I always wanted to visit Switzerland. And guess what? I found a dog walker who would take me on an amazing trip to the land of fondu! We went all the way up the icy mountain top of Jungfraujoch. The train was expensive, but free for dogs.
This is my mom. Well, when she was still a young little girl. She was the giggly type who did things rather than think or seek advice. I don’t think her parents were too happy that she walked straight up to every dog she saw. This dog here told me later that the night before this photo was taken, he had a long sleepless night howling to a lot of siren noise. All he wanted to do was to sleep in the sun and recharge his energy for the evening. But she was so happy, he let her pat his head more than he could enjoy otherwise. He often wonders where she is these days. This was years and years ago. I told her she’s still a dog person.
Hey, check this out! I’ve been wandering around Norwich today…. And I have to say, the Norwich Cathedral is something special. It all started in 1096 and took I think like 300 years to build. The straight road from the river next to where I’m standing in this picture used to be the canal where stones shipped from Normandy were brought in on. The cathedral has a school too, but it’s, like, really expensive. I could never go there because it costs as much as what normal person makes in a year! Ouch! I wish one day I could be rich so I could hang out and play rugby with all the boys in the school.
We were driving in a Land Rover across the Arabian desert and in the distance we spotted four strange objects stuck in the sand. Turned out to be work of American artist called Richard Cereal. No, I mean Richard Serra. Four lonely strips of brown metal stretching in one line into the distance. Really simple but soooo beautiful. I imagined them going on across those burning sands and all the way round the world. Got a nice tingly feeling thinking they will always be there when me and all the other dogs are long dead.
Playa Girón, or in English called the Bay of Pigs, is a sleepy seaside village in Cuba. There are no pigs here and in fact, the pig name is most likely a mis-translation of the Spanish for the triggerfish common in the area.
This giant ruby red flower is called Amaryllis. It is one of the easiest flowers to bring to bloom, so perfect for beginner gardeners like me! What’s more, it comes in a number of beautiful shades from red, pink, orange, white and even stripie ones and multicolored ones. It originates from the tropical region of South America. Amaryllis is a low-maintenance beauty that is happy to live indoors or outdoors, and as such, popular around the world. Amaryllis flowers for about 7-10 weeks. Once the flowers are gone, you cut the finished flowers at the stem, and once the stem begins to look a bit droopy and sad, cut the stem off too to the bulb’s head. Keep the bulb potted and well nourished in direct light, watering it sparingly until the new stem comes out. Water more frequently as the bulb and leaves grow too. The flowering period is between late December and until late June. I wish I can have them flowering all year long. It might be grey outside, but the glorious amaryllis flowers in the house are looking just perfect!
Lucky me! I snuck in on a special tour of a very cool (and FREE) exhibition going on at the British Museum. Made in Japan talks about a family of Japanese potters called Kakiemon (pronounced kaa-kee-ey-moan) who are famous for making very colorful porcelain dishes for 400 years. That’s a long time for a family business! Kakimon family is pretty unique. Instead of selling their porcleain to the Japanese, they thought it would be more fashionable to sell to the West. That is, mainly to the Dutch, who had exclusive access to Japan around the 1660s-1700s. They made colorful designs on their signature milky-white surface that sold for mega-bucks in Holland, France, England and more. So popular were they that copy cat versions were being made in China first, then in Holland and even in England. Everyone wanted a piece of Kakiemon porcelain. Who wouldn’t! They are gorgeous! My favorite is this swirly flower dish. I think this would be a perfect dog bowl where my daily meals could be served in. It’s huge! I can eat like a king and even sleep in the dish when I’m full and waggy tailed out. […]
Puffins are the cutest, most adorable birds in the Northern hemisphere, or so we think. They are about the size of a fat pineapple, though weigh far less. They have a chunky body, bright orange webbed feet, and very striking beaks during the breeding season. They fly and swim very well to catch their favorite food: sandeels. While puffins spend most of their time at sea, they come to land during the breeding season. UK is lucky to have Skomer Island, an amazing largest island in Pembrokeshire and together with Skokholm island has the largest colony of breeding puffins in Southern Britain. What makes puffins unique is that they have their babies called ‘pufflings’ in burrows. On Skomer, you can find thousands of puffins digging the ground, kicking up a lot of dirt to make, repair and tidying their burrows. As one of the 250 human visitors allowed on the island per day, you have to be very careful not to ruin their burrow by staying on the path. The burrows are sometimes not so deep and they are very delicate. One wrong step by humans and kapoof the burrow might cave in! Skomer has about 6,000 breeding puffin couples […]
Dates for your diary Go Walkeez as part of Norwich Heritage Open Day! Did you know that Norwich has the largest number of surviving medieval churches north of the Alps? Discover the awesome medieval culture of Norwich with our special kids trail FREE | All welcome, see you at the Hostry on the day Meeting place: Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich, NR1 4DH Time and Date (Day 1): 10-3PM on Saturday 10 September 2016 Time and Date (Day 2): 11-3PM on Sunday 11 September 2016 Duration: Say about an hour? What you get: Free trail guide book Free make-your-own paper dog packet Free app (download them here: Android, iOS) Borrow a ‘real’ Go Walkeez dog (availability limited and requires a deposit) What is it? This special trail is a unique collaboration between Go Walkeez and the University of East Anglia’s Medieval Parish Churches of Norwich Research Project. Using the rich history uncovered by the UEA’s research team, Go Walkeez has joined forces to design a special kids’ version. On 10 and 11 September, kids and families can take one of the Go Walkeez dog, together with the app, to go on a special walking trail. Don’t forget the special guide book […]
Did you know that Norwich has the largest number of surviving medieval churches north of the Alps? Discover the awesome medieval culture of Norwich with our special kids trail
Houston, Houston…1, 2, 3 Ruby reporting to earth from Japan. My human bestie and I visited Cosmo Isle Hakui, the only museum dedicated to space race and UFO in Japan. Here, you can learn much about the Space Race age when the USA and USSR were trying to out whisker each other in a craze to conquer space. I got to see the real (I think) space crafts made in USA and in USSR. I particularly liked this one here to the left. Look at how thick the walls are and all those tiny knobs and pipes and switches! I could never figure out which to press in case of an emergency! They all look like fun to push and squeeze. So what was all the rage about the Space Race? Well, let’s go back a step and look at pre-Space Race period. Earlier in time, between 1939 amd 1945, there was a horrible war called World War II. It started because somebody with a big mouth and a funny moustache tried to brainwash everyone in thinking that the lack of love and being cool to people who looked different was not allowed. While he had a funny moustache, he […]
Japan is famous for many things including their food. Here, I got to try out some fresh local dishes: Yummy sushi!
Japan might be famous for its historic temples and big skyscrapers. It’s also a land of sun, sea and lots of local adventures. Here’s me in Ishikawa prefecture enjoying my first sight of terraced rice paddies and views of the country side.
Welcome to Colmar, the Little Venice of Alsace! Colmar is part of France that is pretty close to Germany. It’s got everything: Beautiful river ways lined with historic houses, yummy food and great museums. Find out what Greenbug and I got up to!
Guess who designed the Statue of Liberty? You know, the famous lady of New York? Lots of people know that it was a Frenchman, but not many know that it was a man called Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. And he’s from Colmar. He had a thing for making big, big sculptures. There is a museum dedicated to his design brilliance in this pretty French city. Read and find out more!
Paper bomb! Find more about this beautiful and romantic festival celebrated in Japan each summer.