Winter Barn Owl

Winter Barn Owl
Life's a Hoot !

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hollywood comes to Kingston

Guillermo del Toro's new film, Crimson Peak, had a few scenes shot here in Kingston recently.  The crew arrived a week in advance and started transforming downtown back to the turn of the century.

I had the distinct pleasure of being invited by the Producer, Callum Greene, who's mother I had spent a week with in England last summer, to come to the set and see what takes place.
They were filming the hustle and bustle of cars, horse drawn carriages and residents going about their business on 'Main Street'.  After each take, Cullum and Guillermo studied the footage to see if they were happy with the shot.

Even the lead actress, Mia Wasikowska, offered her thoughts on each take.
Guillermo is in the dark jacket
So much time and effort put into less than 3 minutes of actual screen time!

It was such a fun morning and everyone was so gracious and friendly!  My friend and I topped off a fabulous time with pasta at Atomica!  Yummmmm.......
Crimson Peak is set to hit the big screen in the fall of 2015! See if you can pick out the Kingston scenes!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jett and the Sock saga.....

See my cute 'puppy' cuddling with his sister?  Well, he decided that a dirty, smelly sock would be a tasty treat!  Hard to believe that small bundle at the head of my blog can get into so much trouble!

My better half (K) said he found his socks and underwear down on the dogs perch, in the den.  He had accidentally left them in the bathroom on the floor, after his shower (mistake 1).  He thought he got it all back from Jett, but was not worried that he only found one of the socks (mistake 2).  Two days later, in the middle of the night, Jett horked up the sock.  K took the gooey smelly mess out of his crate and threw it on the laundry room floor (intending to toss it later) and closed the door (mistake 3).  I kept asking him to throw it away (Jett IS HIS dog, after all) and said he would, eventually (mistake 4).  I went into the laundry room the following day and said, oh you threw the sock away, and he said NO I DID NOT! (MISTAKE 5).  So, he said I must have opened the door (of course I did not, I KNEW the sock was there; I wasn't going to touch that stinky thing).  The long and short of it is at some point the door was opened, then closed and one of the dogs ate the tasty horked up morsel.  We are blaming Jett (if it walks like a duck)…..

We decided to take him to the vet, as we were worried it might go through his system and get stuck.  They gave him something to made him throw up, but nothing came up, so we just hoped it was working its way through his system.

Another vet bill of $150 and no sock back! (Not that we wanted it!!)

Well, the good news is that Jett did ‘pass’ the sock.  I know because 2 minutes after I let him out into the pen, I notice something hanging from his mouth.  The f’ing thing was about to go round 3 in his stomach!  Imagine a slow motion movie with me running into the yard yelling Noooo!  I sprinted at full speed outside into a fridged -30 degrees in my PJ's and grabbed it out of his mouth. YUCK!  Now, that was fun!  A sock that had spent time in his stomach and bowel, freshly shit out!  I washed my hands for a very, very long time!!! 

We do love our animals, don't we!