Summer holibobs 2013: Part 1 – on the boat

Summer holibobs 2013: Part 1 – on the boat

Woofings!

Gosh it’s been a while since I last blogged: it’s summer here in New Zealand, and I’ve been enjoying the summer holibobs to the max! The weather has been hot and sunny, so I’ve been chilling out. πŸ™‚

I went away on mum and dad’s yacht (sail boat) for 3 weeks, it was soooo relaxing, and I had lots of pawsome adventures!

In fact, I’ve got so many photos to share with you that I can’t fit them all into one blog post, so I’ll spread them out.

I hope you like them!

Ahoy! And welcome to my yacht! This is my favourite chillaxation spot when we're at anchor: it's nice 'n' shady, plus there's a great view. The breeze gently wafts over me, and I get to sniff all the latest sniffs!

Ahoy! And welcome to my yacht! This is my favourite chillaxation spot when we’re at anchor: it’s nice ‘n’ shady, plus there’s a great view. The breeze gently wafts over me, and I get to sniff all the latest sniffs! Pawfect for a westie!

 

I can also stick my nose over the edge, and keep watch on what's happening in the cockpit!

I can also stick my nose over the edge, and keep watch on what’s happening in the cockpit!

 

Naturally, my beach towel is pink. :) I look very snug and cosy eh!

Naturally, my beach towel is pink. πŸ™‚ I look very snug and cosy eh!

 

This is another great spot: near the noms! Mum might think this is her spot, but hey, finders keepers! ;)

This is another great spot: near the noms! Mum might think this is her spot, but hey, finders keepers! πŸ˜‰

 

I wuff to keep watch on what's happening in the bay... mum calls me her Baywatch Babe! BOL!

I wuff to keep watch on what’s happening in the bay… mum calls me her Baywatch Babe! BOL!

 

Phew, that was hard work, I'd best have a nap!

Phew, that was hard work, I’d best have a nap!

 

Mum's very good at relaxing on holiday too. Here we are chillaxing together! Mmmm, so comfy...

Mum’s very good at relaxing on holiday too. Here we are chillaxing together! Mmmm, so comfy…

 

Whereas mum likes relaxing on holiday, dad is quite active. He had a few attempts at fishing, but the only person to get a fish for dinner was me! (He only managed to catch little bait fish... nommy for me!)

Whereas mum likes relaxing on holiday, dad is quite active. He had a few attempts at fishing, but the only person to get a fish for dinner was me! (He only managed to catch little bait fish… nommy for me!)

 

Phew, that was a big day! Lucky I have a nice comfy bunk in the cabin, and my teddy bear to use as a pillow. zzzzzz....

Phew, that was a big day! Lucky I have a nice comfy bunk in the cabin, and my teddy bear to use as a pillow. Zzzzzz….

 

The next day... Just as well that I have a big mug of coffee to help me wake up!

The next day… Just as well that I have a big mug of coffee to help me wake up!

 

That’s just Part 1 of my holibob photo album: check out part 2, my adventures ashore!

Love β€˜n’ licks,

Minnie x

 

PS. A final photo, just to show that it wasn’t sunny every day!

We did get one day of rain:

We did have one day of rain on holiday. It was still warm though, so I kept up my Baywatch guard dog duties!

We did have one day of rain on holiday. It was still warm though, so I kept up my Baywatch guard dog duties!

 

PPS. I have sailing holibobs every year!

To see my entire holibob photo album, check out:Β http://www.minniethewestie.com/tag/holibobs

 

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Another sailing holibob!

Another sailing holibob!

Even though I had sailing holibobs over Christmas and New Year, I was lucky enough to have another sailing holibob at the end of January! It is summer here in New Zealand, and we are lucky enough to have a number of public holidays at this time of year, giving us long weekends to enjoy.

The last Monday in January is always Auckland Anniversary Day – a public holiday for the Auckland area only. And as Auckland is known as the “City Of Sails”, it is only right to spend it on mum and dad’s little yacht!

Here are my photos from that weekend… as you can see, I had a lot of pawsome adventures!

Westhaven Marina (or perhaps I should rename it 'Westiehaven' Marina!) in Auckland, The City of Sails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the best things about sailing holibobs is all the beaches I get to visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mmmm, lots of great sniffs on this beach! *sniff snort*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dad barbecues noms for dinner on board the boat. Note that I am first in the queue for noms, don't even think about pushing in line, mum! πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tired out after a big day... and I'm sure there are more adventures to be had tomorrow, I'd best get some zzzzzzzz....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day, we visit friends of mum and dad's on their boat. I assume my usual position, guarding the barbecue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a little snooze on my friends' boat. Barbecue guarding is tiring work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yay, it's time for a trip ashore! I love going in the inflatable dinghy, we call it the "Minnie-mobile". πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ooooh, pawretty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On this beach, we catch up with some different friends. These people belong to my furiend 'Major', who is a mini schnauzer. Major and I had a great time running around the beach together. Mum did try to take a photo of the two of us, but we didn't keep still long enough and blurred all the photos! BOL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mmmm, the sniffs here are EXCELLENT! Dad said something about there being rabbits around, but I didn't see them, unfortunately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was a fun trip ashore! Now it's time to head back to our boat on the Minnie-mobile. I am the figurehead of the Minnie-mobile. πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back on the boat, I want to get onto Facebook and Twitter and tell my furiends about my adventures, but dad keeps hogging the iBone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time for another nap in my favourite spot, on the cabin top. It is nice and shady (because of the boom above me), and I get to see everything that's going on in the bay. Plus it's nice and breezey, so it keeps me cool and delivers all the sniffs directly to my nose! Pawfect! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hang on, who's this? I hope they are not going to interfere with my Minnie-mobile?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now there are two of them! I watch the duckies closely. I am not happy about them being so close, but I don't like swimming so jumping into the water isn't an option. All I can do is glare at them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horrors! Mum decides to go swimming - and the two ducks swim with her as she does laps around the boat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am most concerned about mum as she swims around the boat with the two ducks! I go to the bow-wow of the boat to keep a close eye on mum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phew! I am pleased to say that mum was unscathed after swimming with the ducks. I can now nap on my beach towel, worry-free. Mmmm, I do love sun puddles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All too soon it's time to head home again. My favourite position is on mum's lap when she's helming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way home, we see the Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa AC45 catamarans out practicing. They are the practice boats for the next America's Cup. I have seen them out on Auckland harbour before, but never this close!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Luna Rossa catamaran is "flying a hull". Apparently their boat speed triples when they sail like this. Yikes! Looks a bit scary to me! Note the pretty Auckland skyline in the background. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunchtime! Back at the marina berth, we are really hungry and decide to barbecue sausages on the boat before we head home. Naturally, I guard the barbecue. Nom nom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holibobs + noms = a happy dog. And what pawsome adventures I had!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Till next time,

Love β€˜n’ licks,

Minnie x

 

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Summer Holibobs Album 2012

Summer Holibobs Album 2012

Woofings!

I am now back home after wuffly holibobs with mum and dad… we went cruising on our small sailboat for a couple of weeks. (Here in New Zealand, Christmas and New Year are in our summer.)

Here are my holibob photos!

The best thing about holibobs? Lots of napping and relaxation! Here I am, having a snooze on the cabin top of the yacht. We are anchored off Ponui Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other pawsome thing about holidays is getting to spend lots of time with mum and dad. Here dad and I are looking for rabbits! (We didn't find any, but I could sniff 'em!)

 

It's Christmas Day! I got this cool squeaky turkey, and some new bones to nom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuddles from daddy. πŸ™‚ Me - a daddy's girl? Yep, definitely!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dad is fishing, and I watch veeeeery closely... I love fish, nom nom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drat - no fish on the line, just bait! Maybe dad will let me eat that, it smells nice and fishy and stinky... please? What do you mean by 'no'??!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop: Te Kouma Harbour, Coromandel Peninsula. This is a panorama taken from the hillside... it's very pawretty here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaping through the long grass on the hillside at Te Kouma! Our boat is anchored in the bay behind me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So exciting - there are wild turkeys on the hillside at Te Kouma! No, I didn't catch one, but I did find a turkey feather *nom nom*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chillaxing on my beach towel on the boat after an energetic time ashore. Those hill sides are mighty steep if you only have little legs, y'know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving the humans the hurry up for my dinner! All that walking 'n' sunbathing 'n' stuff makes a dog hungry, y'know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach dog. πŸ˜€ I wuff the beach!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then the rains came. For days and days and days. Mum and dad got so bored they started collecting rain water to top up the boat's water tanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy days = indoor puppy playtime. Just as well that mum packed lots of toys for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tired out after a big indoor play session! Here I'm cuddling up to my new turkey toy, plus an elephant toy that Morris gave me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yay, the sun came back! I resume my nice spot on the cabin top. It is shaded nicely by the boat's boom, and I get a great view of the bay from up there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pawretty sunset πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And those were my holibobs! It was kinda relaxing and kinda strenuous too – and a lot of fun.

Did you have holibobs too? Do tell me all about it!

Love β€˜n’ licks,

Minnie x

 

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Happy 2012!

Happy 2012!

Wishing you a very happy new year, my furiends!

Yes, I know that we are more than half way through January but I am only now back from my holibobs. Here in New Zealand it is summer after all, and I have spent a couple of weeks holidaying on mum and dad’s sailboat. (With mum and dad there as well, of course – someone had to do the sailing and the cooking, y’know!)

I will add my holibob photos onto this blog next week… keep an eye out for them here!

Did you have holibobs as well? I hope you had some good adventures with lots of greats sniffs and noms.

Holibobs are all about discovering some great new sniffs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s in store for 2012?

Have you made any New Year Resolutions?

I haven’t… there’s no improving on Westie perfection! πŸ˜‰ I intend to spend 2012 enjoying daily walks, noms, cuddles and naps. Much like last year, and the year before that, and the year before that…!

Mum has some exciting plans for Minnie The Westie for 2012. She has already started sketching cartoons for my second book. All going well, that should be ready by the end of the year. (Not seen my first book yet? Find out more here.)

Here’s to even more waggy tails and Westie smiles in 2012!

Love β€˜n’ licks,

Minnie x

 

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