Monthly Archives: November 2011

Child safety


Discussing child safety with my little girl on the way to school today and she informs me of the trip home yesterday. Her and her girlfriend are halfway home (they catch 2 buses) and they get within about 5 metres of the second bus, the bus driver sees them, smiles, shuts the door and drives off leaving the two of them standing on the side of the road to wait 15 minutes for the next bus. I just got home from measureing the distance and counting the time it would have taken them to get to the bus. 10 seconds! This piece of crap only had to wait ten seconds for them.

Anyone in their right mind would think…. Ahhh, two very young girls…. alone…. 15 minute wait for the next bus…..Paedophiles and sexual predators about….. I will wait for the time it takes for them to get to the bus and allow them on…. they will not have to wait on the side of the road on their own and they will be safe!

Apparently not! According to my girl he took great delight in seeing them wave him down, run their little legs off carrying heavy school bags trying to get there as fast as they could, and then leaving them, alone! Adelaide Metro buses and bus drivers have got a lot to answer for.

I am reconsidering her catching any buses from now on. I drive her to school each morning and she catches the bus home with her friend on some days.

This bus was the number 719 on South road and at about 3 pm. He picked up someone at the stop but obviously had no time for two young girls trying to get home from school safely. So POOH to you, you cad! I hope someone else reads this and you are counselled over it. I will never catch public transport. I would rather walk. I don’t feel safe, the drivers are rude and they drive too fast. On that subject, I was driving along Oaklands road about a month ago and a bus went past me so fast it scared me. I was doing 60 k’s but he must have been doing at least 75 K’s. When he turned right into the depot, I though the bus would turn over. SAPOL you should put up speed cameras there to catch them. This stretch of road is notorius for speeding buses.

My brother left the Royal Adelaide Hospital after an appt and went to catch the bus home. Just as he was about to lift his foot to step onto the bus, the driver shut the door on him and left him there! How could you do that to someone who is coming from Hospital? Oh, and what about the poor elderly woman who broke her hip on a bus and the driver left her there and drove 27 bus stops before someone called for assistance. Disgraceful. Makes me want to vomit! This is truly sick behaviour.

So, that’s it. I hate public transport. I don’t trust the drivers and I will never, ever catch a bus… EVER!


Please Pass it on!


In my car driving around doing my shopping and business bits I saw a man walking his dog. Oh how lovely you might think.
BUT…..This was 2 oclock in the afternoon and it is quite hot here in Adelaide.
I slowed my car to a crawl and watched the poor dog run from shady tree to shady tree and each time he got to the shade he stopped and took a rest if only for a short time, then he would run to the next tree and do the same. The dog was dragging his owner to each tree.

The concrete underfoot is about 5 degrees hotter than up where we are and where we feel it, so this poor dog was dehydrating by the minute. Tongue hanging out, panting, peeing at each post and tree, losing fluid by the bucket full. The owner didn’t have a bowl or any water to give his dog a few laps as he went and this distressed me. The dog could have passed out and died before he got home.

It’s so important to care for your pets in the heat and don’t forget, they wear fur coats too. How would you like to be out on a hot day, running around the block with no water and wearing a fur coat???

Please, please, take a small bowl and some water so your pet is able to have a few sips of fluid as he/she goes ad let them rest under the shade of a tree for a minute to help cool them off. Don’t let them drink too much or they will become sick and vomit, cramps etc…
If you have ever watched a marathon run then you will have seen the marathon runners grab a cup of fluid from the assistants who stand by the road. They will take a mouthful and throw the rest (sometimes it lands on the person who doesn’t expect it). They don’t drink too much but they do keep up their fluid intake.

Your pets need the same consideration.
Next thing is to please don’t take your pets out in the middle of the day in the heat. Early in the morning before the sun is at it’s worst or later in the day or evening when things are cooling down.
Before you take your pets out, go outside and take off your shoes. Stand on the concrete for a minute and see how hot it is. If it isn’t hot, then it will be ok for your pet.

I have included this in the chapter in my book for pets too.
if you see anyone walking their dog in the heat, please inform them of the risks involved for their beloved pet. They might just thank you.

Give your pets a hug from me. xxx

How do you look in your summer PJ’s?


I look fabulous because I’m not overweight anymore. You can be too. Especially in summer when you want to wear skimpy PJ’s. Seeing the extra fat hanging out from what you’re wearing is not a good feeling or a good look. Not healthy either.

Halloween/ Festival Phobias


The electric pumpkin

We set up the Halloween decorations for the little kids in the neighbourhood as we have each year, only this year we added to the collection and it stood out like a dogs hind leg. Our house looked quite good this year. The we had some peope over for dinner and their children came dressed up too. Their eldest boy went with his brother to trick or treat in his neighbourhood and later I heard they went to about 20 houses where they had put up signs saying ‘No lollies here, don’t knock’ How crummy and mean is that??

We are a multi cultural country. We have celebrations here and those include the Schutzenfest (German), Glendi (Greek), and I just heard even the Indian people have a festival. Ok so what about poor old Halloween??? It’s for the kids for goodness sake. I couldn’t imagine not giving a child something if they knocked on my door. Even a packet of biscuits! I remember when my little girl was very young, all the girls in the neighbourhood would get dropped off at our house in their scariest costumes, and I would take them up and down the street knocking on the doors of people who I knew would be at home and who liked children. These kids would come home with bags of cheezels, chips, biscuits, popcorn and even money from the nice people across the road! The kids loved it and each year they would come back for another evening of gathering trick or treat plunder.

There is nothing wrong with having a bit of fun celebrating another culture’s festivals. It’s a great way of breaking down the barriers wouldn’t you agree?
So next year, I would suggest you get with the plan and put up a decoration or two, buy a bag of sweets for the kids and let them knock on your door.

Even scarier in the dark