Thursday, 29 July 2010
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
I love wild flowers, some might call them weeds, but I insist they are wildflowers and they are very welcome to grow on our very unruly, wild property. I couldn't find a nice bunch of wild daisies to photograph Daisy amongst, however I think she looks lovely nestled in amongst the Queen Anne's Lace.
Friday, 23 July 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010
This four Yorkshire men sketch is one of my Monty Python favorites, helps that I live with a Yorkshire man. A bit of trivia, our kennel name of Dinsdale was derived from one of the Monty Python characters....guess I've dated myself :-D
Friday, 16 July 2010
So tranquil after the storm passed and the sun came out for a few moments. However earlier this morning....... I woke up to a HUGE rainy downpour and Gussy yipping downstairs. Stumbled out of bed, it's 5:15am and I quickly hobble (bad knees I don't move smoothly in the morning) downstairs and let Gussy outside. When I open the door, she sees the sheets of rain falling off the roof of the house and Gussy puts her breaks on! Sorry girl, out you go. For a dog that can barely walk she darts down the steps for the cover of the greenhouse to do her business. I knew she wouldn't come back up the steps, so I wander through the house hoping the rest of the dogs remain quiet into my grooming room where the outside door to the greenhouse area is located to let her in. Poor Gussy is down on her side, soaking wet and because of the angle and position she is not able to get on her feet....out I go to help her up, she scrambles inside, and proceeds to fall over every time she tries to shake the wet off her body. Making it back into the main house, I am still thinking, if I can get her in a crate I can sneak back to bed for another hour. I look behind me, no Gussy, I walk around the corner and she is pooping in my living room...excellent! (big sigh) I clean it up, hustle her into a crate and trip back upstairs to my bed....how was your morning?? For those that don't know, Gussy has spinal nerve damage and is slowly losing her mobility. She does a fantastic impression of a drunken sailor. This has been going on for some time, we have her on high daily doses of steroids which keeps her fairly upright, but it does mean she consumes large quantities of water and must go to the bathroom often, like every hour during the day, sometimes more. She can sleep about 4-5 hours at night then MUST go outside and quickly, thus my stumbling down stairs as fast as my old sore knees can manage routine every morning. There is no pain involved for Gussy and as long as she can get herself more or less in and out the door, enjoys a healthy appetite and keeps a smile on her face we will just deal with the rest, and hey, sleep is over-rated.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
I tied Clover out to a picnic table (being a cruel, nasty, mean owner :-) in an attempt to get some photos of more then then just her zooming around the yard. Well....I got one shot (above) and lots of the tortured soul shots (below) In actuality she was yawning to show me just how BORING my photo shoot idea was.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
I have been wanting a SLR digital camera for a few years, finally Mick picked one up off of Kijiji. A Canon EOS. I am just learning how to use it and it should be great for capturing the schnauzers in motion. Here are a couple of recent photos of flowers in the garden taken with the new camera.
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
I think the most energetic thing I will do today is wander over to these chairs with a cold beverage. Below are a couple photos taken last night of Token picking peas. Spots a juicy pea pod Quick look to see if anyone else has noticed the tasty treasures on the vine. Helps herself
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Southern Ontario is being blasted with heat and humidity everyone is feeling it. We have the A/C on high and dogs (and humans) are mostly hiding indoors. Tonight Token came out with me to pick some peas for dinner. It's not often we see her tongue hanging out, notice her smiling expression. This is bliss for Token.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Sometimes I forget Clover is only 5 months old, she has really fit into our home, big bonus, all the dogs lover her. She is (usually) an absolute delight. Devilish for sure, but overall a real pleasure. Clover is the first Fiddle pup I have kept for myself, Fiddle was such a bright and busy puppy, her naughty antics seldom failed to make me laugh, Clover is very much her mothers daughter.