The crocus are making their way despite cold temperatures and ice. Today it's raining, icing and snowing. Yet another day where we wonder if spring will in fact make an appearance.
I'm sure if I had been better about my fall gardening, these would have had a much better shot at coming up sooner. They have actually gotten much prettier since I took these pictures. Today's snow and ice may affect them I'm afraid. I guess time will tell.
Some of you may remember my facebook post of Finnian, my puppy, last fall. He was a tiny and very cute little guy experiencing frosty grass for the first time. Well over the winter he has grown a lot! See my tiny puppy below.
April has been unlike any I can remember in recent years. It's kind of unusual to see this kind of early April morning when getting ready to serve bed and breakfast guest their breakfast.
The last thing I really want to share with you today is yet another photo of Finnian. This one was taken after he had his first bout of digging in the dirt for the first time. Obviously, play pen time was in order here. It took quite a while to get him all cleaned up and even more time for him to dry out.
I know he had a really good time as you can see by the look on his face! Getting him cleaned up and getting rid of all the mud was another story all together! Finnian is a lot of fun and he's a very happy boy!!
I realized today that it has been a while since I last posted a blog. Spring has been super busy this year! In mid March, I sent both tillers out to be repaired to try to get a jump on the season. It's been very rainy and when it hasn't been raining, it's been very windy. Needless to say, the outside work has been somewhat slow. Before I get into too much more about the spring though, I need to tell you about the ground hog.
Last year in early summer, this tiny creature appeared in my back yard. I wasn't quite sure what it was. After some research I found it was a baby ground hog. I marveled at it's cuteness and took countless photos of this adorable creature. Soon after arrival, it climbed up into my wood pile. (I'm assuming it was from fear of my dog Latte) At any rate, she knocked over a huge section of the woodpile which I had to stack all over again! This was the first of many aggravations I would endure from this adorable creature.
For the most part, the groundhog hung out under the wood pile and left to come out and eat grass several times a day. She wasn't destructive or anything at all. The dogs would go out and she'd run under the wood pile. She ventured to the back stoop a few times and wandered about the yard on occasion. Fall and winter came and she disappeared. I assumed she was hibernating. And, so ended the season. To be continued......
About 2 weeks ago now, I had some issues arise with my dog. Latte is a wonderful dog and very obedient as a rule but a couple of weeks ago she wasn't with me when I returned from skiing despite my calling and calling her. I went back out looking for her twice and then suddenly she appeared beside me but her tracks indicated she had come from a different direction. Upon inspection I discovered that she had crossed the road. She has never done that and she knows she's not supposed to. By the look on her face, I knew that she knew this was not a good day.
The biggest issue is her hunting instinct. It's way too strong and without any distractions, she will key into a scent and bam! The leave it command usually works for these times but lately, not so much. So what do you do? Well, I called a friend of mine who was also our teacher in obedience classes. She suggested skijoring.
I read about it and watched a video
Somehow I needed to fashion something to try this....
Well, I put together a make shift skijoring set up by looping and old leash around my waist and using an old tie out as my line. I don't suggest doing this! I had my mishaps believe me. The best thing , if you're not sure, is to stay in your boots and work with your dog first. Then when you know it's a good idea, get the equipment.
I ordered mine from Howling Dog Alaska but you may have places to look near where you live. Since I had no idea where to look, I tried this and I'm really glad I did! If you're a beginner then you need to be sure you're equipment is for a beginner as well. There are a lot of choices so you'll want to be sure you get what is going to be best and work well for you and your dog or dogs.
I don't have a video but I'm hoping to have one soon. I do have a very proud dog and I'm very proud of my dog. The more we work, the better we get and Latte has let me know that she loves skijoring!
We have rooms for parents bringing college students, freshman to college! You can book online. One of my favorite times of the year is when parents take their students to college. I know what it's like because I've done it and I'm happy to help. Here at North Fork B&B you can have your breakfast as early or as late as you need to in order to meet the needs of the moving schedule at whatever school your child is attending. We are 10 min from Canton and 20 min from Potsdam so we are a convenient place to stay. We are in the country and it's pretty quiet and peaceful here so you should have a good night's sleep as well. We look forward to welcoming you and your student(s) to North Fork B&B!
This is just a reminder for you....If you are looking for a place to stay so you can drop your child off for orientation, to start college, parent's weekend or graduation as well as college visits, you're in the right place!
North Fork Bed and Breakfast has recently reopened and we have rooms available for the current 2016-2017 college calendar year. We realize that it's sometimes difficult to find a place to stay so we're letting you know we're here.
Quite by accident, I happened to see a glimpse of this tall ship on the internet via a facebook post. I began searching for more information because I was so curious. Here you can see it coming under the bridge to Canada in the St. Lawrence River. The ship was built in 2012 and this year it began it's voyage April 24th in Norway. They sailed across the north atlantic to Greenland and then to New Foundland. I was able to see the ship in Brockville, Ontario. I was more than thrilled to see this amazing vessel and even visit with various crew members while I was there. For the life of me I still can't figure out how and why something so incredibly wonderful was not publisized more so that everyone would be more aware of this amazing undertaking. The ship will go to Deluth and then come back to Oswego, sail through the canal system of New York and down to NYC. It will winter in Mystic Seaport in CT. You can find them on facebook and there are lots of amazing videos on youtube as well. Absolutely worth checking out!
How to pronounce the name of the ship.
Lisa is the owner of North Fork Bed and Breakfast/ Gifts and a certified tea specialist.