Cost of Country Living


This morning I went to Maleny.  I had several things to do and they all cost money.  I began to think about this and realised that we would have none of these expenses if we lived in the city.  Mind you there would be other costs, and wild horses would not drag me back to suburbia.

I picked up our 4 new point of lay pullets, otherwise known as the new chickens.  Here they are.

2011-12-12 01Then I paid for the repairs to the ride-on mower.

2011-12-12 02The Duke had managed to break a link in the steering when he last used it.  We have sloping land which is scattered with volcanic rocks (boulders, actually) which are mostly submerged and other obstacles such as large tree roots.  We need this mower as there is a lot of grass to keep mowed.  Here is part of the backyard.

2011-12-12 03I took Psycho Dog to the vet as I had found another 2 paralysis ticks on him this morning.  He had one a couple of months ago which made him quite sick but luckily this time he is not too bad.  It will still cost me quite a bit for the antidote.

I have bought a new tick collar (due for one) today, also.

My final purchase for the day will be online.  I am going to buy a set of dog clippers so that I can keep his coat really short as that is the only feasible way to be able to find the ticks. The cost of the set of clippers is less than one dose of tick antidote so a cost-effective purchase.  Previously, a friend would clip him about every 4-5 months but because of the extreme tick season this year he needs clipping about every 3 weeks.  She is no longer doing it so I have decided to do the clipping myself.  He is a border collie with a thick, double-coat which makes it almost impossible to locate the ticks.  We live in a tick-prone area but the ticks are particularly bad this year.  Perhaps it is because of the wet summer we had last year?

This is what Psycho Dog looks like when he is clipped.  I think he is quite handsome.

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8 thoughts on “Cost of Country Living

  1. Is anyone else having this problem? Please let me know if you do.
    Any suggestions on what I can do? I want my friends to be able to read and enjoy without this sort of trash getting in the way.

  2. As regards the epidemic of ticks, I am told that because of the good season last summer, there is a proliferation of bandicoots which are “hosts” to ticks. Gardens are being invaded by bandicoots thus bringing ticks into yards where pets (& children) play. The advice is to check your pets and children and yourselves when returning from an outing in the yard/garden. However, psycho dog looks very smart and clean with his fresh haircut. Hope you can keep him free of ticks.

  3. I would love to know where you are going to buy your clippers from? I had our golden done today ($70) and I would like to do the upkeep myself.

  4. TJ

    The Duke has previously looked closely at the various options online. Tonight we will stop procrastinating and order some. I will let you know what we decide on. We think the important thing is not to necessarily buy the cheapest one, especially since he has a thick coat. Your golden would be the same, I expect. I will do another post once I have my first go at hairdressing and maybe a photo of my efforts as long as it is not too bad.

  5. Thanks for letting me know. I cannot guarantee a quick fix but I am certainly going to see what I can do. I am quite annoyed because I have intentionally made this blog free of all sorts of extraneous ads and clutter.

    I would appreciate it if everyone could be patient while I try to sort it out.

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