Relaxing on Cobblestones

Posted by Francesca

I was down at the stable the other day when I got a little sleepy.  The cobblestones lining the courtyard were so warm from the sun that I decided to lie down and take a little rest.  It felt so, so good, but my mind was on cobblestones.

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1- What better place to rest then on these sun-warmed, fantastic old cobblestones.  With my ear resting on them, I can almost hear the sound of hooves clippity-clopping.

1 1- What better place to rest then on these sun-warmed, fantastic old cobblestones. With my ear resting on them, I can almost hear the sound of hooves clippity-clopping.

2- Martha told me that these very stones once paved the streets of Elizabeth, New Jersey!

2 2- Martha told me that these very stones once paved the streets of Elizabeth, New Jersey!

3- Here comes Sharkey - better pretend that I am snoozing away!

3 3- Here comes Sharkey - better pretend that I am snoozing away!

4- Is she gone yet?  Good!  I will continue..
These stones came to this country as ballast upon cargo ships.  They were left behind when cargo replaced them on the ship.

4 4- Is she gone yet? Good! I will continue.. These stones came to this country as ballast upon cargo ships. They were left behind when cargo replaced them on the ship.

5- Because early streets were dusty and muddy dirt, settlers thought to use the ballast as paving stones.  Dusty roads!  Achoo!!!

5 5- Because early streets were dusty and muddy dirt, settlers thought to use the ballast as paving stones. Dusty roads! Achoo!!!

6- I think I will inch my way over to that old millstone.

6 6- I think I will inch my way over to that old millstone.

7- Oh, hi, Sharkey!  You probably wouldn't know this, but this round stone is called a millstone.  It was once used along with its pair to grind grains.  This one is now here for purely decorative reasons.

7 7- Oh, hi, Sharkey! You probably wouldn't know this, but this round stone is called a millstone. It was once used along with its pair to grind grains. This one is now here for purely decorative reasons.

8 - Stones, like these, were put to use as long ago as 10,000 BC, during the neolithic agricultural revolution!

8 8 - Stones, like these, were put to use as long ago as 10,000 BC, during the neolithic agricultural revolution!

9- Do you think Frenchies were around back in 10,000 BC?

9 9- Do you think Frenchies were around back in 10,000 BC?

Comments (13)

  • Franny what beautiful cobblestones you have - NOT.

    Please do we really care about where your cobblestones came from? And what makes them so special just because they came from Elizabeth New Jersey? Someone probably told Martha this big story about how special they were (of course she had to have them) and paid a small fortune for them when she could have purchased the same thing from Home Depot for a lot less.

    Sharkey - can you please take over the blog and post some exciting stories like chasing critters around the farm or raising hell with the furballs!!

    Plus, I'm a Frenchie if you are going to give me a history lesson let it be about France and not about some used rocks from New Jersey :)

    I had fun yesterday I decided to dig up some of the bulbs mom planted. Yes I got in trouble but it was fun ;) Oh and not only did I dig them up I decided to chew them up as well - sorry mom.....

    Zoe

  • Francesca, you are quite knowledgeable in a number of valuable subjects, particularly history. Do you have a Ph.Dog in Human History? I thought so. Maybe you could get Sharkey to bone up on a few subject areas (besides the history of napping). Bye!

  • Hello Ladies,
    Very fun to sunbathe on those cobblestones. I had never heard of such things. I just have cement that I sunbathe on. We Frenchies do love our sunbaths. I imagine that G.K. or Kirby Bear don't much like those stones or cement this time of year. I believe it is very relaxing to get a sunbath in once in a while. Good vitamin D I hear also. Don't get your ears burnt however. Have a great day.

    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I’ll bet that the cobblestones are really hot during the sun filled afternoons during the summer. Now I can’t speak for GK, but I like to take a sunbath during the spring, fall and winter months. During the summer, I just stay inside in the AC where it’s cooler. I really goofed the other day. Daddy gave me a real bone; he doesn’t do that very often. I was so excited I ran outside to show my friend Carter; a black Cocker Spaniel who lives next door. I ran up to the chain link fence and was showing my bone when Carter reached through the fence and grabbed my bone. She ran away with it. I was so sad I just watched until she came back to “gloat” over her triumph. She hit the fence with the bone and it flew back on my side. I just sniffed it and walked away. The nerve of her thinking I would chew on it after she slobbered all over it. Mommy picked it up and threw it away so that the lawn mower wouldn’t run over it. Lesson learned here GK; don’t fool with the girls or you’ll be sorry.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • love the story about the cobblestones and the Millstone...as far as Frenchies being around 10000 BC, well....10,000 BC human cultures worldwide were very similar, with no domesticated crops, no domesticated animal except dogs, no permanent structures, no pottery, no writing, no possibility of wealth beyond what one person could conveniently carry....so I doubt it.
    I love the sound of horse hooves on cobblestone, it reminds me when I was a little girl in Germany riding in a horse drawn carriage hearing the sound of the hooves...good memories...LOVE IT!!!

  • Francesca you continue to be a cobblestone of knowledge :lol: You look so relaxed napping outside the stable playing possum for Sharkey. I bet GK was hanging out in the shade waiting for it to cool off. Picture #6 is gorgeous. It captures the essence of the farm so nicely.

  • Hi Girl Friends, Miss Franny, you are certainly an intelligent Frenchie! Since we don't have any cobblestones or millstones where I live, it's so fun to learn about them from you. Your photos are wonderful! I can only imagine how much fun it would be to walk around on those cobblestones and the millstone in front of that beautiful stable. Would love to go in the stable, too. Have a great day! Love Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi sweeties,
    I love cobblestone and I like to hear horses hooves go clippity-clop on them. Franny, you look so tiny laying there in the middle of the courtyard, and cute too. Thanks for the history lesson on those particular cobblestones!

  • You look very comfortable on those stones, dear. My new mom's house doesn't have cobblestones, but great big limestone foundation blocks that are nice and rough and that I love to scratch my back on.

  • F & S
    Why wasn't my post listed from yesterday? What did I say now that was so offensive? Just gave my opinion on the cobblestones. Last time I was "bleeped out" was because I gave my opinion on the MS pet clothing line I personally didn't care for it and now this!!!

    Zoe

  • Zoe, I would prefer if you would not yell at my daughter. Just because she is knowledgeable about things you don't care about doesn't mean that her posts aren't interesting.

  • Baby Favor I wasn't yelling at your "daughter" I was just making a comment. I'm sorry if I offended anyone but this is The Daily Wag do you really think dogs and cats want to hear about cobblestones? Mom found it interesting but give us a good squirrel chase or tell us about how a dog or cat found a new and loving home.

  • I love you, Francesca! My name is Sir William Frederick III, and I am a Boston Terrier. I have two Boston brothers and a sister and I won't let them see your picture because I think they'd fall in love with you, too!
    Fondly,
    William

    P.S. My mom adores your mom!

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