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May 26, 2013 / diannegray

Cool sleep-over

I had a sleep-over at the RUC on Friday night. It was my first sleep-over since the entire house was moved to the farm (on the back of a truck). What a brilliant and relaxing sleep I had! I normally wake up at 4:00 am, but I slept in and woke up at 5:00 wondering who was shining a light through my bedroom window. At first I thought it was aliens.


But then I realised it was just the moon and I’d moved the camera while I was taking the shot (hey – it’s was 5:00 am, remember).

I’ve always loved the moonset over the mountains.


I saw a stick insect on the avocado tree. I wouldn’t have noticed it if it didn’t have it’s wings spread.

Stick Insect

I saw a gecko eating a moth (good little gecko!)

Gecko eating moth

It’s the first time my dogs have seen the RUC and they weren’t so keen on the temporary stairs (they’ve lived a sheltered life and have never seen stairs before). It’s easier to get up than it is to come down.


Dogs on stairs

They met the ‘farm dog’ and didn’t know what to make of her at first. My German shepherd tried to mount her (even though he’s neutered) and she snapped at him. Just because she’s a farm dog doesn’t mean the city ring-ins can have their way with her. After a few hours my two dogs followed her Indian-file everywhere.

Following farm dog

Saturday my muse attacked me and I worked on my WIPs while hubby went to the creek and caught mud-crabs for dinner 😀

Mud crabThey look mean above, but very sweet on my dinner plate.

Mud crabs

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!


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  1. Roy McCarthy / May 26 2013 7:01 am

    Those crabs are in the creek just waiting to be caught? That lot would cost a small fortune here. An what a great accidental moon picture.


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 7:08 am

      I wasn’t going to put the moon picture in because I messed it up, but when I looked at it again I thought it was pretty cool! 😉

      Mud crabs at the creek are brilliant. We used to live on them ‘in the old days’ when my kids were little. When we moved to the city they kept asking us why we didn’t have mud crabs for dinner every night! LOL – too expensive, kids 😉


  2. Theo Fenraven / May 26 2013 7:04 am

    I hope someday you’ll invite me over. You have the most amazing creatures living there! Love the stick insect, and the crabs make me hungry. As for the dogs… mounting is usually a sign of forced dominance. My dog does it to other dogs and sometimes cats to say, “I’m #1.” 🙂


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 7:12 am

      It didn’t work too well for my dog – he got a swift and painful, ‘NO’ – LOL, so he just shrugged his shoulders and went on his way. The farm dog may be small and demure looking, but she’s as tough as they come (and now the leader of the pack here).

      I thought the stick insect was very cool – I never realised they had those red wings and I’m so glad I got the shot 😀


  3. the eternal traveller / May 26 2013 7:05 am

    Oh what a feast! And right at your back door too. Lucky you…


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 7:16 am

      They’re my favourites (and a good healthy meal!) 😀


  4. nrhatch / May 26 2013 7:20 am

    Yay! Loved the moonset (even the “flubbed” shot). Your dogs’ faces are priceless . . . down now, but how? And those crabs are ENORMOUS!!! So glad you enjoyed your first sleep-over in the RUC.

    Note to self: don’t wade barefoot in Dianne’s creek. 😀


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 7:25 am

      The dogs have had a ball here, they’re both exhausted from all the excitement and now run up and down the stairs like they were born on them! I’m teaching them not to barge past me and they’re doing very well at ‘waiting’ until I’m up or down.

      I’ve had a great weekend, Nancy. I haven’t sanded any doors, I’ve just relaxed and had a bit of a holiday 😀


      • nrhatch / May 26 2013 8:27 am

        I’m glad you’re teaching the dogs “stair etiquette” AND that you’ve taken a much deserved “holiday.”

        It’s Memorial Day weekend in the states ~ 3 day weekend for lots of folks, with record numbers of boaters in the inter-coastal waterway. We went for a short boat ride on Sarasota Bay after visiting the farmer’s market this morning. Now we’re in the A/C.


      • diannegray / May 26 2013 9:37 am

        Have a wonderful weekend, Nancy. I love long weekends 😀


  5. JackieP / May 26 2013 7:25 am

    Poor dogs, they will learn quick enough and then think nothing of going up and down a dozen times a day. 😉 Alpha dogs know they are alpha. ha! Love the crabs, yummy! The moon shots are great even the ‘flubbed’ one. Have a wonderful weekend!


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 7:28 am

      The dogs are learning very quickly (particularly because their food is downstairs 😉
      The crabs were absolutely sweet and delicious. I’m having more on toast for breakfast 😀


      • JackieP / May 26 2013 7:34 am

        oh rub it in will ya??? haha! Enjoy! 😉


      • diannegray / May 26 2013 9:27 am

        LOL! 😀


  6. EllaDee / May 26 2013 7:39 am

    Your first RUC sleep over coincided with a Super Moon and eclipse… a very good sign that your old to new move is on the right track… I laughed at your FIRST thought being aliens 😀
    If the dogs are there, then it must be home now, plus you’ve christened it with a big feed of mud crabs… with fantastic left overs on toast for breakfast, even better.
    And, you’ve found more creatures… the stick insect’s wings are beautiful, who knew 🙂


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 9:29 am

      I didn’t know it was the ‘super moon’ until late Friday night. It was truly spectacular! 😀 I guess this also may have had something to do with the crabs running 😉

      I didn’t realise stick insects had those red wings (unless it was the alien) LOL 😀


  7. Letizia / May 26 2013 7:53 am

    I always love your gecko stories. I love that your dogs ended up following the farm dog everywhere – that’s so cute! Overall, sounds like a great first sleepover!


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 9:30 am

      It worked out really well (once the dogs sorted out who was boss!) The weekend has been a mighty success 😀


  8. John / May 26 2013 8:08 am

    Love the falling moon!! Will make it easy for the cow to jump over 😉 Free sea food eh? Not sure how people can eat the stuff!!


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 9:35 am

      I caught the falling moon but not the cow 😉 I’m so glad you liked the pic 😀


  9. Rick Mallery / May 26 2013 8:18 am

    What a wonderful place to live! 🙂


  10. mcwoman / May 26 2013 8:29 am

    When I had stairs in my two-story home, I had to teach my dogs how to go down them. It usually only took one or two times until they got it–the kitchen was downstairs! 🙂

    And I must say, you have the most interesting critters in the world in Australia. The crabs looked yummy! Wish we lived closer. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 9:39 am

      I’m teaching them to wait for me because they’re starting to get used to them and both my dogs are barges! They’ll learn their manners pretty quickly I hope 😀

      The crabs are delicious! My favorite food 😀


  11. Jill Weatherholt / May 26 2013 8:34 am

    The moon shots are spectacular, Dianne! I can see why you slept so well. WOW ~ those mud crabs are big fella! Have a great weekend!


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 9:40 am

      Thanks, Jill! It was wonderful sleeping by moonlight and not experiencing the city noises and street lights 😉

      You have a great weekend as well 😀


  12. Colline / May 26 2013 8:39 am

    Those crabs look vicious


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 9:41 am

      LOL – you have to know how to handle them – but they are delicious 😀


  13. Sheila Morris / May 26 2013 9:01 am

    My favorite post you’ve ever done!!! I LOVED the pictures of your dogs – they are gorgeous…really gorgeous. I know they would have great times with their USA friends, too. Those stairs are scary. I bet they had to really ponder them! The views are absolutely breathtaking. Somewhere along the way you must have done something good. It’s a special place and has your name on it. Hope the rest of your weekend is equally fun! And good luck with WIP’s. I need to get busy, too.


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 9:45 am

      I’m so glad you like the pics of the dogs, Sheila. Every time I read about Red I think I should put my puppies in my posts 😀 They would absolutely love thier US friends 😉
      I’m hoping I did something right somewhere along the way. This is a very special place 😀
      Have a great weekend!


  14. midlifetraveller / May 26 2013 9:02 am

    What a great post to come back to – I’ve been having very patchy internet the last couple of weeks and have missed reading yours and the other blogs I follow. Your muddies look scrumptious, the ones you catch and cook yourself always taste sooooo much better than the bought ones don’t they. And how exciting for you to have such a wonderful sleep-over.


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 9:48 am

      There’s nothing better than fresh muddies 😀 Glad to see you’re back. I get patchy internet sometimes and it can be really frustrating 😦
      Thank you so much for coming by and I hope your connection gets better 😉


  15. avwalters / May 26 2013 9:16 am

    Oooooh, so beautiful! Itall says, “Welcome home.”


  16. justinwriter / May 26 2013 9:18 am

    Yum, mud crabs. Shame I can’t eat them anymore. 😦 This post is wonderful for so many reasons and, wow, great photos … glad you finally got to stay overnight in the new house. Sleeping in the country can be bliss. We used to live in a rural setting where there were no cars at night, so we had nothing to wake us, well, except for possums every now and then. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 10:56 am

      I don’t think I’d survive if I couldn’t eat mud crabs anymore, Justin 😦
      I’m so glad you liked the post – and sleeping in a rural setting is so much more peaceful (although the farm dog did wake me up at 1:00 am this morning. I thought there must have been something out there, but she just wanted to come upstairs and sleep with her new pack!) 😀


  17. Denise Hisey / May 26 2013 9:34 am

    Fun times for you and your family, Dianne!
    Loved the moonset!! That is gorgeous!

    Our lab, Lady, wouldn’t put up with any mounting either.
    She always let the boys know who was boss!


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 10:58 am

      Thanks, Denise! I’m so glad you liked the moonset – it’s always been my favourite time of night/month when I see it 😀

      I’m glad the female dogs stick up for themselves, Lady has my loudest applause! 😀


  18. / May 26 2013 9:35 am

    Great post and new home. I would love to live somewhere like this with all the wild life! Funny about the dogs and I have never heard of Mud Crabs, they are huge! Thanks for sharing!


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 10:59 am

      The wide life is brilliant! You may have to order mud crab next time you go out – I’m sure you’d love it 😀


  19. bodhisattvaintraining / May 26 2013 11:03 am

    so much fun to read 🙂
    I didn’t know stick insects had wings!


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 12:01 pm

      I didn’t know that either, Annie! The creatures here always surprise me! So glad you enjoyed this post 😀


  20. Deborah Hawkins / May 26 2013 12:18 pm

    The moon is so magical and mysterious. Great picture. Dogs take time to adjust to new places. You can’t just TELL them it’s ok. I love the pictures of yours. Hi to them from mine.


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 12:24 pm

      Thank you, Deborah 😀 The dogs are getting used to it now and treating the stairs just like any other walkway – it’s great to know they can adapt. I hope you’re having a great weekend 😀


  21. DaydreamsinWonderland / May 26 2013 12:28 pm

    LOVE these spectacular photos! &That crab looks like it would kill a person! Good thing he ended up as dinner instead!


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 12:54 pm

      I’m glad I ate the crab instead of the crab eating me! LOL 😀 I’m so glad you like the photos. I think I’m getting better at taking them 😉


      • DaydreamsinWonderland / May 26 2013 1:53 pm

        You have an inner photographer clawing its way out. Let it out, let it out! 😛


      • diannegray / May 26 2013 2:20 pm

        It’s trying to get out! I just need to find a place to put it in my life 😀


      • DaydreamsinWonderland / May 26 2013 3:11 pm

        Sandwich it between everything else like I do. 😛


  22. Ruth Rainwater / May 26 2013 12:41 pm

    How exciting! I don’t think my dogs would know what to do with stairs, either. And those crabs are huge!


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 12:55 pm

      We’ve never had stairs since we’ve had these dogs so I was a little worried about how they would react. They seemed to be used to them now 😯

      The crabs were delicious! 😀


  23. agjorgenson / May 26 2013 1:00 pm

    I’ve never trusted city dogs, and now I know why!


  24. cestlavie22 / May 26 2013 1:09 pm

    That stick insect was amazing looking! I have never seen anything like that in person- thanks for the picture!


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 2:10 pm

      That’s the first time I’ve seen it – and I’m so glad I had my camera on me! 😀


  25. Darla Welchel / May 26 2013 1:19 pm

    What fun! I know getting to sleep in the RUC means you are getting closer to being done! Yea!
    Is the gecko on a wall? The crab looks scary both off and on the plate. I don’t eat any kind of water creatures. Never learned to like them. I have a mantra; I never eat anything that swims in its own toilet! 😛
    We are on a three-day holiday here, but with the tornado, it doesn’t seem important. We aren’t actually doing anything, except cleaning around here.
    When will the RUC be completed? Did you get all your “to do” lists done before your company arrived?


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 2:15 pm

      The gecko is on the ceiling of the shed out the back (I had to stand under it to take the picture and was worried it would drop on me) 😉

      The RUC is still a way off being completed. My kids arrive in about three weeks so it’s going to be interesting to say the least! 😯

      Have a nice holiday weekend cleaning – I need to do that! 😉


  26. kford2007 / May 26 2013 1:40 pm

    Someday, I’ll have to make an excuse to fly from FL to come see you. Love the place and all your critters.


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 2:19 pm

      The critters are very cool indeed. I’m so glad I carry my camera around with me all the time now! 😀


  27. Penny L Howe / May 26 2013 2:04 pm

    I always enjoy your posts and photographs, I never have a clue what I might see! Your dogs are of course beautiful (if a little confused right now) and I especially like the beautiful stick insect (great catch). Dinner looks yummy too. Hope you’ve been having a wonderful weekend Dianne! 🙂


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 2:22 pm

      I’ve had a wonderful weekend, Penny. Thank you so much for coming by to brighten it up even more! 😀


  28. Kozo Hattori / May 26 2013 3:30 pm

    When I first saw the moon shot, I thought God was blessing your home, but then I saw the sleep over and feast, and I realized that your home is already blessed. Remind me to stay out of the mud when I go back to Queensland. Can’t wait to read the WIPs. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 5:23 am

      I really don’t know how that shot happened, Kozo – nothing else in the frame seems blurred – I must have moved the camera ever so slowly when I was taking it – I bet it if I tried, I wouldn’t be able to capture it the same way again 🙂

      Staying out of the mud is a good idea – not for the crabs, but the crocodiles 😯

      {{{hugs}}} to you, my friend 😀


  29. bulldog / May 26 2013 4:22 pm

    I love the photos..specially the first… looks like a lightening strike caught midway, or a flare… those crabs would keep me out of the creek.. some how picture that claw around my big toe…and will definitely not skinny dip in that creek…. lovely post…


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 5:27 am

      Thanks, Bulldog. Those claws would definitely take off a toe (so skinny dipping is certainly out of the question!) LOL 😉

      When I saw the picture I’d taken of the moon with the streak, it reminded me of a great lightning shot you captured near your house. Hopefully I can get some of those during the next storm 😀


  30. maggiemyklebust / May 26 2013 5:09 pm

    Life in the RUC looks good! I’m so happy for you, Dianne 🙂


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 5:29 am

      Thank you so much, Maggie – it’s all working out very well after a bit of a slow start where I thought it would never get there 😉


  31. mrscarmichael / May 26 2013 6:15 pm

    Wish I were there – mud crabs look fab and those are pretty mean steps for newbies I must say. Don’t put your back out.


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 5:33 am

      I seem to be getting used to the stairs as well, but can’t wait until they’re ‘fixed properly’! The builders are going to set up a mechanical lift on the other side of the house so I don’t have to lug things up and down 😉


  32. ramblingsfromamum / May 26 2013 7:08 pm

    Have I said you are living in paradise? If not – consider it said. The moon pics are awesome. As for the crabs….from a creek you say…just a creek…you have these monsters in a creek?
    Glad the pups have learned to negotiate the stairs, it is a tad daunting for them at first- yes paradise how very fortunate you are my friend to be able to to do what you love in these surroundings. 🙂 xx


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 5:38 am

      I think it’s paradise too, my dear! I guess the ‘creek’ I’m talking about leads to the ocean so it’s proper name should be ‘inlet’ 😀

      I’m so glad you like the surroundings – it’s very relaxing indeed 😉


  33. cocoaupnorth / May 26 2013 9:03 pm

    Beautiful place and gorgeous photos. Your RUC sounds lovely a home already. Enjoy:)


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 5:39 am

      Thank you, Cocoa 😀 I’m really enjoying the peace and serenity and I’m so glad you like the photos 😉


  34. Zen A. / May 26 2013 9:27 pm

    Oh my, those crabs look pretty scary! I would not even dare touch it. I prefer not to see the full form of the crab, and just enjoy their flesh, haha. But that insect looks rather pretty, and I sure do hope your dogs don’t give you too much trouble!


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 6:27 am

      You don’t want to get your fingers too close to those crabs – yikes! There’s a certain way to handle them by holding them at their back to keep their nippers away from your fingers. Once you know how to do it, you’re okay! 😀

      The dogs eventually settled down after a few mishaps on the stairs (no broken bones, thank goodness!) 🙂


  35. Maryanne / May 26 2013 10:40 pm

    Very cool! My last post was of the full moon too! I love the lobster, I only eat one once a year though, I feel sorry for them 🙂


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 6:30 am

      These are crabs but they’re just as yummy as lobsters. I feel sorry for them too until they’re on my plate and they smell delicious! 😉


      • Maryanne / May 27 2013 8:58 pm

        I know, yesterday I had crawfish 🙂


      • diannegray / May 28 2013 6:48 am

        YUM! 😀


  36. harulawordsthatserve / May 27 2013 1:45 am

    Amazing photos Dianne, but the gem in this post is hearing you’ve been attacked by your muse…so those WIPs are growing:-) Bless those dear dogs, stairs and a reluctant country lass to deal with all in one day, shame. Congrats on your first sleep over – hooray!


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 6:34 am

      It was wonderful, Harula – even though it was a bit chaotic at first with the dogs! My German shepherd tried to jump down the stairs at one point and rolled all the way to the bottom. He was fine, but the next time he took them more cautiously! But all in all, I had a lovely time 😀


  37. / May 27 2013 2:27 am

    Congrats on your first night. Sorry i’ve been MIA… taken me a bit to get back in the swing. Loved all the pics. Especially your German Shepard’s look on his face which made me giggle. And the beautiful moon.


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 6:36 am

      Welcome back, my dear. I think I need to take a break and get stuck into these WIPs now my muse has grabbed me firmly by the throat 😉

      I’m so glad you liked the pics! 😀


  38. billyraychitwood1 / May 27 2013 2:34 am

    You live an incredibly fascinating life! Loved the caption with the dogs, the gecko, the mud crabs not so much. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 6:37 am

      Thanks, Billy Ray. It was a great (and very full) weekend! 😀


  39. jannatwrites / May 27 2013 4:19 am

    Whoa! Those crabs are HUGE! It sounds like you had a good first night in the RUC. I still think my sons would have a field day at your house with all the geckos and bugs. (My older son was thrilled he caught a cicada yesterday.) With all the wildlife, I’m glad it was just your muse that attacked you 🙂 Sounds like a productive day!


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 6:41 am

      I’m absolutely sure they’d love it, Janna! When my nephew visited from London (when he was about 7 years old) he had a field day chasing and examining all the little creatures and watching the crabs scuttle around. He loved it so much that his father extended their holiday for an extra week! 😀


  40. Lynda / May 27 2013 4:20 am

    Dianne, I’m glad your first sleep over was such a wondrous one! I couldn’t sleep last night and got up to a similar moon in the night sky! It was so lovely and bright! (I must plant a moon garden soon!)
    I love your silly dogs!


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 6:44 am

      The moon has been amazing the past few nights – SO BIG! I couldn’t have planned the weekend stay at a better time 😀

      The dogs had an absolute ball – they’re back at our ‘temporary stay’ house now sleeping it off 😉


  41. Janna G. Noelle / May 27 2013 5:16 am

    Wow, Dianne. That sounds like such a great sleepover. So much to see and do; so many discoveries in your own back yard! I want to come play at your house. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 6:48 am

      You’d absolutely love it, Janna! I can’t wait until we have all the power and water set up and it becomes the permanent sleepover! 😀


  42. jmmcdowell / May 27 2013 5:56 am

    Sometimes those “flubbed” shots are the best. 🙂 Glad to see the “country girl” will be the leader of the pack. Why should the “city boys” always get their way? And those crabs look like awfully good eating! And they would cost a small fortune here in the States. 😀


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 6:56 am

      We used to live here when my children were young and when we moved to the city they would ask why they couldn’t have their usual mud crab dinner every night – um, because it’s SO expensive to buy! Now they’re all grown up they’re really going to enjoy feasting on crab again when they come to visit 😀

      The ‘country girl’ is a beautiful dog and she whipped those spoiled ‘city dogs’ into shape quick smart – LOL 😉


  43. Rebecca Bradley / May 27 2013 6:24 am

    I love the moon photo, even with the movement. I think it’s added something extra!

    I’ve tagged you in a happy meme over on my blog.


  44. Peter / May 27 2013 8:04 am

    Yikes — if you be showin’ all those crabs off you’ll have tons of visitors!!!! Can’t imagine the cost of those giants in this part of the world…..

    Love the moon shot.


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 8:19 am

      They’re very expensive to buy, Peter! It’s so good being able to catch our own 😀 So glad you like the moon shot – I’d like to say I organised it that way, but it was just a very cool accident 😉


      • Peter / May 27 2013 8:46 am

        Accidents are Good!


  45. 1girl4adamwest / May 27 2013 10:58 am

    Life is Fantabulous once we open our eyes to it. Thank you for giving us an awesome view from your windows of life!!


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 1:05 pm

      It is Fantabulous and I love ‘windows of life’! What a beautiful way to put it – you are a star! 😀


  46. ocdreader / May 27 2013 11:16 am

    I can’t believe those live in your creek! We can catch crawfish, those make me nervous enough to dip my toes in! Pretty wild.
    Love the pictures! My dog just learned how to navigate the stairs. For years he refused to go into my husbands lair and the cat had a refuge, no longer!
    Love the moon picture as well, those are happy accidents 🙂


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 1:09 pm

      Crawfish – YUM! I’ve never had one, but have seen them on TV and I could imagine they’d taste very similar to crab 😀

      I’m glad your dog learned to navigate the stairs – it must be terrifying for them at first 😯


  47. Irish Katie / May 27 2013 12:29 pm

    The creatures at your part of the world are just so … other worldly. And wow on the crabs. When was the last time anyone (besides you) ever heard someone say, ‘my husband went down to the creek to get some crabs for dinner?” Wow.

    As for the puppers…yahhhhh….the looks on their faces were priceless lol. And also….yahhh for ‘no means no’, even in doggie land!


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 1:12 pm

      It’s a great place to live, I can’t wait until hubby gets the fishing line in the water (when we’re not so busy) 😉

      I’m glad you liked the pic of the dogs – they were VERY confused 😉 LOL


  48. Maddie Cochere / May 27 2013 4:51 pm

    Oh my gosh! Those crabs are huge! And to think you can run to the creek for dinner. Color me green with envy! The only thing you can get out of our creek is … well … nothing! Wonderful pictures as usual. So nice to see the dogs there, too. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 28 2013 6:33 am

      It was a big job at first, Maddie, because the dogs were a little… erm…lets say, ‘out of control’ and I had to block any unfinished parts of the veranda so they didn’t fall off! 😯 But in the end it was well worth the effort 😀

      Crab is my absolutely favourite dinner/snack so it’s handy they like to live so close to the RUC! 😉


  49. The Bumble Files / May 27 2013 5:09 pm

    It’s always an adventure at the RUC. I love your pictures. Man, you get up early! Do you like to write in the morning. Just curious. Your dogs look very happy there, too.


    • diannegray / May 28 2013 6:45 am

      I start writing at about 4, because there’s just not enough time in the day (and my head is clear at that hour) LOL 😀

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the pics, Amy – there’s never a dull moment at the RUC! 😉


  50. Minuscule Moments / May 27 2013 6:53 pm

    Loved your day, images Moon and man those crabs are huge! Enjoyed your post thanks for sharing


    • diannegray / May 28 2013 6:48 am

      Thank you so much, Kath 😀 I see you live on a farm as well – what a beautiful life! 😉


  51. Jacqui Murray / May 28 2013 1:23 am

    What a fun life! I like ‘my muse attacked me’. My husband understands. Your dogs did not look happy with the steps. Please post a GIF (WordPress allows GIFs) of them with wagging tails.


    • diannegray / May 28 2013 6:51 am

      Oh dear, Jacqui – once I figure out how to do a GIF I’ll post it here 😉

      My muse got me straight away and I worked on two stories on Saturday (and found it difficult to stop to eat my dinner) – it was wonderful! 😀


  52. Vashti Quiroz-Vega / May 28 2013 4:07 am

    Hello Dianne! I thought the pictures of the moon was a falling star before I read your post. I love the look on your German shepherd’s face in the first photo of them. Hilarious, he really didn’t like those steps! I enjoyed your pictures and your post. Very nice. Thanks for sharing! 😀


    • diannegray / May 28 2013 6:54 am

      Thanks you for coming by and commenting, Vashti! I wasn’t going to post that moon picture at first because it was a mistake, but then thought it looked so good I couldn’t resist 😉


  53. ly / May 28 2013 7:13 am

    Good deal on having a sleepover. When I read the title, I instantly thought of all the critters who might be there, also. See you had a few. Love that sad dog face photo. I’ve felt like that!! Love the moon photos, too. The moon must have been your inspiration for writing.


    • diannegray / May 28 2013 7:17 am

      The moon was huge on the weekend, Ly! I’ve always been inspired by it (it seems to give me energy) 😉

      I’m so glad you like the photos – the dogs look a lot happier now! 😀


  54. 4amWriter / May 28 2013 7:52 am

    The dogs cracked me up. I guess they must sense the “void” between each step and think there is no way they’re doing that. My dog is the same about the water grates in the streets. She walks a wide arc around them. Love the moon, too! What a fun time.


    • diannegray / May 28 2013 8:41 am

      The dogs were very funny and really didn’t know what to make of the steps at first. I love the way your dog walks around the water grates! 😉 We had a great weekend and I’m so glad you enjoyed the pics 😀


  55. amb / May 28 2013 9:22 am

    For the record, I would totally think that light was aliens, too. Gorgeous photos as always, my friend! I especially love the ones of your dogs with the little thought bubble – those faces! Such cuteness!!


    • diannegray / May 29 2013 6:20 am

      Thanks, Amb! The dogs looked pretty confused for a while so I couldn’t resist getting a shot of their expressions. They ended up having such a fun-filled weekend that when we got back to our ‘waiting-for-the-RUC-to-be-finished’ accommodation they slept all day Monday 😉

      Yes – aliens … I couldn’t resist slipping that shot in! lol 😀


  56. Rohan 7 Things / May 28 2013 7:06 pm

    I an almost feel the warmth in that morning shot of the dogs, so cute them all hanging out together 🙂

    I’m glad to hear the first sleepover was a success, here’s to many more!

    Thanks for sharing Dianne, also happy to hear you were working on your book!

    Keep well 🙂



    • diannegray / May 29 2013 6:26 am

      It was a great opportunity to work on my WIPs, Rohan. I didn’t sand doors for the entire weekend (which was a relief!)

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post 😀


  57. lacunakittie / May 28 2013 8:05 pm

    I love the pictures! The doggies are adorable. Is the farm doggie yours? You have such a great view. I’m jealous.


    • diannegray / May 29 2013 6:28 am

      The farm dog belongs to my parents-in-law who live next door. She’s an absolutely beautiful dog but just loves chasing cars, unfortunately 😦 Once we’re living there permanently I’m going to train her to stay away from the road.

      I’m so glad you like the view – it’s a dream to take photos there 😀


  58. foroneplease / May 28 2013 10:38 pm

    so that’s how the moon looks at 5 am? 😉
    Love the pics…looks like such a fun weekend!!


    • diannegray / May 29 2013 6:29 am

      I’m glad you came over and liked the pics. Yes – 5 am is a magical time! 😉


  59. Madame Weebles / May 29 2013 4:50 am

    It must be a beautiful and peaceful place to hang out, that RUC. I’ve never seen a stick insect with its wings out, that’s a new one for me. Great photo. I also love the moon photo, it looks like lightning is hitting it, or emanating from it! Poor puppies, though. I love watching them try to puzzle out stairs when they’ve never seen them before.


    • diannegray / May 29 2013 6:32 am

      It really is a beautiful place to hang out. The creatures there never cease to amaze me – I didn’t even know stick insects had wings like that!

      I’m so glad you like the pics 😀


  60. Pamela / May 29 2013 8:08 am

    Fascinating! I make sure to keep my window shades up when it’s full moon, because I LOVE waking up in the middle of the night, wondering why a spotlight is in my bedroom, and then realizing it’s just the moon peering in, full faced and happy.

    Your dogs look happy – a bit confused, perhaps, but happy.


    • diannegray / May 29 2013 8:22 am

      Having the moonlight in the bedroom is the most beautiful thing, Pamela!

      Thank you for coming by and I’m so glad you liked the pics 😀


  61. Sheila / May 30 2013 1:00 am

    I love the alien moon photo and those crabs are huge! It sounds like the perfect sleepover. I’m glad your dogs found a new friend and that the creatures aren’t leaving you alone! 🙂


    • diannegray / May 30 2013 6:07 am

      The creatures seem to be increasing in numbers (I must be a creature magnet!)

      I’m so glad you liked the photos, Sheila – the crabs were delicious! 😀


  62. donnajeanmcdunn / May 30 2013 3:22 am

    As always, you take some of the best photos, even the ones you mess up on, turn into something awesome. That monster crab looked a lot tastier on the platter, than it had on your hubby’s arm!


    • diannegray / May 30 2013 6:08 am

      I’m so glad you liked the photos 😀 Luckily hubby knows how to handle a crab because those nippers are very dangerous and sharp! 😯


  63. sherrylcook / May 30 2013 10:36 pm

    Great pics Dianne! You must carry your camera everywhere with you! The crabs look wonderful, we have blue claw crabs here on the Gulf coast of the U.S. smaller but boy are they good!


    • diannegray / May 31 2013 6:19 am

      I just knew you would love eating crabs, Sherry! YUM – best ever food and SO good for you 😀


  64. Jenny Ackland / May 30 2013 10:44 pm

    Hi Dianne I’ve just caught up on the last couple of posts, I’ve been away. Oh the dogs should meet my Gigi, they look like they’d eat my city-pooch alive (she’s such a wimp). Love the look of the crabs, and the view your clothes will enjoy – well I’ve never been envious of clothes *themselves* before (only the owner for having them) so that’s new.

    Your posts always have so much in them, it’s fascinating to me what can happen in a day for you. Thanks for sharing.


    • diannegray / May 31 2013 6:21 am

      Thank you so much for coming by, Jenny 😀 I’m glad you liked the pics (I had a bit of a giggle of ‘clothes envy’ LOL)! 😀


  65. adinparadise / May 31 2013 6:01 pm

    I also get nervous on open staircases, so understand that reproachful look on your dogs’ faces. 🙂 What a gorgeous view from your bedroom window. I would also be up early. Lucky you, getting free crabs for dinner. Have a great weekend. xx


    • diannegray / Jun 1 2013 10:15 am

      Thank you, Sylvia 😀 The views are just beautiful, in fact I’m sitting here now looking out at that view 😉


  66. Hazy Shades of Me / Jun 4 2013 2:54 am

    Stay away from the crabs and those stairs…and maybe the farm dog. LOL! I love your life!


    • diannegray / Jun 4 2013 6:04 am

      It’s pretty cool here, Hazy. The only place those crabs are going is in the pot, then on my plate! 😀


  67. tchistorygal / Jun 8 2013 6:59 am

    What a fun post. Your dogs are adorable. I love the gecko eating the moth, too. Such a menagerie of pets you have!


    • diannegray / Jun 8 2013 12:57 pm

      Menagerie is the perfect word, Marsha. Sometimes I feel like Dr Dolittle! 😀


      • tchistorygal / Jun 8 2013 3:14 pm

        You do have a touch of the good doctor. Do you sing?


      • diannegray / Jun 9 2013 6:09 am

        I love to sing! 😉


      • tchistorygal / Jun 9 2013 2:29 pm

        There you go Dr. 🙂 P.S. I do too, and we sing to our dog all the time. I know, we’re a little crazy, but who isn’t? 🙂


  68. WordsFallFromMyEyes / Jun 9 2013 9:43 pm

    I love these photos. All of them put a smile on my face 🙂 🙂 – but of course, especially the ones with your dogs. Oh, they’re just gorgeous creatures.

    5 am and up with your camera!!!!!


    • diannegray / Jun 11 2013 8:49 am

      It took the dogs a while to realise they could get down again (lol) – but I must admit they do look pretty cute 😀


  69. bluebee / Jun 21 2013 11:12 pm

    Nom, nom – delicious-looking crabs. There is a super moon on Sunday night – you will most probably get a fabulous view from your spot – get your camera ready 😀

    “For Australian eastern states the ‘Super Moon’ rises around 4.50pm on June 23… full moon for east coast Australia is 9.33pm. It will look good though, at least gave a look and to cut down the glare through your scope or binoculars try putting on sunglasses…true, it works to cut down the glare.”


    • diannegray / Jun 22 2013 4:46 am

      WOW! I can’t wait – thanks so much for the tip, my dear! 😀



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