Wednesday, 16 October 2013

mooching around the local lanes with my dog

Penny did her 'puppy eyes' trick today, glancing at her lead as if to say, 'When are we going out?'

Of course, I couldn't resist. I love it when she communicates with me so clearly. But I wasn't in the mood for a full-on exercise-type walk, so we strolled around for half an hour just smelling the flowers.

I feel sure Penny was smelling things, because she had the tell-tale froth around her nostrils that says she's in full scenting mode.

But, strangely, all the flowers she examined were low to the ground. Could it be that she wasn't actually enjoying perfumed flowers, but was sniffing around for pee-mails?

I, on the other hand, WAS looking at plants for aesthetic reasons. Oh, wait, I guess canine aesthetics involves urine, so I shouldn't feel so superior.

I recently attended a workshop on edible weeds at Ceres, so I was looking out for them. Here are a couple I noticed:


plantain (I think)

I saw a lovely dandelion seedhead, and crouched down to get a photo of the ball of fluff. 

But Penny came to see what I was doing and wandered away with half the seeds stuck to her coat!


Mitch and Molly said...

We love strolling and sniffing with no particular purpose in mind too, Penny! The pink flowers are so pretty!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

parlance said...

Mitch and Molly, it's lovely in spring to see so many flowers.

Flea said...

We use dandelion leaves in our green smoothies sometimes. They taste a little spicy. I hop she found what she was looking for in the flowers!

Kari in Alaska said...

Puppydog eyes are super hard to ignore

Stop on by for a visit

parlance said...

Flea, I should try one of those green smoothies. I think it would be really good for me.

parlance said...

Kari, it's not only the appeal of those big brown eyes, but also the pleasure of knowing Penny is trying to communicate with me.

Big Honey Dog (Honey the Great Dane) said...

Oh - I LOVE that 2nd picture of Penny sniffing the flowers! :-)

You know, you mentioning the edible weeds thing reminded me of this programme I saw on TV once of Japanese tempura made of flowers! yup, they'd dipped all sorts of flowers in tempura batter and deep-fried them. Apparently, it's delicious as you get the fragrance of the flowers too when you eat them. :-)


parlance said...

Hsin-Yi, I can certainly believe they would use flowers in tempura. I'm very interested in the whole topic of edible flowers. In fact, I must go onto the Net and check it out. Thanks.