The Ciel Show

Monday, July 28, 2008

Davy Meets The River

We went for our first public walk together today, strolling down to the park where the river runs through, and there are woodsy, sandy trails. It was Davy's walk, not about learning the manners of heeling and suchlike, which he was not nearly as interested in as he was sniffing every dog-scent that has been down those paths since spring! Though I reeled him in when we met other walkers, I pretty much let him choose the way and the timing. When I was sure of the direction I wanted, though, he was... Sign in to see full entry.

I dreamed of lava...

Red and snapping devouring like a dragon... and with a touch like Midas' turning everything to flame... Oozing unhurried from the deep hot places of the Earth... Overtaking by fascination like a serpent-- So suddenly, it's too late to run! Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Scottish Play

Ask any theatrical pro: it is the worst invitation to Bad Luck to mention the name of Macbeth in a theater. Except, presumeably, during a performance of Shakespeare's play. So it is commonly referred to in a theater, as The Scottish Play. In fact, Vanessa Redgrave made that reference in a recent awards show. I just thought I would mention that. I watched a production of Macbeth today, not Shakespeare's, but the opera by Verdi. It was on public television, a new production from the Metropolitan... Sign in to see full entry.


Welcome to the Ciel Show. Formerly The Roving Eye blog, in 'art and photography' this is now acknowledged for the direction it was heading, and has become officially a 'journal' blog. I'd like to say it is like having friends over for tea... but as I will probably do most of the talking, and some will wander into this salon and never even say hello, it is probably more like a small stage in a minor hall. There is a chair-- possibly TAPS will give me that one she no longer needs-- and a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 25, 2008

...and no bird sang...

The height of summer is so quiet here. There is a calm all day as the sun shines down, drying the grass to brown and parching the potted plants on the patio. The land bakes in direct light, and the shade is cooler, but just as dry. Contrary to popular delusion, it does not rain all the time in the Northwest. It rains all winter, and often well into spring. Sometimes the rains begin in earnest as early as Labor Day. In 30 years out here, I have seen them come that early, and I've seen them hold... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Movie1 This Ghengis Khan ain't Tony Curtis!

We went to see MONGOL last night. It's a foreign film made on location in Mongolia and Khazakstan, with Mongolian, Chinese, Japanese and other Asian film-makers. To begin with, the cinemetography is spectacular, and does justice to the vast landscapes and skies. The battle scenes are grimly artistic, and the entire production is so visually and culturally authentic, it is a pure pleasure. The actors are real, too. Being (to most of us, probably) mostly unfamiliar names and faces, and the acting... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Now, whose fault is this?

Seems our Davy dog, pup that he is, chewed apart the strap of the sitter's backpack. The sitter, a 23-yr old young man, is not too happy about that... but is it his own fault for both leaving the pack where the pup could get to it, and for not noticing that it was happening? Takes a while to chew through a strap... I am suddenly reminded of a T-shirt my son had for a while that said on it: Some days its just not worth chewing through the leather straps in the morning. His sister gave it to him,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Called the dog sitter today...

He has been dealing with Davy since Friday morning, and sounds like he is hanging in there, though Davy is clearly being a brat and driving him a bit nuts! I tried to give him encouragement to play the pup harder (Davy loves to wrestle snarlingly with this big rope rat--especially when someone is hanging onto the other end of it, keeping it lively.) And to feel okay about time outs as required. This pup needs to get his exercise, but he also needs to learn that nipping and pouncing playfully is... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New photo evidence

Davy on the trot... Sign in to see full entry.

Teaching Davy his place...

Davy is getting the message about where to be when, for instance, I sit down in the living room for a meal in front of the tv. He was jumping up, wanting my attention, wanting to be on the couch, wanting a hand-out... He'd get all exuberant and start with the teeth and paws (and claws). Now, when I sit down, I direct him to the place next to the couch and give him a rawhide chew-treat and he stays content with that while I eat my chew treats. If he doesn't calm down, if teeth keep connecting... Sign in to see full entry.

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