Sunday, 27 May 2012

Well we are enjoying lovely weather. When I am over at my dad's Song loves to be out in the garden and Maggie, my dad's old Staffy likes to join her.

This was the best I could get of Maggie, as she kept moving.

This was one I took of Song with her newish collar and lead. She really isn't easy to photograph as she usually moves just as the camera clicks.

My dad's Irises are much better this year, but it looks like only one colour are coming up. He did have an golden one as well.

Some lovely little daisy's growing in my dad's lawn.

One of dad's flower borders. Elsewhere in the garden Lupins and Clematis are budding, so hopefully I'll have photos of them soon.

Hope you are all having a fab weekend.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

As it was sunny first thing I thought I'd take my camera with me when I walked Song up the farm track. Everywhere is lovely and green. The birds were all singing and it was very humid. The sea mist was already coming in and it is now very misty here.

This is the gate into the track.

This is the entrance into the private fishing lake.

Here's Song leading the way.

Across the fields looking towards the sea.

You can just see the mist in this photo.

Song leading the way home this time:)

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Sue over at Suzy's Sanctury has very kindly given me this award. I now have to pass it on to five blogs with less than 200 followers. The word Liebster is German and means favourite, beloved, dearest.

If you want to accept this award you have to:

1. Link back to the person who gave it to you.
2. Post the award on your blog for all to see.
3. Give the award to 5 of your favourite bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have been given the
Liebster Blog award.

The blogs I have chosen are:

Brindlehounds - This great blog tells you the story of Nibs and his siter Ambam. They even sometimes mention the cat:)

Hiking Hounds - Zephyr and Astro are always full of fun.

Greyhounds CAN Sit - Beryl is one of the most beautiful ladies I've seen. Frankie is her brother and he looks outg for her (he's one handsome lad as well)

Declans Dog Blog - Well what can we say about our nephew Declan.....check out his blog to hear what hje is up to.

SA Greyhound Adoption - This is a new blog and follows the Greyhounds coming into the rescue kennels. This new organisation is doing a wonderful job, so spread the word.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Good morning. I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. It was damp and dismal here, but they are forecasting temps rising and the yellow thing in the sky is supposed to be making an appearance this week.

I have put a photo up on my PurplePoppy Crafting page.

Song is over her upset tummy, although at times still on the runny side. Does anyone have a Greyhound that does hard poos? Oh what a question to be asking:) LOL

Well I hope the coming week is a good one for you.

Remember that whatever else you do today, hug your hound/s:)

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Yesterday and today are sunny and dry. If it wasn't for the nippy wind it would be (dare I say) too hot. Yesterday was spent in my dad's garden, soaking up the warmth.

This morning I walked Song up the farm track. House Martins, Swifts and Swallows are arriving here now and they were skimming the fields for bugs.

Think although they are indoors the strange weather has upset my plants, as my African Violets are flowering yet again and my Cactus has given me two lovely flowers, even though it flowered well earlier in the year. Still I am not complaining, as it's nice to see the colours.


Song was tired out after her walk and after a quick play with her squeakies, she flopped out:)

Weather after today is supposed to go cold and wet. Song and I are sure hoping summer comes soon and we have a nice long one.

Hope you are all doing ok. Remember to hug your hound/s.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Thought I'd share this photo of my dad's old Staffie called Maggie. She is a real darling and her and Song get on just fine.

I have updated my PurplePoppy Crafting page with a few recent makes.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

I hope you are all having a good weekend. Sun is trying to break though here. Tomorrow we have a Bank Holiday and it's supposed to be wet, which is typical.

Song is well on the mend now. Thank you for all your lovely get well wishes.

I have updated my PurplePoppy Crafting page with some recent cards, if you'd like a look.

You all take care and remember to hug your hound/s.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Tribute to Rigel a Titanic Hero

I know the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic has passed, but I have only just finished watching a four part programme about it.

Accounts vary as to the exact number of the following, but they were all close (within a number or two either way of each other): there were either nine or ten dogs aboard, as well as four hens and roosters, 30 cockerels, a yellow canary, a pet pig, and Jenny, the ship's cat. (Plus a whole slew of rats.)

If the ship hadn't sunk, an informal dog show was planned on board for later that day. (Monday April 12th.)

Dogs whose names and breeds could be found include: Gamon de Pycombe, a French Bulldog; Kitty, an Airedale belonging to John Jacob Astor; Frou Frou, breed unknown, but the owner was Helen Bishop; Rigel, a black Newfoundland who belonged to the Titanic's 1st Officer; a Pomeranian whose name I couldn't find but the owner was Margaret Hayes; and Sun Yat Sen, a Pekinese owned by Henry Sleeper Harper.

There were kennels aboard, but about five dogs actually stayed in the cabins with their owners.

Someone took pity on the dogs and let them out of their kennels, unable to bear the thought of them drowning while trapped in there.

Accounts also vary as to how many dogs survived, but these three at least did: the Pomeranian, Sun Yat Sen, and Rigel. (Possibly Gamon de Pycombe also. A passenger by the name of Mr. Norris remembered having been treading water next to the bulldog before being pulled into a lifeboat. I could not find reference to whether the bulldog was pulled in as well or not.) There is talk that another Pomeranian and an Irish setter also survived.

A seven-year-old survivor named Eva Hart was so enchanted by Gamon de Pycombe that her dog of choice for the rest of her life was French bulldogs.

The first officer's large Newfoundland, Rigel, stayed behind with the ship. He was swimming in the icy waters after the sinking, desperate to find his master. No one pulled him into a lifeboat. He treaded water for three hours until Carpathia finally arrived.

In the darkness, no one saw that a lifeboat was in its path and the passengers were too weak to exclaim. Rigel swam between the lifeboat and the SS Carpathia, barking continuously. Finally, the Captain heard Rigel and ordered all engines stopped. The dog then guided the lifeboat through the night to safety.

Once on board, Rigel seemed physically unaffected by his ordeal. He stood with paws on the rail barking in futility for his lost master until he was taken below for food and medical attention. He was adopted by Jonas Brigg, a sailor on the Carpathia.