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spices from a million flowers

Stargazer lilies perfume the evening breeze. The soft mutterings of geese can be heard as they float along the beach below. The light is golden against the trees, pink against the horizon, and stretching shadows into thin comedies.


Since welcoming Heidi to our home, life has become busier than that of a backyard bee, with a daily routine that includes the multiple 5-minute or less training sessions; three walks; and encouraging her to play — not to mention keeping up with everything else that fills a person’s day. She may be a bit of a project at the moment, but she’s already shining a light of joy in every part of our recent days.

Australian Shepherd in the creek

Australian Shepherd

Caught in the act! It’s okay, she’s just having a drink and cooling off in our creek after a bit of playtime.

Australian Shepherd, Heidi, in backyard in Qualicum Beach

And I promise not to inundate you with post-after-post of photos only of her. Though I will likely share updates on her training progress. These two posts will be her introduction to you. Now I need to get busy with that practice I mentioned in re-learning how to take a decent action shot. She is constantly on the move so trying to change settings, focus, and catch her at an ideal moment seems to be something with which I’ve really lost my touch. As you can see, I’ve had to resort to those few moments I can get her to stop momentarily.

Australian Shepherd T-n-T

Thank you for your delightful notes on the last post. It’s been so busy I’ve had to resort to writing this late at night but I want you to know I do read your lovely messages and they are the best part for me — thank you!

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” — Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine.

Until next Monday my dear friends and family, may you seek the spices from a million flowers.


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Lisa Gordon - July 25, 2016 - 10:55 am

What a precious face she has, Diane, and I am so glad that she is settling in so nicely.
Please do keep us posted. I love to see here beautiful face here.
Have a wonderful week, my friend!

Roberta - July 27, 2016 - 6:30 pm

I am so happy for Heidi and her new family! Lovely photos and I love the quote..

Susan Clark - July 28, 2016 - 9:13 am

Oh Diane, I miss a few weeks and everything changes! Sweet, sweet pup. Three weeks ago we adopted two 6 month old pups. They too have a lot to learn! In their short lives there have been many changes. The first thing is to have them realise this is their forever home. Plenty of work ahead for you and me but so worth it for a long and happy relationship with our little treasures.

Jessie - July 29, 2016 - 4:18 pm

Oh- you can *try* to bore us with a million pictures of her, but I’m not sure you’ll succeed!;)

Candace - August 2, 2016 - 2:18 pm

That last portrait of Heidi is beautiful! And I like the Bradbury quote, too.

Gabriele - August 3, 2016 - 5:39 am

Heidi looks adventuresome. I’m happy for you to have a budding new companion.