Jon Crispin's Notebook


Posted in Animals, Dogs, Jon Crispin, Labrador Retrievers, Labradors, pets, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 03/05/2017


My day got a bit mixed up and I am editing and uploading suitcases tonight.  It is a good time to take a break and post this lovely photograph of Olive.  She is about to turn 3.  What a great dog.

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

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


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.


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

it's olive!

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.

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.

Olive’s New Bowl


When Judy Berde and I were making arrangements for my talk on Roosevelt Island, I got an email from her asking if I had a dog.  The question came out of nowhere, but I told her about Olive.  When I finished my talk she presented me with a box with this amazing gift inside.  Olive now has a new bowl, and she loves it!  (Well, it has food in it and she is a Labrador; what’s not to like?)  I think these bowls are for sale through the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, as well as mugs with the same text. Any of you who live in the metro New York area should think about joining the organization; Judy does a great job and the island has a really interesting history.

Olive is also now rocking a new Red Sox collar, which is a gift from my sister Karen.  Thanks Sis.

First Snow with Olive

Posted in Dogs, Weather by joncrispin on 14/11/2014

We had a lovely light snow today.  Olive was a bit confused by it, but ultimately had fun running around.


Posted in Animals, Beer, Birds, Community, Dogs, Travel by joncrispin on 19/10/2014

I have been back from England for several days, but had some images from there I wanted to post, so this will be a bit transitional.

Cris and I had a nice walk in the Green Park and in St James’s Park on Saturday before heading back up to Stratford upon Avon.

There was an amazing exhibit at the entrance of St James’s called “Fields of Battle – Lands of Peace“.  Photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil went to major sites of the first world war and documented what remains from 100 years ago.  It is a brilliant idea, and executed really well.  It is wild to see huge photographs mounted outside.

Whenever I drive from London to Stratford upon Avon I stop at the Oxford Services on the M40.  Just above the carpark is a hillock where you get a great view of the countryside.  I think I might have posted a similar photograph from a previous trip.

We basically did the same walk on Sunday that we had done the week before.

This time it was very misty.  I am happy to say that the horse with the red coat had his friend back.

The nice thing about doing walks in different weather conditions is that you see the landscape in an entirely different way.

Although the beer looked pretty much the same.

As did the outdoor gents.  (Gentlemen is such a nice word; it should be used more.)

After the Sunday roast at the pub, we went next door to Snowshill Manor.  The whole place is really bizarre, and very interesting.  The gardens are really nice and I was really pleased to see this Green Man water spigot.  I have become somewhat obsessed with the idea of the Green Man; it is very pagan but you can still find him in some early churches in England.  I think there are 4 in Shakespeare’s church in Stratford upon Avon.  (There is also a great XTC song about him.)

It is nice to be home, although for some reason England is always the place I feel the most comfortable.  But I live here, and it is a beautiful part of the world.  The Olive was really glad to see us, and after the recent rains she has been able to find water (and mud) everywhere.

Another Walk and a Baby

Posted in Animals, Dogs, Family, Flowers, Friends, Jon Crispin, Nature, Travel by joncrispin on 30/09/2014

Cris and I took the Olive up into the woods late this afternoon.  Thanks to Sarah, Leonard, and SCJ (all readers of this blog) I think I can safely say that this is a ghost plant (aka Indian Pipe, monotropa uniflora, or monotropa hypopithys).

And there is no doubt this is a dirty yellow labrador retriever .  It hasn’t rained much lately so the woods (is?) are full of lots of mud holes and very little running water.  What is most amazing to me is that within an hour she is completely clean again.

And my lovely niece Heather just had another girl. On Sunday, we got to meet her while she was chillin’ with her big sister.

I am off to the UK on Thursday for some work and some fun.  My great friend John Wilson just sent me this link to a wonderful article on lists.  It is a great story.  He’ll pick me up at Heathrow Friday morning and I can’t wait to see him.

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