Winter Wools


“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” ~ Henry Beston, Northern Farm

We all had on our winter wools this weekend, with a light frost blanketing the garden on Saturday morning. It’s early for that in the Sacramento Valley. It disappeared quickly, but left the garden a little too wet and cold for any heavy duty effort.


Only a few blooms remain in the garden now –


Mostly, the palette has changed to the colors of the season. Greys, browns, silvers and antique golds replace the brilliant colors of summer.


The pups don’t seem to mind the the low, cloudy skies, as long as they are outside, walking, and among us.
“A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.”

This is Norman,




and George and Lucy.


I have a crush on George.


I met another Homeward Bound pup this weekend; an alumni named Brody. His human Dad is the manager at one of my favorite places – Green Acres Nursery in Sacramento.


Brody is apparently in charge of customer relations. What a handsome boy! An invitation was issued to visit us in the Memorial Garden, where many of their plants now reside. Although, they might want to wait until we are back in our summer cottons and looking at our colorful best!

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

19 thoughts on “Winter Wools”

  1. There is a wonderful gentleman who works at our local nursery tending the water plants and Koi. He brings his black lab, Blue, with him to the nursery during the summer months. My grandchildren love to go there and look to see if Blue is there. Brody will make a lot of new friends in his new role, and those kids will look forward to seeing him.

    1. I miss all the flowers, but I must say – there is a lot of beauty still in the garden. I love the muted colors and the rich textures – but I’ll be over it by February! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Brody and I wanted to thank you for the wonderful mention in this fantastic blog! Our customers here at Green Acres always ask where I found such a wonderful dog. Brody is my third Golden from Homeward Bound. I tell everyone about Homeward Bound. My dog Brody is such a love and now a wonderful asset to Green Acres Nursery and Supply, Sacramento staff. Thank You Homeward Bound, Jody, Mike and Audrey!

    1. I am constantly amazed at how many of the new Goldens I meet are Homeward Bound Alums…but placing well over 500 dogs year – I guess I shouldn’t be! It was wonderful to meet you both. How lucky for Brody to be surrounded by gardens and new friends all day long! Best to you and to Green Acres Nursery. Have a wonderful holiday!

  3. Hey Ogee, Jet here.

    From JJ: Ogee, I can see why you have a crush on George, he’s a handsome gentlegolden!

    Thanks for sharing the turning of the seasons… and all your golden alums… we have a Golden Rescue South Florida Reunion each January. We get to meet and catch up with so many of the pups we’ve followed online, it’s super cool.

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