Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival at Dog Woods

Yesterday, we decide to something quite unusual at Dog Woods.  Being it the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Mooncake Festival is a popular harvest festival, we had a dozen paper lanterns deck out the trees of Dog Woods.  And the effect of it, was, I daresay, quite rustic.  Except the fact that the candles don't quite burn long enough and paper lanterns somehow seem to disintegrate after a few rounds of lighting ... not forgetting to add, the Furkids somehow got hold of a couple.  

Usually held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.

Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:

However, being a non-traditional chinese household, the humans and canines did none of the moon worshiping.  We did however consume mooncakes and for the first time, since I've never done it before, decide to indulge myself in some paper lanterns, with the pack curiously observing ... once they learnt it had nothing to do with treats or anything they could consume they fell into a snooze ....which suited me fine since I was being jostled out trying to light the paper lanterns.

Snoozing Furkids

So here are some photos I took of last nights lanterns hung on the branches of the shrubs and tambusu tree.  Once I ran out of candles to light, the pack thought it was game for them to help me take lanterns down.  Needless to say, some of the lanterns are now in shreds ... 

How bright the moon ...!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Updates from Dog Woods


Today's officially 'Malaysia Day' , oddly enough in Malaysia's 47th years of achieving independence, the government's finally recognizing the two East Malaysian states (one of which were Dog Woods is) role and contribution to the Federation.  :P

Well.  Let's not get started on politics and the state of affairs of the country.  Tuffy's Tales is after all, a blog dedicated to the dog-dom realms of Dog Woods and it's furrily loyal canines subjects.

A quick update though.  From my last post,  it's still the Chinese Hungry Ghost Halloween month (honestly, much too long!) Think it'll last till next week.  Since it's one of those moveable 'feasts' - I don't quite keep track.  But apparently, right after the Hungry Ghost month comes the 'Moon Cake' festival and the cakes, being round like the moon are extremely yummy! :)
The New kitchen
The new living

Dismantling of old ceiling ... and rewiring works

Refiling and extending the present garden area ...

Renovations are going fairly smoothly.  But with all the bank holidays the last couple of weeks, progress has been rather slow.  It's still looking fairly rough, but at least the walls are up and there's a roof over our heads when it rains ... Rewiring's more or less complete, next step is the plastering guys ... then we can get started on tiling the floors ... and putting in some fixtures.

As for the Dog Woods pack,  Anna's had a wound on her back that had to be stitched up recently. Am not sure how that wound came about.  Suspect she might have had a little mishap somewhere and tore free ... along with a little bit skin and flesh on her back!  I think i was more horrified than she was ... and got down the the business of cleaning out and medicating her wound.  For the briefest while i thought a bandage would work ... but Anna would just peel it off and lick away whatever ointment I had put on her wound.

Her wound's doing much better.  I expect, the stitches need to be taken out soon.  It's amazing how robust these canines are sporting injuries.  Other than looking somewhat miserable whenever I was treating and cleaning her wound, Anna least perturb she's sporting a 'boo-boo'.

As i type this, it's evening.  The rain has finally stop - making the green grass and trees of Dog Woods looking fresh and crisp. From where I sit, I've been watching the pack happily running about, patrolling the grounds.

It's such a joy just watching the Dog Woods pack run.  They all have different styles.  Anna gallops - like a racehorse and a couple of her Furkids, Brandi and Wally, take after her.  Joe the Rotweiller is fantastic for short distance sprints.  Tuffy and Snoopy being Basset Hounds, comically trot as quickly as their short stumpy legs can carry them.  The other two Furkids, Tubby Jr. and Dexter, although build more like their stout Basset father can do quite a quick scramble ... although, not quite as fast as their Doberman mom, Anna.

Anyway, am off to give the pack their dinner.  Snoopy's being trying to get my attention by 'yelling' at me and smacking her lips.  She's sure knows how to get the 'I need FOOD!' message clearly.  So I'm off before Tuffy starts joining her.  He's ALOT louder!

Hope all is well where ever you all are.