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A Bit of Chichat
1/9/2012 2:49:56 PM

The trials of travelling to be with family at Christmas and coping with their pets.
On 31st December 2011 my husband and I sailed on the "Spirit" Tasmania to spend Christmas with our son and his fiancee who live in Canberra. We arrived early at the Port of Melbourne.Our intention was to connect to the Hume Highway with the assistance of our new GPS system. Once of the ship the Tom Tom led us on a scenic tour that covered half of Victoria.
Eventually with assistance from locals we managed to locate the Hume Highway after two hours of literally tearing our hair out in the process! Our destination for our overnight stay was at a quaint town called Rutherglen. We were booked into an old, run-down pub called Poachers Paradise. The town had been a bustling town in the late nineteenth century during the frantic Gold-rush era. Now the town relied on its wine growing districts for survival. Alas, we arrived three hours late - too late to book into any wine tours.
What mattered most was the friendliness of the townspeople who obligingly gave use precise directions about which roads to travel the next day. Dinner at the pub was delicious - "Parm and Pot" - i.e.a parmigiana with choice of topping and a pot of beer: total cost, $14.00.
After a good night's sleep and well-cooked breakfast, we set off to Canberra and had a smooth trip to the capital. Our son was busy cleaning up the house when we arrived. he introduced us to their cat, Chitchat, a pretty Tabby who was friendly to us. She had an outdoors cat run because in that particular area of Canberra, domestic cats had to be confined to their owners' houses and gardens. The fine for allowing a cat to stray was $1,000! We were told this on our arrival, however, we were not sufficiently alert to notice that Chitchat took the opportunity to escape the house while we were unloading the car. Immediately we dropped everything and scanning the streets and houses with high fences called out "Chitchat, Chitchat" all over the neighborhood. It was so fortuitous that a group of ravens were congregating menacingly and Chitchat had second thoughts about her adventure. She raced back to her yard. My husband was the hero who discovered her first. What relief to have her back! Had a neigbour reported her escape my son would have been fined. After that episode we tried to be careful with the exterior doors but she chose her moment well for the next escape. The next day I had left the back door open just a fraction when I her my son yelling: "Close the door, close the door" in a frantic voice. He bolted down the stairs and with a deft left kick diverted Chitchat's direction into the cat door. Whew! That wasn't the last time she tried. We were on the point of a breakdown even Christmas had started.


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More Blogs by Karen Laura-lee-Lee Wilson
• Holiday in Queensland - Tuesday, October 22, 2013
• Discarded Clothes - Saturday, August 31, 2013
• Party Time - Monday, August 19, 2013
• Alone in the Dark - Sunday, August 11, 2013
• Anniversaries: Past and Present - Friday, July 26, 2013
• Adjusting to Bella - Sunday, July 21, 2013
• The Coming of Bella - Tuesday, July 16, 2013
• The Ethics of Abortion - Thursday, June 20, 2013
• Ted's Itinerary - Monday, March 18, 2013
• Entertaining Ted - Thursday, March 14, 2013
• Entertaiing Ted - Thursday, March 14, 2013
• A Hectic Week Ahead - Monday, March 11, 2013
• Whew! - Monday, February 18, 2013
• The Christmas Season - Sunday, December 30, 2012
• Post Colonoscopy Operation - Thursday, November 29, 2012
• Fasting for the Procedure - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
• One Day at a Time - Wednesday, November 21, 2012
• Hurricane Sandy's Massiive Impact - Wednesday, October 31, 2012
• Update of Illness in the Family - Tuesday, October 30, 2012
• Illness in the Family - Thursday, October 25, 2012
• The Price of Getting Older - Friday, October 19, 2012
• Thursdays - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
• Abduction - Friday, September 28, 2012
• More Than a Coincidence - Monday, August 27, 2012
• Notes on My Recent Cruise in Europe - Wednesday, August 15, 2012
• Mindfulness Exercise - Sunday, August 12, 2012
• Cruising along the Danube and Rhine Rivers - Wednesday, August 01, 2012
• Honouring the Life of James Gavin Paterson - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
• 10 Days to Go - Saturday, May 26, 2012
• Autumn Lingers - Wednesday, May 09, 2012
• Holiday of a Life Time - Sunday, March 11, 2012
• Compassion for Native Animals - Saturday, February 18, 2012
•  A Bit of Chichat - Monday, January 09, 2012  

• Christmas Time - Friday, December 09, 2011
• Health Issues and Other Matters - Friday, October 07, 2011
• What's Happening in Hobart - Sunday, September 11, 2011
• Wake-Up Call - Saturday, August 27, 2011
• The Connection between Schoolyard and Workplace Bullying - Friday, August 19, 2011
• Winter in Tasmania - Friday, August 05, 2011
• A Synopsis of My Talk at the Republic Bar on 3rd July - Monday, July 04, 2011
• The Rigours of Life - Friday, July 01, 2011
• Update on My writing and Other matters - Wednesday, June 22, 2011
• Such Is Life - Wednesday, June 15, 2011


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