The Getaway (From Way, Way Back)

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A long, long, long, long time ago, I shared some country breakfast recipes with you and hinted that my sister and I were about to set off on a weekend getaway. Life threw a few little hurdles our way following that trip, but at long last I present to you photos and stories from the way, way back getaway.

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Tallulah and I joined our humans at Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast in St. Francisville, Louisiana, for three glorious days in June. This was my fifth visit to the pet-friendly B&B (you can click here to read about my third visit three years ago) and my little sister’s first visit. Butler Greenwood is one of my all-time favorite places in the world, and I was so excited to share it with Tallulah. I started her weekend with a little ghost story. Take a look at that upstairs window. What do you see? Looks a bit like a ghost, doesn’t it? I tried to convince Tallulah that Butler Greenwood is haunted. I thought that would really scare her . . .

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. . . and that’s when I learned that nothing scares Tallulah. So we continued with our tour of the grounds–which included lots and lots and lots of sniffing–before settling into our cottage for the evening.

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The next morning we were up bright and early. Tallulah and I had tasty bacon, egg, and cheese treats to eat and my humans had a breakfast casserole to enjoy. (My apologies for not sharing a photo of the cooked human casserole with you, which I promised to do in my “BONE Appetit: Country Breakfast Two Ways” post. The casserole photos were a casualty of my human mommy’s computer meltdown following our getaway.) After breakfast, we hurried out the door so we could get in a little exploring before the rains came.

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Tallulah chose to spend the rainy afternoon working on her spoiled rotten girl bed sleeping skills . . .

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. . . while I tried out some new hairstyles. I kind of like the retro spiky punk look, don’t you?

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And when Tallulah wasn’t being spoiled rotten on the giant king-sized bed, she was plopping herself in front of the air-conditioner so she could soak up the cool air. I’m telling you, my little sister is all about her personal comfort.

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The end of our weekend in the country came way too soon. Tallulah and I thanked our daddy–as only a couple of four-legged daddy’s girls can–and hinted that we’d like to return to Butler Greenwood for another getaway when the weather’s a bit cooler. I think Daddy got the hint.


Back to Work, But First . . .

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It’s time to get back to work. After the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, I decided that my blogging assistant/human mommy had earned a little time off. Who knew that blogging every day except Sundays for an entire month could be so hard? Our hats are off to those of you who manage to keep up that type of schedule. You are true blogging ironmen/women/animals. Mommy and I spent our off time doing . . . well, I’m not really sure what we did; however, I do know that it’s time to get back to work, but first . . .

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. . . I have a few pictures to show you from our recent mini-vacation. I shared some photos in my “V is for VACATION” entry for the A to Z Challenge. Normally when my humans and I visit Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast, we spend all of our time just relaxing at the B&B; but this time we decided to venture into the little town of St. Francisville for an afternoon tour.

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Our first stop was a little shop called Grandmother’s Buttons. My human daddy and I stayed outside while Mommy went in to shop. The talented people at Grandmother’s Buttons make beautiful jewelry out of vintage buttons. Their St. Francisville store and workshop are housed in a restored 1905 bank building, and their creations are sold online and in stores around the world.

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From Grandmother’s Buttons, we made our way to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. It was quite an uphill hike to reach the church site and the day was slightly warm, so I was somewhat tempted to jump into the beautiful fountain, but I managed to refrain.

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We continued our tour with a leisurely stroll down one of St. Francisville’s historic tree-lined and, thankfully, shady streets.

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Our next stop was Grace Church of West Feliciana Parish, the second oldest Episcopal church in Louisiana. Construction on the current building was completed in 1860. Just a few years later, at the height of the civil war, a Union warship captain who was delirious from fever took his own life near St. Francisville. His officers came ashore to request a Masonic burial ceremony for their captain. He was laid to rest in the Grace Church cemetery with full Masonic honors on what is now known as “The Day the War Stopped.”

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Finally, we took a little walk around the West Feliciana Parish Court House, which was built in 1903, before heading back to the B&B for more R&R. So now the break is over and it’s back to blogging for my mommy and me. Looking forward to catching up with all of our friends and sharing photos and reflections from our adventures.


Harper Lee from A to Z: V is for VACATION

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Even Golden Retrievers need a little vacation every once in a while. My humans like the kind of big vacations that involve airplanes and ships, while I prefer not to fly or sail. I enjoy loading my chariot–actually, I enjoy watching my humans load my chariot–and then hitting the road for a little close-to-home R&R. Last weekend, we took a short drive north to one of my very favorite mini-vacation spots: Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

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This was my fourth visit to Butler Greenwood, and I love it more and more every time I go. This bed and breakfast is what vacation is all about: really getting away from it all. On their last big trip, while they were somewhere in the middle of the ocean doing absolutely nothing, my humans started to feel a little guilty. Were they being a little too lazy? And that’s when a very wise lady explained the difference between travel and vacation. Travel involves visiting new places, seeing new sites, experiencing new cultures. Vacation involves resting and relaxing . . . nothing more . . . that’s it. I like vacation.

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After we had settled into our little cottage vacation home and explored the beautiful B&B grounds, my humans really started to relax . . .

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. . . while I sat on the back deck and stared down at the lovely ravine below. And that’s pretty much how we spent the next two days of our mini-vacation . . .

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. . . my humans lounging and gazing lazily through the treetops . . .

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. . . and me resting my head and staring off into the distance. It was everything a vacation should be.

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Harper Lee from A to Z: C is for CHARIOT

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I know exactly what you’re thinking right now: Miss Harper Lee, that’s just a car. I must respectfully disagree. This is my chariot, and it takes me to the most fabulous places: weekends in New Orleans and St. Francisville, walks around beautiful parks, visits with my human grandparents in Texas, trips to the LSU Vet School for rehab (the kind I do for my hips and elbows, not the Lindsay Lohan kind). Once I even traveled in my chariot to visit Santa Claus. Tomorrow you’ll get to see another place my chariot takes me. But do you want to know the best thing about my chariot? It comes with another C word: chauffeurs!

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Thowback Thursday: Miss Lee at Three

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This is the third in a series of Throwback Thursday photos leading up to my fifth birthday. (If you missed the first two photos, you can click here to see Miss Lee at One and click here to see Miss Lee at 2.)

In terms of quality, this photo is not all that fabulous. In fact, my human mommy did a little editing to it to make it somewhat more interesting. But what it lacks in quality, it more than makes up in significance.

This photo is important to my humans because it represents two big “firsts” in my life. This was the very first photo that appeared on my very first blog post in September 2012. My mommy helped me start a blog because she wanted to remember every single second of my life. Along the way, we’ve “met” so many wonderful people and pets and shared so many laughs and tears, good times and challenges, happy beginnings and painful endings.

This photo is also important to my humans because it was taken during my first visit to Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast in St. Francisville, La. We love to “get away from it all” at Butler Greenwood, where we can spend time walking in the field, sitting in front of the fireplace or outside on the porch, and generally doing nothing. I love Butler Greenwood because I think it brings out my “inner bird dog.” Can you see that in this photo?

As I near my fifth birthday, my humans and I look forward to many, many, may more “firsts”!


Black and White Sunday: At the Pond’s Edge

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The Country Girl: Part 2

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My marvelous weekend at Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast continued bright and not-too-early Saturday morning when the baby birds outside of our cottage started demanding their breakfast. I joined my humans on the porch of Chase’s Cottage while they enjoyed their coffee and breakfast and we all eased into another relaxing day.

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We enjoyed a beautiful walk in front of the plantation house. As I’ve said before, this was my third stay at Butler Greenwood, but this was the first time my humans trusted me off-leash in front of the house. This was a very big deal.

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Our fabulous picnic lunch was the highlight of the weekend for my mommy. My mommy loves a picnic, and this one was super special. We spread our picnic blanket (which is more of a tablecloth, but it’s what Mommy likes to use for picnics) in the shade of some beautiful trees outside of our cottage. My humans enjoyed chicken salad wraps (prepared by my mommy), grapes, and, of course, a little wine. I enjoyed exploring my surroundings.

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After our picnic lunch, we all enjoyed relaxing on a beautiful early summer afternoon. My daddy found just the right spot to scratch me. Even my mommy relaxed, and that doesn’t happen very often.

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The afternoon just flew by, and suddenly it was time for our dinner. I had my usual dog food, but my humans treated themselves to a  little wine and cheese. That’s when my mommy glanced out the window and saw Humphrey the peacock visiting our end of the pond.

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Naturally my mommy heard the call of the wild and dashed out the door to become a wildlife photographer. My daddy and I chose to stay inside. Daddy wanted to remain close to the wine and cheese, and I was simply too exhausted from my day to get up off of the nice cool floor.

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Sunday morning arrived much too soon. My humans explained to me that our wonderful weekend had come to an end. I was super, super sad at first. My weekend had been beyond magical. I saw ducks, peacocks, all sorts of bids, chipmunks, and even fireflies. (Who knew a Golden Retriever could actually see a firefly? Trust me, I did; and to prove it my mommy has a nearly dislocated shoulder from the massive yank I gave to my leash.) I heard frogs, and frogs, and more frogs at the edge of the pond, and I smelled things that I can only imagine. As we packed up and headed home, my humans promised me that we will return to Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast very soon. I plan to hold my humans to that promise.