Saturday, June 30, 2012
He loves how some of the garden is mounded higher in certain places,like this palm tree in the photo to the right. I took this photo fairly early--it was around 6:30 am and the sun was quite bright. You can see my own shadow cast as I held the camera to snap this photo. I like capturing these morning moments, they always seem precious to me. The promise of a new day, I suppose. It is the unexpected nature of what the day will bring, and all that. Tomorrow I'll show you a photo of one of the cactus plants that seemingly overnight pushed out four flowers that appear to be ready to bloom tomorrow. I'll be up early again Sunday to see if they are ready to open...
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
|Spike today, June 2012, 12" above the block|
|Spike in 2009, maybe 5" above the block|
|Spike in 2008, just above the stucco block|
|Spike in 2007, well below the stucco block|
|Another view of Spike today, 2012|
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
|Kat Smith of Petco w/ Rick Rockhill & Sheldon|
The morning breakfast keynote address, by Lena West was especially strong. Ms West is the founder of 'Influence Expansion' and is a peer recognized social media consultant, blogger and journalist. She has a commanding presence and really delivered some excellent content to start the day off on the right foot. I tweeted out multiple quotes from her presentation. One quote in particular I found quite poignant was this: 'You are the sum total o the 5 people you spend your time with' Think about that...it will amaze you.
|Sheldon Gryffindor wore his new red silk bow tie|
The big fun of Saturday was the Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards event in the evening. Once all sessions had ended and vendor booths were closed, it was time to party like animals, so to speak. A red carpet leading into the ballroom made the evening a bit more special. Many people dressed up a bit fancier than their day-time conference clothes. Sheldon was no exception, he wore a new red silk bow tie, which looked great against his hair, don't you think?
This photo of Sheldon and I was taken by a friend, I just had to include it in this post because Sheldon is just so cute standing up next to me. He was a lot of fun to be with all week, and helped me network and meet lots of new bloggers too!
I'm so happy I attended Blog Paws, it was well worth it both professionally and personally.
Friday, June 22, 2012
|Rick with Sheldon-Gryffindor, Diane and Cosmo at Blog Paws|
Today my best pal, Sheldon Gryffindor was all decked out for Day Two of Blog Paws, wearing his snazzy new plaid bow tie. He looks handsome in the tie, don't you think? Sheldon worked hard today...he was a spokes-dog again at the Natural Balance booth for most of the day. In addition to working the booth, he also joined me for a few sessions where he listened attentively. We went to the 'Power of YouTube' session to hear CJ Jackson and Lauren Girard, who did a great job speaking. Sheldon perked up when he saw their dogs Jazmine and Paige do their tricks for the audience. He was so happy watching them, his tail wagged the entire time.
|Sheldon has his own trading cards|
If you will be attending the session on Pinterest at Blog Paws on Saturday, let's follow each other's boards! My boards can be found at: http://pinterest.com/rickrockhill/
Thursday, June 21, 2012
|Sheldon as a spokes dog for Natural Balance|
|Tillman skates at the Blog Paws conference|
Luckily for me, as a long time blogger who writes about pets (among other topics), being at the Blog Paws conference is more than just work for me. It also happens to be something I am passionate about, so it comes easily to me. Over the past six years I've gotten to know lots of bloggers from around the United States, and world-wide too. And now that Sheldon is a micro-blogger with his own Twitter presence, it is fun to see how many bloggers now want to meet him before me, cool huh? But I definitely understand, after all, Sheldon is my best friend! I'm just grateful that I work in an industry with pets and that I am part of a company that always seems to have fun. Yep I am lucky enough to do what I love.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
The photo above depicts a portion of downtown known as "Mercado Plaza", which is within the Village of Palm Springs, but there are multiple blocks along the way. Visually, the City of Palm Springs maintains a "village aesthetic" to downtown through the zoning, sidewalks, types of shops, lamp posts styles and carefully maintained palm trees which line Palm Canyon Drive. The much ballyhooed, highly anticipated and long-overdue Desert Fashion Plaza re-do project is so close we can almost taste it. As I understand it, that renovation will actually further reinforce our intimate village atmosphere.
Today, Palm Springs boasts an impressive collection of restaurants, home-decor, antiques and interior design shops. When the Desert Fashion Plaza project is completed, our Village will once again be a destination for locals and tourists to linger longer downtown and experience a difference aspect of our fair village. Until then, the Thursday night Village Fests continue to offer a wonderful array of things to do and wares to buy. The Village of Palm Springs is charming and picturesque, and is on the precipice of truly great days to come. Stay tuned....
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Do you ever blog about pets? Do you consider yourself a pet blogger? Do you use social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Blogs to talk about your pets, pet products or favorite pet charities and causes? This show focuses on the upcoming Blog Paws Social networking event, happening in Salt Lake City, Utah as a shining example of how today's rapid growing, passionate social pet community are on the leading edge of social media.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
|Front and Back of Sheldon's trading cards|
I'm a Standard Poodle from Palm Springs, CA. My middle name is from
'Hogwarts' in Harry Potter films. My favorite treats are Natural Balance Roll-A-Rounds.
Special Power: Making food disappear...without a magic wand.
Hobbies: Reading minds of humans.
Cool huh? If you want your own (even for yourself as a human) check out Meet-Meme's website. They are easy to order, and relatively inexpensive too. The idea is to order a small quantity at a time, so you can re-order and update whenever you want. If you want one of Sheldon's Trading Cards, let me know I'll send one to you.
Friday, June 15, 2012
|Sheldon started packing his luggage for the trip to Blog Paws|
As for Mr Sheldon, he joined the blogosphere a few years ago, and has taken to Twitter under his own handle @SheldonGryffin, so naturally he wanted to attend BlogPaws with me. So...we're going to make the 11 hour drive together from Palm Springs to Salt Lake City.
I asked Sheldon to start packing his bag for the trip...this photo shows the things he wants to take on the trip. His face had the expression of "I just need a few essentials dad" I could barely close the luggage, as it was full of toys, bones, treats, snacks and dog food rolls. This weekend I'll need it pare that down a bit...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Years later while living in Chicago, I would invite one of my neighbors round for tea and to catch up on the goings on in our neighborhood. It was the perfect way to put my neighbor at ease; no fuss, not much work to boil a kettle of water and it usually led to a long conversation about politics and people during which time where we consumed seemingly gallons of tea. After an hour or so my poor neighbor would be twitching from either the volume of liquid, or maybe just the caffeine rush from the super-strong loose English tea I would brew. Point being, sitting down for tea was very conducive to socializing for me.
It may be a slight exaggeration but about once a year I would try to drink a cup of coffee to remind myself how much I disliked it. For years I would have my ceremonial "one cup of coffee" and swear off the stuff for another year. Suffice to say, tea drinking remained part of my daily routines for over 25 years. Until that is, just a few years ago when I turned forty.
Recently we bought one of those Swiss Jura coffee makers, and BINGO I finally learned how to make a decent cup of coffee! These days, making decent coffee is ever-so-easy, and enjoyable too. The Jura can make regular coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and froth milk too. So at long last I can satisfy my (relatively) new found appreciation for decent coffee and not have to leave the house to run to Starbucks.
Tea will always be my favorite beverage but coffee is the fuel that gets my body's engine going in the morning. I'm not really sure of the point of this post today, but if you are in Palm Springs visiting, and want a good cup of coffee, I do recommend the locally owned Koffi shops which have delicious coffee for sure.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Marilyn stands just around the corner from her own star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, so it feels even more appropriate that this statue is here. If you want to see the statue, it is located in downtown Palm Springs, on Palm Canyon Drive, at Tahquitz Canyon Way. It isn't necessary to get wrapped up in whether or not it is art. Just take it for what it is....a fun tribute to a true Hollywood bombshell and screen legend. We're happy to have her here in Palm Springs, where it all started for her.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Sheldon Gryffindor was feeling rather patriotic toward Queen Elizabeth as she celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of her reign. He found the 'God Save The Queen' pillow which usually sits on the leather sofa in the Library here at home. It was something I purchased a few years back while visiting Windsor Castle. It isn't something he usually cuddles with, as the leather sofas are out of bounds for the poodles. This pillow made its way to the great room a few days ago. Apparently Sheldon thinks its just right to rest his chin on a boring afternoon. Earlier today I caught Sheldon Gryffindor sitting proudly next to this pillow and thought it to be a perfect photograph, given the festivities if HM Diamond Jubilee celebration at present. And so, on behalf of Sheldon, I close with 'God Save The Queen'. May she long reign.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Along with all that came my interest and affection for the British Monarchy; its history, traditions, as well as the pomp and circumstance. My studies at Brunel University included a brief internship with the House of Commons where I learned Parliamentary Procedure first hand, among other fascinating traditions of the House of Lords as well. After spending all that time connected to these great British institutions I learned to appreciate their society, including the role of the Monarch in a modern democratic society.
Admittedly my fervor for the Royal Family is a bit over-the-top at times, but it has been a result of personal experiences, through close friendships with Brit friends whose deep admiration for the Queen undoubtedly influenced my views and shaped my opinions. I've also had the pleasure of numerous "sitings" of various royals. In particular I remember being within 4 feet of the Queen back in 1987 when she was in a procession into Westminster Abbey. I shall never forget that day, or how I felt upon seeing her. That woman has presence like no one else.
On a recent trip to London I took the opportunity to shop for a few commemorative items for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Much has been written about her and her remarkable 60 year reign, second only to Queen Victoria. I won't even attempt to cover what has been nothing short of an amazingly reassuring and steadying presence on Britain, her Commonwealth nations and of course our closest ally in the world.
I enjoy collecting things like china, mugs, books, stamps, coins, tins and all sorts of stuff along those lines. From the Wedgewood Diamond Jubilee set, to this beautiful green and real gold English China plate, I truly enjoy having these items in my home. I hope my nieces one day have an appreciation for it all so it doesn't end up at some second hand shop years after I'm gone!
Even this Diamond Jubilee mug by Halcyon Days English China is something I can use for my morning cuppa, with fond memories of my many years in the United Kingdom and that for which HMQ represents. I'd hate to show you all the things I have, it is a little excessive to be honest. Over the years I've accumulated quite a collection, some items date back to King George VI.
Even this Jubilee biscuit tin from Marks and Spencer's in London was something of a treasure for me to acquire. It brings me great pleasure to have such things back here at home in the USA. They give me the sense of connection back to life in Britain and maintain the bonds that have bridged the Atlantic for two thirds of my life. And so this post is my own little way of honoring the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. When you look beyond the jewels and tiaras, she has actually contributed a great deal to modern western society, British Prime Ministers and US Presidents have written about their ability to consult with her knowing that she has the benefit of incredible perspective, no ulterior motives or political affiliations, and able to offer advice, wisdom and thought provoking questions but never to direct. She receives the "red boxes" of government briefings every day of the year, which she dutifully reads to remain updated. She has completed 30,000 official engagements in 60 years, and even at age 86 her diary shows she will compete over 450 official engagements this year. An anchor of consistency in an ever-changing world, she is a remarkable lady. God Save the Queen.
So how about a few photos of some other Diamond Jubilee stuff I saw whilst in London? OK here goes. Mind you, some of this is simply not my style but it is fun none-the-less...
|Shop windows at the venerable Fortnum and Mason's|
|Union Jack flags across streets of London|
|Selfridge's Department Store Decorated for the Jubilee|
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