This trip, however, they weren't available. They've gone to the Dominican University of California in San Rafael near San Francisco for a semester studying Journalism and Creative things with Freyja. However, I enjoy travelling with animals. You take different sorts of photos and put up different sorts of Facebook statuses. So I brought my dog, Farley (I didn't think that Marlo would enjoy the experience, particularly. Plus, he doesn't have a pet passport and probably wouldn't have got a visa for Australia.) Because there are two hippos, they usually travel about in a backpack and not all that many people notice them. There s only one Farley, and he does travel in a backpack, but equally, quite often I just carry him, out loose.
|Farley, enjoying life in Singapore|
Children are under no such illusion. They know perfectly well that he is a toy. They want to play with him. And take him away :-S
Carrying a toy dog means that complete strangers stop and talk to you (or to the dog) - even the ones that think a nearly 60 year old woman who is carrying a toy dog around the world with her can't be completely in possession of all her faculties :-D
So. We are in Ballarat. Lindsey left early this morning to go to work in Melbourne. Emily, The Builder and I will go down later today, mostly so that we can go to the birthday party that we have come for, but also so that we can play with people and places and things. Excitingly, we have brought rain with us. We are Good Beings :-) Victoria needs a drop or two of rain. It also needs some warm but not hot weather. The temperature today is due to be about 24d. I am even wearing a long sleeved t-shirt (I may take that off later, but don't be alarmed; I have a summer shirt underneath it. I am not proposing to wander about clad on the top only in my bra.
My hurty finger is still hurting. Now I also have a hurty, swollen ankle (where my summer sandals rubbed against it when we were walking around at the Singapore Zoo, and along the Singapore River). I have caved in and am taking antibiotics for all the hurty-ness. I really and truly can't remember the last time I took any antibiotics.