Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cozy Goldens

The house was chilly this morning. So the "Golden Girls" decided to snuggle on the same bed after breakfast. Ellie is the one with the blue collar. Lucy is the one who decided to use Ellie as a pillow. Actually, she does this even when it's warm. Ellie is 4 and Lucy is 2. They are as different as most children. Ellie is mellow, eager to please and always obedient. Lucy was born on the 4th of July and is a firecracker. Fortunately, she knows that I'm always going to be the Alpha. Interesting, isn't it? Just like children, dogs have to be treated differently based on their personalities.

April Frost

We had frost this morning. When I went out to turn on the bubbler, the bird spa was covered with ice.

After years of a high-maintenance suburban yard, we decided to go natural in our new home. We have only native plants, carefully selected to be unattractive to deer. I've never been one to coddle outdoor plants. After all, if we want to go native, then they should withstand whatever nature brings. We were under a frost warning last night, so I was a little concerned about some of the flowering shrubs. Initially I decided not to cover anything and let nature take its course. Then I walked out and saw the new blossoms on the rhododendren. They seemed to talk to me, "Hey, give us a little hand here." How could I let these lovely flowers turn brown? So I covered them.

I'm glad I did.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Taking the plunge

Like many others, I have given thought to a blog for quite a while. With much encouragement, I have decided to take the plunge.

I live in Transylvania County (yes, bite me), known as the "Land of the Waterfalls." It seems fitting that my practice post should be a waterfall in my own community. This is Upper Batson Creek Falls.
In future postings, I hope to share with you my enthusiasm and sheer love for the magnificient mountains of western North Carolina, along with the exciting creatures who share this wonderful place.