Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Why Can't My Friends Come Inside?

Sometimes mom gets upset when I invite my animal friends inside.

Of course, I have no idea why she gets so excited and upset.

Mom did not want to help me research this new animal friend, and I don't know why.  Something about not sleeping at night. 
Anyway, this looks like a baby Texas Brown Snake, and I told mom they are completely harmless when encountered!.  It got caught in a glue trap in our garage and it was just a 3-4 inches long!
RIP, Mr. Snake, and my little Beetle friend too.....

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Texas Cattle Drive!

Here we are back in Texas, and I have something to report on new animal friends nearby my house!  This event happened a few weeks ago.   Take a look!

It was a Cattle Drive taking place right through the Village at Allen Shopping Center, here in North Texas!
My new animal friends even had police escorts for their safety!

First to come through was a nice line-up of Horses with fancy pink accessories!
Then more Horse friends pulled a stagecoach through the shopping center.

Then came the Cattle!  There were a whole lot of them and they were Texas Longhorns!!

A few of them made eye contact with my mom as they walked by, and they snorted through their noses and told mom to tell me they are very ecstatic to be my friends!

My new Texas Longhorn friends have a lot of clout.  Maybe those very big pointy horns had something to do with it!  All traffic had to closely obey the signage and STOP, and let the Texas Longhorn "Cross Traffic" go by.

Very exciting to have such large new animal friends parading around so close to my house!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Last Stop, Lucerne!

This is the last installment of mom's Big World Assignment in Switzerland!

  It was time for mom to head back toward the area where the airport was, so she drove over the Brunig Pass and saw more beautiful sights, like the village of Lungern and the Lungerersee.
Her drive took her from the Berner Oberland region where she had stayed over to her final Swiss destination of Lucerne. 

 Lucerne has a famous covered bridge, the Chapel Bridge, that was first constructed in the 14th Century.  There was a fire in 1993 that destroyed much of the bridge but it has been restored since then.

Mom was looking at art on the bridge, and slacking off on finding me animal friends again.  This artwork dates back to the 17th Century.  Then she told me to take a look at my Horse animal friends depicted in the artwork.  Very funny, mom.

 Again, mom liked seeing all the pretty flowers everywhere, including on this bridge.
Hey, I think I see some of my Birdie friends on the top of the bridge!

Then I guess it was "Play a Joke on a JellyBean Day" again.  Mom said she took a ride on a Dragon.  Very funny, mom.
Mom went on a boat ride on a boat called "The Dragon".  

When mom was on the Dragon boat, she then told me she saw a Red BullOk, I don't think this is funny any more, mom.
This is a Red Bull Festival held every year called Flugtag, and humans build homemade flying machines and see if they can make them take flight off a 30 foot high deck, and "here is a video".
Just plain silly, if you ask me.

Then Mom took pictures of what appeared to be a sailboat race.  
But where are the animals, mom??

Finally, oh finally, mom got off the boat and told me she saw some dirty Swans.   
I am a smart JellyBean, so I told mom, they are not dirty, they are just juveniles and they are called Cygnets!

I am not sure what to make of this last installment from mom, but I guess I will let it slide.  
Mom made her way to the airport and left Switzerland the next day.  She hopes to go back some day and find all those animal friends for me that she missed.
 
Next post, back to Texas!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Famous Swiss Actor Animal Friends!

My mom's Big World Report from Switzerland continues, and we apologize for taking so long since the last post.  
(I am having secretarial issues again....)

Mom decided to go check up on some new animal friends of mine, who are actors!  Wow, I have never met any animal friends who are stars of their very own play!  Mom went to Interlaken, to a clearing in the forest to see the TELL Freilichtspiele, which is a play that tells the story of William Tell.  This play has been presented every year since the year 1912, so almost 100 years in this same forest clearing!

There were human actors in the play too, and it told the story of William Tell, a drama by Friedrich Schiller, written in 1804.

The story had some funny parts in it, like this.  Humans can be very strange creatures.

The storyline is about the famous Swiss marksman, William Tell, and also the Swiss struggle for independence from the Habsburg Empire in the early 14th Century.  
I know what you are thinking....I sound like a very smart JellyBean!

So as you can see, I have new Swiss Cow friends that are very famous actors!!  They are wearing the very large traditional Swiss Cow Bells from times past. 

Then came some Swiss Horses, also very famous as actors in this play!

My Swiss Horse friends knew all their "lines" really well, as you can see!

Very exciting, mom!  I know I am a famous JellyBean, but now I also know some famous Swiss Cows and Swiss Horses!

Final installment of the Swiss Big World Assignment is coming next, so stay tuned!

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blausee - A Relaxing Place for Fish?

Mom continued on her Big World Assignment in Switzerland.  I really think she was taking some time off from her reporting duties a lot of the time.  On this day, she took a hike through a forest and found a relaxing place called the Blausee.

Ok, it did look relaxing, but what about the animals, mom?   
Did you find me some animal friends?

Mom said she looked and looked, but all she found were Trout fish.  There were lots of Trout in the Blausee, and the water was crystal clear.

The sad part was that there was a restaurant nearby, that served the Trout from the lake.  I suppose these animal friends won't be around for long, as they might soon be on someone's plate!
(Secretly, I do like fishies on my own plate, so I am not so sure how I fell about this!)

Stay tuned for my next Switzerland post.  
The Big World Report from Switzerland is almost done!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lake Brienz, and Ballenberg Animal Friends!

Mom continued on with her Big World Assignment, and next stop was the beautiful Lake Brienz.

Mom went searching for animal friends in the town of Brienz.  She seemed to only be sightseeing again like here at the Brunngasse street which had buildings that were hundreds of years old.  
But where are the animals, mom??

"Just wait, JB, just wait", said mom.

The next stop was nearby.  It was the Ballenberg, the Swiss open-air museum.  It was an outdoor museum showcasing century old buildings from all over Switzerland.  
But I did not want to see more pictures of old buildings.....

.....I wanted to see animal friends!  Mom redeemed herself with lot of new friends for me here like this white Goat!

And this Cock-a-Doodle Rooster!

How do you do, Mr. Scottish Highland Cow!  My, what long wavy hair you have!  Wow, and I think I see some Fly friends hanging out there on your nose!

Then mom saw something she had never seen before.  A very large muddy Mama Hog nursing Piglets!

It's the "3 little Pig-lets"!!
Good thing there was no Wolf around, and no house to blow down.

And that is the "End" of this Post.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

No Castle Cat, but a Swiss Swan and his Friends!

Mom's Big World Assignment continues from Switzerland!  On this installment of her report, she went to the town of Thun, which is also on the Thunersee Lake. 
The 12th century Thun Castle is situated at the top of a hill, and can be seen from all over the town.  
I decided not to even ask about any Castle Cat in this castle!

Once again, mom appeared to be sightseeing and not looking for animal friends.  This is an old bridge in Thun, that is over the river Aare, and this is the side where the water gushes through.  Mom loved seeing all the flowers everywhere.

Mom walked around to the other side which had much more calm waters.  More flowers!

I was beginning to worry about the report, but thankfully, mom did not disappoint.  She found me a beautiful Swan friend!  
Then the Swan opened his mouth and spoke to mom!  
He said, "Guten tag, to JB!  Ich bin ein Schweizer Schwan!"
That means he is a Swiss Swan in German!!

The Swan told mom to look for his friends.  Nearby mom found perhaps a Great Crested Grebe?  Mom says she thought it was a young one.

And then a friendly Swiss Duck, pointed mom is the direction of lots of Swiss Fish!  They could be a type of Trout.

Mom walked around town a little more......
What did she find?  A special Swiss CAT shop but much to her dismay, and more to mine I might add, the shop was closed for the week for vacation.  No Swiss souvenir for me.
I guess mom will have to return one day!

 More Swiss animal friends to follow in my next post!
 
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Swiss Lizard and Where is the Castle Cat?

Mom submitted another Big World Report from Switzerland!  This time, mom decided she had better go by water on a boat and see what animal friends she could find for me!

   Here is her boat, coming to pick mom up.  It is called the Bubenberg, and it makes daily trips all around the Thunersee, which is the lake where mom stayed.

Mom kept trying to catch the schedule of the Blumlisalp boat, which is a paddle steamer, but it only runs once a day, and she kept missing it.  She saw it from her hotel room though!

 Mom told me she disembarked from the boat to look inside the Oberhofen Castle for a Castle Cat!
The castle had two towers, so I bet that is where mom would find the Castle Cat.

 Once she got inside, I think she got distracted looking at art.  Mom!!!

 Mom climbed to the top of the large tower of the castle and found a Turkish smoking room where people used to smoke in the olden days.
Do you suppose the elusive Castle Cat might be up here somewhere, overloaded on Catnip?

Mom said she had a surprise when she was leaving the castle, and all was not lost on this Big World Report.
Hey, I bet that Castle Cat is hiding in that cute little tower with his Catnip!!

Mom then showed me that she found me a Lizard friend!  It looks like a Common Wall Lizard! 
Who knew that there were Lizards in Switzerland?

 "Guten tag, JB!  Ich bin eine Schweizer Eidechse!"
I am a smart cat, and I think he told me he is a Swiss Lizard, in German!

It was time to go back to the hotel, so mom had to take the boat back to the side of the lake where she was staying, and she watched some of the lake activities, like this kite surfer.

A thought I must ponder.  There sure was a lot of sight-seeing going on and not a lot of reporting on animal friends.  
Something was definitely amiss on this Big World Assignment!
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