Category Archives: pets

Happy Howloween and a strange October sky

Frankenwiener

I love to make holiday masks using the top flap from pizza boxes, and Halloween is always the best. By now Mister Bentley is an expert at posing since he knows a snack follows anything to do with my camera pointing at him. The Westie doesn’t expect anything, just puts up with it (she’s becoming more stubborn and indifferent as she ages) then runs off and plays deaf.

Halloween with the dogs 2017

The skies made national news the other night


The sky made the news last night

With all the commotion currently happening in climate and weather around the globe, it’s near impossible to listen to the news without hearing of the havoc going on right now. On Sunday evening I looked out to see a very strange sky, a sky that looked like swirls of thick foam.

The sky turned even more spectacular as the sun slowly sank into the horizon and I thought of that fancy sand art as the pastel hues deepened in contrast. MotH and I wondered if anyone else was witnessing this and about an hour later, we saw the strange skies on tv (but not before photos from all over Italy started showing up on Facebook). Yay for social media.

The sky made tv news last night

Jack and Jacques

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Glamping under the Provençal sun

It wasn’t too long ago that we were doing “glamorous camping” in Tuscany, but while neither that location or this one in Provence tout themselves as glamping accommodations, I couldn’t help but point out the details that made me feel like I was living large and comfy in the great outdoors. On the day of our departure I remarked to the hosts of Le Jas du Boeuf:

“I wake in the morning and on one side of the room, I watch the sun cast shadows on the roller shades — it’s like I’m in a big tent. And then when I turn around and look out the window, I’m in the middle of nature. Right out the door is the pool, so there’s your glam!”

Chenes room - interior
The Chênes room at Le Jas du Boeuf

Morning view from the room Chenes
We had the pool to ourselves most of the time as other guests were away for the whole day.

There’s enough space between the 4 rooms (2 located at the main building) to have a sense of privacy. The outdoor kitchen/dining area next to the pool is handy for simple meals. We had fun putting together a picnic and eating right next to our room.

Picnic in Provence Picnic supper at the pool

And coffee and dessert afterwards, plus the obligatory Maddie-on-vacation photo. So yeah, the pool was the main attraction being that we’ve never stayed at a place like this.

Dessert by the pool Maddie at the pool

Only once did one of the resident dachshunds come by, but it was more of a property patrol instead of a visit. We saw them at breakfast every morning at the main house. Dachshunds can get pretty vocal (I sense the collective nods of doxie owners reading this!), but they were super friendly, especially Addis who came out to greet us from the very first day.

Addis and Maddie

Happy Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend 2017

Monday won’t be a holiday in Italy (we’ll have our turn next Friday for Festa della Reppublica) but with the warm days we’ve been experiencing lately, summertime has officially started and there’s a long list of events and celebrations to anticipate. Have a great weekend!