Thursday, August 25, 2011

Puppy Love

New puppy at our house!
Cali's a one year old Labradoodle, ... heavy on the Doodle. At about 30 pounds, we don't expect her to get much bigger, as she's a pretty good "lap-dog" at this size. She comes from a family in Nanaimo, and as situations changed, a new home was needed. We feel lucky to have her as part of our family now.
Lucky too, that the dog park is just across the way, and folks take their dogs daily at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a good run and socializing. (both the people and the dogs!) 
We've always used resources at the Library, and guess what? They have Cesar the "Dog Whisperer" books and tapes. We've only had her for three days, and I suppose bad habits or patterns could already be apparent, but so far, so good. I have to learn to be the Alpha "Mom" and all things take time. She sleeps well (on our bed, as we're big suckers) and I'm learning to walk her on a leash. The plan for next month is to take Cali camping with us to the ocean. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Garden Pics

For whatever reason, I've been having a difficult time publishing posts lately. Perhaps my computer has 'something' going on, or perhaps it's just 'operator error'! Let's try again!

This is a peek at Damali Lavender Farm . Lots going on there, and a real treat to be there, and walk the Labyrinth.

 I'm becoming more and more interested in Labyrinths, their history and uses. I'm studying, just to be better informed, of course, but also to be able to facilitate walks, here in Honeymoon Bay. Years ago when the Retreat was asking for community input, I requested a Labyrinth, and they built one, so I need to go and make use of it.

This is how my side garden looks today. I can hardly believe my good fortune at how lush this double blue clematis is. Fish fertilizer, early on when it was setting buds is the only thing I can think of. Lucky me!
Tea time, so I'm going to take a 'cuppa' out to the garden.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Camping Trip

We recently went on the first camping trip of the season. I'm feeling that the 'summer' is getting away from us, with its' late start and not many sunny days in a row. However, I'm determined to make the best of it, so off we went to San Juan River Bridge campsite.

We walked down along the river, and at the edge I spotted a bunch of black stuff. ... As we got closer the black stuff revealed itself to be tadpoles!
What happens to frogs after they lay eggs? The campsite was really quiet at night, but I bet it will be full of froggies singing in about a month or so!