Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A Spot of Gardening

I've been doing some gardening today, and haven't got round to continuing with part two of my tale from yesterday. So I'm keeping it simple with only one photo in today's post.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Two Lazy Days

The title of this post is somewhat misleading, as the photos here show anything but a lazy day, or two! The two lazy days that I am referring to are those that follow the very active day walking round a wild life park followed by a days cycling and I'm forgetting, before that, we had an unplanned walk up a hill to a castle.

It all began on Tuesday evening when my daughter, Siobhan, arrived with her son, Reuben. After picking them up at the airport, Reuben quickly reacquainted himself with the hounds. He became firm friends with Arthur who you can see here with Indie. Ignore the plant on the left, Danny has taken to eating the leaves off it.

The next day we had to stay close to home as Mike was away, and I had to get back for the hounds. What started off as a walk round Bernkastel, (which we've done lots of times before), we carried on up the main street, (which we haven't done before), crossed over the road and followed a very nice woodland path along the stream, up the hill, leading eventually to the castle at the top. We have been to the castle before, but not taking this route. It was very pleasant and picturesque. There was a lovely waterfall part way up that we took a short detour to. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me, so no photos.

 The next day was earmarked to visit a wild life park. We have been to two similar parks before. But this one was new to us. The car park was a little distance from the entrance, and once inside the park, Siobhan said that she thought we wouldn't be able to go out for the picnic that we had brought with us. It was in a cool bag, so not the easiest of things to carry round with us. Though we did notice some lockers! Never mind, we set off to discover what the park had in store for us. There were various attractions for Reuben to have a go on.

I do like the photo above. It may not be in focus, but it exudes happiness.

I even joined in when we got to the boat lake. I notice from this photo that my hair needs cutting. 

Eventually, we got to see some animals.

The wolves,
and the animals that Siobhan and Reuben especially wanted to see,
the bears.

It was quite a distance to walk round, but Reuben had energy for climbing.

The weather was lovely, warm and sunny, but not too hot. These are only half the photos that I've picked out to share. I'll be back tomorrow with the rest, now I have some gardening to do. I think I can manage that after doing very little over the last two days.

Thursday, 17 April 2014


At last.
Problem sorted.
I'm able to upload photos to my blog again.
Thanks Siobhan.
It's taken a visit by my daughter to help sort me out.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Postcard Stitchery & Mousing Pursuits

As I haven't fixed the photo problem
and I don't like to post without a photo,
I found this one
sitting in a draft post.
Not sure when it's from
but I think I must have made it for a postcard swop.
It probably dates back at least a couple of years.

We've had a mouse in the house.
It's evaded capture until today,
or last night to be more precise.
We've tried to capture it humanely,
but the traps were proving useless.
This morning however,
I found a mouse,
on one of the dog's beds.
We think Danny caught it.
He's always looking for mice in the long grass when we're out for walks.
One day he was walking alongside me,
on the lead,
when his attention was caught by something,
and in one swift movement
his head turned down into the grass
and when he turned back round,
he had a mouse in his mouth.
He didn't even break step.
His nickname is
Well one of his nicknames.
Let's hope
last night's mouse
was the only one.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to my lovely Grandson who is nine today!

Still no photos, what a shame. I must try to get that fixed.

A birthday treat for me today as well. 'Love Patchwork and Quilting' arrived direct to my door. A birthday present from my daughter, son, grandson and relative partners. What a lovely thoughtful gift. It's brought a smile to my face, and will do so every month I'm sure.

Now I'm off to try and 'fix' the photo issue. Or shall I read the new issue of 'Love Patchwork & Quilting, hmmmm?

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A Birthday Walk

I never post without including photos. But having spent considerable time earlier this evening choosing and organising photos to post, I've given up. I just can't get them onto this post. Which is a shame as some of them actually show blue skies.

I had a birthday just after Christmas. If the weather was nice we thought we would go for a longer walk than usual. The weather was wet and grey. So no walk.

Again, we planned a longer walk on New Year's Day. But the weather was grey and damp. So once again, just the usual walk with the dogs.

Today is Mike's birthday, and at last there was sunshine. So we took ourselves off with the dogs for a walk through the woods. It stayed dry until the last bit of the walk when it had dulled over and started to spit with rain. But before that we had enjoyed some lovely views overlooking the River Mosel. Just a shame I can't show the walk in pictures.

Still, Mike says he enjoyed his birthday.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Frohes Neues Jahr
A New Year,
a new start with my blog.
 We took a longer walk today.
The other side of the river.
 Part way we sat on a bench
for a picnic of Christmas cake and cheese.
Paddy and Jess
were very interested.

We had views of the river,
rather grey,
but with some nice reflections. 

And a different viewpoint of the bridge that is being built.
Further on, we saw some bee honeycomb on the floor.
No idea how it got there.

Jess and Danny want to know what it is.

And a nice group of fungi.

A nice beginning to the New Year.
Let's hope it's a good one.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

While the Cat's away...

This morning
was one of those beautiful starts to the day
when the mist hangs
on the hillside.
As Mike is away,
I thought I would post some photos from our morning walk,
that way, he can share them,
as can you of course.

We, (me and the hounds),
were out the door by seven o'clock.
There's always a possibility
when out so early,
that we might spot some wildlife.

Fortunately, only I saw the hare.
I think I may have seen some baby wild pigs too.
Something made me turn around and look behind me.
Two little pigs were scurrying along the track going back the way we had come.
Of course I might have been mistaken,
they were running away from me
 quite small,
and not close enough to clearly identify.
I couldn't be sure.
But Arthur picked up an interesting scent
when we went back along that way.

When I'm on my own, I make the walks short,
and then only if it's cool.
Five dogs are too many for me to walk all at once.
So 2 or 3 have to wait while the others have a short walk.
Then we all go into the paddock together.
They all had a run around.
Then the girls,
Indie and Jess,
stopped for some quiet time,
girls together.
I thought.
How nice to see them like that.
It was only when Jess got up and moved away,
that I noticed that she had been chewing on a chew,
which is why Indie is so close.
She was waiting patiently for Jess to finish with it.

Danny is always alert,
on the lookout for anything that moves.
By now,
Paddy is ready to go home.
He has made his way to the gate,
and is saying,
'Time to go now'.
He wants his breakfast.

While Arthur
would be happy to
stay a while longer,
in the nest of long grass that he's made.

One last photo
on the way home.

All the mist cleared,
and it's back to being a hot day now.
I think we will be waiting until it cools a bit
before venturing back out today
for our next
trip to the paddock.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013


At last, the weather has broken and it's cooler.
I just hope it lasts a while.

I picked these flowers whilst out on our walk yesterday morning.

There's a field of these flowers
in amongst the vineyards.




Not sure about the purple one,

Cut flowers.
Simple pleasures.

Monday, 22 July 2013

A Hot Weekend

It seems to be getting hotter.
We've had beautiful weather here on the Mosel for weeks now.
Spring was wet here, unusually,
so it was lovely when summer arrived.
But now,
the heat continues with no let up.
I don't know how people mange to cycle in the middle of the day
when it's so hot.


It's bad enough taking the dogs for a walk in the shade.
In fact Arthur looked as though he didn't want to go for a walk
yesterday afternoon.
So I walked back to the van with him and Paddy,
while Mike continued with Jess, Indie and Danny.
Paddy's watching them go here.

They got a frozen fish finger each when they got back home.

Paddy's looking for somewhere to eat his.

This next photo shows Jess and Paddy on tonight's walk
when it's cooler.
But they still look hot.

Paddy and Arthur spend most of the day in the cellar where it's cool.

At least the flowers are enjoying the long warm days.

I hope you are too.