Sunday, November 22, 2009

Xin-Feng's Egoi

We stayed in a hotel in Montceau-les-Mines. The last part of our vacation was visiting Cathy and Cédric, who live near this town. They are the owners of Eoos brother Xin-Feng's Egoi.

Chimay and Egoi, he has the same dark red color as his mother.

Egoi and Eoos meet.

Egoi and Cathy

It was good to see them all back. We even met Cathy's parents, who came bye. The visit was way too short, but we had a long drive back home to go. So we all got back in the car again and at 4 in the morning we were back home...

Friday, November 20, 2009

last day

A nice picture of Frank with Eoos and Chimay. The sun was low, this makes the color so bright and deep!

Typical for the mediterranean are the stone or umbrella pines.

We know the edible seeds of this tree as pine nuts.

We drove a few times by this sign and got curious...

So we took this way to find out, but there was no clue. It is either the name of the road or the name of the top of the hill.
North of this place is the town Le Luc, maybe it has to do with that.

This was our last day in La Croix-Valmere. Tomorrow everything back in the car and on our way to Montceau-les-Mines.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

La Croix-Valmere

Some more pictures of the apartment and the village La Croix-Valmere. The yucca at the balcony was blooming!

A picture of Frank at the balcony.

Chimay wants to see the view too!

Eoos at the balkony.

It was in the center of the town, left the town hall (Hotel de Ville):

Right the place to play de jeu-de-boules:

and straight ahead the next hill:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

fondation Maeght

Originally we wanted to go first to the city of Vence, because of the long history of this town. But we took the tourist route along the coast and that took longer than we anticipated (and poor Eoos, she got nearly car sick of all the curves in the road).

So we went straight on to a museum for modern art in Saint-Paul: the Fondation Maeght.

They have, among others, a large collection of Joan Miró and Alberto Giacometti.
A beautiful garden with many sculptures of Miró. The founders of this museum gave him time and space to try many forms of art here.

A detail of stained glass made by Miró:

Outside and inside many statues of Giacometti, in his characteristic streched style:

A moving fountain by Pol Bury:

And so many other great works of art, a painting by one of our favourite modern painters Ellsworth Kelly and some works of Fernand Léger, like this pottery art in the garden:

It was great to be here, seeing so many beautiful and facinating pieces of modern art. No doubt this was the best part of our stay!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Yesterday we arrived in La Croix-Valmer. The appartement is in the center of the village.

Today we drived around a bit, to get to know the surroundings.
Stopped for a short walk near the lighthouse at Cap Camarat.
We decided it was time to take a closer look at the Mediterranean Sea. We found a small beach, with an entrance directly from the parking place:
Eoos loved the sand and the sea:
After a short sprint, the length of the flexi a few times forth and back, Chimay sat down to look around:
Frank and Eoos walked a bit over the rocks:
It was a good first day in the south of France!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

visiting Cindy and Chows

Friday November 13th we left very early in the morning to France.
Our first destination was Corbelin, a small village east of Lyon, where Cindy and Julie live with their Chow Chows.
They have 6 Chow Chows, two of them are smooth:
Cajou (Xin-Feng's Cajou), litter sister of Chimayand Dune (Latte Macchiato of the Royal Club), a half-sister of Cajou as she has the same sire (Multi CH. Paramount Stylish Smooth)Cajou and Dune
We spend the evening talking about Chow Chows ;-)
The next morning we put ourselves and the Chows in the car again and went to the south of France.

Thanks Cindy and Julie for the hospitality!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Show Bleiswijk

Yesterday Endo and Eoos went to the all breed show in Bleiswijk.

We had to get up very early, the alarm went off at 5:30!
At 6:30 on our way and picked up Guido and Endo at 8:00 in Gouda.

We had an Australian judge: Mrs G. Cook, she will be judging the Best in Show today. Chinka (Xin-Feng's Embla) was entered in the show too, so in the Puppy Class were 3 pups entered, all Xin-Feng pups.
Endo was the first to be judged and did very well together with Frank.
Immediately after Endo the two sisters went in the ring. Eoos did not very well, she can behave much better than she did. But the judge made her the best of the two sisters, they both got a Very Promising.
Then I had to go into the ring too, because Endo and Eoos had to compete with eachother for Best Pup of the breed. De judge was very charmed with Endo, so he won.
The judge said to Frank that Eoos needed some training, so he told her we had not been training with Endo and had been working with Eoos for some months ;-)

Here the critiques of Endo and Eoos:

415 Xin-Feng's Endo
An extremely promising young male very typical for the breed. Very good head and expression. Well set ears, lovely eye, good pigmentation. Excellent rear, correct stilted gait. Good coat.
  1 very promising, Best Pup

419 Xin-Feng's Eoos
Bitch of very good type, size and balanced. Lovely head and expression. Excellent coat texture. Good overall construction. Very good bone and feet. Excellent rear.
  1 very promising

Because Endo was Best Pup, he was expected in the big ring to compete for Best Pup of the Day. Endo really tried his best, but the judge had other preferences.

It was a good first show day for Endo and Eoos!
The next show we will attend will be in December in Wijchen.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

too bad

Ilone called yesterday, Demi got an echo and sadly, she is not pregnant :-(

Too bad, we had hoped Chimay would become a grandmother. Well, maybe next time better.