Jon Crispin's Notebook

Olive at the Beach / Dolphins?!?

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Today is Olive’s last day at the beach this year.  The weather is incredible and she has been so happy being in the water almost every day.

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We bought her this green flying saucer type thing which really soars on a windy day.  She swims out to get it and then comes right back.

Except yesterday when Cris was playing with her.  Olive paddled out to the saucer and then started to swim out a bit farther into the ocean.  Cris couldn’t figure out what was going on, and then spotted dolphin fins. Olive must have sensed them as well.  It is hard to know what kind of interaction there would have been if she hadn’t come right back when called.  You would like to think that it would have ended in a nice “Flipper-like” scenario with lots of cavorting and intra-mammal bonding, but you never know.

Thanks to Bob and Kath for having us in the house again this year, and it is so great that they have been here for the latter part of our stay.  Heading back North tomorrow.

Olive at the Beach

Posted in Animals, Beaches, Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, Labradors, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 02/01/2017

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Due to the great generosity of my brother and sister in law, we are back at the beach for a bit.  Olive is thrilled.

Happy New Year to you all.

Olive

Posted in Animals, Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, Labradors, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 24/12/2016

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I haven’t posted much of the Olive lately.  She has developed into a really good ball dog,  and has a particularly interesting way of keeping it on the side of her mouth.  She is really a good girl and a wonderful companion.

Warmth

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The past few days have provided what might be the last warmth before the autumn ends.  Olive and I had a nice walk in the woods yesterday.

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There wasn’t any water for her to mess about in, but she seems to enjoy rooting around in the leaves looking for mushrooms.

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I never remember what this plant is called, but there are tons of them livening up the forrest floor.

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The Amherst Farmer’s Market was quite busy today.  This is turmeric, and I don’t ever recall seeing it fresh like this.  I didn’t buy any, but did get some amazing fresh ginger that will go in the freezer.

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Olive loves to go shopping with us and is so well behaved in town.  She has been a great comfort to us in the past couple of weeks.  The world has felt a bit topsy-turvy of late.

Kathmandu / Dhangadhi /Dadeldhura

Posted in Animals, driving, Transportation, Travel, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 30/06/2016

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On our way to visit schools in Achham, we flew from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi on Buddha Air.  It is only about an hour and fifteen minutes by air.  It was quite warm when we landed, and the monsoon hadn’t quite started yet, but was very sticky and humid.

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Our first stop was for breakfast at the Hotel Redsun Plaza.  Most meals in rural Nepal are dal bhat although this place made us some nice omelets.

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After breakfast, we immediately started climbing out of the valley towards our first night’s lodgings in Dadeldhura.

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I did a lot of shooting out of the front window.  The World Education driver, Nanda Ram, had driven out from Kathmandu and met us at the airport.  It took him two days of driving to get there, a distance of  about 670 kilometers (415 miles).

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The scenery is beyond breathtaking.  For us, calling this area “The Western Hills” is a bit of a misnomer as these are the biggest hills I have ever seen.  But compared to the Himalayas, they are small.

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Again, this was just pre-monsoon, but the rice terraces were a beautiful green.

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Goats are everywhere on the roads in Nepal, as are dogs and cows.  This is for my friend Tania Werbizky who loves goats.

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This is a major crossroads near to our hotel in Dadeldhura.  Helen Sherpa mentioned that these plinths used to hold statues of the King, but after the monarchy ended, local politician’s likenesses began to appear.

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I like the graphic on this sign that was stuck to the wall of our room at the Raino Hotel (amazing, they have a Facebook page!)

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Cris and I usually travel with my grandfather’s cribbage set.  I especially like the Michigan Abrasive Company playing cards.

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It was a beautiful evening with a full moon.  The bazar was hopping.

Tomorrow, off to our first school visit.

Monkeys, Monks, and Shrines

Posted in Animals, Birds, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 27/06/2016

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Before heading out to the Achham, we had a day to wander around Kathmandu.  It is always exotic to see monkeys in an urban area.  This little family hangs out at Pashupatinath.

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This fellow was standing at Boudinath the whole time we were there.  He never moved from this spot.

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These little shrines are everywhere in Kathmandu.

We are back home, but I will continue to post about the trip.  Thanks for following.

Pink Lady’s Slipper / Red Eft

Posted in Animals, botany, Flowers, Nature, Orchids, Plants, Uncategorized, walking in the woods by joncrispin on 05/06/2016

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There are hundreds of pink lady’s slippers around the house.  We are very lucky.

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Red efts were out today as well, as it is a rainy, humid day.  These guys are tiny.

Water Plant

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We had a lovely walk in the woods this morning.  The trees are just starting to show new growth, and I was pleased to see that some of these water plants (identification anyone?) are starting to appear in the  small streams.  This one is right near a spot where Olive likes to lie in the water and rub her back on the moss covered rocks.

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This is from a few days ago.  It might be time for a bath.

Green / Big Stick

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Now that the snow is all gone Olive and I have started spending more time in the woods.  It rained most of the day yesterday, so it was pretty wet.  Nice.

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She is a total stick (or should I say log) girl.  This could have been record size for her.  She carried it for about half a mile.

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I have been seeing a lot of green lately, and these fungi are just beautiful.  Can anyone out there tell me what they are?

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Olive Takes a Dip

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I think I post a version of this photograph more than I probably should.  We have had a ton of rain in the past few days, and Olive and I had a lovely wet walk in the woods this afternoon.  But for some reason, the water, the leaves, and the dog make me feel quite happy and I wanted to share it.

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