Before and After

Phoebe has waited ever so long for her grooming with Charles. Well, actually, she wasn’t thrilled about it. Never is, but Charles uses no restraints and doesn’t want her traumatized, so he’s the very best! Now that Phoebe has arthritis, he gives her breaks so that she does not need to stand in any one position for very long. We are pleased with her new look. A Bouvier show cut is not what we are after. We like to see her chocolate brown eyes!

We love her big girl look, but it is not practical.


Not too long, not too short. 🙂



The New Year- 2016 begins!

Much as 2015 was a very good year, as we reached the end, I was getting tired of it and wanted CHANGE! The gardens had been mostly put to bed and that is a gloomy time for me. Add to that my need for cataract surgery (making driving with kids unwise), the surgery needing to be delayed, my husband’s change in Parkinson’s medication…well I was less than cheery.

Next was the neighbour removing a huge amount of privacy forest to build a new home. Sigh. We had just planted a large shade garden before their work began without warning. I think this will eventually work out, but soon after the trees were downed, a storm caused trees on our property to fall. One of the large ones prevented us from leaving our property and also broke the power lines. All this is pretty much cleared up and I am looking ahead to spring planting and watching new plants emerge.

The neighbours clear their land for building a new home.IMG_20151202_124206508b

Trees fall during a storm, cutting power lines and blocking our exit.IMG_20151207_084030611b

We now have a bit of sunlight in our backyard, a mixed blessing.Jan3-2016-001b

We have had our share of rain and cold. Today we have sunshine (which I love!) but it remains quite cold.Jan4-2016-003b

January is the time for early seed starting and plant orders. I have been doing my research on “must haves” and enjoying every minute of it!