The adventuresome life of a Great Pyrenees/Newfoundland dog in Northwestern Ontario

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Social Networking on ‘The Estate’

It’s been a busy week here on the Campbell Estate.

With Winter just around the corner, the two-leggers have been thinking about getting prepared for colder weather. Jeff the Tree Man was here a few weeks ago, if you remember, and he left several piles of wood for winter burning. But it wasn’t enough to keep the two-legger house warm all winter. So, something had to be done!

Our old supply lines have dried up. Jeff the Tree Man knows a lady who is in the firewood business. He gave Kay the lady’s number and she said she could sell us some wood. She came with her truck, her helper/husband, the firewood, and a surprise!

Lori the Firewood Lady also brought her Scottie, Maddie! I asked her if she wanted to go for a tour of the Estate while she waited for the two-leggers to conduct their affairs...

Lori the Firewood Lady also brought her Scottie, Maddie! I asked her if she wanted to go for a tour of the Estate while she waited for the two-leggers to conduct their affairs…

We had a great time for a while, then Maddie got a bit grouchy and decided to go off on her own.

I got worried when she started heading for the river.

I got worried when she started heading for the river.

Although Maddie sort of looks like a miniature Newfoundland Dog, I hadn’t asked her if she could swim. The river is still very high, and she’s so small! I decided I’d better at least keep an eye on her, since I didn’t really seem to be able to keep up with her. Well, I could’ve if I had to… I think….

See. I told you so. I headed her off at the pass and sterred her back up the hill to where the two-leggers were working and chatting.

See. I told you so. I headed her off at the pass and steered her back up the hill to where the two-leggers were working and chatting.

That run seemed to tucker little Maddie out though. She decided it was time to have a rest.

I don’t know what I said to her. It would have been fun to spend more time with another dog, but she was really quite aloof.

There was no way I could settle down with her here for a chat.

There was no way I could settle down with her here for a chat.

Lori the Firewood Lady’s assistant was very kind. He stored all of the dry wood in our woodshed for us while the women talked. Then they left. They took Maddie with them.

A few days later, a bear walked through the yard just before Elizabeth came to let me out of my kennel for my a.m. b.m. and run. I was so focused on my mission that I missed another less conspicuous but far more unusual visitor. Fortunately, Elizabeth had her camera handy. She took pictures so I could see. I asked her if she’d show you, too.

Good morning!

Good morning!

This Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) was just heading home after a busy night's hunting.

This Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) was just heading home after a busy night’s hunting.

He's only about 6 cm (just over two inches) long. Although Elizabeth has seen him several times now, I haven't met him (or her, we're not actually sure...).

He’s only about 6 cm (just over two inches) long. Although Elizabeth has seen him several times now, I haven’t met him (or her, we’re not actually sure…).

I’d sort of like to meet this fellow. Apparently, if this little amphibian feels threatened, he will raise his tail up and emit a foul-smelling scent. That’s not so unusual. Skunks do that all the time! What is really strange is that Blue-spotted Salamanders will let their tail fall off, too! I guess if they are in a hurry, they don’t want to carry all that extra weight around… BOL!

Our neighbour René came by while Elizabeth and I were working at the bookshop on Saturday. He spent the whole day helping Kay get Jeff the Tree Man’s woodpiles stashed away. I noticed he left his trailer and the log splitter out, so I think he might be coming back again. Maybe he’ll do a log splitting demo for next week’s blog! I’ll ask him…   ~:oP=

 

A Friday Film

Elizabeth took me to the theatre today. Things are kinda slow at work and we thought an online flick might help the day go by a bit faster. We found one I liked so much, I just had to share it with my friends!
I wish my two-leggers had done this for me when they went off to The Yukon without me… I hope there isn’t a next time, but if there is, I want it to be like this!

Wildflower Wednesday 3

Things are really growing fast around here. We’ve put together another sampling of what’s blooming in the woods this week:

Thyme-leaved Sandwort - Arenaria leptoclados whose tiny flowers are very easy to miss! Good thing I use my sniffer to help Elizabeth find these wildflowers, eh!   ~:o)=

Thyme-leaved Sandwort – Arenaria leptoclados whose tiny flowers are very easy to miss! Good thing I use my sniffer to help Elizabeth find these wildflowers, eh! ~:o)=

 We don’t just have white flowers here, you know. There are just more white flowers at this time of year. So, we’re throwing some colour at you today!

Early Blue Violet - Viola sororia

Early Blue Violet – Viola sororia

 

Bunchberry - Cornus Canadensis

Bunchberry – Cornus Canadensis

 

There aren't many of these around. They are pretty hard to see, too! Hooker's Orchid - Platanthera hookeri

There aren’t many of these around. They are pretty hard to see, too! Hooker’s Orchid – Platanthera hookeri

 

Star Flower - Trientalis borealis

Star Flower – Trientalis borealis

 

Pale Corydalis - Capnoides sempervirens

Pale Corydalis – Capnoides sempervirens

Elizabeth got really excited when she found these. She has never found them on ‘The Estate’ before.

Three-leaf False Solomon's-seal - Maianthemum trifolium

Three-leaf False Solomon’s-seal – Maianthemum trifolium

By this time, I’m getting a little mosquito-bitten…

Is that the lake up ahead? Boy... I sure wouldn't mind a little swim! Hurry up, Elizabeth.

Is that the lake up ahead? Boy… I sure wouldn’t mind a little swim! Hurry up, Elizabeth.

The mosquitoes are starting to get to The Scribe, too. But there are some flowers that grow further up the trail that she really wants to show you…

Hoary Puccoon - Lithospermum canescens

Hoary Puccoon – Lithospermum canescens

 

Pale Comandra - Comandra umbellata

Pale Comandra – Comandra umbellata

 

Early Saxifrage - Saxifraga virginiensis

Early Saxifrage – Saxifraga virginiensis

 

Bicknell's Geranium - Geranium bicknellii

Bicknell’s Geranium – Geranium bicknellii

 

I'm trying hard to convince Elizabeth that we can go home now. It looks like it's going to rain. Hard.  ~:o/=

I’m trying hard to convince Elizabeth that we can go home now. It looks like it’s going to rain. Hard. ~:o/=

Elizabeth agrees that it’s time to go back. But as we head home, we have an adventure involving a bad tempered Black Lab and a Samoyed running loose on the trail. Their owner comes along on his ATV and apologises for their bad manners. We don’t usually see other people back in the bush. Maybe they weren’t expecting to run into anyone, either…

On our way again, we took a slightly different route home, and The Scribe  ***SIGH***  found some more flowers we haven’t shown you yet.

Sand Cherry - Prunus pumila

Sand Cherry – Prunus pumila

 

Pink Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium acaule. This is perhaps the most exotic of our wildflowers, and Elizabeth was surprised to find one in bloom so early this year. It's a type of orchid.

Pink Lady’s Slipper – Cypripedium acaule. This is perhaps the most exotic of our wildflowers, and Elizabeth was surprised to find one in bloom so early this year. It’s a type of orchid.

 

Wild Sarsaparilla - Aralia hispida

Wild Sarsaparilla – Aralia nudicaulis

By now it was raining…

“Just one more, Stella!”

Common Blue-eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium montanum

Common Blue-eyed Grass – Sisyrinchium montanum

I was tired of waiting. I wish I’d never suggested this. I got up and started walking toward home – a not so subtle hint since I was still on the lead. But I discovered that Elizabeth hadn’t anchored or tied it this time so, I just kept on going! It was kind of fun having Elizabeth trot along behind me with all her camera gear. BOL.

“Wait, Stella. Wait!”

I let her catch up before we got back to the road. BOL.

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