Author Archives: Cathy

Walking on the Balboa Peninsula

We took a walk last Sunday morning August 30, 2015 on the Peninsula.  That’s Newport Harbour in the background.  It was a lovely quiet day for a walk and parking was easy.  I think everyone was still at home having breakfast before their day at the beach.  Ha ha, we just went for a chocolate croissant at C’est Si Bon.  Did I ever tell you that I like the almond croissants better ?  That is because I can have more of them when I share.  I only get tiny slivers of edge crust when Mum is having a chocolate croissant.

This spot on the Peninsula is on Edgewater, near Island Avenue (Island Avenue being where the Library is).  Up  a little way is a very nice tree and a lovely grassy spot to watch sail boat races from.   Since my pegs became so creaky, I am all about shady grassy spots !Winslow Homer Hatfield on Sunday morning August 30, 2015 on the Balboa Peninsula near Edgewater and Island Ave.

Puppy Socialization 101

Winslow the welsh springer spaniel socializing with a golden retriever puppy at the Balboa Island FirehouseThere I was, chillaxing at the Firehouse on Balboa Island after a nice morning walk.  But no rest for the weary (or wicked, tee hee).  Mum pointed out what she said was “the cutest wee goldie” and suggested that I show him the ropes of socializing with a grown up dog. He did turn out to be a fine wee chap.

Sunset Walk on Beach at Newport Beach

Winslow the Welsh Springer Spaniel on the beach at  Newport Beach, California near sunset in February.We like to walk on the beach late in the day when the tide is low and the air cool.  We park by the elementary school and can walk on pavement clear out to near the water, so the deep sand doesn’t hurt my knees.  We stroll a bit and sit and sniff the air and watch the waves too.  Ha ha, this is when I get really good massages !

 

Merry Christmas 2014

We took a nice walk at Fashion Island in Newport Beach today and Mum lifted me up onto the boxes by the Christmas Tree for my official Christmas Portrait.  I wore my jingle bell collar and with a recent bath I think I looked quite smart.  I was happy to get down and continue my walk though, it was a little highWinslow the Welsh Springer Spaniel at Fashion Island in Newport Beach up there !  Long ago and far away when I was a wee pup just 12 weeks old, I had my picture taken here too.

Winslow as a tiny puppy at the Fashion Island Christmas tree

This year, 2014 was also my cousin Sam’s first Christmas.  Here we are together under the tree.

Sam Hatfield with Winslow Hatfield under the Christmas tree for Sam's first Christmas

September on Balboa Island

Winslow telling Mom to hurry up we have to explore Balboa Island

We like September on Balboa Island because all the kids have gone back to school and the streets and beaches aren’t so crowded. Sometimes Mum likes to sit on the public dock and dangle her feet in the water. This often takes too long and I have to remind her to continue our walk. There are kitties to sniff out and I want to go on the beach and we have to stop for a Pupacino at Starbucks. There is no time for her to tease the fishies with her tootsies and count sailboat tacks ! Come on Ma !!!

Opening Day in Newport Beach

Winslow the Welsh Springer Spaniel at yacht club  opening day in  Newport Beach

Winslow the Welsh Springer Spaniel at his opening day speech in Newport Beach

Hi pals ! You know how I love mucking about boats and along the shore. And my staff loves nothing more than the color and nautical feel of opening day, so we took some pictures this morning to celebrate. The breeze was good, the air was clean, and all was right with the world !

Salty Dog

Winslow the Welsh Springer Spaniel at the Orange Coast College Rowing Dock in Newport Beach California

Here I am, Winslow the Welsh Springer Spaniel, a Salty Dog, at the Orange Coast College Rowing Dock  in Newport Beach, California. This is my favorite place to go in the morning because the air smells so good ! Also it is very close to C’est Si Bon, who make the most wonderful pain au chocolate. Yes, yes, I know, but the staff eats the chocolate part ! Back to the rowers, who often leave nice smelly shoes on the dock. I do not disturb them, just take a nice sniff as I amble by. Usually by the time we get to the dock, we have already had a run at squirrel park, so here I can just relax and sniff the air. We see coots, cormorants, egrets, blue heron, flying fish, sometimes even a dolphin !

This is officially called the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship  and you can take many cool classes there.  Next up for me  Shields !   Once they take my money they have to let me on the boat, right !

Ahoy !

AhoyAhoy Mates !      I do like mucking around boats and the docks and shoreline.  This isn’t my dinghy,  but I wish I had one like it,  only I would choose a lapstrake dinghy with a little electric motor.  I don’t think staff can row fast enough to keep up with the ducks and out of the way of the Harbour Patrol !

Top of the World Hike above Laguna and Scandia Bakery

I took staff for a nice hike above Laguna Beach today, a few days after Christmas.  It wasn’t as green as hoped, but it was a beeeeeyooootiful day !   Also lots of great scents and plenty of snake holes.  I went to rattlesnake skool before so staff wasn’t too worried.  We like to walk around  (since I am 12, its more of a mosie about than a hike) at Top of the World.  We go in by the Del Mar Street side out of habit.      Some times there are goats up there,  but there isn’t enough grass yet to need fire prevention.    Just  some cactus.

WinslowsMorningLagunaZ

After we finished our walk we went into town since it was early and parking was easy.   What do you think the first stop was ?   You know staff likes her pastries . . . .  SO we went to Scandia Bakery on Forrest Avenue.        Today it was Bearclaws because even though they have lots of delightful things,  they do make a very nice bearclaw and we hadn’t had any for a while.   I had to remind staff to get me MY OWN PLEASE !

Winslow waiting for at Scandia Bakery in Laguna  bearclaw after a hike above Laguna Beach at top of the world

 

Christmas Basket Review – Summer Sausage

We don’t have enough twitter followers to do a Bark Box review for Blog Paws.  So  Staff said I could review the Henry and David Basket  !     The cheese was  “Meh”  as Ashley would say.   But I was more interested in the Summer Sausage anyway !    It was delish !  Just the right amount of fat,  not so many spices as to hide the rich meaty flavor.     A resounding A +. Only the fact that it wasn’t wrapped in bacon  prevented more  + s after my A !

Winslow and the summer sausage Winslow  savors the light flavor of the Summer Sausage by Henry and David.  YUM !

SaussagesI recommend these be devoured sans crackers !

 

A Red Fire Place

Many days in the winter in Southern California can be no burn days for wood burning fireplaces.   On bad air days, the Air Quality Control Board will issue a no burn advisory for your zip code.   Healthy Hearts  web site suggests some ways to burn clean all of the time.   Pesky particles from a “dirty”  fire can harm your lungs, and those of others,  not to mention be a fire hazard.

Ho Ho Ho,  I think that this red fireplace is for decoration only, but it is very festive.  I beseeched staff to find a velvet padded ottoman for me to pose on, to improve the composition of the photograph, but none were to be had.  So here you have relatively short me,  and a very tall fireplace.    I think its very festive anyway !    I wonder what is in those stockings ?      See you later pals,  we are off to find some delphiniums.   Staff says we must find delphiniums before we go to the sausage shop.    Go figure . . .RedFireplaceZ

 

Crystal Cove

Winslow has always liked walking and exploring along the bluffs above Crystal Cove. The beach is a preserve so we don’t go down there as we might confuse the sealife. But the cliffs are rad ! Except when we see a rattle snake. But we didn’t see any today.
There are many good smells on the wind.

Winslow the Welsh Springer Spaniel at Crystal Cove State Park in California

Howloween !

Hello Pals

I have been contemplating my Howloween costume.   Since I am named after one artist,  Winslow Homer,   I thought that I could be a different artist,  this time,  Claude Monet.  This only involves a beret, a pipe and a paint brush.  I think I could handle that !  Here is a painting that Eduard Manet did of Monet.

claude-monet-reading-1872.jpg!HD

And here is one that Monet himself did of himself – maybe I will need the beard !

claude-monet-self-portrait-1886-1

This is a much better prospect than human’s idea which was to make me spagetti and meatballs since that is red and white like me.