Friday, March 16, 2012


This past winter has been one of the warmest on record and as a result, the daffodils have come out much earlier than usual.

The first arrived on February 24 down by the compost bin. Each year I try to take a photo of the first daffodil and the location varies each year.

The above and following photos were taken on February 13. Usually snow and rain beats the flowers down but this year they are all looking up, bright and perky.

This bunch are only just starting to come out. We planted quite a few different varieties back in 1986 when we first moved into our house. I go plenty of blisters digging the holes with a bulb planter.

The above flowers are smaller than the other varieties but the orange and yellow colours are very effective.

As you can see, we have lots of them planted all around our house. They are the only flowers we can grow since daffodils are the only flowers that deer to not eat.

The final batch of daffodils usually lasts until about the final week of April, but I'll be surprised if they last that long this year.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Brody the black lab

And now for something a little different. Marianne has belonged to Airedale Rescue for quite a few years and recently volunteered for a group Martha's Mutt Movers that transports dogs long distance by a relay of cars. Each driver takes the dog an additional hour's drive towards its final destination.

Our baptism involved a dog called Brody who was kidnapped in Florida and brought up I-95. It's a long story and believe me, you don't want to know the details, but the dog wound up in the Cecil County SPCA. The owner found out that the dog was here and arranged to fly up to Philly Airport while the relay of cars was set up to transport the dog back to Florida.

So Marianne and I drove up to Philly and collected the owner and drove her down to the SPCA. The video below shows Brody just after he has been handed over to his joyful owner.

That wagging tail makes it all worth while.

They stayed at our house that night. Because Catty Watty does not get on well with dogs, we confined her to our bedroom.  

Here she is hiding from it all, not realizing that her back end is sticking out in full view.

The next morning, I drove the owner back to the airport and Marianne drove Brody down to Joppatown and handed him over to the next person in the relay. It took 14 hours to get him all the way down to Florida. The woman (Martha) who organizes all of this kept in contact with the drivers and sent out emails to all concerned showing the progress of the dog. A very impressive effort. 

Brody meets some new people at one of the changeovers.