And so this happened…

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Putting up an extra fence

Did we write about all the upsides of house sitting the other day? Today was a not-so-much upside when Anders woke up to the sound of a very upset rooster and noise of the sheep a little too close…

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Preparations for extra fence

Three of the sheep had escaped and ran around in the garden… Not smart enough to keep quiet though.

So Anders got out their food/snack and had them follow him back in on the right side of the fence, and then started mending while I was out shopping.

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A lot of work to secure the fence

So we’ve spent a big part of the day putting up an extra fence outside the previous one, and to make sure the electric fence is back on track. Sheep are known to be escape artists, so we really don’t want to have them out again.

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Tomatoes in all shapes and colors

A very nice surprise today was the visit of a former host + dog from a former house sit in the area. Lovely to see them again, and on Saturday we’re invited for dinner! It truly is something special to get back to places and people we know since before.

Ciao for now!
//Wivan

Guest blogger: Ervilhas, the little pea

*tap, tap, tap*
AmaIon, amIon, amIon?!? Seriously, Am I on? Can you see me? Or read?!

Hey! Can you see me?!

Hey! Can you see me?!

Oh, My Dawg. This IS pawsome. Really, really pawsome. Like me. I am Little Miss Pawsome. But my mommy calls me Ervilhas, it means “the little pea” in Portugese. Not an appropriate name if you ask me. I’m a great dog, not a small pea.

See my beautiful everything

See my beautiful everything

Well, I am on, and here I am. Can you see me?!? I mean, read me? Well, I love you. Not from the beginning, then I’m usually a bit afraid of new people, but as soon as you’ve petted me twice, I LOVE YOU. Seriously. I LOOOOVE YOU. With all my tail. And ears. And paws. My paws can be everywhere, ’cause I’m a parcour professional. As well as a jumping-up-and-down-professional. And a in-your-human-face-professional. I’m pretty much a professional at everything and anything, for example eating. I might be thin and so, but my dawg do I love food! Especially human food. Sometimes even what’s called garbage. If it tastes good. Most things taste good. Except fresh carrots. They’re for those silly humans.

I've domesticated this human.

I’ve domesticated this human.

Guess you’ve seen my “friend”, Lucky, here on the blog. She’s sort of my friend, but only sometimes. You know, she’s a BIG dog, I mean HUGE, and when HUGE gets excited and wants to play – that’s a lot of play and excitement for a Pawsome gal like I. And she wants to sleep in my bed, which is way to small for her, but she doesn’t seem to notice. (I think she’s a little stupid).

Lucky trying to kill me. Or we play. Don't know.

Lucky trying to kill me. Or we play. Don’t know.

But, she’s really fun and nice at times. As long as she doesn’t come close to my bed in the morning, ’cause then I’ll give her my scary face and growl, and maybe bark a little. I have quite an amazing voice for being such petite Pawsomeness. I can snore like a rottweiler. You don’t believe me?! Well, I’ve heard that we might get complaints from the neighbors due to my snoring.

Don’t believe those humans though, they’re a bit weird. Except for when they do what I think they should be doing – like snuggle with me, pet me, cover me in warm blankets, let me stay on their lap, allow me to be on the couch or take me out for long fun walks. Then I like the humans. And when they feed me. Then they’re like really really cool.

Me on vacation. Or something. A walk maybe. I don't care. It was fun.

Me on vacation. Or something. A walk maybe. I don’t care. It was fun.

Did you know I can move so fast there’s like NO camera able to catch med? Well, see here! I’m pretty proud myself.

This is me!

This is me!

I am in this picture, but you probably can’t see it, cause you’re a human. Right?! See, I was right, you ARE a human, and therefor you can’t really see all of my pawsomeness. But I tell you, I can move like nothing else – it’s like a mix of kangaroo, rabbit, deer and dawg. This means I’m a Super Dawg. I have special powers.

I can be everywhere at the same time.

I can be everywhere at the same time.

OK, it was fun that you could see me, and this pawsomenessiness text I’ve made.

Tchau! // Ervilhas

Stay cool people!

Stay cool people!

Guest blogger: Lucky the Dog

They call me Lucky the Dog, but I prefer using my real titles: Neighborhood Police and Cheerleader In Charge.

On the Jawb outside our house

On the Jawb outside our house

You see, I’m the one who take all the shifts in the neighborhood nobody else wants, and make sure the job gets done. Some of the things I am in charge of:

* Getting all the cats home fast – they should be with their people or wherever they belong.
* Body guarding my humans.
* Traffic control, focusing on odd vehicles like a little red truck and some of the mopeds.
* Keeping cows away from my humans.
* When humans aren’t excited enough, I start the cheer leading, jumping up and down on all four, making funny faces, wag my tail excitedly and do breathing exercises to get them in a good mood.
* Noticing all odd behavior in the neighborhood, like when new people or cars come, if one of the kids run in a wrong way or anything that’s simply not part of our daily routine around here.
* Protecting my humans from any other humans – no one (except for one or two nice people) can come close. Everybody is a threat to my human’s safety. Really, this job is serious.

This person in so SLOW!

This person in so SLOW!

If I were the one to decide for all the dogs on the island, I would throw a huge Bark and Play Fest for everyone, it would be paw changing.

I have my own driver and sometimes I have to shout directions to her from my comfortable back seat

I have my own driver and sometimes I have to shout directions to her from my comfortable back seat

It’s sort of odd though, since about two months I’ve had two foreign humans I attend to. They showed up one day and stayed all this time. Now one of them have left. They must be under some human protection program or something, hiding out here on this island.

Usually, when we don’t have these foreigners here, I make sure to have some hours of calm and quiet around, sending the humans to WOWK – that makes them feel important and useful. Actually, as both you and I know, it’s just a day care center. The people that I’ve been protecting now know it’s a cover and see life as a big day care center anyways, so they call it a “Time Out”. Don’t know if there’s a difference, really.

We had to take one of the humans to the airport

We had to take one of the humans to the airport

Oh, I forgot to tell you about my assistant. She’s small and very energetic, skinny and not as furry as I am (not as pretty either if you ask me) but she does a good job making sure the humans are under constant surveillance. Well, almost. Sometimes we need to sleep and the humans sneak out on their own, but we have lots of dogs that bark as soon as they see them, so it’s all part of my plan.

Ervilhas guarding the human's stuff

Ervilhas guarding the human’s stuff

I’m pretty good at my job monitoring the humans too, keeping them on a lead almost all the time, making sure they get their daily exercise and when they walk to slowly I simply pull them along in the lead they are attached to. Works like a charm!

Exercising a human

Exercising a human

Sometimes, I can be bribed. Just a little. Bread is my weak spot, so if a human comes up with a piece of bread, there is a slight chance my focus on the duties fades for a moment.

I can make humans do anything. Look at this funny picture!

I can make humans do anything. Look at this funny picture!

When I’m off duty I enjoy chilling out in the sun. Often, some silly cat come at those times and I need to do my jawb, helping them get up to speed and run fast home to mommy… If they’re not fast enough I might just taste them, I mean chase them, a little. It’s not safe for cats to move slowly – there can come a car or a monster or something…

Stay pawsome!

Stay pawsome!

Well, it’s been nose meeting you! Maybe I’ll get my paws on this computer again soon.
Until then – remember to wag your tail daily!

// Lucky, NPD (Neighborhood Police District)

Spontaneous day

Seems to be extra easy to be spontaneous today – you ever noticed some days are different than others? I guess it’s our mental state doing that, but anyhow.

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Beautiful path down the mountain

This morning, after a nice walk with Lucky-the-Dog and some stretching/movment and brunch, I felt such big feelings of love I just couldn’t stay inside or by the computer – had to get out. Wanted to go to one of my favorite spots on the island, by some lakes inland but as I drove towards the place I realized it was to cloudy and misty for it to be any sight whatsoever by the lakes. Instead I went back to Fajã Lopo Vaz, where Anders and I went hiking one of our first weeks here.

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Parcour dog

Today little Irviljish was my company, and I thought we would just take a little walk – not do the entire hike down to the Fajã – but, as we walked along the trail it was so good conditions, the temperature perfect, the grass newly cut along the trail and so we went on until we reached the beach!

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Fajã Lopo Vaz, Flores

Last time Anders and I were here we never reached the water but today I managed to do that.

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Happy dog

On the way back up the cliffs I was sweating like crazy and understood the value of not wearing cotton, like I did today. It gets really wet and cold after a while. And smells!

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Some type of jelly fish

So, though I had a different plan, I went along with what felt good at the moment and had such a lovely time with little Miss Pawsome.

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Two tired girls

This afternoon Anders will be back in Sweden, going to my mom’s place overnight, and tomorrow visit the storage with all our boxes to pick up some things. Glad he had a safe flight back and a bit touched by him being in Sweden – feels odd to know he’s there and I’m here.

// Wivan – off to get ice cream

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Charming red face

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Unusual to see bikes here on Flores

Sometimes…

… this is what a morning looks like for us at Flores.

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View over the southern part of Lajes

Today we brougt our breakfast up the mountain “behind” our village.

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Sunshine with a view

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Lucky was most excited about our morning tour

Usually Wivan is the one getting up first, while Anders is the one staying up late at night. This morning we got up at the same time and left the house before 8.30.

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Our picnic lover #1

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Enjoying the sun and the view

It’s something special to get out on a sunny morning like this. We’re grateful to be here and to catch some of the moments that show up.

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Morning coffee above sea level

After four weeks in Flores…

… this is part of what we’ve done, seen and experienced.

Driving a scooter

Driving a scooter

Barbeque dinner

Barbeque dinner

Quiet and peaceful sightseeing

Quiet and peaceful sightseeing

Stunning view of Ponta Delgada in Flores

Stunning view of Ponta Delgada in Flores

Swimming in the Atlantic

Swimming in the Atlantic

Useful hamam-towels from Istanbul

Useful hamam-towels from Istanbul

Our new friend: Lucky

Our new friend: Lucky

Spectacular Fajã Lopo Vaz

Spectacular Fajã Lopo Vaz

Fajã Lopo Vaz

Fajã Lopo Vaz

Hiking in beautiful locations

Hiking in beautiful locations

Trying our best to take pictures up in the clouds

Trying our best to take pictures up in the clouds

Pictures of friendship...

Pictures of friendship…

... arranging pictures of friendship...

… arranging pictures of friendship…

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Lots of cooking going on

Lots of cooking going on

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Classy "fika" with brownie, coffee and pink sparkling wine

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Flowering beauty

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Rain, storm & rainbows

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At the beach

Thanks for following us and joining our journey! More pictures and stories to come.

// Anders & Wivan

Did we say storm?

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This morning's walk in heavy rain and mist

This morning it wasn’t raining at all when I got out with Lucky. So I left the rain pants at home when we drove off in the car to get out of the village.

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Selfie on the walk...

Driving up the hills it was all white and misty. And raining. Quite heavy rain by the time we got out of the car. And I was laughing at my foolish choice of leaving the water proof pants at home when I was totally soaked after about three minutes out in the rain. The water trailed along the legs down into my socks and shoes.

We didn’t walk for long and when getting back into the car a guy stopped and asked if everything was ok. ‘Everything is great’ was my respons, giggling when entering the driver’s seat soaking wet.

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A cup of tea in front of the kitchen door

Back in the house I found that even my t-shirt and underwear were soaked, and I learned my lesson (until next time).

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Today we kept the shutters closed on all windows

It’s been raining in underneath the entrance door today, and the windows in the kitchen door are the only ones that haven’t got shutters. So I was sitting on the counter top, drinking tea and listening to a podcast while Anders took a bath.

The forecast looks like it’s going to continue being quite windy and somewhat rainy the coming days. Though, since things tend to shift fast here, we can probably also get some sun between the showers tomorrow.

// Wivan, now warm and cozy while the wind keeps on and the rain hits the shutters