The most beautiful dog house in the world?

I've been going through some old pictures to find inspiration for my art the last few days. Our time at Lennox Head was so beautiful and I attempt to capture the feeling of the place in my art. For a time we lived on the beach front in the most soul-full home, and if I ever win lotto, I'm heading straight back there to see if I can buy it, or one of the houses near it.

Well it may not be the most beautiful dog house in the world, but it's one that needs to be seen where it sits - location wise that is...

if you stroll down the yard from the dog house, you will find the most gorgeous view of the ocean through a pandanus tree, that has a wonky little bird house nestling on it...

and a concrete dolphin lying beneath it. This is where we used to sit and watch the sunrise and the sunsets... it was so easy to meditate there...

Sit and look at the waves for a while, go for a stroll along the beach to the cafe or have a lovely cup of tea overlooking the waves...

Ahhh makes me relaxed just remembering it... I hope you enjoyed these pics from my collection - this gorgeous place is my inspiration for the painting I am doing at present... and I best get back to it. ♥

Lulu lives at Lennox Head

Paw Print Jewellery

I love how one thing leads to another on the internet. Today on facebook I was admiring an artwork by Anne Beach and when I clicked on the link to her blog I discovered that she also makes the most beautiful jewellery... Anne will custom make a jewellery piece with your own pet's paw print. You can visit her Etsy shop or website to view for more gorgeous items and a lovely glimpse of her animals.

Anne Beach Etsy Shop Click Here Click Here

A camel friendly beach

I wandered down to Lighthouse Beach yesterday for my walk. It was such a beautiful day and yesterday it was a camel day at the beach. I love seeing the camels there waiting to take people on a walk along the beach. Somehow it always strikes me as a bit surreal to see them.

I love that this beach is not only dog friendly but camel friendly as well. There are large areas of Lighthouse Beach that are all leash free and it's a great place to walk.

Yesterday little Gus the poodle came running up to me tail going ten to the dozen in a welcoming. It's such a delight to walk on dog beaches. These little creatures have a lot to teach us about being loving and social. Wouldn't it be a fun world if we were all as social as dogs, and all ran up to each other and smiled and loved meeting one another? OK fair enough, it has to be said that some dog behaviour they can keep, but some of their ways, can teach we humans a lot.

We had a friend who was wonderful at going up to anyone anywhere, meeting them and then inviting them into his home or to one of his dinner parties. One dinner party we went to at his place featured a Chinese flute player from a visiting Opera's orchestra. He had met this person busking on the street in Sydney. We never knew who he'd bring home. Gosh it was fun, and don't I wish I were able to do that as well.

Wandering along the beach yesterday, I was reflecting on the wonderful families who have invited us into their homes. It's such a priviledge and it is so heart warming the amount of wonderful families that we have had the good fortune to meet. Housesitting is such a lovely way to meet new people as well as see new places. I've been wondering what it would be like to housesit a Lighthouse... I think it could be fun. So if you know of a Lighthouse that needs a sitter - give me a call... I'm sure I'll convince the other half to come along - he's not so sure about it. Muckle Flugga watch out we're on our way.

Back to the present Lighthouse at hand... if you're on the Mid-North-Coast of NSW and looking for a great doggie beach, or somewhere to ride your camel, horse - we also saw a cat on a leash here... come and visit Lighthouse Beach in Port Macquarie. It's a very beautiful area, the mountains and rainforest only an hours drive from the coast, with pockets of rainforest on the beach as well.

Which way is north... stand here at The Lighthouse to find out... I wonder which way we'll travel next year?

Kangaroos on Emerald Downs Golf Course Port Macquarie

In Port there are some great golf courses - the camels also have the distinction of being the complaints committee for a local golf group - if there is any whining within the group the camels are the ones to take the complaints to. Perhaps we could introduce this process elsewhere as well! There are great fishing spots, lovely cafes and restaurants dotted along the water's edge as well as a fabulous theatre and arts centre.

The Dog Art trail that led me to The Adirondacks

Searching for Dog Art on google I just stumbled across this gorgeous scene, no I agree, not dog art, but it does have a dog so it's ok in my book... Plus... the Adirondack chairs remind me of a favourite Aunt's home in Dee Why - they have a tender place in my childhood memories, well white ones do anyway... anyhow since I've been diverted from googling dog art, and while I'm on this picture... if you are after some bright Adirondacks you can find them at The Porch.

The Point - Image Credit Link

Adirondack chairs come from the gorgeous Adirondacks New York USA.

"The precursor to today's Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903. He was on vacation in Westport, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains, and needed outdoor chairs for his summer home. He tested the first designs on his family. After arriving at a final design for the "Westport plank chair," Lee offered it to Harry Bunnell, a carpenter friend in Westport, who was in need of a winter income.

...Bunnell quickly realized the chair was the perfect item to sell to Westport's summer residents, and apparently without asking Lee's permission, Bunnell filed for and received patent 794,777 in 1905. Bunnell manufactured his plank chairs for the next twenty years. His "Westport chairs" were all signed and made of hemlock in green or medium dark brown" Quote from Wikipedia what did we do prior to Wikipedia?

Anyhow, where was I? Oh that's what I was getting to... I had thought that Adirondack was just a name the chairs were given I didn't know that they were named after The Adirondacks. I first saw The Adirondacks on a travel show and I've been wanting to go and visit ever since I saw a home that sits on a lake there... it's in my housesitter's dream list.

Image from Adirondack Dream Homes

If you'd like a little visualisation to add to your 'what would it be like to live here home musings' you might like to visit Adirondack Dream Homes

Have your people call my people

Over the last few weeks on our housesitting travels, we've picked up a few stray dogs. Most had tags on so we could contact their dog families, and not have to put them into a pound until their families could find them. Costly for the owners, and SCARY for dogs! We just came across these gorgeous dog tags at Fetch-A-Passion-Tags, on facebook - they have a great range. This is my favourite...

You can buy one at their Etsy store... Fetch a Passions Tags