Monday, June 10, 2013

Halesia in the Public Gardens


While Jim took me to see Pops in the Veteran's hospital today,
Ron took a few minutes to do some errands 
and visit


He was in another world 
with all the bright azaleas, rhododendrons, 
greenery and red beech trees in bloom.


But with all the colour he zoned in on this white 
 which he had never seen before.


It truly is amazing we spend so much of the year
in Nova Scotia looking at the white snow
and when spring and summer arrive
he is more attracted to the white flowers and trees
than the others.


My sojourns is going very well,
no treats though because of my new diet.
Pops wasn't happy about this fact.
He tries so hard to sneak 
food to me all the time.
No wonder I perk up
when I'm told we are going for
a hospital visit!


 And no wonder Ron likes these Silver Bells
just look at those dainty flowers
just hanging there.
They really are beautiful.


See what I mean!


A lonely specimen tree nestled in along
the pond's edge ~~ quite remarkable!


 Even this palest of pinkish/white rhododendron 
was no match for the Halesia.
And he loves rhodos!!


Heading back to the car
he noticed the draping trees
with accent of azaleas.


Unfortunately Doodlely Dogs are not permitted
to roll on the grass or even visit
the Public Gardens.
So when the guys have a chance they jump at it.
I don't mind if I can't go,
I have my on Private Gardens at home.


One more hand please!
Just one more!

42 comments:

  1. WHAT???!!!! Doodles NOT allowed! Scandalous!

    That park is SOOOOOOOOOOO green, and we love that silver tree as well.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Surely there must be SOME treat you can have on your diet and Grandpa can be given a supply--just sayin'.

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    1. Treats are a no-no for another 5 weeks ~~ then watch out baby here I come!

      The Victorian Gardens are very Victorian...so since Doodles didn't exist in the Victorian Times..maybe that's the reason!

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  2. No treats? None at all? That doesn't sound good! Lovely walks to make up for it though, and LOTS of cuddles!
    Lots of love
    Annie Airedale x

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    1. Cuddles, snuggles, rubs are all I am allowed for 5 more weeks. Better to be save than sorry!!

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  3. No treats! Poor Sophie. Hope you can return to your normal diet soon. The park is spectacular what with the soft greens, the blooms and the reflections - super shots!

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    1. Treats are highly over-rated ~~ imagine anyone ever believing THAT!!

      The gardens were very quiet and peaceful. Someday I'm going to sneak in there ~~ mark my words ~~ I'm fast!

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  4. Sophie, glad to hear you are feeling better but no treats!! Hope that doesn't have to last too long!

    Murray's Mom adored those garden photos - they are really magnificent!

    We took Clive to visit Murray's granddad in his respite care home last week too - it makes such a difference to the place when Clive arrives in! Everyone seems to perk up and even granddad remembers we've been there! He forgets people but not Clive!

    Anyway, despite those gardens not allowing doodles - they are very beautiful!

    Have a good week,
    Clive & Co

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    1. Dogs are 'Smile Makers' ~~ everyone seems to come around from the nurses, to cleaning staff, to students and the list goes on. Once in awhile there is one person who gets a little agitated but Sophie seems to know not to venture too close.

      I hope Murray's granddad is doing fine. Clive's visits must be such a joy for him. I'm always amazed at the reaction and the power dogs have with humans, sick or well.

      Cheers to everyone!

      Ron

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  5. That's nice you can go and see pops, you must cheer him up a lot. Very pretty garden and that grass dose look very lush.

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    1. We've had so much rain and vegetation is very very happy ~~ thus the greens!!

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  6. Wow, what a beautiful place to stroll through and take photographs. I love the Halesia. It's quite spectacular. I don't think I've ever seen one before.

    How nice that you visit Pops and brighten up his day. Too bad that he can't sneak you food! I hope it's only temporary.

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    1. We rarely have a chance to visit the Public Gardens together because Sophie isn't permitted. However, lone visits can be good for the soul and senses.

      Pops isn't a happy camper re: no treats! Could be worse really!!

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  7. Beautiful, peaceful garden, Ron. What a lovely place and naturally your great photography!

    Sorry about the restrictions, Sophie. I'm sure it was nice to see Pops and get all that love!

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    1. The gardens are always pristine and lovely. Victorian Gardens are always this way. If one needs to get away from it all, this is he place to go. Pops is still smiling with Sophie's visits, he just has to learn that treats are a no-no for awhile!

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    1. I would enjoy it even better if I jumped in ~~ aha ~~ now I know why Doodley Dogs are a No Go here!

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  9. Awww Sophie, no park, no treats but lots of fuss made of you, so nice!

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    1. I go where I'm wanted ~~ that's all I'm sayin'!!!

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  10. I think Doodles should visit anywhere they want, but it's nice you went to see Pops. I'm sure you make him happy, Sophie.

    Love,
    Janie

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  11. It looks like you both had the best visits possible, Sophie. I'm sure Pops loves it when you come see him.

    We have a Rhododendron Garden close to us that dogs are actually allowed to walk around in.

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    1. I'd be sniffin' those flowers until the cows came home. I'm always checking mine out in the backyard. My dad just put a lot of rhodo pics on his FB page ~~ hey what about my FB page!!?

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  12. Hi Sophie!
    I'm trying to decide who had the best day, Ron, Pops, or you!

    I loved Daddy Ron's pictures of the Silver Bell Tree. Everything looks so lovely and green and moist and cool. It is sweltering here, closing in on 100ºF. I was just at Parkway Grill having lunch with Terry after The Big Appointment. One of my most favorite waitresses anywhere and I were commiserating about the dreadful heat and expressing our mutual longing for COLD, BEAUTIFUL SNOW. Terry absolutely didn't get it ~ he likes it SCORCHING HOT! I would like to write his reaction off to not being fully back from La La Land, but he was serious. I'd have been looking at the Silver Bell Tree too!

    All those pats and attention must have been fun, especially as you've been under the weather. How could anybody not give you a treat?
    I'm totally with Pops. I've had rare stern words from my sister-in-law about absolutely not slipping treats from the dinner table to her foster dogs. You would just have to turn your pretty eyes on me, and I'd dump the whole bag of treats on you ~ and I'm not talking carrots! I can just imagine how much love and joy you bring to Pops and his friends at Camp Hill. D. Jimbo ought to bring some treat you can have and Dad happy. Personally, make my treats chocolate!

    Okay ~ so I went back and read all the comments ~ no treats at all for 5 weeks! That's pretty harsh! I'm already trying to find a way around this, SD! ~ What if Jim gave Pops a bite or two of your special diet as a treat. Then Pops could be really happy! Honestly, humans are so good at putting their critters on strict, no treat diets, when most of them can't manage their own diets and treats. General observation ~ no reflection on the Dads. No way in __ll I'm going to go without a teensy chocolate treat each day! That's why I'm very sympathetic to doggies and less so to their strict and serious humans!

    Take care, Sophie! I want to see that tail at full mast yesterday!

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    1. Workin' on the tail, gurlfriend! It's the antibiotics that seem to dull my senses. Sure hope this never happens again. Takes all the fun out of life at my bay! (lol for Pat Hatt!)

      Carrots should be OK, so maybe we'll bring some carrots to Pops and then he can feed me!

      100 degrees h-h-h-h-hot....no thank you, especially combined with humidity, Lord have Mercy! The pictures in the Public Gardens exemplifies how, what and where I am now and that moderation is my key...extreme conditions sometimes but not always, hardly ever!

      Chocolate is my extreme...we found a new restaurant that serves chocolate coated salted caramel...did I say YUM!!?

      Ron

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  13. The gardens are just beautiful reflected in the water! Fabulous photos!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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    1. Hi M & M!
      We enjoy visiting places with reflections ~~ just like a painting!!

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  14. Fantastic gardens and so glad you got to visits with you grandpop!

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    1. Everyone had their own kind of visits today!!

      *SMILES all around*

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  15. That tree is really beautiful. I've never seen one like it. These are stunning photos, capturing all the beauty of late spring.
    Glad you had a nice visit, Sophie.

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    1. The park was so inviting and with my trusty camera I slipped in and started clicking! What great fun and so peaceful!

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  16. Samson Says: Oh, SophieDoodle, join the crowd of us poor canines not allowed even the simplest little treat. I feel for you, but at least you have Mr. Orangie to chew on like I chew on my Gracie 2. I hope you are feeling better now.

    Inger: Ron, those are the most gorgeous photos I have seen in a long time, that tree is so special, so delicate and precious.

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    1. I actually am getting used to the 'No Treat Policy' that has fallen down upon my world. Ron says I don't beg as much ~~ imagine that ~~ me begging!!

      Yes, Inger the Halesia Tree was so special I thought that I should take some pictures. I had read about it a few years ago and thought that would be as close as I would ever get to one. I should go back and take more close ups!

      Ron

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  17. *pet-pet-pet* :) Oh poor Pops, he looks so happy when he gives you treats... Maybe soon. These pics are so beautiful. Earm: may vacation time begins at 14.06. See you three at the airport *hehehehe* My, you live in a wunderful spot over there.

    Hope you will be better every day, Sophie. *hugs and pets*

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  18. Wonderful photos, and I love that white tree too, it really does 'sing' amongst the greens.

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    1. A very nice way of putting it Ann....singing!!!

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  19. I'm with Ron - I love that Silver Bells tree!
    Your header is groovey, baby!

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    1. Don't you just love that tree, Terry!

      Thanks re: new header....I have since changed it again....my eyes were going wonky like a lava lamp!

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  20. Oh my gosh- those photos are spectacular!
    love
    tweedles

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    1. Thanks Tweedles.......looks like we'd have to sit outside while the peeps get closer!

      Oh well!

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  21. Unreal!!! So unbelievably beautiful.

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    1. The Public Gardens is a refuge from the daily busyness!!!

      I lucked out this day, one of the few rain free days we've experienced in so long....as I respond to you now with rain drops gently dropping from the sky!

      Ron

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