Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Trip to Georgia

Last week, I was in Perry, Georgia for the American Shetland Sheepdog Association national dog show. This show draws 600 plus Shelties from around the world, but primarily North America. It is held every year, and is rotated among east, west and central U.S. locations. The club that hosted this year's show did an outstanding job, and the weather could not have been better. The dogs were generally quite lovely, the peach cobbler absolutely wonderful, and it's always such a treat to see old friends and to make new ones.

The show site was the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, an 1100 acre multifunctional complex, with ponds, fountains, buildings and landscaping, a real pleasure to wander for a much appreciated break from the metal bleachers at ringside.

Here is the view part way down the driveway onto the fairgrounds.

There were a number of azalea bushes in full bloom, as well as roses and various other flowering trees and shrubs.

This is a statue of Governor Joe Frank Harris, an imposing bronze figure towering close to 10 feet tall from a rostrum positioned at one of the park's gateways.

At one of the ponds, I discovered a good number of baby catfish and (I think)perch. They obviously were accustomed to people feeding them from the water's edge, as they patiently waited for some crumbs of my peach cobbler.

And then they followed me in the other direction, too.

This is another statue, so incredibly life-like in it's detail. It's called the "Mule and Tenant Farmer", a tribute to men and beasts alike who drove the Georgian economy after the Civil War.

Inside the grooming building on the last day, nearly empty as most are watching the final competition.

One last look at the vendors.

The judge making his final selections.The closing moments and nearly over for another year.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday at Gillian's

I spent a couple of hours at my friend Gillian's on Sunday, had a lovely lunch and then just chatted outside afterward, enjoying the unseasonably warm temps in her country setting. I had also gone to take some photos of Gill's dogs, the "good" ones for her website, and the "other" ones for me, a couple of which I've posted here. Gillian's dogs are Lowchen, and although they are very animated little dogs, they don't always come across that way. It was a great way to spend part of the day.

I couldn't resist this beautiful pot of hydrangeas. So festive!

This is Louie. He's a guest at Gillian's right now, and is quite the clown!

This is Prada-the-huntress. She is always looking for "prey", although it's all in her mind, and just a big game.

"Stripes" is a little more serious than her housemates ... a sensitive soul!

A throw back to when Gillian had shelties.

This says it all ...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy First Birthday Rustle!

My daughter Chelsea's chihuahua was one year old yesterday, so he had a little birthday celebration with his Sheltie friends. They all had special cookies too, but were gone before I could get any guest photos. Mind you, they didn't want to play any birthday games, either :). I've also included some pictures I took a couple of weeks ago. I've tried to resist, but he really is cute! Happy Birthday, little man!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Let the Games Begin!

Ready ...

Get set ...


First Kelly's the leader ...

Then it's Keva's turn ...

Finally .... a "shake-off" :).

Friday, April 10, 2009

Our Local Bog

We have an environmentally protected bog that is in the middle of a highly populated end of town. It used be totally rural, but of course development took over. It's still a marvelous retreat, and once you've started along any of the trails, you soon forget that "civilization" is barely more than a stone's throw away. There is also a large white tail deer population. Large, and growing, because they have no natural predators, and what to do about that is a frequent, heated topic at city council meetings. I missed them at this visit, but hope to catch sight of them next time.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Walk in the Park

On Sunday, while it was still looking and feeling like spring, I went to our local park, which is very large and has a major river tributary running through it. I had not taken photos of the Canadian geese population before, and took far too many, but here are a few that I liked. I'll visit again when the eggs hatch and the parades of parents and their young charges take over the walking paths.

Covering all angles.

This fellow must have been on special sentry duty.

Don't want to miss a single crumb.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

And A First Look at Spring

Every spring, I decide that I don't want the few crocus' that come up; if they're going to make an appearance each year, I'd rather it be a bold and decisive one, not kind of half-hearted and sporadic. So I pull out a couple, feel guilty, and then stop, and of course they spread anyway in spite of me. Which really is just as well, because in this early part of spring, it's very nice to see their colourful little faces amid the gloom of my weather-beaten garden.