Pages

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'm Tellin'!



             "Ma, Ma-a, come quick - Looooook!"





" - He's only off an' diggin' up Da's veggie patch, again!"

Hey, ho, no rest for the wicked, eh?  Jake really is such a scamp, he knows he's strictly forbidden on there, not that he cares.  I'd hoped to peacefully soak up  a ray or two of sun in the back garden today.

I pop back indoors for ONE moment to fetch my book, and what happens?  Jessie commandeers my sun-lounger, and Jake is happily in the throes of digging up all poor hubby's precious, recently planted spuds.

So, as we're both gonna' be in the dog-house now, I saw no harm in popping back in again to fetch out the camera.. 

 
Much to Jessie's disgust.

She loves hanging about around the out houses.  That one there with the chicken wire across the windows used to be a pigeon coop.  The guy who last owned our house was a keen homing pigeon fancier, and raced them from all over around Ireland and the UK mainland. 

They can't have been that much good, 'cos none of them ever found their way back here again, once he'd moved.

We only use it for storage now, but oddly enough, although she never pays much heed to any other shed, Jess is forever sniffing about around in that "coop" - guess the scents must still linger?

(Oh no, I've just had a horrible thought; maybe she's actually been picking off and eating all the returning pigeons, one by one??)



Anyhoo's, with her vernable, old and grumpy ladyship later squaring up for a fight over ownership of not only my lounger, but of my book and of my slippers, too.


I admitted defeat, gave in, and wound up dragging this troublesome tow-rag down along to the glen, instead. 

 I arrived home to lovely news,





Beccy has been elected head girl of her "house" at school, for next year.  Their college is split into four "houses", and every year the pupils vote for who it is from the senior form (she is hopefully set to start University, the year after) that they wish to represent them.  She is so chuffed (almost as much as I'm as proud as punch)!

I hope the week is being as equally kind to you, too, and that the sun is also kissing your nose, and warming your bones?

90 comments:

Linda Sue said...

Ah yes, water therapy works every time- When ever my dog is difficult and into everything, kicking the soil, whining to be let out, be let in , be let out Over and over...I run the sink full of warm water- he is distracted for a good day after a bath in the sink!

Hilary said...

All of the critters are loving spring.. who can blame them? Congrats to your daughter.. she sure is a beauty.

Leslie: said...

You absolutely MUST take me down to that gorgeous spot by the stream when we're there! It is spectacular! And kudos to Beccy - looking forward to meeting her and all her siblings! I may steer clear of Jess, though...lol

Pearl said...

1. Your daughter is a true beauty. Takes after her mother, doesn't she? :-)
2. I love the personality in your cat's face. That gal's got stories...

Pearl

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

love the pictures.

Skunkfeathers said...

At least my pet rock, Seymour, kinda sorta knows his place. Kinda sorta ;-)

Ms. A said...

Gorgeous photos and I especially love the one of the glen. Can't imagine living somewhere that lovely.

Beccy is stunningly beautiful!

Pat Tillett said...

It's a great time of year for everyone! both man and beast love the sunshine...
Beautiful photos and models!

Anthony Duce said...

Enjoyed the conversation and observations. The photos are beautiful. What a wonderful place to be, and very beautiful company… Great poses for a painting… The cat poses well too.

Barbara Shallue said...

love the expression on that cat's face - I do believe she's been picking off the returning pigeons! Congrats to your daughter!

X. Dell said...

(1) Congratulations to Becky.

(2) Either you're a fantasitic photographer, or you live on some gorgeous grounds.

(3) If Jake pulls up a bone while digging in the potato patch, you might be spending future nights in something less hospitable than a doghouse.

steven may said...

Gorgeous photos! Congrats to your daughter.. she sure is a beauty .

Anthony said...

Wonderful photos.

Shrinky said...

OMG, Linda Sue, I could never pick this huge lunk up, he weighs more than me - and he REFUSES point blank to get in the bath! Luckily, we do have a ground floor shower (he's not allowed upstairs), but the only way I can intice him into the stall, is for me to don a swimsuit, and get in there with a peeled banana, to entice him in.. (sigh) I don't know which of us exists the most traumatised.

Shrinky said...

Thanks Hilary, and you are so right, summer brings all us living creatures back to the joys of life, doesn't it?

Shrinky said...

Hello Leslie, well, this is only a tiny glen, a couple of mins away from the house - but if you're feeling energetic, there are some much better ones with waterfalls, and so on - one is a bit of a steep hike, but leads down to a hidden beach, with coves and the like - maybe you might prefer that one?

Akelamalu said...

.....maybe she's actually been picking off and eating all the returning pigeons, one by one??)

Ooops! LOL

Lovely glen you have there Shrinky.

Well done to Beccy. :)

Bijoux said...

Your daughter is stunning!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!

As is your property AND that cat! What a pretty color of fur on her. And I love the date above the door of that coop. You don't see stuff like that in the States.

mythopolis said...

My dog pooped on my spinach sprouts!!!
I have a chicken coop and when cleaning it periodically, I dump all the used straw, manure, and molted feathers into my compost pile. My dog loves to roll around in that! It's quite amusing to me when she looks at me like she hasn't been naughty when she has straw hanging from her fur, and chewed up feathers around her mouth!!!

I enjoyed this bit of back yard nature. And I can't get over the idea of you in a swimsuit with a peeled banana taking a shower with your dog.

And what is that plant you refer to as Becc? Now that is one lovely sprout!!

Oh, and what is that book you were reading? Inquiring minds want to know!

Vince said...

Well done. You're a good little baker right enough.

I think that the dog thought he was helping. In his mind at least. I know a few years ago I planted/buried bulbs and came back to find every one had been carefully excavated. Next time I made her, Jessy, do the digging and then she saw what I was doing so they stayed put.
Has your fella tried the rare heritage spuds. I'm going for a red one and a yellow one this year. A few of them anyway.

Shrinky said...

Pearl, if that cat DARES to tell any of them there tales, she's headed straight for the vet..(wink)

Shrinky said...

Thanks JackieSue!

Shrinky said...

Skunk, this is SEYMOUR we're talking about, right??

Shrinky said...

Hi there Ms A, this isle truly does come alive in the summer, yes - but you truly can't imagine the relentless rain we endure half the year year-round, for that pleasure!

Shrinky said...

Hello Pat, it's been a while since I've had the camera out, it was fun to have a little play with it again (smile).

Shrinky said...

Hi there Anthony, I can rent out the models at a very reasonable rate.. (grin)

Shrinky said...

Thanks Barbara, as for Jess, she is approaching 14yrs now, but is a sprightly enough thing for her age, I wouldn't be at all surprised if she'd been helping herself to extra "pudding" all these years.

Shrinky said...

Hi X-Dell,

1. Thanks.

2. I'm a genius behind the lens, I live in a swamp really.

3. The compost heap is fenced off, and out of bounds to Jake, so I reckon I'm safe enough..

Shrinky said...

Thank you Steven, that's very kind of you!

Shrinky said...

Cheers, Anthony.

Shrinky said...

Hi there Ake, yeah, I have a sinking feeling that mog has a lot to answer to! As to the glen, yeah it's a peaceful little spot, I'm lucky to have it at my back door.

Shrinky said...

Hello Bijoux, it is nice to have the date it was built, enscribed above the door of the building - the guy we bought this place from lived here as a boy, he grew up here, and later bought the place from his father (he is in his late 60's now). The house started out as a modest 2 bedroom, but him and his family added and added to it as the years went by. It IS a little like the house that Jack built, as he and his friends tended to do most of the additions themselves, and it is a wee bit crazy nuts in places - but I kinda' like that (smile).

Suldog said...

The Glen is achingly beautiful. I would love to be there now, sitting on the bridge with my legs dangling over the water, maybe dropping a pebble into the stream once in a while just to watch the splash...

chewy said...

That first photo is a gorgeous shot of Jessie.
(giggle) Alan needs a high fence around his precious veggies. No lounging about for you! Beccy looks all beside herself. Give the girl a pat on the back. (smile)

Shrinky said...

Dan, you have to PROMISE me you'll fetch the camera out, next time Bone disguises herself as a demented, moulting chicken - this I would love to see! She crapped in your sprouts? Ha! That's another reason hubby bans Jake from this part of the garden - the lad truly is shameless (Jake, not the hubby).

Oh, I HATE showering with Jake, almost as much as he hates me showering with him - his claws are like daggers, and it's a VERY cramped shower stall.. (shudder)

Being hugely biased, I have to agree with you on the Beccy sprout thing (smile). Ooooh, this book, I finished it this afternoon, it's the third one I've read in as many weeks by the same author. I'm thrilled to have discovered him, because he has a whole series of these written, and I can't get enough of them. This one is called "Flesh House" (an old Scots term for an abotoir) by Stuart MacBride. All his novels are set in my old hometown of Aberdeen, and I recognise the names of the streets and places he refers to - also, although it's essentially a crime thriller, it's so much more than that, as his banter and sharp wit makes the characters virtually leap out of the page at you - the subject matter may be very dark, but his razor humour and drop dead hysterically funny one liners make you gasp! I soooooooo envy him his talent, he's BRILLIANT! Oh, and his use of the colloquial slang has me in stitches.

Shrinky said...

Ah Vince, what a brilliant picture that makes of you and her standing there, she digging, and you planting - too cute for words. And she REALLY didn't excavate them all up again, once your back was turned? Sheesh, now that's impressive, that is! It's funny you should mention about the heritage varieties, as last years we had a red type with our whites, and I think it might have been from one of them. Until I moved here, I'd eaten nothing home grown, I had no idea how much more sweet and flavoursome our fruit and veg is, when it isn't "forced" up. Have to admit though, when his Lordship takes over all the sills of the conservatory (despite having a great greenhouse out there), I do get a wee bit itchy about it..

Shrinky said...

Hi there Sully, it is bonny there, I have to confess - but I'm blessed to have my very OWN glen too, at the end of my garden, with a custom made perch there to dangle my feet over the water - the last owner here was a mad keen fisherman, and that was his very favourite spot to take the salmon and trout from the river!

Shrinky said...

Hiya Chewy, yeah, I was pleased with the way that that one of her came out - she usually squirms and slinks about like a demented flea-ridden rat, the minute I try to frame any shot of her. And Bec (shrug), what a blissful life that girl leads! You know Chewy, you've given me an idea for Alan's birthday, now (so long as he foots the bill) - that's EXACTLY what we need, a perimeter fence running all the way round the veggie patch - you're a genius! XX

~Babs said...

This is such a great post!

That Beccy,,,oh my,,words cannot describe her beauty.That photo should be in a magazine.
Jessie: Oh, the attitude is all over this girl, I just love it!
Makes me miss my Callie all the more.
As for Jake,,,good luck with the spuds, looks like you might need it.
The glen, the GLEN,,,omg,,,it's a regular paradise.Hard to imagine from this dry, hot place where I sit.
And I'd love to see a post of photos just of your house,,,so much history, it's fascinating!
I think a tour is in order,,,,please?

Vince said...

Yeah, they dig to hide things. Once they know the smell of what's down there that don't bother.
With the spuds, he had the smell of your fella and something he didn't know.

Chantel said...

*happy sighs* Swear I could actually hear that stream for a moment...

mythopolis said...

Oh, it is somehow sooo Shrinky of you to be reading MacBride! : ) I was just searching him and looked at synopses of his works. On his website he says (of Flesh House) 'expect cannibalism'! I haven't read it, but I can tell this is somebody I would looove to have a beer with!! (Not that I am a cannibal) Looking at his other titles, I think you should send him 'Shrink Wrapped Scream' as a possible title for a future work! It would fit right into the series, somehow. (I've always thought Shrink Wrapped Scream would be a great title for a book) Can't write anymore, need to hit a bookstore and pick up some MacBride!

Shrinky said...

Oh Babs, the house is a bit of a monstrosity really, far from regal or elegant - she's a lumbering half-breed of after thought and almost there. Likewise, the out buildings are much neglected, and the lawns and flowerbeds are much too demanding to ever be prim. Harking back to the previous owners, they had a full time, seven day a week gardiner to beat back nature, in the guise of the owner's retired dad - we find it a bit too much to handle by ourselves, but we enjoy it all the same. I might stitch together a post from a couple of earlier ones I've done - if I do, you'll see what I mean!

Shrinky said...

Okay Vince, um, so if that's the case, what's Jakes excuse for wolfing down all the said spuds he unearths? I swear that dog's got hollow legs..! (Grin)

Shrinky said...

I wish there was a way to include the scent and bird-song with a photograph -now wouldn't that be something, Chantel?

Nezzy said...

I fear your garden is in danger!!! I have a ten month old blue heeler pup to deal with round here that has earned the nickname of 'Jaws'!

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter.

God bless and have a delightful kinda day sweetie!!! :o)

Shrinky said...

Now isn't that funny, Dan? Just as you were penning this, I was ordering four of his other books from Amazon, on-line! It thrills me at the thought of you reading some of his work - we could swap notes! Ahhh, is it wrong of me to be relieved to hear that even you can suffer from a touch of writers block, from time to time? Not that I'd wish it upon you - I love reading your new posts, and I know only too well the frustration and guilt of being unable to fill up a decent page, right now. That's why I've been on this busman's holiday, and reading so much MacBride! I console myself everything that visits eventually must pass, and try to view it as just my unconscious mind needing catch up time to ferment the ideas I've tossed in there.

And, much as I love MacBride, he can go find his own bloody titles titles! (Wink)

mythopolis said...

Yes, don't use the term 'writer's bock' because it is not that. 'Writer's block' is an incapacitating idea. It should be banned. It is a self-defeating self-hypnosis. It is rather an incubation period, because your subconscious is always working on your ideas. They will surface sooner or later. There is a book in you! You know I am going to nag you. I am your worst nagmare! : )

And yes, Shrink Wrapped Scream should remain your own title...Maybe it is that story you started a few episodes of and pulled to the back burner, (Aaarrrgh...it killed me...I am still wanting to know what she did with the body once she finally got it into the car!) Don't make me come over there and spank you! : )

I mean this in all good jest. I will try to keep up with you re MacBride. So let's swap notes. What will be your next read? I will try to keep up.

goatman said...

Cats eat spuds?!

bill lisleman said...

Shrinky your dog and cat know how work their ways with you.
I had to look-up "chuffed". Don't know why but it sounds like it would mean the opposite. Maybe it sounds to much like chafed to me.

~Babs said...

"half breed of after thought and almost there"

See???? THAT'S why you're a writer.
From those few words I got an entire technicolor movie and soundtrack of your house. But I still love it, and still want to see it.
Also checking out that author,,sounds right up my alley, since I've already read the latest Stephen King.
:-D

Shrinky said...

You are such a good pal, Dan - thanks for the motivating words, they mean a lot! Okaaaaay, now about these books, how about we read one of them simultaneously? Then we can guess and speculate on where the plot is leading us (although whoever is further on, must promise not to give any answers away)? I have four(?) on order - you choose which out of them you fancy getting, and I'll hang on from starting it until you get a copy - what do you think? Here's the titles:

Dark Blood
Broken Skin
Blind Eye
Dying Light

Oooh, maybe Babs might want to join in, too? Heeeeeeee, this is FUN!

Shrinky said...

Aw shucks, Babs, you sure know how to tickle a girlie's heart, so's you do - eeeee, I'm tickled pink at that (hugging myself).

Hey, has Mr. King got a new book out?? How did that get past me? Now then, if you've read my comment above this one, you might have a clue as to what I'm about to ask - how about it, do you fancy joining in?

Shrinky said...

Hi Goatman, thanks for stopping by. Um, I don't know, but mine doesn't - it's my dog, Jake, who digs them up and eats them.

Shrinky said...

Hiya Bill, oh blimey, things often gets lost in translation from across our pond (grin)! Glad you took the time to correct that assumption, and sorry for the confusion (wink).

Margaret Benbow said...

Love the photos of your hairy red-gold empress cat, they always try to rub their royal lineage in our faces, don't they!!? Your children look like their bonny mother. Your beautiful glen must satisfy your soul. And good books to read on top of it! Shrinky, I know there are some struggles, but in many ways you're a lucky and happy woman.

Shammickite said...

Jessie looks just like my Midgey, handsome and beautiful. And a pigeon fancier too.

mythopolis said...

Dark Blood
Broken Skin
Blind Eye
Dying Light.....the titles alone give me goosebumps! My prob is getting to a book store since I live in the middle of nowhere. However, I do think I will be going into the city over the weekend. So, I will try to pick up one of these! Back at ya later...

~Babs said...

How FUN!
Thanks Shrinky,,
I just ordered his first. "Cold Granite". Won't have it for a few days, but I'll bet you've already read that one??
Mr. King's is "11/22/63"
I was a tad disappointed in the story, but it's always a good ride anyway.

Kittie Howard said...

Gorgeous photos! I sighed with contentment. You live in heaven! And Beccy is a classic beauty who looks like a model. Congrats on her selection. Can feel your pride!

Choco said...

This was such a darling post... A cat (orange kittehz by fav by the way ), a dog and a beautiful promising young girl... The simple things in life.. Some day I will blog with posts like this... :)

Fenstar de Luxe said...

Bwahaha I get that here, only it's 2 cats stealing my spot. Little ratbaggers.

Shrinky said...

Hi there dear Margaret, do you know, one thing I firmly believe is if you just scratch beneath the surface of each and every one of us, WE ALL are struggling with some personal heart-break or other - don't you think? I am blessed in that mine also comes wrapped in a lot of joy (smile). Happy? Sometimes, yes - but happiness is always just visiting, isn't it? Contentment - ahh, now there sits a far more relieable creature! I am truly blessed she has decided to stay (wink).

Shrinky said...

Midgie - oh how I LOVE that name, Shammickite! Ha, what a picture it conjures (grin). He sounds to be quite a character.

Shrinky said...

Haha, you do make me smile, Dan! Good luck with the quest (I rather worry, as a UK author, your local store may not stock him - but maybe they can access his work to order?). I'll sit tight and wait to see..

Shrinky said...

OMG, Babs (doing a little dance)!!! I am sooooo delighted you've gone and done this - whey-hey, can you see the silly grin plastered all over my face? Cold Granite is how I came to first know this author - and believe it or not, it was Chewy who researched and found him for me! It's been a couple of years since I read it, at the time I was having trouble accessing the records of a real multiple child murder that happened in Aberdeen, which brushed my family's life (remember "Big John", from my "Wee Karen" saga?). Anyways, I wondered if this book may have been based on fact, after Chewy drew my attention to it - as it happened, it wasn't, but it tuned me into a great new author, so all was not lost!

Let me know when you start the book, it's a good read and a compelling story - tho' he does get even better with each new book he writes.

As to Mr. King, I've managed to find and read the first chapter of his latest on-line - it's on my must have list now, to buy (after I read the four other books I'm waiting delivery on). Yes, I'm finding King's more recent novels are less about the plot for me, than for the deep and rich character's he introdces along the way - the journey is always the best part of his writings.

Shrinky said...

Hi there Kitty, this place certainly does come alive in the summer, the beauty tends to hibernate the rest of the year - which is why I am always so happily surprised to discover it's beauty again - I often forget!

Shrinky said...

Hello sweet Choco, what a lovely thing to say, but I would like to remind you of how beautifully you already write, and of how much we all enjoy your lovely posts!

Shrinky said...

Yeah Fen, they are such ungrateful urchins, aren't they? Good job they purr a lot and look so darn cute all the time..!

Shrinky said...

Oh goodness, Nezzy - what ever happened to my comment I replied with to you? I am SO SORRY, I obviously failed to post it (shaking my head..) - I do hope you find it now. Thank you for your gorgeous words (I do truly love the way you frame a sentence, it's so rich and delicious)!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

That Glenn is sublime...! So very Beautiful. You live in such a beautiful area...And your dear Cat is as cute as they come....AND, Congratulations to Becky!!!

Shrinky said...

Hi there Lady of the Hill, ah, I do believe you also hail from a beautiful part of the world, it does so help to nourish the soul, doesn't it? (Smile)

chewy said...

COLD GRANITE by Stuart MacBride...hmmm? - Did I tell you about that book? or did you tell me? I know we both read it.

chewy said...

I'm thinking I discovered him and told you...I haven't been following his books... WOW! He's written FOUR since his first, Cold Granite!

chewy said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - DUH! I just read through your comments... I DID TELL YOU! hahahahahahahahahaha - My memory sucks!

Shrinky said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Chewy, you're certifiably (and lovably) insane, y'know that? YES, I have you to thank for my latest addiction - I put him down after his first introduction, but I received two others of his for Mother's Day (and no, he's written six or seven more now, since Cold Granite), and I'm hopelessly hooked for good (insert pathetic smile)..

~Babs said...

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA @
Chewy & Shrinky

Joanna Jenkins said...

The look on your cat's face is priceless!

And your daughter is gorgeous. Congrats to her and you.

xo jj

Dave said...

Well done Beccy. Your cat looks great Carol. Like it might be the boss of the household? - Dave

Secret Agent Woman said...

That's a gorgeous spot in the woods. And who knew I should be guarding my potatoes against dogs?

CiCi said...

You live in such a gorgeous environment. No wonder you love it there. Your daughter is going to enjoy her uni time. Don't they grow up fast? My two daughters have kids in college. Gads.

Shrinky said...

Hehe, don't know what YOU'RE laughing at, Baba, that's gonna' be you and me soon.. (grin)

Shrinky said...

How did you guess, Dave? (grin)

Shrinky said...

Secret Agent, he's a walking waste disposal unit all unto himself, press his paw and his mouth opens..

Shrinky said...

Hi CiCi, I am discovering that with every day - scary, isn't it??

Rock Chef said...

That cat of yours has a lot of character... He probably IS eating the pigeons as they return home! :-)

Congrats to your daughter too!

Shrinky said...

Welcome back, RC, have you done all your unpacking yet? Yeah, Jessie is the firm Matriach of the family, she's coming up for 14, and has plenty of time to establish the pecking order!

goatman said...

We had the pigeons once; hawks kept getting them and I gave up -- too heartbreaking.

mythopolis said...

Well so far, I've only been able to locate one MacBride title in the small towns nearby me, and it seems you (and Babs)have already read it (Cold Granite) Anyway, I will pick it up tomorrow when I go to that town. As for the other titles, I will have to wait til my next jaunt into the larger city within reach (Nashville)!! Keep ya posted!

Middle Child said...

Your daughter is especially beautiful...cats are so different from dogs who just get in there and do it...cats think a lot and are watchful - i love both