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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Great Dog Gardeners

(The Nekked Lizards are hosts of this week's Double Nickel 5&5 Fun Monday. And yes, we got off easy. They just want us to share five pictures and describe the picture action with five words--period! I can do that and even follow the rules.)


As mentioned in previous posts, I've had a chance to visit some wonderful public and private gardens in several countries. Fortunately, most gardeners are also great dog fanciers, so here's five of my favorite dogs and their gardens:

1. Guarding Villa Gamberaia Gardens Florence, Italy



2. "Violet" at Lakemount Gardens Glanmire, Ireland


3. Alsace-Lorraine Barge Dogs Savernne, France

4. Hortensia House Gardens Yorkie Blenheim, New Zealand


5. Alessandro! Doggone Handsome Garden Designer Tuscany

Well, that was easy. Hope you enjoyed this little dogs around the world tour. Now head over to Nekked Lizards to check out all the other Fun Monday Double Nickels.



(Hint: if, for example, you want to get a close up look at Alessandro to decide for yourself just how handsome he is, just click on the photos to enlarge.)

37 comments:

mjd said...

Faye, you gave an intersting twist to this Fun Monday assignment. Alessandro is rather handsome.

Patience-please said...

Delightful! And I'm with you: Alessandro is doggone handsome!

smiles-

Patience

mjd said...

I did not find an e-mail address. But, I wanted to tell you briefly about the Reflections picture. The picture was taken in Louisville. I believe at Catherine Spalding College.

Celeste said...

Ahhh, Dog Gardens! I think the first statue would be wonderful in my backyard :D Garden designers shouldn't be so handsome...

Beckie said...

That was wonderful - you put a different twist to it.

Pamela said...

If I was a canine I would just say woof.
But since I'm not I'll say wooo hooo and why didn't you invite me.
Well- I'll be satisfied with the pictures for now.

Beckie said...

Hi - me again. The weeping tree in my picture is a weeping crabapple.

IamwhoIam said...

Lovely gardens - so you tour around the world visiting beautiful gardens. When we going to see the Summit garden?

Alison said...

beautiful garden pics...you are right, he is very handsome!!

Megnificent said...

Ah, a traveling gal. Beautiful pics! And thanks for coming by to see my pics. *I* am the graduate! Got my bachelors last Spring! :)

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

OK, yep, he is definitely passable!

Sayre said...

I like how you did this! Very creative!

RYC: In the "Eighteen" picture, I'm sitting on a mountain in North Wales. I was visiting my grandmother and the mountain rises up behind her house. And the cop? That was taken nearly 20 years ago!

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh wow.....I have ancestors born in Alsace-Lorraine!!!!

MINE'S POSTED --- and the last one #5 is a five word challenge for YOU!!! A fun challenge!!!! Hope you can stop by and try it today sometime.

kitten said...

What wonderfull places and love your twist, also.
Yes, Faye. My monkeys have pulled that a time or 2 and I have had to go up and get them. LOL!

hulagirlatheart said...

I so want to visit gardens like this. Loved the photos, and I'd love to have the French bull dog in photo #3.

As for my moonshine connections... if pressed I could find some. Hubby bought some a couple of years ago to try, took a slug off of it while he was mowing in 90 degree weather and proceeded to run the lawn mower into the outbuilding.

My Husband Calls Me Weird said...

Great pictures! How I would love to visit Ireland.

nikki

Lil Mouse said...

what fun!

SwampAngel65 said...

A neat take on the theme! Fun pics and yes, Alessandro is doggone yummy!!

Swampwitch said...

Wow! I've been around the World and still on my first cup of coffee. Thanks for the Tour.

ellen b. said...

Ahh you've been to some great spots for sure! Happy Monday to you...

Robinella said...

Very nice photos and stories.

ChrisB said...

A lovely tour of the dogs and their gardens around the world!

Lane said...

You're quite a globe trotter Faye! What beautiful gardens ... and dogs:-)

I clicked ..and enlarged and even had a little swoon. Could you hire him to help at Summit Central?:-)

Joy T. said...

I LOVE beautiful gardens. I especially love handsome garden designers. Very verrrrry nice :o)

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ahh those were lovely. You've been to some gorgeous places and met some cute pups. :D

Heather said...

Love all the doggies in th gardens! And Alessandro's not bad either!

Irish Coffeehouse said...

Thanks for such a lovely tour around the world! :)

Faye said...

Hi All--I'm afraid this post has left the impression that I'm a real gadabout. It is true that before I retired I did have a constant itch to travel and see as many gardens and dogs as possible. Now, for a variety of reasons, I don't travel quite so ambitiously. Instead, I look at 15years of photograph albums and journals and I can almost be in another country. Sadly, I too have to embiggen Alissandro to remember how handsome he was!

Tiggerlane said...

Alessandro is HAWT. Totally.

What an interesting collection of photos - and you did a GREAT job on the titles!

the planet of janet said...

thanks for the tour!!!

BS said...

Nice photos.

Dawn said...

Very clever that last one. I must agree with you, and did a closer look. I love that you did a theme and it is cool to see far off lands.

karisma said...

Wow thank you for that little trip around the world! I just love gardens so this was a great place for me to visit!

Sandy said...

I love the picture of the barge dogs. Thanks for the travelogue.

Melanie said...

What beautiful photos! Great job!
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my4kids said...

Wow you have been to a lot of places and gardens!

lisa marie said...

That is one lucky dog! I love gardens and traveling, maybe tthe pooch with pack me in his suitcase for his next trip? :)