Jon Crispin's Notebook



Today was a nice and grey day and after editing some suitcase photos and watching Fulham beat Wolves, Olive and I headed up into the woods.  I have never seen a winter with so much water, and it was really wet with small rivulets running all over the place.  Olive was in her element.  She carried that birch log that is in front of her for most of the walk.

red funguswp

It is always a bit surprising to see something so colorful in the middle of winter.  With all this water, it might just be a good year for mushrooming.

I wanted to do this post for Patty, who follows this site and recently asked for more pictures of the Olive.  It’s probably a good time to mention that if you want to see more of her, I post on instagram as jonkcrispin.  It is a nice outlet for me to put up photographs that I take with my phone.  So check it out, and thanks for following.

Big Stick / Water / Crocus

Olive with stick

Now that the winter is (maybe…probably) over, it is nice to be able to walk in the woods without snow shoes.


Olive always has a funny look on her face when she is carrying a big stick.  Once she has ventured into the woods and made the difficult decision as to her preference, she is all business.


This time of the year is great for her as she gets the opportunity to spend a lot of time romping in the streams that surround our neighborhood.  By August, this waterfall is usually just a trickle.


These little guys are starting to pop up through the pine needles.  Nice.

Olive in the Woods


We had a very dry Summer and Autumn this past year and there has been hardly any water  in the woods above the house.  Olive has really missed splashing around.  After the heavy snow of two weeks ago, the warm temperatures, and the recent rains, she is now back in luck.


She is amazing when it comes to chasing sticks.


  It’s colder today so she is spending time next to the wood stove.

Wishing you all a great week.

Olive at the Beach / Dolphins?!?


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.


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.

Water Plant

water plant

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.

yellow? lab.

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

Green / Big Stick


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.


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.


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


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.

New Page

lab swims

I have just created a direct link to all of the suitcase posts for those of you who have very little interest in my dog, or the other bits of my life that I like to post here.  If you look to the column on the right →, under “Pages” you will see a link to “All Willard Suitcase Posts”.  I hope that it makes it easier for folks who are looking for all the suitcases in one place.  I will still upload all suitcase stuff to this site.


We are in South Carolina for a bit and seeing tons of interesting wildlife.  This bobcat was just hanging around on the deck yesterday.


And this little lizard was on one of the dining room chairs.

labrador sleeps

Olive has been swimming every day, and it doesn’t take much to get her to nap between dips.

Happy New Year’s everyone, thanks for following, and be well.  Cheers, Jon

Olive’s 1st Anniversary

Olive in woods

We brought the Olive home one year ago today as an adorable 8 week old puppy.  Here she is in her first post.

We went up into the woods late this afternoon before the rains arrived.

Olive ©2015 Jon Crispin

It has been a fairly wet summer, but there isn’t much running water.  She still manages to stop for a soak from time to time.

Olive in water

Here she is waiting patiently for Cris to throw a stick.

Olive ©2015 Jon Crispin


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