Fun on the Farm

I love unexpected afternoons that end up on a positive note.

Last week we happened upon a dog training farm in Duncan (located in the District of Cowichan Valley) on Vancouver Island complete with sheep, lambs, ducks and one wily border collie.

And, as I happened to have one Shetland sheepdog in the hatchback of my car, I thought it a good idea to see how she would respond to the little lambs that were silently grazing behind a fence. Especially since knowing that the breed (sheltie for short) are herding dogs that originated from Scotland’s remote and rugged Shetland Islands. Known to be easy trainers and world-class competitors in obedience, agility, and herding trials, I was dying to find out how she’d react.

We took Layla out of the car and held her as she watched and sniffed, all the while appearing calm and disinterested.

Anyway, before we drove off we stopped by the farm which goes by the name Ash Farms and has been in the family for generations as we learned from Linda, the owner, who came out and greeted us.  As luck would have it, she’s a dog trainer with a specialty in training them to herd sheep and ducks.

A light went off!  After chatting with Linda for several minutes I decided to take a trial training run from her to find out if Layla has what it takes.  Even though I don’t live on a farm and don’t plan to buy sheep anytime soon.

My imagination led me to believe that Layla would start chasing them around the pen in circles while nipping at their hind legs and I expected that it might get out of control.

So Linda, with the help of her very smart border collie Jock, was more than patient to find out if Layla has a natural instinct. Jock helped to show Layla a few tricks. They showed us that there’s a method – and it starts off slow with an eye to follow the sheep.

 

We learned a few things. 

For instance, we found out that instinct to herd is largely inherited, not learned.  Like ballet or piano, it’s better to start them off young.

Therefore, instinct is a response to stock that no amount of training can create. However, the greatest instincts are not useful without a willingness to work with the handler. Trainability is as important as good instinct, so the greater level of working accomplishments by the parents, the higher the likelihood the offspring will achieve these skills. Without attention to this in breeding, it is all chance. 

Ahhh…makes sense now.  Her parents never herded farm animals.

So we took a chance.  It was worthwhile nonetheless.  Layla needs to be more wolf like in her approach so that the sheep are afraid of her.  They were not.  They kept their eyes on her though.

 

Layla has potential but seemed distracted and would need more lessons without me hanging around.  For now she’ll go back to chasing squirrels and Canada Geese – something she prefers.

Besides…Layla has her own little lamb.

Photos: d. king

well that was weird

 

 

 

Feel-good Friday: a little Bergman

Here’s a healthy dose of subtle darkness.  The person watering my plants might not find it humorous, but I do. 

I just hope to God they’re alive when I get back. No pressure!

Adapted from The Seventh Seal (1957) Directed by Ingmar Bergman.

This Film Noir is about a man seeking answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. The photo is from a movie still, and the text is not the original (as if).  The original title was Det sjunde inseglet.

On a lighter note…I had the pleasure of finally meeting country recording artist Jenni Doyle.  We have mutual friends who’ve been trying to get us together forever and finally Wednesday night we did manage to meet up.  She has a wonderful voice and I have her CD “Grateful Heart.” Among her many accomplishments she’s sang “Oh Canada” in front of thousands of people at Rogers Arena and a Shania Twain tribute. But that don’t impress me much!

I look forward to our next visit.  I intend to do a separate blog on only her very soon.

With Jenni Doyle at Palm Canyon Roadhouse in Palm Springs.  Then on to Sammy G’s from there for a delicious dinner.  Moez, her lovely and handsome husband, accompanied us.

Have a wonderful weekend y’all

McCormick’s Car Auction

Here goes.…some cool classic, exotic and/or vintage cars (and people) seen over the weekend.

Seeing everything in Red+White. Photos: d. king

With Ramona

With friends Gary & Ramona. Gary buys, re-stores (if need be) and re-sells classic cars.

And the odd bike

Ramona stands by whatever this is. We’ll call it the mean, green road machine. You can say it captured our attention.

Rest of the Weekend:

At a Curated Collection

Candy & Tracy (from Candy’s photos)

There was some fantastic ART for sale Saturday at the official opening of the ART Hotel. These two pieces were my favorite. Cacti is by Zach Fleming & the Abstract is by Gerald Patrick. It was a fun afternoon with live music, wine, art, some collectors + a few new friends.

This is hotelier friend Tracy Turco wearing a vintage dress with Marilyn Monroe all over it and a great pair of heels (deserving of a closeup). The hotel itself is very funky. Tracy outfitted every room in her personal colorful manner – all differently. She put guitars in every room. Some come with turn tables + records. Now OPEN for business. Tiki hotel is in the works.

Then:

MODernism Yard SaleNot to be outdone by:

Talking with Tom Beatty, one of the co-owners of a new first class lounge that is sure to become a Palm Springs Favorite. More on this later.

Kevin from @psoystersociety was at “Dead or Alive” last night serving up delicious lobster rolls & fresh oysters.  He’s originally from
Massachusetts. His delicious rolls sell out fast. Wine list is curated by Christine, the owner/sommelier of this great little wine bar. They have a live jazz trio every Friday 8-11 pm.  Another hidden gem.

Chinese New Year 2020 at Jake’s

The RAT PACK

Dan, Debbie, James, Tammy + Matt celebrating Chinese New Year – Year of the RAT. 

Lychee martinis to die for (with raspberry purée ) being assembled by our friendly bartender.

Cocktail Menu to start the festivities

A fun evening with friends, great cocktails, delicious food and ambience.

The first of a new monthly Sunday Soiree at Jake’s restaurant, Palm Springs.

http://www.jakespalmsprings.com/

La Nuit en Rose

CF Canada 19th Annual 65 Roses Gala took place Saturday night at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

My sister and I were guests at the Kohse family table.  After a champagne cocktail on arrival we then enjoyed a delicious dinner and overflowing wine amongst friends. The overall theme was Parisian, so hence the take on Coco Chanel.  When I think of Paris, I think of her.  How much layering is over the top?   Nothing is too much if done in style.

with Lisa King

my updo from Eli at Fujon Salon.

We had a fun evening where over $250,000 was raised for cystic fibrosis research, advocacy and care.  We all hope that one day CF will stand for Cure Found.

Our tables were decked out with eiffel towers, crystal candle holders and of course, roses.

Macarons for tout la monde

 

 

 

Some of the silent auction goodies. I came away with two gift baskets. Yay! All monies donated to CF.

une bonne soirée

Photos by Matt Smart

No 19 is my lucky number.  Right after No 5.

the weekend

Summer Vibes

Jericho beach during Vancouver Folk Festival –  d. king

Taken at Jericho beach – d. king

Folk Fest Fare – d. king

Girls Night Out at the Victor restaurant located at Parq Vancouver Hotel & Casino

SHEnanignas with Anik, Tamara + Jolie. SATC remake: singles & the city.

I made a beeline for the wallpaper but I’m no wallflower. Photo: Tamara Gauthier

Love this city – d. king

with Charlie. Photo: Tamara Gauthier

Hiking, Pool Party, Cocktails and Caftans

Basic all around FUN with this Girl Gang over the past few days.  Not sure where to start so….since pictures tell a story…

With Alex, Elizabeth & Ramona at Tropicale on April 4th, 2019

Animal Samaritan Cocktails & Caftans Yappy Hour at the Riviera Hotel – April 4th, 2019

Photo: d. king

Riviera Hotel Yappy Hour

Artist Jane Herrold

Photo: d. king Doggy biscuits in a bowl.

 

Tammy & David. There may be a doggy orgy going on behind their back.

 

Hiking – April 04, 2019

Photo: d. king

Pool party at Tommy & Rolland’s house on April 3rd. 2019

Photo: d. king

At Pinocchio’s – Ramona & Elizabeth. Photo: d. king

Bottomless mimosas & a sandwich on cheese bread too big to finish.  Needed that hike!

Photo: Elizabeth Fremont Lemay

 

And it’s only FRIDAY!

 

Happy weekend everyone.

 

Feel-good Friday: pills, booze + sex

For many they go hand in hand. Nah…not really my thing – at least not the first one two.  

With Kathy Wright

With Tammy Preast

I was among friends Wednesday evening for an interactive cult classic “Valley of the Dolls” movie night here in Palm Springs at the Historic Camelot Theatre (newly re branded as the cultural center).  Along with cheating and cat fights…the evening offered up all the trappings of a controversially dated movie… or is it.? Cocktails beforehand.  Mine was a Long Island Iced Tea.  Bartender suggested something strong, stiff + straight up to get through the night.  The last time I had one was many years ago in Toronto after the Genie Awards (Canadian equivalent of Academy Awards).  My poor friend Margeaux had to pack my suitcase for me because we had a flight out the very next morning and I was in no shape to do so.  But I digress….

This is the second time since then but only because the bartender kept bragging about how perfect his L.I.I.T. was because he learned from the person who created it.  In Long Island no less.  But again, I digress….

As my friend Tammy mentioned – and this film goes to prove, fame & fortune do not a fulfilling life make.  Dolls (pills) help to ease the ups and owns of the reality of every day life.  Speaking of which I had at least two bottles to myself last night.  Actually they were candy. We were given bottles to rattle every time someone in the film grabbed a pill (which was a lot).  Also for the virgins (who hadn’t seen the movie before) we were given whistles to blow every time there was a scene with a train.  It was a really fun evening even though the movie itself turned out to be sad in the end.  And of course for other reasons because Sharon Tate was one of the stars.  And sadly, speaking of the trappings of success along with beauty, we know what became of her horrific ending.

photo a bit fuzzy – but so were we

The book was very popular in the 60’s.  Written by Jacqueline Susann, (she had a cameo as a reporter) I’ll never forget the cover.

Professional photos to come but I couldn’t wait to post these taken from various cell phones.  That was another thing...only rotary phones in the movie.  Remember them?

Have you been to one of these interactive movie/cocktail nights?