Tuesday, March 8, 2011

WE HAD SNOW! (Amongst other things...)

TOBY here...
Good morning, everyone!
We had snow!
But before I tell you about the snow, let me start with some other news.
Autumn is just around the corner. We are being treated to the most amazing sunrises at the moment:
Isn't it beautiful?
As the sun rises, any clouds in the sky are immediately painted pink.   The biggest sign that Autumn is here, is the large "Plain Tree" in the nearby park.  Its leaves are turning a subtle orange:

The chill in the early morning air forces me to jump on Maxmom's bed, and wake her up. Sometimes it's so tempting to simply lie at her feet (on the bed, of course!), and sleep in:

If Maxmom takes too long in getting up to give me my breakfast, I get up to all sorts of shenanigans!:

Unfortunately she caught me in the act this time, so I couldn't finish off my job, BOL!

Besides getting up to all sorts of hooliganism
(afterall, I am a 'SWEET HOOLIGAN'),
 I've been really busy in the past week. Maxmom is spending a lot of time training me - particularly for the role of SANDY in the production of ANNIE this year.

("Annie" asks "Sandy" to bow)

Every Monday evening I get to go and visit the cast members at the

It is an Afrikaans-speaking school which is presenting this beautiful musical. The children, whose home-language is Afrikaans, not only have to learn the English lines and songs, but also adopt an American accent...quite a challenge!

I am becoming more and more settled when I am amongst these lovely people. Last night Maxmom rewarded me by allowing some of the cast members to pat me.   

I love those kids!
They are making me feel sooooo welcome!
Thank you to the ANNIE CAST for being so nice to me!

This Thursday, I am being assessed my my obedience school.  If I behave, I will graduate from Beginner's obedience and will be able to attend the classes for the
Bronze Level of Canine Good Citizen. 
is the best!!!

Now for some amazing news...

Yes, here in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Can you believe it?

Maxmom found it this past weekend at the

I am so happy she found some snow for me to show my overseas readers.
You aren't the only ones who are snowed in!
BOL! Brrrrr......! :)

Anyway, this 'snow' was part of a miniature trains' exhibit.
There were other beautiful ones too.  This one below made me think of my friend BOUNCING BERTIE in Scotland, but perhaps it was a setting from WILF's country - France?
Do you perhaps know this place?

I just love the castle in the background. 
Check this next exhibit out:

Can any of you guys recognise these?

There were so many trains running around the tracks.
I am positive this next setting is in SOUTH AFRICA. It is so typical of some of the farms in the Cape. What do you guys think?

It certainly was an amazing exhibition.
The place was milling with people:

Unfortunately King Toffee, Aunt Tam and I had to stay at home.  We didn't get to see the snow!
( wish "The King" would wipe the grass off his mouth before having his photograph taken.)
I think our photos are better without Toffee, check this one out...

Aunt Tam and I make much better subjects!
Even my soft sheep looks better than the King.

At this time of the year, we love lying in the sun in our garden.

It's extremely relaxing but...

It makes me sleepy!

I think I'll go back to my ANNIE crate - to dream of:

To my friends in the Northern Hemisphere...

Keep warm!



Amber-Mae said...

I can imagine how difficult it will be for them to learn a different language & also speak in a certain accent. That's definitely going to be a big challenge for them. I actually have never heard of Afrikaans language before so I watched Charlize Theron speaking in this language (she's originally from SA) & it sounds very interesting.

Now if hoomie Melissa EVER caught one of us playing with the toilet paper, we would be in very big trouble. Melissa no like us being very naughty.

Nice job with the "bow". Betcha doing wonderful so far with your training.

WFT Nobby said...

Hi Toby,

WE HAD SNOW indeed! You nearly had me rewriting my whole paper on climate change there...

The train exhibition looks great fun. Gail is telling me that she once saw a similar exhibition in the Verkehrshaus museum in Luzern, Switzerland, and she's never see so many grown men running around with video cameras and exuding pure and uninhibited joy at any another museum ever! We do think the castle looks a bit like some in Aberdeenshire, but I would have to ask my friend Bunty's Mum for confirmation, as she has written several books about local history and architecture (you will have realised by now that this is not Gail's specialist subject).

We would love to hear the Afrikaans children trying to act in English with an American accent. Gail once went to see a local youth drama group's performance of 'Half a Sixpence' in Aberdeen. The children playing the main parts managed quite well with the cockney accents, but the chorus was pure Aberdonian.

Toby, I am looking forward to seeing that you did a better job on the paper roll next time. Meanwhile, enjoy being snuggled up in the bed, away from the snow!

Toodle pip!

Mack and Mia said...

Hi Toby!

It's nice to meet woo. We have been away for a while and are just getting back up to speed! Woo will make a good pup in the play, Annie. We are sure of it!

Enjoy those sun rises and sunsets, they are beawootiful!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Suka said...

hey Toby,

SNOW! You finally got snow! And how could you mom not let you go to enjoy the wonderful fluffy white stuff that is snow?! Maybe next time. The model train exhibit looked amazing!

Your pink morning clouds are awesome! Is that what inspired your creation of beauty in the bathroom? ;->

You look so handsome when you bow, Toby! Seems like you are getting to be a pro at it! The cast of "Annie" sound like such a wonderful group.

Good luck in your obedience final! King Toffee looks cute with his grass face!


Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Toby, yoo have grown into such a sweet and lovable boy ~ we always knew you would! Thank you for the lovely update.

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

OMD, what wonderful snow!
Pictures of snow... is better than no snow at all :)

I think your "Annie" crate is furry cool, and blue is a great color!


The Life of Riley said...

Hi Toby,

Wow - that is quite a challenge for the students to use a different language, especially with an American accent! Does Maxmom speak Africkanns?

I see you are following in my paw steps. I did the Canine Good Citzen tests here, and have passed the gold test. The exercises are very similar to the ones at your school, but some are in a different order and we also do a "foundation" level test first. Mum thinks it is a great way for us dogs to learn doggie manners, and to have fun learning new skills with our humans.

Sending you woofs,

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Toby you must be having so much fun getting all the attention since you are a star and everything. Snow! Wow, the weather around the world sure is nutty. Good luck with your obedience class
Benny & Lily

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Toby just look at you. No wonder those children at the school love you. They have a huge task ahead of learning their lines, language and accents.. You had me going there with the snow mol. The exhibit looked good. Loved the pictures of you in the garden. Enjoy your sunspots while its there. Hugs GJ xx

Asta said...

you had me going thewe fow a while Bwahahahaha, snow in an exhibit is lovely and not neawly as cold, heheheh.
It was a vewy bootiful twain exhibit. I wecognised Amstewdam fow suwe(that's whewe Daddi's family is fwom)
It must be so nice fow the cast of Annie to have you acting wif tem. I just know you will do a splendid job. Pleez tell King Toffe that he looks gweat een wif that gwass in his mouf.
have a nice snooze in the sun
smoochie kisses

houndstooth said...

I'm dreaming of that green grass, but I'm starting to be afraid we'll never get any here!


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

So many khool things!

Thanks fur sharing!

We had 10 of your degrees here today - and mostly khlear - it was khwite nice -

Of khourse, I miss my snow!


Amy Wood said...

Those pics of the sunrise are gorgeous! Love the pink clouds. Autumn is such a beautiful time of year. I always love to watch the leaves change over. Good luck with your obedience, I hope you graduate and can attend the Canine Good Citizen! Pics of you in the sun are great, makes me want to lay in the sun and sleep too. Looks so relaxing :)

Becky Andrews said...

You brighten our day! I like your kind of snow! Try to stay out of trouble, cute Toby. Love from Cricket.

D.K. Wall said...

Oooooh - you so had us at the mention of snow. Wonder if they would notice if a Herd of Siberians were playing in that display?

mimi said...

Fall is my favorite time of year here in Pittsburgh, PA--I love all of the beautiful colors. I must admit however I don't enjoy the snow--maybe on a weekend when I don't have to drive in it but I could do without it. My girls--Sassy and Mabel love it. Nothing like a romp in the snow to them :) I love the train display. We have one here in Pittsburgh too. I have not visited it since I was a little girl but seeing your pictures makes me want to see it again. Toby looks like he is getting along great with all the "Annie" duties. What a good boy :)
PS I have pictures of Sassy and the toilet paper too--I guess there is just something fun about unraveling that roll :)

The Musketeers said...

It's never snowing here :( haha! Wow Toby man, you have grown so much! That shows how long we have went missing :) But we are back blogging actively again :) xxx

Tweedles -- that's me said...

oh i just love your clouds - they are so beautiful- like mine.
And snow,,, gosh,, you are soooo lucky.
Toby, you are learning so much,,,what a good little learner you are!

MySpecialDoggies said...

Oh Toby - you are so sweet - even while pulling toilet paper! Ah, the change of seasons - finally we're leaving winter (and snow) - and you're entering it.

Nadine & Neeli
Angel doggie Apples (1994-2010)

Mrs. JP said...

What is it about toilet paper that fascinates dogs?
I like the pictures of Toby and the cast. He seems to feel so comfortable there.

KB said...

I fell for it. I'm so gullible that I thought that you really did have snow!

None of our dogs has ever been a hooligan with toilet paper. I'm not letting them look at that photo :)