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Soggy Doggy

It’s Spring. Elizabeth says the old adage needs to be modified this year to May showers bring June flowers.

The sky is so weighted down and soggy that it's touching the treetops today.

The sky is so weighted down and soggy that it’s touching the treetops today.

But just because it’s wet and cold doesn’t mean that nothing is going on. We’re keeping busy. For example, Elizabeth took my new ‘aunt’ out on a photo safari to capture photographs of what sogginess looks like in my Boreal realm. I’ll post the results tomorrow, otherwise you will be overwhelmed today, I think.

The gravel path is dry enough that we can go for longer walks with Kay now. Interesting things are happening in the neighbourhood. Several lots and houses are up for sale. And the mansion at the end of a big gravel sidepath is slowly coming closer to completion. Elizabeth says it’s like a Mediaeval cathedral. The building of it is taking forever.

They are going to put stone where the grey stuff is. And, OH LOOK! That's snow in piles at the front of the mansion! (Too bad you-know-who won't let me off the leash to play in it...)

They are going to put stone where the grey stuff is on the walls. And, OH LOOK! That’s snow in piles at the front of the mansion! (Too bad you-know-who won’t let me off the leash to play in it…) Remember what it looked like when I first showed you? Click here.

Willow trees (and poplars and birches) are in bloom but not too much else.

Blooming Willow

A willow along one of our walks.

But Elizabeth is busy at work in her garden and is beginning to see some greenery emerge:

The Rhubarb is doing very well on its own, thank you. Elizabeth gets angry when if you sleep in it though...

The Rhubarb is doing very well on its own, thank you. Elizabeth gets angry when if you sleep in it though…

Warming things up a little for the new plant puppies.

Warming things up a little for the new plant puppies.

Peeping Tom Thumb Pea pups.

Peeping Tom Thumb Pea pups.

Gardens ready to sow.

Gardens ready to sow.

Radish pups.

Radish pups.

Kay’s been busy, too, in her greenhouse:

Kay at work in her Greenhouse

Kay at work in her Greenhouse

She's proud of her efforts so far.

She’s proud of her efforts so far.

MMMM... She's even got some strawberry action happening! The chipmunks won't get these ones. ~:od=

MMMM… She’s even got some strawberry action happening! The chipmunks won’t get these ones. ~:od=

I managed to find some more yard work that needs to be taken care of:

Kay used to grow potatoes in these old tires. I think they should take them away now that we have new potato beds.

Kay used to grow potatoes in these old tires. I think they should take them away now that we have new potato beds.

Kay’s a bit embarrassed that I found those. “Come up here, Stella!” Malcolm set up a new bench for the two-leggers while he was here for a visit.

Did you say, "COOKIE"? I'm sure I heard you say "COOKIE"...

Did you say, “COOKIE”? I’m sure I heard you say “COOKIE”…

They like to sit there and look at the view:

It's a bit soggy and bleak right now, but it will improve as the seasons progress.

It’s a bit soggy and bleak right now, but it will improve as the seasons progress.

Hope you enjoyed the Spring Tour!

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Time for a Tour!

Elizabeth has been very busy for the last couple of months. One of the things that is occupying her is the gardening. She grows green and other stuff for eating in some ground she keeps fenced off from deer, rabbits and groundhogs. And me.  -:o/=

Sometimes she lets me in. On those occasions, she’s always watching me. Sometimes though, the gate is either left open, or the wind catches it and blows it open just enough for me to get in without anyone noticing. If I’m very sneaky, I can usually find something I like to eat growing in the ground, and I can gently and ever so carefully tug it out. It makes for a very tasty little snack through the day.

Last evening, Elizabeth took her new camera out and we did a bit of a tour so you could see some of what’s going on. Hope you enjoy a walk through the garden with us!

This is in this year's new garden area, which Rob the Snowman built for Elizabeth.

This is in this year’s new garden area, which Rob the Snowman built for Elizabeth.

I really love Lettuce. It’s my favourite garden produce. I asked Elizabeth to show some she’s got underway now. She started these in the house, and both she and Kay have planted seeds in the ground, too. We need a lot because they like it, too. Doesn’t that look yummy? I helped water the garden while she took pictures. Didn’t mean to… just kinda worked out that way….

Sweetie Baby Cos

Sweetie Baby Cos

Red Iceberg

Red Iceberg

Here’s a picture of the new garden from the yard. Elizabeth is still working in it because of the late spring we had, but lots is growing in it already.

It took Rob the Snowman nearly three weeks to get the ground rebuilt and the fence up and the raised ground containers built! He moves snow much faster...

It took Rob the Snowman nearly three weeks to get the ground rebuilt and the fence up and the raised ground containers built! He moves snow much faster…

Now I’ll take you to Elizabeth’s long garden:

This is one of Elizabeth's favourite herbs, French Tarragon. She won't let me even sniff at it!

This is one of Elizabeth’s favourite herbs, French Tarragon. She won’t let me even sniff at it!

This is Swiss Chard just coming up. I've never tasted it. Looks a bit like lettuce, so might need to give it a little chew sometime...

This is Swiss Chard just coming up. I’ve never tasted it. Looks a bit like lettuce, so might need to give it a little chew sometime…

We all love Strawberries. Do you?

We all love Strawberries. Do you?

And it looks like we might have a good crop this year! Elizabeth thinks this might be a Wild Strawberry because there are so many blossoms (almost over now).

And it looks like we might have a good crop this year! Elizabeth thinks this might be a Wild Strawberry because there are so many blossoms (almost over now).

I discovered this spring that I like radishes, too. You eat the red part and leave the leaves... Yum.

I discovered this spring that I like radishes, too. You eat the red part and leave the leaves… Yum.

This is the Echinacea in Elizabeth's Tea Garden, where she grows things to make drinks from. Two-leggers are not satisfied with drinking just water...

This is the Echinacea in Elizabeth’s Tea Garden, where she grows things to make drinks from. Two-leggers are not satisfied with drinking just water…

Elizabeth thought this Wild Rose bush would look pretty, so she let it grow in the corner beside the gate. She says she might use the fruit later...

Elizabeth thought this Wild Rose bush would look pretty, so she let it grow in the corner beside the gate. She says she might use the fruit later…

I found another garden growing on a tree stump. Elizabeth says it is something from the mint family (also tasty) but she thinks it looks a bit like stinging nettles. I thought it looked pretty and asked her to take a photo. I have a good eye, but I have trouble with all the camera buttons…

Aren't they pretty?

Aren’t they pretty?

Kay has a little garden, too:

Some Chives in Kay's garden. And, oooh... That smells like baby lettuce!  ~:od=

Some Chives in Kay’s garden. And, oooh… That smells like baby lettuce! ~:od=

Kay likes to leave some pretty flowers that aren't really supposed to be there, too.

Kay likes to leave some pretty flowers that aren’t really supposed to be there, too.

After gardening, the two-leggers like to sit down for a little rest. They have a nice view of the river and the gardens from here.

After gardening, the two-leggers like to sit down for a little rest. They have a nice view of the river and the gardens from here.

If they turn and sit the other way, then they can see Al’s and Joanne’s much classier looking bench:

Their bench might be more sophisticated, but ours has a better view. BOL

Their bench might be more sophisticated, but ours has a better view. BOL

I have other priorities than gardening, though…

While they're gardening, I'm guarding! It's hot work in the summer, so I will often include a swim along my patrol route.

While they’re gardening, I’m guarding! It’s hot work in the summer, so I will often include a swim along my patrol route.

Thanks for joining me on the Garden Tour. See you next week! ~:o)=

Welcome Back Wednesday!

Elizabeth has been very busy the last couple of months, and so I decided to help out by not insisting she write my blog. But life is slowly returning to normal here, and she said we could put some pictures up today if I’d like. These are pretty representative of what my days have been like since the snow left:

Here I am, all tuckered out from running a big black bear off the Estate. Do you think anyone is grateful enough to let me into the two-legger house for a visit? Of course not...

Here I am, all tuckered out from running a big black bear off the Estate. Do you think anyone is grateful enough to let me into the two-legger house for a visit? Of course not…

Just a fly-by to check up on Elizabeth while I'm out on my Morning Patrol.

Just a fly-by to check up on Elizabeth while I’m out on my Morning Patrol.

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