Friday, August 21, 2009

Interlude: A Cool Award from Noah...and Some Notes from the People's Republic of New Hampshire

G'Day, Mates!

While Sephie & Lucia & Bailey & I prepare for The Big Dig to visit Noah and his pinkies in the fabled Land of Oz, I wanted to thank the legendary Digger of the Antipodes for bestowing upon us yanks a cool award!

This gem of an award says, "Your blog is like a pearl...rare, delicate, & charming!" It's our understanding that Noah and the Dales Down Under received this from Maggie & Mitch. We're honored!

For our part, we would like to pass this award on to Lucia and Clive.

Now--a bit of news from the boreal forests of New Hampshire...

Ah...where to start?

Well, consider this "local color..."

Just to the south of Keene, the folks at Nick's Seafood Restaurant recently became aware of the notion of "branding." Seems that no one really expected to find seafood in the landlocked hills of New Hampshire. How to get the message across...hmmm...

Giant Crab on the Roof !

Random diversion:

L'il Toot's
Return to the Briny Deep:

Ms. Bailey's ancestry seems to have included many generations of unterseeterrieren who were bred to pursue cute, furry otters into the depths and, well, take them out. So
Kapitänleutnant Bailey von Blue sets forth upon her first war patrol of the season.

Mission: Cross the North Atlantic, join the wolfpack, and attack the otter convoys!

At the end of her mission, Kapitänleutnant Blue is awarded the Iron Dogbiscuit for her service to the Irish Kriegsmarine.

Random diversion:

Pitcher Mountain.

Twenty acres of blueberries.

Hunger among the masses.

Demand for wild (cultivated blueberries will not do!) blueberry pie!

Pitcher Mountain blueberries are to berries as Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac is to wine. An apotheosis. Apogee. The ineffable, ultimate expression of the quintessence of Blueberry Consciousness.

Meanwhile, back at the camp...

The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered creature you ever set eyes on, has arrived at the Pond, and Bailey must vanquish it with the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!

The future of Civilization as we know it has been assured, and the vile beast has been sent packing.

Now, if we can only figure out what to do with the coyotes--but that's another story...

Random diversion:

In the neighboring Socialist Republic of Vermont, there exists a bucolic hamlet called Dorset, which harbors the very first marble quarry in New England. Long exhausted of its marble, the quarry has retained one important function...

On a hot day, there's no better place to be!

Back to camp...

We wonder if mental and physical stimulation of this intensity will have long-term consequences...

Of course, the ruby-throated hummingbirds beat their wings between 50 and 200 times per second. And they make it across the Gulf of Mexico doing this!

Glad we're just carnivorous, hyperactive Irish peasant dogs!

Maybe it IS time for a nap!

This is the time when the deer come grazing in the daylilies and the coyotes start singing and the sun sets behind the white pines.

The moon is out and all's well...

Canis raptorus hibernensis curls up in a warm, compact ball and dreams of chasing badgers down to the Land of Oz and having a pint or two of Foster's bitters with Noah, Tess, Willow & Lucy.


Buster, Bailey & Sephie


Sue said...

What a fine tour you've given us. After a day of swimming and guarding and eating, you deserve to sleep well. Good night.

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

HI! I came here via Mitch and Maggie, and I am captivated by any bloggie that includes the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. I'm also uber-impressed with the swimming pictures, even though I'm not much of a swimmer. The naps look like something I could handle, though! I can't wait to come back and read more about you!

*kissey face*

Clive said...

A brillant post, as usual!

We loved all that - so much information. Wish we had seen a giant crab like that on our travels through New Hamsphire! The little man was thrilled at that photo! and also your MOON photo! Big into moons here as well.

Many thanks for that lovely award - we finally got around to mentioning it today and passing it on - sorry we have been so slack!! Also, we know you tagged us while we were away on hols and we will get around to that also! Too many things to do - too little time!!

Anyway, really enjoyed that post and all those wonderful photos!

Take care

Lucia said...

Mmmmmmm ... bluuuuueberries. Fantastico fruit that is my most exceptionally favorite color in the world! (bbbblush...!!!) Did you make some squisito pie?

Mille grazie for the award, miei amici! I will be sure to include it in my next postie (as soon as you-know-who sits down to do that...).

Speaking of you-know-who, la mia ragazza and I have been busy researching earth movers and tunnel-boring machines (neither of which are covered in Consumer Reports), but I, Lucia, am also studying the work of Signore Cousteau and his undersea explorations ... you know, just in case...

Tanti baci!!

PeeEss: Ms. B-Blue, you are quite the nauti-dog -- very impressive swimming, there!

Noah the Airedale said...

Nooooo we wont let you be poisoned by Fosters!!!!!We will relish in the flavours of the Tasmanian brewery Cascade.
As for that giant crab on the roof .... how very Australian. We have giant 'things' all over the country. The most famous is the Big Banana in the town of Coff's Harbour on the NSW north coast. We'll take you there for a frozen banana coated in chocolate...oh heck we'll have to ask for carob.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

bbes tribe said...

Enjoyed visiting and reading about you adventures. Great pictures - the moon photo was great. Was that a special swimming suit you had on? Very colorful. We don't have anything like that. May need to speak to Mom...
Ernie & Sasha