I have been absent from regular blogging for a while as life at our home has become utterly chaotic with the arrival of two more puppies (this is without our four rescue cats!). We found them under our neighbour’s car and didn’t have the heart to take them to Kyrenia Animal Rescue centre as there was little likelihood of them being adopted given the number of stray dogs and puppies in North Cyprus.
Our two youngest arrivals, Milly and Molly, stay in the house at night as they are too small to be left alone with our bigger puppies. Our two bigger dogs sleep in the shed beside our house as, left out, they attack our furniture and garden.
But unfortunately Ziggy, our larrikin pup, wakes at unearthly hours like 4.30am and begins to yell, scream and batter at the door of our shed where he and Zoe sleep. Ordinarily, we’d let him run his course but we now have neighbours on holiday in the apartment above us so can’t exactly have Ziggy hollering until he drops of exhaustion.
So we take it in turns to get up and let the big dogs out of their shed, wait until they’ve all run around having the oh-be-joyfuls, then go back to sleep on our big sofa which is like a day bed. With any luck our vet has managed to obtain some calmative drops for Ziggy and we are also treating him herbally. He’s a very damaged little dog, obviously been mistreated and then abandoned before we got hold of him and has great fear and abandonment issues. So fingers crossed we can sort him out.
As you can imagine, this is not exactly the best environment for creative endeavours as we are tired from interrupted sleep and also need to keep an eye on four puppies cavorting around our home and garden. So I’ve given away the writing and artwork at present and I’ve been rather enjoying playing around with Photoshop and working on some scenic photos I’ve taken in North Cyprus. It’s amazing what you can create by fiddling with Photoshop’s various tools, although I’m still finding my way around this programme. Here are some digitally altered photos I’ve created over the past few days. I’ve had great fun, found it very relaxing, and a constructive way to be creative given our current circumstances: