Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Yesterdays hike was the second time this week that I have hiked along the Castle Rock trail... My wife enjoyed the pictures so much from Wednesdays hike that she wanted me to take her out there to see these sights...
Friday, February 26, 2010
This is some rare video footage of the Castle Rock Trail taken from the Rangers Polaris 4x4 on the way back from the Mt Diablo State Park trail entrance way back in the woods... He came along just as the heavy rain set in and offered my wife and I a ride which we happily accepted ...I was out over some cliffs on the passenger side a few times and the views of the stream down below were great... That was a cool end to an already cool hike today ... We went even deeper into the woods today on the Castle Rock Trail passing through the State Park Gates way back in the woods and into Mt Diablo state park about a mile...I got some great pictures today and I will be posting them with today's hike a bit later ... Until then enjoy this exclusive footage of the Castle Rock Trail in the Winter time in the rain as seen from an East Bay Park Rangers Polaris...
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I was sent this wonderful story by a Smokeysmountain reader named Judith...In 2003, police in Warwickshire , England , opened a garden shed and
found a whimpering, cowering dog. It had been locked in the shed
It was dirty and malnourished, and had clearly been abused.
In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a female Greyhound, to the nearby Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary,
run by a man named Geoff Grewcock and known as a willing haven for animals abandoned, orphaned or otherwise in need. Geoff and the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims - to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved..
They named her Jasmine, and started to think about finding her an adoptive home.
But Jasmine had other ideas. No one remembers now how it began, but she started welcoming all animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It wouldn't matter if it was a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or any other lost or hurting animal. Jasmine would peer into the box or cage and, where possible, deliver a welcoming lick..
Geoff relates one of the early incidents. "We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the center and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them."
"But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them and it helps them to not only feel close to her but to settle into their new surroundings.
"She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs; she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose."
Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary's resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and 15 rabbits.
And one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, 11 weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm and then went into the full foster-mom role. Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the Roe deer with affection and makes sure nothing is matted.
"They are inseparable," says Geoff. "Bramble walks between her legs and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary. It's a real treat to see them.".
Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life.
When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next orphan or victim of abuse.
Pictured from left to right above: Toby, a stray Lakeland dog; Bramble, orphaned Roe deer; Buster, a stray Jack Russell; Hopper, a dumped rabbit; Sky, an injured barn owl; and Jasmine with a Mother's heart doing best what a caring Mother would do... Such is the order of Creation.
Get set for the beach! The next boot camp starts March 22nd and is booking up fast. There are two classes with slightly different times than normal.
The first class will be 6-7am, followed by the second camp at 7-8am. Both will be mixed level so they are open for everyone. If you're new to fitness, don't worry you won't be left behind. And if you're fit and want to get superfit and be really pushed, don't worry you will be!
Special early bird offer of 5% discount if you book and pay in full by 8th March. 10% discount for those who book by this date and have done a boot camp in the past.
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