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Monday, July 25, 2011

Dear Deer, Please Don't Play On The Road

Saturday on our way out to a dog show, don't we get a glimpse of one of the two fawns heading across the road. I've seen one mother with her 2 fawns over the last few weeks, just never had my camera with me. Well, it was right behind my seat, so I slowed down, grabbed it and shot these pics through the van's window before the last one went off into the bush.

can you see it? just off to the left
we were able to get a little closer, then it disappeared

We stopped the van in the area we saw them cross, but no signs of mother or her fawns in the bush.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

An Unwanted Disappearing Act

Finally, summer has arrived ... and BOY has it arrived with a vengeance! It's been sweltering hot/humid for well over the last week and our gorgeous swimming pool that we finally got all the ph's and chlorine levels just right, has been pushing 80 F, guess around 24 C. With not so cool nights it's been staying around that temp.

Well ... Sunday morning I could hear a noise out the patio door ... it wasn't the a/c as the sound was a bit too far from the house ... it was the pool pump making a weird sound. I look out and sheesh, the water level was almost below the intake area. So out I go to at least turn off the pump and don't I step into a squishy water area! OH MY! there is a trickling water leak right down at the bottom.

Talk about my heart dropping ... I couldn't see where it might leaking from, just knew it was obviously somewhere 5' down. Mike got home from his errands and in he went to see if we could find a tear/crack. As he walked around in the area of where the water was, the water started to bubble even more and with the added pressure sure enough you could see the tear appear, right on the very bottom of the pool.

Within 24 hrs the pool was well over 2/3 rds empty ....
that brown spot ... well that's the tear with the sand under the pool showing thru

It's now Tuesday, and guess what, the higher temps haven't let up, with the prediction of upwards of 93F/34C into this weekend, and that's not with the humidex added in! Some are predicting we could get up to 41-44C with the humidex.

Oh, humbug .... wouldn't you know it!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our Baie St Paul, PQ Dog Show Trip

We (Marylou and I) took off this past weekend for a dog show, in an area of our vast country, Canada, that I haven't travelled through. It was a show in a small town, east of Quebec City called Baie St Paul that is situated on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River. It's a quaint, artistic town, all homes/business so very well kept. Everything, from what seemed to be freshly painted surfaces, to colourful roofs, coloured vinyl siding, manicured lawns with flowers, shrubs and trees that seemed to be planted just so.

The great weather made the trip that more enjoyable.

Small outdoor cafes lined the main street & intersection in the downtown area.
A long mural lined a rock face along a small river in town - this is just one section where if you look closely there are actual train tracks on the flat surface.
one of the art galleries lawn art
Afternoon milking
On Sunday afternoon we headed up the road and visited two cheese factories. This one makes their cheese from their sheep.
This dog lives with his flock. A sign said, 'Dog working, don't disturb'

We took a walk down the board walk ... looking out onto the river as the sun started to set

Breeze .... sticks were there to relax and chew on
Marylou with the two girls at the motel coming back from their afternoon walk
Breeze is on her left, Pumpkin on her right

the daisy hill behind our motel (looking down towards the town) .... I didn't have my camera the 1st time Pumpkin decided it was the best place to roll ... the 2nd time she started to, but it was just a bit too hot to really get into it
Pumpkin did come away with a 3pt win going Best of Breed/Puppy Breed; sister Ch Breeze added a Group 4th to her winnings


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Puppies - Oh how they grow

The Whistler x Ruby litter are now just over 8 wks of age ... how time flies and what fun I've had with this litter. They've been such little dolls, taking every new adventure their grandma Linda (Whistler's owner) has thrown at them. With all she's done, there has to be some great agility stars in there.

Today it was lovely out, and, well, why not hang puppy laundry out to dry. Sure beats listening to them go plop, bang, thump in the dryer.

This is Ruby's boy at just over 8 wks of age ... he is so reminiscent of his father. A star we hope.
Here's the larger girl, she's now off to her new home and is called "Reno".

Have you ever tried taking pics of sleeping dogs while in the house? No sooner do you open a door and they're all up. Well, slowly, cm by cm I opened the patio door .. yes I got a few heads pop up a couple of times hearing the noise, but they went back to their snoozing, so I was able to capture these precious moments.
here's "Mighty Tot", the smallest girl who is likely to mature around 131/4-13 1/2.
Ruby has been the greatest mom, always wanting to be with them. She'll stand by their pen outside to be picked up and put in with them. Now that there is just the one left she's more than happy to be her best mate.
Oh, a bit of a stretch .... this afternoon lazing is just the thing ...
back to sleep ... life is so tough ... she'll be headed to her new home in a couple of days



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