Monday, July 21, 2014

Time To Say Goodbye

The Clydesdales have gone to their new home with their owners, Bob and Diana.

I spent the days leading up to the move making sure Ben felt comfortable

loading himself onto our trailer,

standing quietly

 and backing off slowly, one step at a time.

Boomer, the world traveler, didn't need any reminders.  
But Ben is sensitive, and he worries.

Yesterday was move day.
After one last turnout,
 Boomer, Dave, Ben

 it was time to say goodbye.

How we'll miss this face -

and this one.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Weekend - Dog Agility and Weaving Workshop

I watched my friend Lottie compete with Dusty in agility.

They have such a strong bond.  Dusty is a nine year old Belgian Malinois.  In another year or so, Dusty will retire from agility and pass the torch to his best buddy Sambuca.

Buca is a 1 year old Springer Spaniel.  Lottie is waiting to compete with him until he's 2 to protect his young joints.  He came to the show to soak up the atmosphere.

And the treats, of course.

Mickey and I tried agility some time ago, but it was not popular.  No no no.  Mickey pretty much hated it, and that's fine with me. 


The weaving workshop went well.  With only 4 students, Judy had plenty of time to keep us on track.  We were all at about the same level (whew), so that helped a lot.  Judy would present a technique, then turn us loose.  We would do our own weaving and then check out what everyone had done.  It was really interesting to see different ideas using the same technique.  

I'll spare you a blow-by-blow of the entire warp, but here's a snippet of two I'm looking forward to using.

The top one is called Mexican Leno, and the bottom is Leno.  You could use one of these techniques to add a little embellishment to the edge of a napkin, etc.  Of course you would want to do much finer work than we did in class.  It was fun, and I learned a lot.