Thursday, 17 April 2014

Hooray


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
yet,
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,
dead,
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.
Dead.
He didn't even break step.
His nickname is
Mouser.
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,
quick,
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

Refreshing

 
 
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.
 

 
Marigold.

 
Cornflower.

 
Dill.

 
Not sure about the purple one,
Lavatera?

 
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.

 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Back in the Frame


Now I've made a start, best to continue.
Thank you for the lovely comments welcoming me back, such a surprise to see that I hadn't been forgotten.


These are the photos I tried to upload/download on my last post. They were taken in April I think. It's warm enough for me not to need a jacket, but the trees are still bare.


Featured from left to right, we have: Danny; Indie; Arthur: myself and Paddy. Jess who sometimes walks off the lead has run over to the photographer- Mike.


Unusually, I feature in each of the photos, (I don't like seeing myself in photos these days), but I liked the different expressions of each of the dogs. So I couldn't resist including them all.




Sunday, 23 June 2013

Starting Up... again





I've been away from Blogging for over a year but have started visiting blogs again, mainly lurking.
It seems that if I don't do something about claiming my blog before the end of June- I'm not sure what will happen, so here goes with Bloglovin.


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It's a good way to get me back in the swing of things I suppose. I've been trying to make the leap a few times, but never quite made it. Let's see if I make it this time.


Well I did have more photos to share, but my finger was just a bit too quick to press the wrong button, and I can't seem to find a way of posting the others. Never mind it will give me something to post next time.