I don’t actually do the fishing. But I’m happy to do the eating (salmon, smoked on redwood stakes over a sand pit of alder wood coals) – and camping…right here. I’ll be off the grid for a bit, but will catch up with you all when I return. Happy blogging, gardening, and soaking up the last of summer with your favorite pup(s)!
“You may go down to the garden.”…(Peter Rabbit’s mother) Beatrix Potter I confess that I did not have to make two trips to the Memorial Garden this weekend. The temperatures are beginning to cool, which means the need for extra watering is diminishing, and even the weeds are growing a little slower. But I’ll be taking a little break for some ocean camping, and our blooming days are growing shorter. I want to enjoy summer’s last blooms as long as […]
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~Confucius This is Hunter, a new arrival. He visited the Memorial Garden today and decided to stay awhile. I can’t tell you his story yet, as he has not been assessed. It breaks my heart to see older dogs like Hunter come in. They have stories; long ones. Whether by choice, necessity or happenstance, they arrive here confused, sad and anxious about their future. He does not yet know it, but he […]
While the temperatures are still in the 90’s, there was a sure sign that Fall is approaching on the nursery shelves today. Ready or not, its time to think about Fall color and plans for spring…again! I may still add some perennials to fill in sections that did not fare well while beefing up fall color. Chrysanthemum is always a fall favorite, and would compliment the Gaillardia, Coneflower, Lavender, Nepeta, Coreopsis, Rudbeckia and Salvia that should still bloom for a […]
This year in the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden, we have been graced with many fruits. Apples. Grapes. Blackberries. Pears. And my favorite fruit of all… Kongs.
We received a lovely tree donation to the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden; something we were all unfamiliar with. We were told it was a Dove, or Davida Tree. Without lifting someone else’s photo I can’t show you a Dove Tree, but needless to say it has leaves like a Dogwood and each flower has two bracts which look like petals. They hang in long rows, resembling handkerchiefs or little ghosts. They bloom in spring. Having no experience with a Dove […]
“Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, It comes and sits softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau Sometimes life turns on a dime and you find your world turned upside down. On those occasions, the only choice you might be left with is how you view the turn of events. You can wallow in failed expectations, or let them be turned […]
In my time volunteering at the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden and chronicling it in this blog, I have encountered just about every breed – but to my mind, those who foster are a breed apart. These are people who reserve a place in their homes – and hearts – to take in, train, love and heal dogs while they await, and prepare for, their forever homes. They do this knowing that their time together is too short and that their […]