Sunday, May 7, 2017

This Is The One!

Today I want to continue the story of the three little rescue Doberman puppies that we took on in April last year. In the photos in this post, Princess and Lily are about ten weeks old and they were taken in the last four days when we had both puppies. Elsa, the third puppy, was already adopted out to someone who looked she was giving her a good home.



At that point, the two remaining puppies were relentless in their desire to play with Skylar, our red adult Dobie boy, who was mostly a good sport and put up with them.



Here Skylar is wrestling with Lily, do you see how he is holding her down with his right front leg? Of course, Princess wants to be part of the game, too.



Lily found a way to free herself from Skylar's grip.



The two pups also enjoyed playing with each other...



...but somehow bugging Skylar was even more fun.



Often all three dogs loved involving their humans into their play as well. Yes, these are famous Doberman teeth!



Sometimes it pays off to hide between the legs of the master.



But not for too long and then it was on with the game with Skylar again. And when one puppy was playing with Skylar the second one wasn't too far away...



...and most often ready to join the action.



Lily proudly claiming a garden chair.



Skylar trying to discipline Lily,



...which worked for a moment: She is rolling on her back and showing her belly in submission towards him.



Little Lily practicing the "Doberman attitude".



Lily: "You don't want to play with me anymore?"



Lily: "Hah, I know there was a way to get you engaged again."



But sometimes even the puppies had enough from their play and climbed on their master's warm legs to rest and relax.



Or, for even more comfort they climbed on top of each other on their master's legs and exhaustedly fell a sleep.



Princess, on the left and Lily, on the right being alert.



Lily: "Can I have your toy?"



Lily: "Heh, didn't you hear me, can I have your toy?"



For my husband and me, these last days were bittersweet since we finally had made our decision which puppy to keep and we knew it was only a matter of time until we had to let go of the second puppy.

In the end, we choose Lily to stay with us. It was incredibly hard to make a pick between her and Princess since we loved them both so much and they were very good puppies.

Lily had a slightly lower energy level than Princess, which we preferred and also seemed to be the most confident puppy out of the three, which indicated that she could become a good balancing companion for our a somewhat anxious boy Skylar. It also looked like Lily felt emotionally more drawn to me whereas Princess seem to prefer my husband. Since Skylar is already "my husband's boy" we hoped that Lily would pick me as her primary "go-to human". 

We also consulted with our very knowledgeable and highly valued dog trainer and friend Alexandra Gant (Behave!), before making our decision. She thought that out of the three puppies Lily would be the best fit for Skylar and us and we took her advice into serious consideration when making our decision.



So it was Princess that we needed to say goodbye to. She got adopted by a Doberman lover, who had already an adult Doberman girl and we believe that she is in a very good home. Nonetheless, writing this post made my eyes tearing up and I am feeling a big lump in my throat. It is incredible how attached we got to the puppies in the brief five to six weeks we had the privilege to take care of them. 

I will continue to write about Lily and her development and I hope that you will enjoy following how she grows up from a cute and silly puppy into a beautiful mature Doberman girl. 

If you like to read and see more of our adorable little rescue Doberman pups, you find my older posts about them here: 



Wishing everyone a great week! 

Warm regards, 

Christina

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Beautiful Village of Blockley in the Cotswolds, England II

Well, it took me much longer to continue my first post about our morning stroll through Blockley than I anticipated but finally, I am there.

You may remember that Blockley is the lovely village in the Cotswolds in England where we spent part of our vacation last year. We were in search for a place to have a traditional English breakfast and decided to walk to the local village cafe and had the great pleasure to explore the village on the way.



We were walking down the High Street in the direction of the village cafe and passed this incredible beautiful cottage that I couldn't take my eyes (and camera!) off. 



Isn't it lovely, like right out of a fairytale?



Looking down the High Street in the direction of the village center. This photo shows how narrow the streets are. The cars you see are all parked there. Only one car can pass in one direction. You can imagine that often you meet oncoming traffic in the middle of the road. If that is the case one has to back up all the way to the beginning or end of the row of parking cars. The locals are astonishingly good at this, but for my husband and me, it was often a "hold your breath" situation.



I loved the red poppies growing in the tiny traffic island that divided a small intersection. You can also see the traffic island in the photo above on the right side.



There was no shortage of possibilities to shoot romantic photos in Blockley!



One of the many "mini gardens" with climbing roses conquering the charming cottages.



This cottage looked like nicely renovated and very well loved. I could have moved right in. The green paint color in which the windows and door are painted was typical for the area and goes so well with the honey-colored Cotswold stone that most cottages are built off.



There was a gap between the houses which opened the view into the gentle hills of the surrounding beautiful landscape. So peaceful!



The village church of Blockley. The white van that ruined my photo belonged to a film crew. We obviously weren't the only ones, who had discovered the beauty of Blockley.



We couldn't find out what type of shop this really was, but someone made the effort to decorate the window with vintage packaging. One of the many charming details we came across in Blockley.



More honey-colored houses. I wondered if these were new or old. If they were new they fit in wonderfully with the old excisting ones. At the end of the High Street to the right, you see another white van from the film crew.



On our stroll along the High Street, we passed by many lovingly planted up old, maybe even antique, stone containers like this one. It wasn't secured in any way and I truly appreciate the fact that people in the English countryside are still decent enough not to steal them.



We finally reached our destination of the local shop and village cafe. Again I wondered if this was a new or an old renovated building? The village cafe and shop was a hub for the locals to meet and chat. Life seemed to go a bit slower in Blockley than we are used to...



Aren't these Whippets gorgeous? Such a quintessential elegant English breed of dogs.



We walked into the cafe, found a nice table, and took our time to study the breakfast menu. We were in the mood for a traditional English breakfast and decided to go with the local option: "Blockley English", which contained two fried eggs with two rashers of bacon, sausage, roasted tomatoes, black pudding, sauteed mushrooms, and one slice of toast, all for 7.95 pounds.

It also came highly recommended by our friendly waitress. I asked her what black pudding was, but she only said it was delicious, encouraged us to take it, and promised that she would tell us later.



This is what our breakfast looked like! It was heavy, couldn't be called exactly healthy but as described very delicious. The black pudding is the black patty close to the white creamer. As we were eating it, we still couldn't find out what it was made off. My best guess was black beans. 

When we asked for the check we called our waitress up on her promised to reveal the secret of the black pudding and she told us with a big grin on her face that it was made out of cooked pork blood, pork fat, and oats and sourced from a local farm. We swallowed a bit hard on this piece of information but had to admit it was tasty. Still, for me trying it once is probably enough, though!

After we finished our breakfast we continued our stroll through the village, there was still so much more to discover. Since this post is getting too long, I will blog about it in another entry hopefully in the near future.



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Before I finish, I would like to mention that I am way behind visiting the blogs of you, my dear blog friends. Life has been super busy lately again and I just can't find the time right now. I hope this will change again in the next couple of weeks. Please bear with me, I am trying my best to catch up with reading your posts and leaving comments.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Christina


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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2017

Well, the first and only time that I participated in the famous Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme hosted by Carol from May Dreams Gardens on every fifteenth of the month was last year in March. The main reason why I didn't participate more often in this great meme is that for time reasons in general, I have trouble to get a post out on a specific day. This month the fifteenth falls on the Easter weekend on Saturday though, and therefore I have time to blog and thought I will give it another go.

So yesterday I ventured out with my camera into the garden to see what was blooming. In the middle of April my roses usually are reaching their spring flush peak, but this year they are a little bit delayed. I feel the same goes for many perennials, but there are still plenty of blooms of any kind in the garden right now.

Unfortunately, when I was done shooting in the front yard and got into the backyard a fierce wind was flaring up and I couldn't take any more photos, but let's see what I got.



In the front yard, my two 'Climbing Iceberg' roses are in full bloom. Here you see the one on the left side of the garage. In the foreground, salvia 'Amistad', which is new to the garden, is showing off her beautiful large dark purple flowers, which emerge from almost black bracts. All in all a very showy salvia, that is visited by hummingbirds, which is lovely, but I have a feeling that it wants to grow a little bit bigger than I would like.



Looking at the left side of the walkway to the front door. In the foreground rosa 'Old Fashioned Girl', in the middle salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue' has just started to flower, and in the background to the left, you see the same rosa 'Climbing Iceberg' that I showed in my opening photo of this post.



Salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue', here a close-up, is one of my favorite salvias. It stays mannerly in terms of its size, which is a big plus for a small garden and it blooms very prolifically once it is in full swing over a long period of time.



Martha Washington geraniums do exceptionally well in my garden, here you can see the variety 'Regal Elegance Rose Bicolor'...



...which is growing in a container near the front door.



Looking to the other side of the walkway to the front door, rosa 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' is starting to bloom in the foreground. In the middle ground, another salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue' is planted. And in the background rosa 'The Prince' has begun to open his flowers,...



...which are absolutely exquisite at this time of the year. Here a close-up.



Walking back to the front of the house my other rosa 'Climbing Iceberg' comes into view. These two roses have really done fabulously this spring and are completely smothered in blooms.



What is nice with the 'Icebergs' is that their pretty blooms...



...are also offering food for the pollinators because they show their stamens, which many of the modern Hybrid Tea roses don't. 



Also in the front yard, one of my favorite penstemons 'Pinacolada Violet' is blooming. It is part of a relatively new series of penstemons that have the advantage of an earlier bloom time and a well-branched compact growth habit.



One of my most beloved roses in the front yard is 'Charles Darwin'. If you follow my blog for a while you know that yellow is usually not my favorite color, but I have fallen for this more muted, pale tone. The flowers of 'Charles Darwin' are large and they come with a very delicious and strong fragrance.



Going into the back yard we pass by rosa 'Pierre de Ronsard', which is becoming bigger and bigger each year. Do you see how tall the newest cane from this year in the middle of the rose is? The rose has just come into bloom over the last days.



Here is a close-up of the top flower spray of the longest cane reaching for the sky. The very large and full blooms are just stunning and I am looking particularly forward to them each year. I think this is one of the best roses that the house of Meilland has introduced so far.



Rosa 'Captain Christy' is a weakling in my garden, but oh the subtle coloration of its exquisite blooms...


This photo was taken by my husband.

Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant' is in full bloom right now and showing off its wonderful shade of clear blue flowers. I am amazed how well this plant is doing in my garden. I am not coddling it, as a matter of fact, it is growing in a very difficult shady position and yet it is able to bloom so profusely. For that reason, I intend to spread it around to other areas in the garden this year.



I will conclude with a shot of rosa 'Grandmother's Hat', which is at her spring flush peak right now. If you want to see more close up photos of her beautiful and fragrant blooms or other roses flowering in my garden, please click on my March Roses post.

That was it from my garden for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, please hop over to Carol at May Gardens Dreams after you are done reading this post and see what is blooming in her and other bloggers' gardens around the world on this lovely day.

One more thing: My blog has recently passed the 500.000 pageview mark! Truly a little reason to celebrate! Thank you so much for coming here to visit and comment, please know that I really appreciate it. This blog wouldn't be what it is without YOU! 

Wishing you a very happy and sunny Easter!

Christina

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