Monday, 29 August 2016

Manly Monday


Genji: Apparently, the humans have a saying that goes "a picture is worth a thousand words" so...


Da Genj... Da Mancat!!!!


Da Beebs: I believe in conserving energy, so here is a full body dangle for you:



Tommy: Just call me CamoPup!



Vidock: I am still working through pics of my big event. Here I am with my good friend from Italy, Ms. S. She is quite famous and does all kinds of shows with her black Percheron stallion!

 
 Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Snuggles on Sunday


Tama-Chan: After all the recent absences and early departures, we are determined to enjoy our snuggles at the moment, despite the torrid heat. So, for the past couple of days, #1 has awakened in the mornings to all of us around her.

My snuggle location of choice is on her left side in bed:


As you can see, Tommy was not far away:


And of course, neither was Sei-Chan:


The boys were both on #1's right side:


Da Genj had some "on" time:

 
 And my Beebs also had some downstairs snuggle time:


Here is a slightly blurry pic from last Sunday of Tommy giving his Mummie, Minnie. a kiss:
 

 A snuggle selfie of Violette and #1:


And an older snuggle pic of #1 with the Big V from the big event:


Wishing you all a very Snuggly Sunday!
 

Saturday, 27 August 2016

SEIturday


Sei-Chan: Did you gather that we have had more craziness here the past couple of days, with #1 rushing off at ungodly hours to go and help with judging the likes of this?


No? We couldn't believe it either but it's a fact. Now she tells us that she will actually be home and there will be no more madness for at least two weeks. Yes. You got that right. Two weeks...

Anypaw, I do have one or two pictures for you, thank goodness. Here I am, trying to keep cool in front of one of our blowy machines:


And eyeing #1 suspiciously from my basket above her desk:


I hate to say this but I am beginning to think the woman cannot be trusted...


I shall be keeping a very close watch on her.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Feline Friday With Da Genj


Genji: Miaow, Everyone? How are you all doing? We are a bit melty at this end as it is very hot at the moment. We have no A/C here but the downstairs in our house stays nice and cool so that is where we hang out. And it has been cooling off at night a little.

Anypurr, I decided there really hadn't been enough photos of my handsome self lately, and so convinced #1 that I needed a post all to myself. I hope you agree. Let's kick off with this shot of me snoozing in the sun downstairs, on the back of Tommy's sofa:


And here I am, hanging loose in one of the sky hammocks in the study:


Showing a bit of lavender pawpad in this one... 


There was an interesting box lurking on the dining room table, and I decided to investigate:


And a whisker shot as a bonus!
 

And how about a glowing Frootbat shot to end this post?

 
 Have a great weekend, Everyone!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Tommy's Thankful Thursday!


Tommy: Even though #1 is leaving us most of today and all of tomorrow as she is volunteering at an international (horse) driving competition, I have many things to be thankful for. As you know, this past Sunday was my 9th birthday and I got to spend it with my Mummie, Daddy, Aunt, three sisters and niece, as well as my breeders, Ms. A and Mr. R. How lucky can a woofie be?

We got there mid-afternoon on Saturday. I had a bit of a romp with everyone, especially my ball-loving sisters, Sophie and Lydia:


We then went off on our first birthday outing, at a place called Granville which is on the coast. We stopped for some refreshments. I was so pleased to be with Ms. A!


And in the evening, I got to go out to the restaurant with them! They were very welcoming and brought me a bowl of water!


 The next day, we went to an agricultural fair and my Mummie, Minnie, got to come along too! Here we are together at the fair (my Mummie has the green collar):


My Mummie is 13 years young and lovely as ever!


 And on our way back from the fair, we stopped to see an old horsey friend and enjoyed some mother and son exploring:



In the evening, we took my sister Sophie with us for a big romp on the beach:



And we went straight to dinner from there:


On Monday morning, I got in some good playtime with my sisters before we left:


Here are my sisters Sophie and Lydia:


 Remember my niece, little Miss Emily?


And here is my Daddy, Joe. He is 14, he is blind in one eye and his hind legs don't work well, but he still loves his ball!



It was really hard to say goodbye to everyone after the best birthday weekend ever!


But when we got home, we found out we were invited for drinks that evening with our neighbours, including Fernant and Damia! 



I am spending the afternoon today with Fernant, and then all of tomorrow with Damia. It is very hot here at the moment, up to 37C (almost 100F).

Oh, and here is our official birthday portrait, of #1 and me, taken on the beach on our birthday:


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday Whinnies - The "Others"


Vidock: Studly Neighs, EveryFriend. The Big V here. After my big show last week, I got a whole week off and now, Mr. JP is mainly taking me for fun rides in the woods because I was such a good boy. Here is a pic of me setting out yesterday with three of my pals, Diego, Rezhao and Bibou:


And here is Miss Violette in her field, shooing away some flies:


That aside, though, I thought I would show you a few photos of some of the other horses that took part in the big event last week.

For a start, here is an outstanding black stud. His name is Urbain de Miraud:


Our friends who came from England harrowed the field using eight horses. It was an amazing sight!



They also pulled a gun from the First Wold War with six horses, three men riding postillion on three of the horses:



Then, there were the "show" turnouts with beautifully decorated horses. The first one was what is called a tandem hitch, with two horses, one in front of the other:


The other was a regular pair:


There was also an obstacle driving competition with pairs:


You can see the difference in the harnesses the two mares have on for the two different occasions. When pulling the turnout, they have an old-fashioned leather work collar with all leather paraphernalia, but for the obstacle driving, they have ultra-light synthetic rope breastcollars and roping.
 
The friends who were driving the pair stayed in France for a few days and, this past weekend, #1 went to see them driving their 1908 horse-drawn steam fire engine at a festival in Normandy:


 We hope you enjoyed these photos, even if they were not of us!