take it back to the nest it had fallen from.  They hung around for hours before they gave up.  The baby bird tried to fly so hard!  Not sure where it ended up.

We watched as they kept swooping down and feeding it.

Quandry save it and then release, or let the parents say goodbye to their baby.

We lost a quail to a cat, and its partner who was safe in another cage with a baby, didn’t see it dead, and therefore kept crying for the return of its partner.

We realised we should have just presented its dead partner to it on death’s door for parting goodbyes. Our surviving quail cried for months and months. It used to make me feel so sad for her.

Two of our other quails were eaten by a snake.  We saw the bumps in its tummy as the snake collector came and took it away.

I think that’s why I left the baby in the garden for the parents to say goodbye too. The children imagine it was taken back to the nest by magic.
It’s very sad.

When the cane was burned, one side effect was flocks of rats, climbing the trees.  Sounds like something for a fantasy novel doesn’t it.  I hate rats!!  Thankfully I think we’re on top of that issue.  Imagine if we had a cat, I am not sure if it would be fat, or rat attacked!

The cruelty, tragedy and joy of natural life.

I am so glad we have guinea pigs!  Although we have super proofed their cages to keep the snakes away and worry they might still find a way to get in they are very clever things.

Farewell Misty

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Thanks Misty for

all the good times

going through a cyclone Yasi with us

making the children smile

being a good friend to Chocolate, Calico, and Soot

being good when you have your bath

being you our beloved guinea pig.

Be happy under your garland of flowers

free from pain

forever in our memory pop corning

with Chocolate around your soft toys.

RIP  29th January 2013