I’m so happy to announce that our long awaited baby Kenzo arrived in May. I’ve been longing to write and announce his coming since we first met him in Switzerland when we spent two precious weeks with him at Christmas.... but I didn’t want to tempt fate that our plans may not come to pass.... and so resisted, well, almost.... I did pass a few hints with a couple of pictures in posts... if you look back to January and March.
Kenzo is an adorable Bichon Frise, we celebrated his first birthday on 28 May... he is a gift to John and me from our son Christopher & his wife Agata. Agata runs a Doggy Day Care business near Zurich - 'Hunde Abenteuer Land' and Kenzo came into their care last August when his previous owner’s job prevented him from keeping him..... so, a new home had to be found. John and I had never considered having a dog until Christopher suggested we may like him.
We first met on our arrival at Zurich Airport on a very snowy evening in December and Kenzo was there to greet us. I heard later that Agata had said to Christopher.... 'who do you think will Mum hug first'. Needless to say, Kenzo was immediately scooped up into my arms as soon as we met..... what a darling!
Kenzo had already had seen the vet in December and started the course of injections necessary in preparation for him to come to UK... these included anti-rabies vaccine..... after which we had to wait six long months for a further blood test to be taken to ensure that he was clear to travel. During that time we enjoyed countless pictures of him by means of Agata’s daily blog.
On 11 May Kenzo visited the Vet again and was pronounced fit and healthy, his little passport was stamped... how cute is that! and he was able to come to us in Wales. He travelled by car and ferry and we met him in Cheltenham... what joy!
So here he is, at home with us in Wales and we are all enjoying every minute. Yes, and he's changed our lives completely... for it is almost like having a baby in our midst.... the garden has been made safe with new fencing, I have to keep a watchful eye on his on his mischievous ways, toys litter the floor and many walks now fill our day..... unfortunately Kenzo has no respect for my garden and has to be stopped from digging holes in the flower borders.
Here is Kenzo with a soft toy that he enjoys dragging around....
A quiet moment in the sunshine... grooming is a daily task, but he is so co-operative and so too with his bathtime.
A cute little picture covered with a sheepskin rug.... It is just like having a real life teddy tear.
I think that Kenzo had not encountered a cat before meeting George.... he was soon to discover that George is not up for playing puppy games... instead he prefers to keep a respective distance. Given time, I'm sure they will learn to live more closely with each other.
May... My very favourite month has come and gone amidst this change in our lifestyle. However, I did occasionally remember to grab my camera to record some memorable scenes in my garden. The wisteria has been spectacular.... masses of flowers, their fragrance drifted so sweetly in the air.... it was a delight to see from the garden and also through my kitchen window......
I think the below plant is 'Thermopis' it is one I rescued in poor condition from a local Nursery last year..... it has recovered well and given a lot of pleasure this year. If anyone can confirm this plant it would be much appreciated.
The month of May is 'Lilac Time' so wonderfully fragrant... I love to have a vase full of it and enjoy its perfume around the house.... I know that some folk wont have it in their home for superstitious reason, but I'm not influenced by such things.
I have always loved architectural plants... and since my beautiful tree fern died, this has become a favourite..... Trachycarpus fortunel... It adds that tropical touch to the garden, but being one of the hardier varieties, it stands up to our severe winters.
A little collection of Rockery Perennials and Hostas on the marble top of an old Singer sewing machine adds a bit of interest on the patio of the summer house.....