Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Room on the Broom

Sadly I missed taking part in Louis' Blogville May Challenge about favourite stories but today I would like to share some photos of a trip to Anglers' Country Park last week where we found lots of fun carvings of the characters from 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. It is a fun story about a witch who agrees to give a lot of different creatures a ride on her broom after they have helped her to find things that have blown away - her hat, her bow, her wand....When the broom breaks under the weight of all the creatures it looks like disaster but everything turns out well in the end!

This is the start of our walk around the lake. As you can see, Crybbe came too, and the puppies in the buggy and Magic as well as some other doggies who enjoyed the morning walk.

 This was the first carving - the dog who found the witch's hat when it blew away.

                                And this is the parrot who found the witch's hair bow.

And here is the frog who found the witch's wand. The puppies wanted to pose by this one and I am just telling them about the story so they know why the frog has a wand!

             This is the dragon that tried to eat the witch! He looks a bit drunk here BOL

And the best one of all - the witch and her cat on her broom with her cauldron..and me!

Of course, being a country park, there was plenty of other good things to see so here are a few more pictures of the lake and the geese and flowers we saw there..as well as the dogs having fun.

Irises beside the lake.

                                                    Canada geese with their goslings.



Lottie by the lake

Magic in the dandelions

The puppies enjoying the view

Crybbe (and Lottie's head!)

It was a lovely sunny morning and we all had a great time finding the carvings and having a run by the lake. I hope we can go back there another day.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

A Trip to the Coast and a Show

Last weekend, I went all the way up to Scotland with my brother Danny and Judith for a Championship Show in Edinburgh. I have not been to many shows and I am still trying to make up my mind if I enjoy them or not. Danny loves strutting round the ring and meeting people and he gained second place in Puppy Dog class ( which qualifies him to go to Crufts next year).

                                               This is Danny looking just a bit smug BOL
I came away with Reserve which is 4th but we both have lovely rosettes to remind us of the day.

Anyway, as it was a long journey to Edinburgh for the show, we stayed with a friend in Newcastle upon Tyne on the way there and on the way back. While we were staying there, we had a day out at Newbiggin by the Sea and enjoyed a run about and explore of the coast.

The beach was quite stony but there were lots of interesting smells and some pretty flowers.

                                                  There was even a dog friendly café :-)

                           We had a fun time all round but we were happy to get back home too.

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Poplar Hawk Moth

 This picture is of a moth!! Not a cute affenpinscher moth like me BOL but a Poplar Hawk Moth. My peeps have raised some of these from tiny caterpillars and let them overwinter as chrysalides in the shed until the Spring...and now they are beginning to emerge.

This is the special house that the hawk moth caterpillars lived in when they first arrived here.

And this is one of the hungry caterpillars - they munched their way through the poplar leaves and grew bigger and bigger every day.

                   As they got bigger, they cast off their skin - you can see on this photo.

Eventually they stopped eating and began to spin themselves a chrysalis to sleep and transform themselves. These moths like to hibernate and transform under the earth so my peeps made an earth bed for them and put it away safely in the shed to wait for Spring.

A few weeks ago when the weather began to get warmer, the earth box was brought into the house and covered with a tall shelter of netting..and one by one the moths began to emerge. They came out one at a time and when their wings had dried and they were ready to leave they were released in the evening to enjoy the night air and to find a mate. Sadly these moths only live a short time, long enough to find a mate, for eggs to be laid and then they flutter away across the Rainbow Bridge.

Here is the last photo of this moth before it flew off into the night.

If you would like to see more about moths of the winged kind, there is a wonderful blog called  The Silkmoth Spinner - click on the name to visit the blog..

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Safari Village Visit

We still have four of the puppies with us as their new families are not ready to take them home just yet so Judith and Leigh are taking them out and about in the pet buggy to see the sights in Yorkshire. The other day, they had a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and I went along to keep an eye on them.

Dogs are not allowed in the actual wildlife park where the animals are in case they scare them but we are allowed in the Safari Village with its shops and cafes. It is very busy there - just right for socialising puppies!

Here are the pups in the buggy at the café where the peeps had coffee and cakes. I managed to get a little smidgen of cake as you can see BOL

There was a pretty dress shop there and the lady who ran it invited us all to come in.

                    I kept a watch on the puppies while the peeps looked at the clothes.

The lady was very happy to see the puppies and came to have a closer look at them.

The puppies loved to see everything that was going on.

We spent quite a while in the dress shop but at last it was time to go out into the sunshine again.

                                               I posed for a few photos outside in the sun.

And then it was time to head home. We took a shortcut through the big shop selling animal gifts.

And I had a good look round and posed for another photo beside a big polar bear model!

It was a fun day out even if we didn't get to see the wild animals and the pups enjoyed it too.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Literary Benches

Yesterday I went for a stroll with the peeps through the nature reserve at Barlow. It was not a very warm or sunny day but I had a good time and we came across a lot of benches carved with literary quotations! This one read: A poor life this, if full of care we have no time to stand and stare.

This sign was showing all the kinds of creatures and plants that can be seen here at different times of the year. We saw some but not many of the ones on this picture.

Here I am setting off from the car park. Dogs have to be on lead as there are all sorts of wild creatures here that might be disturbed by dogs running free but I didn't mind.

The hawthorn bushes were all out in blossom - some peeps call this bush "May" as it flowers in May.

Here I am kind of posing by the bluebells. I did not want to stand still for the photo as you can see!

There were lots of rabbits around but they did not want to stay for long and kept hiding in the bushes.

As well as the benches there were carved posts along the pathway showing some of the plants and creatures that can be seen here at different times of the year.

This one said: Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience - I haven't quite managed to adopt that pace yet BOL!

And this one: In every walk in nature one receives far more than one seeks

        And: I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree...

We did not see any butterflies but I think it was too cold for them - they love the sun!

                            There were geese swimming on the lake there too.

      Well I hope you enjoyed seeing those benches - I had to be posed on every one!

But I did enjoy the walk and hope we can go back in the summer when we may see butterflies.