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Spring has arrived on the Campbell Estate.

There are pros and cons to Spring.

Pros:

  • The river has turned to splashy wet stuff again.
  • My goose friends have returned.
  • A whole lot of birds are singing to me every morning.
  • Elizabeth is going for longer walks with me again.

Cons:

  • It’s getting a bit warm for big woolly dogs like me.
  • The wood ticks are out. They really suck.
  • I need to be extra vigilant because the bears have awakened.
  • There’s a bandit [a Raccoon] raiding the bird feeders and pooping on our deck at night.

I was in swimming even before the river had gone completely splashy this year. I was trying to perform a rescue. I was patrolling ahead of Elizabeth on a walk we took through the forest to our point. When I got to the shore, I heard something breathing oddly. It was in the water, and after a moment or two of looking, I saw its head as it swam along the line of the hard water. The wake it made caused the hard surface, which had formed into fingers in the melting process, to tinkle like the tags on my collar do when I run.

I stepped into the water. It was cold. Even for me, it was cold. I decided that little creature better come out and warm up, so, I barked at it, “Come to shore and warm up! Too cold! Too Cold!

I was too late. It suddenly turned nose down, bottoms up, its broad tail hitting the wet splashy stuff hard as it went out of sight.

I went into emergency mode and leapt out into the frigid river. It’s my Newfy heritage – I can’t help it. I swam out to where I saw it go under and circled. I couldn’t find him.

A couple of minutes later, I saw his nose break the surface. Still alive! I turned for him, but he went down again.

Elizabeth showed up and told me to get out of the water. She was right. I needed to warm up a bit. It was really cold. I climbed out onto the rocks and gave myself a good shake, then I looked at her, pointed at the river with my nose and whined. She’s not much use at cold water rescue but you never know when she might come up with a good idea. Sometimes she surprises me.

“It’s okay, Stella. That’s a beaver. I heard it slap its tail at you. He’s fine.”

And then he came up again!

I plunged back in. No one is better than I at cold water. If I’m freezing to death, then so is that broad-tailed water slapper! I won’t let it happen!

I swam around and around and around again. This time he was gone for good, poor thing. I did my best, really I did. If they’d just relax and let me help, I could save them. I know I could.

We don't have a picture of a real broad-tailed water slapper, but we do have this puppet at the shop. This is exactly what they look like when they are on land. But they spend most of their time in the splashy wet stuff. They eat trees. Really.

We don’t have a picture of a real broad-tailed water slapper, but we do have this puppet at the shop. This is exactly what they look like when they are on land. But they spend most of their time in the splashy wet stuff. They cut down big trees with their teeth and eat the bark. Really.

I was feeling pretty sad about the incident. And I was pretty cold, too. I came over to Elizabeth, shook off and let her feel just how cold the water was. I really could have used a cuddle at that point.

Sometimes Elizabeth doesn’t read me that well. She turned back to the woods and resumed her hunt for deer sheds. She wanted some for making displays at the bookshop.

Two-leggers are strange – there are hundreds of dead branches she could just pick up and take home, but no, she must have only the rare branches that fall from sneaky dear heads during the winter. There were no deer around with branches on their heads that day. I know because I then ran everywhere I could find them and checked. Just branchless deer.All that running helped me to warm up, though, so it’s all good!

We didn’t find any of the sheds on the ground, either. Fortunately, Elizabeth had some in reserve that she could use. She’s busy cleaning them up and oiling them now.

Oh, look! She's got one up now. She thought they'd make a good displayer for the new puppets and First Nations jewellery she's selling at the shop.

Oh, look! She’s got one up. She thought they’d be good for showing off the new puppets and First Nations jewellery she’s selling at the shop.

Downton Kenora 6: Looking In & Reno Update

I told you we’d show you The Windows when Bonnie came back with the ‘wee man’. Sadly, Bonnie didn’t find a ‘wee man’. We’ve since been told they are very hard to find. That’s what makes Leprechauns so special. The are very rare. Anyway, Bonnie bought two fake ones that don’t fool anyone but look nice in the display. So, I made Elizabeth stand out in the rain on Tuesday and take a photo of The Windows for you. She wanted to wait until she’d had a chance to buy something called a polariser for her camera lens. I wouldn’t let her. A promise is a promise and I promised. So here you are:

Bonnie has fixed her window up for Easter. They won't let me play with the furry bunnies. They aren't real, but they look more real than the 'wee men'.

Bonnie has fixed her window up for Easter. They won’t let me play with the furry bunnies. They aren’t real, but they look more real than the ‘wee men’.

 

Elizabeth's Window

You see what I mean about ‘wee men’ being hard to find? There are two Leprechauns in there.

So now The Windows are done.

That doesn’t mean we take a break, though! Oh, no. Look at Bonnie. She’s found a new way to eat chocolate:

She's all excited about setting up her new room in time for the summer season, when all the tourists arrive.

She’s all excited about setting up her new room in time for the summer season, when all the tourists arrive.

Bonnie’s new room – we haven’t named it yet – used to be our Writers’ and Reference Room. It used to look like this:

This was the only BEFORE picture Elizabeth could find.

This was the only BEFORE picture Elizabeth could find.

Now, that same area of the Room looks like this:

The rooms look so much bigger and more alive in the lighter colour.

The rooms look so much bigger and more alive in the lighter colour.

Bonnie hasn’t finished filling it up yet; she’s still adding features and product. I’ll get Elizabeth to show you more of the new room when it’s complete.

We are going to work on the Darlington Room (for hand-crafted goods) later this week, I think. Bonnie will bring her chocolate eater in there first, then Elizabeth will implement some of her ideas. I hope they’re good ones this time…

Downton Kenora: Episode 3: Construction Detour

Here I am at work once more. I needed a rest after the weekend. There was SO much going on, and I always seemed to be getting in the way (that never happens!). I even got stepped on. Ouch. But I was a good sport about it since it didn’t hurt too much.

Saturday, The Foyer Apses, otherwise known as The Windows, underwent a face-lift. If you recall, the front of the building used to be Extreme Tanning Salon. Their decor was also Extreme Tan – Chocolate Brown in fact – everywhere. That colour just sucks the life out of the place. Two-leggers would walk by our shop and it was so dark inside that they’d think we were closed. That meant they’d keep on walking instead of coming in and buying me some dog food (Where did you think all our earnings go? Vacations in the Caribbean? You’re thinking of Bonnie. She doesn’t have a dog.).

Last fall Elizabeth took out the flooring in the window and had some linoleum laid instead. I like it. It’s grey. It looks like my sleeping rock in the summer. But she left the walls Chocolate Brown. I couldn’t figure out why when she had held a whip over Bonnie getting her to hurry up and paint The Foyer. But on Saturday, I found out. She needed to sell enough books to both feed me AND hire a carpenter and buy the special wall board for a renovated window wall. Then Elizabeth and I took a day off. When we came back, Bonnie had painted the windows. Now they match The Foyer, and they look much prettier!

That special board means Elizabeth and Bonnie can build better and more interesting displays in the windows now. And it just looks so much more... AAAHHH... in a tail thumping kind of way.

That special board means Elizabeth and Bonnie can build better and more interesting displays in the windows now. And it just looks so much more… AAAHHH… in a tail thumping kind of way.

Bonnie has gone to look for a “wee man” to help watch Elizabeth’s Window while she and I are at home. When he comes, we’ll take a photo and post it so you can see what the window looks like when there’s stuff in it. Like books. And a “wee man”.

I’ll have another episode ready for you in a couple of days, so get your popcorn ready.

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