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A Family And Lifestyle Blog With A Tropical Seychelles Twist!

Tag: island life

Day out on a catamaran

I’ve written before about how one of the definite highlights of expat life in the Seychelles is getting to go on boat trips! Well we recently got to indulge in just that. It’s been a little while since we’ve done a boat trip.  The longest […]

A new family walk

Since Koopa got introduced to the beach on his first walk we’ve been loving taking him there! It’s becoming a real special time for us all. We jumped in the car one day last week and drove down the road to a beach near to […]

When it rains…

When you picture the Seychelles, I imagine you probably think of something like this

Seychelles

Well, it’s not always like that of course!!  We get some pretty spectacular rain here.
Generally I love it when it rains here.  However, since August we have had SO much rain, I’m getting sick of it!

It’s nothing to do with the temperature, it’s still very warm when it rains.  In fact, the slightly lower temperature is often very very welcomed!

The biggest problem is that we can’t get out of the house!!!
Apparently our house is built on an old lake so when it rains it’s very quick to flood…brilliant.
We are lucky that our house doesn’t flood but our whole garden does, I’m talking like completely underwater!

When it rains in Seychelles

That picture was taken in August, it’s generally dry at that time of year!
That wouldn’t be so bad on its own but the little path out to the road goes completely underwater too meaning that getting out with two kids is impossible!!  You can do it in a car but during the week Mark takes the car to work.

Initially Arthur was surprisingly cautious of it.  He didn’t go in it at all.  Until one day, actually it was the day my parents arrived in September, he got in and had a fantastic time! The water level had gone down a little from the photo above. He went in barefoot, true island boy style, but I was not too excited about that so I didn’t join the fun!

When it rains in Seychelles

Mum and Dad bought Arthur a new pair of George Pig welly boots and so Arthur now gets excited by the “puddles” and runs upstairs to get his welly boots on!

When we get a tiny bit of rain, or when the heavy rain starts.  The puddles are perfect for Arthur to splash around in.  Koopa likes to play around with him too!

When it rains in Seychelles When it rains in Seychelles When it rains in Seychelles

The morning after I took those photos Arthur wanted to go out in his boots again.  It had rained through the night.

When it rains in Seychelles

When it rains in Seychelles

When it rains in Seychelles
Arthur initially had lots of fun but when he got to the deepest part the water was higher then his wellies and he was not so impressed with that!

Notice the absence of Koopa in these pictures?  I tried to get our big brave guard dog to go out and play with Arthur but he was having none of it!!

When it rains. Puppy in the rain

As I write this our garden is underwater again, it rained a lot in the night!  It’s not raining right now though so fingers crossed it will drain away soon….that’s one of the benefits of island living, the soil is very sandy so water does tend to drain away quicker than you might normally expect!

 

Life Unexpected

Koopa’s first walk

Surely one of the best bits about having a dog is taking it out for a walk!   We were super excited about taking Koopa for his first walk! We bought a little harness and lead for him from a shop near by, weird that […]

Freddie’s first swim

This is a little late in coming, but here is a little about Freddie’s first swim!  We took Arthur swimming for the first time when he was 6 weeks old, so Freddie followed in his big brothers footsteps and went at 6 weeks too!! Of […]

Koopa

Meet Koopa!!

Yep, our family has increased again!  Koopa, as in Koopa Troopa from Super Mario (I know, we are pretty cool!) is our newest arrival!

You might think we are insane for getting a puppy as well as having a 2 month old baby and a 2 year old!  You might be right, but after we were burgled again we decided it was time to get a dog!  We’ve been thinking about it for a long time and this was the final straw.

So the burglary happened Monday night and by Tuesday evening we had this little guy.

Koopa

I feel like it was a ‘meant to be’ sort of situation.   Let me explain:
We told our next door neighbour what happened.  She already had 2 dogs and said we really should get one.
Randomly, later that morning her husband was given a puppy by someone he worked with (That kinda thing does just happen here as I’ll explain later).  When I saw it I asked her to let me know if she heard of any more.  Turned out there were more puppies and they brought him right on round to us.

Okay, so this might not sound like a regular way to get a dog.  I guess it isn’t.  But, here that’s totally normal.
Dogs aren’t really kept here in the way that they are in the UK.
Nearly all dogs are outside dogs.  They tend to be sort of free range too due to most people not having fences around their properties.  You see a lot of little dog packs around.  They are never intimidating though.
Lots of ‘free range’ dogs results in a lot of unwanted puppies, unfortunately not a lot of people get their dogs spayed.  Therefore it really isn’t that unusual to be offered a puppy, or a kitten for that matter!

When we got him he was 6 weeks old, he’s now 8 weeks.  I have taken him to the vet and he has been given his first vaccination and is on a months course of worming tablets.  We’ve got some flee stuff coming out from the UK this week for him too, just in case!  I couldn’t believe how cheap it was at the vets, I payed 300scr (£15)!

We are really happy to be taking in little Koopa and giving him a home where he is really wanted, looked after and truly a part of the family!

Koop is a “creole breed” essentially what that means is he’s a mutt! But he’s a super cute one!!!
He is a really lovely natured little guy and Arthur adores him.  They spend lots of time playing together outside in the garden.

Koopa and Arthur

We have to remember that as well as our family pet he is here to help with security. He sleeps outside on our veranda for three reasons

  1. So that he will be aware of anyone breaking in
    Right now he clearly is not much of a force to be reckoned with.  But, the main thing is that he will hopefully bark and generally draw attention if someone tries to break in.
  2. Because we are not totally insane and know that we need to keep Koopa separate from Freddie for now!
  3. Because Mark is actually allergic to dogs so we don’t want dog hair in the house!  Although, so far so good Mark has had no reactions to Koopa!  He has never had a dog or a cat before which is why I think he reacts to them, so I think that he will build up a tolerance!

So there you go!  The fifth member of our little island family!


Island mama! Guest post by Jen from 4128 miles

Island Mama – The BVI Diaries All being well, I am currently in hospital without Internet after having Arthur’s baby brother and having lots of tiny baby snuggles!! While I’m out of action, I thought I’d ask the lovely Jen from 4128miles.com to share a […]