Excursions resume on Monday

Pooches, my manservant has not been in the best of moods of late.  We’ve had no excursions since last Tuesday until today.  We he arose this morning he headed to his walk/run park for his usual early morning walk/run.  Starlight and I took some hope in that and we were rewarded!  When he returned to our den he said the weather was delightful and that we should undertake an early morning excursion.   Pooches, the word is that a cold front is headed in our direction and the excitement abounds in our den!  The promise of civil weather and an early excursion was good news!

Excitement filled the air as Starlight and I bounded toward the Hybridmobile.  We were pleased that excursions would be resumed and we hopped in our seats, buckled up, and we were on our way.  The Hybridmobile seemed to be excited as well and it gently carried us down the lane and onto the carriageway for our journey to my Saturday park.

Our excursion at my Saturday park was quite pleasant. A cool breeze was blowing off of my Rez and we enjoyed the signs of approaching relief from the heat of summer.  We strolled along the waterfront and searched for ‘gators but only standoffish ducks were found.  They were, apparently, in no mood to play with Starlight and me so we went about our business of sniffing the many scents and having a rousing good time of playing along the waterfront.

It was a good resumption of our strolls, pooches.  Hopefully my secretary will be bit more responsible with his duties in the future.

Sunshine

Sunshine, why do you think the ducks never want to play with us?

Sunshine, why do you think the ducks never want to play with us?

It is a fine morning at my Saturday park!

It is a fine morning at my Saturday park!

Sunshine, they've put this rubbish can in jail!

Sunshine, why have they put this rubbish can in jail!

Starlight, you know I don't like piers.  Let's run along the shore instead.

Starlight, you know I don’t like piers. Let’s run along the shore instead.

We're heading back to the faithful Hybridmobile after our early morning excursion.

We’re heading back to the faithful Hybridmobile after our early morning excursion.

 

 

 

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Silent Saturday

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Wordless Wednesday

+Bless you, pooches.

+Bless you, pooches.

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Arboretum to Rez: a dandy excursion

Pooches, today has been very much like yesterday.  My manservant headed out for his early morning walk/run and when he returned to our den he pulled the manicuring machine out of storage and began manicuring the front yard.  Just like yesterday, when he concluded his manicuring activity he came inside and suggested another early excursion.

The weather was delightfully cool and Starlight and I immediately hopped in the Hybridmobile.  The Hybridmobile decided we should go to my arboretum and go a long excursion.  The Hybridmobile glided down the lane and soon pulled into the shade-covered parking area.  As we began going to and fro on all of the trails in my park our first stop was at the short pier that is in the swampy area next to my Rez.

Pooches, we walked and walked throughout my arboretum before going off of the trail and heading into the deep woods!  It wasn’t long before I could spot my Rez through the trees and our pack soon emerged on my Trace.  We immediately headed to the waterline and enjoyed the brisk breeze coming off of the water.

Starlight, my manservant and I finally grew a wee bit weary from all of the hiking we had done and we headed back to the Hybridmobile.  It wasn’t long before lunchtime arrived and all of us marched out to our picnic bench in the recently manicured back yard where we enjoyed chicken spring rolls, radishes, and pooch treats.  We now have full bellies and are ready rest our hike-weary legs with a long afternoon nap.

Sunshine

The grasses in my swamp are showing that autumn is just around the corner.

The grasses in my swamp are showing that autumn is just around the corner.

We're going off the trail and heading into the deep woods.

We’re going off the trail and heading into the deep woods.

There's my Rez!

There’s my Rez!

It's too windy for the 'gators to be out today, Starlight.

It’s too windy for the ‘gators to be out today, Starlight.  They prefer calm water.

We probably shouldn't sit in the carriageway, Sunshine.

We probably shouldn’t sit in the carriageway, Sunshine.

You could put the camera down and pass the pooch treats!

You could put the camera down and pass the pooch treats!

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Two parks in one visit

Pooches, we’ve had a kind of slow day around our den.  My manservant dutifully completed his early morning walk/run and returned from his walk/run park to undertake the manicuring of our back yard.  After completing that task, he suggested an early excursion before his yoga class.  We were glad for the timing because the temperatures were still mild and we headed to the Hybridmobile.

Our pack has been keeping an eye on the construction of a new parking lot and another  section of multi-use trail next to my artsy-craftsy park for several weeks.  It has now been completed and the Hybridmobile was anxious to try it out.  The Hybridmobile headed down the lane in that direction.  When we arrived, the parking lot was empty and the Hybridmobile tried several parking spaces before finally selecting one.  We hopped out and headed onto the new section of multi-use trail.  After viewing a few sculptures on the lawn of the artsy-craftsy facility we walked through the woods to my adjacent sunken Trace park.  It is rather nice to be able to visit two of my parks on one visit!

As we were headed back to the Hybridmobile my manservant received a text message that notified him of the cancellation of his yoga class.  He feigned disappointment but seemed glad to be able to visit a couple of village nurseries in search of shrubs instead of attending his yoga class.

We’re finished with the shrub search and are now back at our den for an afternoon of napping.

Sunshine

Starlight, I've already claimed my artsy-craftsy park in my name!

Starlight, I’ve already claimed my artsy-craftsy park in my name!

To each his own, I always say.

To each his own, I always say.

There aren't any good smells today at your park, Sunshine.

There aren’t any good smells today at your park, Sunshine.

This bottle tree puts ours to shame.

This bottle tree puts ours to shame.

It's nice to have my sunken Trace park right next to my artsy-craftsy park.

It’s nice to have my sunken Trace park right next to my artsy-craftsy park.

Look, Sunshine, a shortcut back to the Hybridmobile.

Look, Sunshine, a shortcut back to the Hybridmobile.

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Silent Sunday

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Academic responsibilities nix excursion.

[Pooches, my apologies for the technical issues that deleted several photographs from yesterday’s excursion.  They have been corrected and the yesterday’s entire post can be seen here.]

No excursion today pooches!  My manservant is in overdrive doing final preparations for his academic responsibilities this weekend. (although I could point out that he was able to go on his walk/run AND attend his yoga class this morning).  My womanservant left us Wednesday for a distant village in New England and we will be home alone this evening and all day tomorrow.  Starlight and I are planning to party hard!

To make up for the nixed excursion, my manservant served a fine lunch of boeuf, potato and salad at our picnic bench.  The boeuf was cooked to perfection!  We are quite full and plan on immediate naps while my manservant returns to the library to finish his preparatory activities.

Perhaps I’ll see you on Silent Sunday, pooches.

Sunshine

Ribeye of boeuf, baked potato, and a wedge of lettuce does a fine job of replacing my missed excursion!

Rib eye of boeuf, baked potato, and a wedge of lettuce does a fine job of replacing my missed excursion!

The time between placing a bite of boeuf on the table and giving us the 'alright' command seems to be growing longer and longer.

The time between placing a bite of boeuf on the table and giving us the ‘alright’ command seems to be growing longer and longer.

Starlight and I dutifully assist in after lunch cleanup in the kitchen.

Starlight and I dutifully assist in after lunch cleanup in the kitchen.

 

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A play date with Cousin Maggie

Pooches, we had hardly gotten out of bed early this morning when Cousin Maggie arrived to spend the day with us.  Starlight and I were surprised and quickly went into our roles as proper hostesses!  My manservant decided that rather than going on his early morning walk/run, he was going to spend the time in the kitchen preparing a meal that takes the better part of a day to prepare and cook.  Cousin Maggie, Starlight and I stayed far away from the kitchen as knives were fairly flying as all kinds of chopping, slicing, mincing, grinding, browning, and braising were going on.

When the dish had finally been prepared and placed in the oven for six hours, my manservant said it was going to be hot today and we’d better undertake an excursion early. I claimed ‘shotgun’ and buckled up in the front seat of the Hybridmobile and Cousin Maggie and Starlight buckled up in the back seat.  My manservant asked the Hybridmobile (which was quite proud of having all of its seats occupied and turned on its ‘No Vacancy” sign).  The Hybridmobile purred down the lane and soon arrived at my manservant’s walk/run park.

What a stroll we had, pooches, pointing out various features of the park to Cousin Maggie and telling her of unusual scents we had discovered in the past.  We had an energetic walk around the creek and enjoyed a bevy of different smells. As we walked past the west pasture, four deer were spotted bounding into the distant forest!  Of course all of us pooches barked heartily but my manservant held fast onto our leashes.

When lunchtime rolled around I was hoping my manservant would have a special treat for us because of Cousin Maggie’s visit.  We marched to the picnic bench in anticipation of what would be served.

Pooches, would you serve veggie sushi to a guest? Sheesh!

Sunshine

We start on our excursion stroll at my manservant's walk/run park.

We start on our excursion stroll at my manservant’s walk/run park.

Cousin Maggie checks to see if my manservant is still behind us.

Cousin Maggie checks on my manservant because he keeps lagging behind us.

Starlight checks out the stonemason's work on the middle bridge.

Starlight inspects the stonemason’s work on our middle bridge.

We stroll in formation to see if it makes it easier to walk like it makes it easier to fly for geese. Finding: nope.

We stroll in formation to see if it makes it easier to walk like it makes it easier to fly for geese. Our finding: nope.

Cousin Maggie leads the way as we head back to the Hybridmobile.

Cousin Maggie leads the way as we head back to the Hybridmobile.

It's fun to ride shotgun! You can see much more than when you're in the back seat.

It’s fun to ride shotgun! You can see much more than when you’re in the back seat.

A wee bit skittish of the chopsticks at first, Cousin Maggie learned to master them as the tries her first bite of sushi.

A wee bit skittish of the chopsticks at first, Cousin Maggie learned to master them as the tries her first bite of sushi.

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Wordless Wednesday

A hearty early-morning breakfast of egg, cheese grits, pineapple and bacon is enjoyed at the picnic bench before we attack the duties of the day.

A hearty early morning breakfast of egg, cheese grits, pineapple and bacon is enjoyed at the picnic bench before we attack the duties of the day.

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Grooming Day

Pooches, my manservant headed out for his early morning walk/run about the same time as my womanservant was delivering Starlight to a morning at her groomer’s.  Being home alone for a while made for a perfectly undisturbed morning nap and I made the most of it!  My undisturbed time was extended because my manservant stayed outside after he returned from his walk/run in order to work in his garden and do various housekeeping activities on our patio.

In mid-morning my manservant came inside and worked on his upcoming academic weekend responsibilities.  Taking a break at lunchtime, he ran an errand to the market and returned to begin grilling uncured boeuf dogs!  Hurray!  Just as they were cooked to perfection, the buns properly toasted, everything assembled and we were marching out to our picnic bench, the groomer called and said Starlight was ready to be released.  A change in plans was immediately implemented and said hot dogs were packed in the picnic hamper while I retrieved a tablecloth.  We packed everything in the Hybridmobile and headed off to retrieve Starlight and visit my Saturday park on my Rez!

Starlight (looking quite proud of her new furdo) hopped in the Hybridmobile when we arrived at her groomer’s and the Hybridmobile ferried us to our destination.  The weather was still very pleasant and we had a grand time romping along the waterfront after we had chomped down on our boeuf dogs.

We have full bellies now and will, no doubt, enjoy our afternoon naps!

Sunshine

It's another beautiful day for an excursion.

It’s another beautiful day for an excursion at my Rez.

Sunshine, you're facing the wrong way for a picture.

Sunshine, you’re facing the wrong way for a picture.

After his healthy lunch yesterday, my manservant gave into the craving for two uncured boeuf hot dogs. Woo hoo!

After his healthy lunch yesterday, my manservant gave in to the craving for two uncured boeuf hot dogs. Woo hoo!

Now you see it.

Now you see it.

Now you don't!

Now you don’t!

 

 

 

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