"This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Animal Wednesday - It's All About MiMI! (And Deer..and a litttle Opera !)

Yesterday, I returned from four glorious days at my friend Joyce's Home.....and of course, the Home of the WONDERFUL MiMi!  It was unusually cold - even for Northern California....but it's a beautiful place....and healing for me after losing so many beloved friends in November.

One of Joyce's friends bought her this T-shirt last Summer at Santa Fe Opera (my old *stomping grounds*). The *Mimi* of the shirt refers to the heroine of Puccini's "La Boheme"...but trust me, Joyce's Mimi shares many traits of the Operatic one!  A-ha-ha! It is so perfect - so, of course, I had to photograph Joyce and....MiMi....(who truly believes - and is right - that is really is "All About Her")! Mimi, in case you don't remember, is part Border Collie and part Healer....and UNBELIEVABLY SMART!  She knows English...oh yes, she does!

Mimi with her *most beloved tennis ball*!!!!  She loves to play *fetch* and can do this forever and at any hour of the day or night!
  "Ah, Life is GOOD"!

Really Good!

I did have a few hours *sans Mimi*... Joyce and I went to see the Met's HD Broadcast of *Faust*....with the delectable Jonas Kaufmann....and the mesmerising Rene Pape,  the set was awful, but the singing was WONDERFUL! The next day, we  walked out (yes, really) on the La Scala HD Broadcast of "Don Giovanni".....NO WAY could it compare to our glorious, sexy SF Opera version! Boo!  Hiss!  (I almost NEVER walk out of a performance....but, this was unbearably awful!)

Back to Sweet Creatures....I  encountered some wonderful Deer.....(embiggen please)

 In the Front Yard.....

And on the neighbouring golf course!

I also had several gorgeous sightings of Geese at twilight in flight formation, honking away....how I wish I could have photographed them...but I was out walking Mimi - and when you are holding a dog lead in one hand and a *poop bag* in another....there's just no room for a camera too......

I  took some gorgeous shots of the full moon rising through the trees and over the mountains on Saturday...but will save those for another post.

In the meantime (although I am a day early).......HAW to you all!


♥ Robin ♥


  1. Sounds like a wonderful time was had, and yes, Mimi definitely RULES.....
    Too bad the performance was so bad. Ouch.
    Ah well, there's *your* opera! :-)


  2. glad you got away for this lovely time with human friend and dog companion. it sounds wonderful. wrooof!!

  3. Sounds like a very healing mini vacation. What is it about dogs and tennis balls. My daughter's Goldens have several available when they go out just in case they lose one.

    I bet it felt good to just get up and leave the bad opera. Sometimes you need to do that.

  4. you are a tough audience robin - but you would be right at home at la scala in milan where the audience regularly lets it be known if they are not a fan of anything that is happening on the stage!

    sounds like a lovely getaway - and mimi, being a border collie - of course she is smart as a whip!


  5. Walking out on La Scala. Love it! Mom went to the Faust movie and I think she enjoyed it. She just asked me if I wanted to go to Australia on a Met sponsored opera tour in march. Until I looked at the price of $20000 - I was Tempted.

    Love that Mimi and it sounds like you had a lovely time.

  6. What a delightful post dear!
    Sh... that I have missed this one.
    I haven't been a good blogger recently and you not showing up in my sidebar doesn't help much to improve it.
    But I think we must catch up later . I will try to call you later this week so I can tell all about our adventure of tonight.

    Your visit seems wonderful I bet you came back with new energy!
    Those deer walking free in those gardens!!!! How precious!
    My deer yard has turned into a big mud pool! :( too much rain here......
    The t shirt is just sooo perfect!
    Talk to you soon I hope