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Teagardener

I’m smiling, Americans assume all Brits prefer tea :)
I like coffee too !

goingsilver

That would be wonderful, though please make mine a coffee! ☺

Teagardener

. . . When I come to the UK, maybe we’ll meet at a cafe enjoy chattering, with a pot of tea, till our hearts’ content :)

goingsilver

Well I enjoy our chats Tea, so talk away! Charlie sounds a great character. I had to smile at your comment on the things we do for our dogs. I happily drove a small car until I had to swap it for a bigger 'greyhound taxi'. I hope you do have therapy dogs sometime. It is wonderful to witness the positive impact a visit from your dog can have, and I have almost been reduced to tears on occasions. One of my previous hounds was a brilliant PAT dog too, so realising Elsa had the potential to follow suit made me very happy. A PAT dog here has to have been owned by the potential volunteer for a minimum of 6 months, and I was afraid I was putting her forward too soon (because I was so keen to get back into it) and that she wasn't yet ready. But when she had her assessment she surprised me by how well she did - as if she knew jolly well what was expected of her. Greyhounds are not especially renowned for their intelligence, but they aren't daft either!

Teagardener

@goingsilver
Hi Lorna, I started to write this morning, but something happened around here. It might be one of those Mondays! I giggled out loud when I read “40 mph couch potatoes”, I don’t know too much about Greyhounds, but I can imagine that’s so true :) My short senior dog is a Papillon, he has 1 speed . . his own. They’re a breed known for their intelligence, but very stubborn. Yes, during lockdown last year, we broke many of the rules too. We took 2 mini vacations (camping and then a cabin after the vaccine), we took Charlie with us, but he rode in a backpack when we went for walks, because of arthritis. Wow, the things we do for our dogs! When I read that Elsa is a therapy dog, you gained my full attention :) That’s a future plan of ours to raise therapy dogs, to visit the Children’s hospital and the nursing homes. (Our county has an abundance of nursing homes) We have a couple in our church that raised these special dogs before they retired. So we’re very interested! What we know so far is they have to have a certificate of special training and . . they can’t be ‘lickers’. I’m delighted Elsa has a sweet job and I hope she can continue her visits as soon as possible! Well, I’m a bit talkative today, so I’ll end my short note here :) Have a good rest of the day!

goingsilver

Greyhounds are known as 40 mile per hour couch potatoes! There is a brilliant youtube video of a super sporty car racing against a greyhound and the dog won! I reckoned the dog in the video could be related to Elsa - she was a pretty good racer in her time. As far as her 'training' of me is concerned, I decided before I brought my first rescued greyhound home, that she wouldn't be allowed upstairs. While and the first 2 girls cottoned on very quickly, the 2 boys weren't persuaded for a couple of weeks but finally accepted the rule. Elsa though has always had a stubborn, determined look in her eye and she refused to accept the rule. We muddled on until lockdown last year and I gave in, eventually putting a small bed for her on the landing. But when she tried taking it a step further - ie, getting on my bed - she very quickly learned that will NEVER happen!! She is a brilliant Pets As Therapy dog, and I swear she understands her job. I hope to resume our visits to the nursing home (for elderly people with varying degrees of dementia) fairly soon, as of course we haven't been able to visit for 18 months or so. And now you know I am a greyhound bore! ☺

Teagardener

Thank you for the kind words about Lucy, we miss her. So Elsa is training you :)) That’s funny! Greyhounds are beautiful and everything about their appearance is so regal ! My husband had a co-worker who invested a lot of money for two Greyhounds. The first day home with the dogs, someone left the front door ajar, just for a moment . . in lightening speed, they were never seen again :) A lesson learned for that family! Why did I tell you that story? I don’t know. When I think of Greyhounds, I think of their amazing speed ! I hope you’ll post a photo of Elsa standing, I imagine she’s gorgeous :)

goingsilver

Sorry to hear you lost little Lucy. I'm afraid Elsa wasn't called madam in a complimentary sense! She has been hard work, much more so than the previous 4 greyhounds I have had. I had 2 rescues for 15 years but when I lost George 2 years ago decided I would have one at a time from now on. Fortunately Elsa is perfectly happy about that and has used the time to complete her 'training' of me! ☺

Teagardener

Lorna, last year we had two dogs, they were best buddies, but we lost our little Shih tzu, named Lucy. I still have Charlie :) One of these days I’ll post their photos. “Madam”, that’s a fitting title for such an elegant dog :)

goingsilver

☺☺☺
Elsa's other name is Madam, but she's a darling really!

Teagardener

“Lornaisms” I’m laughing :))
Elsa is a wonderful dog name!

goingsilver

Ha! At work all my expressions and family sayings became known as 'Lornaisms'! Your definition of a moocher is interesting - I have known folk that would fit the description I have to say.
My dog is Elsa - her photo is my avatar. ☺

Teagardener

Hello Lorna :) I’m smiling, of course I knew what you meant (because it fit in with what you wrote about the garden) . . It’s a fun / different way to say you took your time and enjoyed a slow walk thru the park. I love learning expressions from overseas ! In general, the American English definition is a person expects a family member, friend or a co-worker to pay the tab when you go out to eat together or a “moocher” that lives with family (or roommates) eats all he wants out of the refrigerator and pantry . . without offering to help with the grocery bill. A moocher might even borrow your car, often, without refilling the gas tank. Now you know our understanding of the word, lol :) From now on, when I walk in my shade garden, I’ll smile thinking about “a good mooch” !

And . . . What is your dog’s name?

goingsilver

I'm glad you think so Jill, thank you!

goingsilver

Glad you enjoyed the tour Tea. As for 'mooch' - MY definition is to wander slowly and take in the sights; the dictionary definition is to 'loiter in a bored or listless manner'!
It is just after 7 am and is going to be a hot (by British standards!) day. I've finished the ironing and am about to walk the dog! Good night, and 'see' you tomorrow! ☺

JillianB

Such lovely delicate shade. TFP

Teagardener

It’s getting close to midnight here, so I guess I ought to turn in :) I’ve really enjoyed all your garden puzzles the last two days, thank you!

You can explain “mooching” to me tomorrow :))

Teagardener

. . . What does a “good mooch” mean?
Coffee in the cafe, how pleasant !!

Teagardener

Hi Lorna, I just finished a beautiful video tour of the inside of the home :) That was fun and thank you for adding the link !

goingsilver

Hello Tea, no problem! I have put a link to the National Trust website about Basildon Park above, though I can't see anything much on it about the gardens. It was my first visit there but I loved it and will be sure to visit again, perhaps when the house has opened up more; only a few rooms are currently open to visitors. We had a nice walk in the beautiful parkland surrounding the house and a good mooch about the lovely informal gardens - and of course, a coffee from the cafe!

goingsilver

Thanks Patti and you're welcome!

Teagardener

Hello Lorna, I’m sorry I missed your notes, I’ve been shopping, (trying to catch up from last year). Tell me more about Basildon Park, these flowers are beautiful !! Thank you for sharing your photos :)

PLG1958

Gorgeous!!! Thanks for all four, Lorna!

goingsilver

I can see why! ☺

pkin38

My favorite ..

goingsilver

Thanks Pat.

pkin38

They are beautiful !!!

goingsilver

Sorry the photo looks blurred; it appeared sharper on my computer!

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