Friday, December 03, 2010
We had around eight inches to a foot of fresh snow over 18 hours through Wed night and Thursday. In the morning, just as I was tucking into my porage, having decided to forget about a walk out for the fourth day in a row, the phone rang.
It was Anne. She was back from the hospital (took her an hour and a half to drive there - 2 miles), and had picked Pat up and wondered if it was a good time to come round and introduce her to Sophie. I asked them to give me a few mins to eat my porage, and I scooted around tidying and putting the kettle on between mouthfuls. :-) I hadn't expected to see Pat until Friday. LOL
Anyway, a few minutes later they picked their way round to the house and in they came. Sophie came shooting out to say Hi to Anne, and didn't notice Pat at first. Pat's hand was on Sophie's head before she knew what was happening, and then she backed away and started barking.
After a few minutes of trying to get Sophie to quieten down, we walked into the kitchen, sat at the table and I dished out cuppas. Sophie seems to settle quicker if people are sat in the kitchen, and within a few minutes she was paws up on Pat's chair to get a closer look at her, and by the time we finished our drinks, she was laid under the table, head at Pat's feet.
Pat was eager to take Sophie for a walk, but given her penchant for spooking at the strangest things, I didn't feel comfortable letting Pat go alone, and Tara seemed keen to test out the wellies and socks I'd dug out for her, so off we all set, leaving Anne at her home, unfortunately, due to her pains being a pain.
It turns out my walking boots are great in the snow! I bless the day I ordered them. :-) Normally you wouldn't get me to venture beyond the local shop in this weather, but on Wednesday I went grocery shopping to Tesco with Anne in her van in spite of the icy conditions, and walked the slippery paths round there and Waitrose with reasonable confidence on the whole. :-) Thursday's offering was fresh snow, and still falling as well, so a safer prospect I always find, rather than once it has been trodden down.
Pat took charge of Sophie right from the start, and headed off up the road, Tara and I chatting to her about where we normally go in Highwoods.
We reached the tunnel...
This is Pat with Sophie...
And what a winter wonderland awaited on the other side...
We were going to just do the Boat Field Circuit, but when we got close to the lake Tara said she wondered what it looked like in the snow, and Pat and I looked at each other and we all decided to go see.
In the first field, it was beautiful...
It made a change to have Pat wandering off with Sophie in the distance instead of Tara...
And Sophie was most curious to see people using sledges...
We could hear a lot of chatter and laughter, and as we came round the trees we could see the big hill was swarming with kids and adults sledging down the slope...
I couldn't do the view justice with my camera. Pat remarked that it looked like one of Lowry's paintings, and I had to agree! :-)
It was amazing to see so many people there at once. The splashes of colour from the sledges and peoples' coats looked amazing against the soft white of the snow, and the laughter and screams of excitement were in stark contrast to the usual peace and quiet I'd come to expect there. :-)
But the real view was as we reached the tip of the hill and looked down on the lake...
It was completely frozen over, except where holes had been made, presumably to help the fish out. We walked around the lake, and I took lots of photos of both it, and the trees...
A few interesting 'ornaments' were sitting on the ice. A shopping trolley, a traffic cone, and in this pic a football and a washing basket, which is what that wee blue blob is...
Then we went into the woods, and got a little bit lost for about half an hour when we were so busy looking at the scenery and snapping pics that we forgot to keep an eye on the direction posts. LOL
The Holly looks stunning covered in snow...
Then there was this little area that I thought looked quite pretty...
And finally, I took this snap of a tree stump that I felt had a hint of 'bear' about it. :-)
I had to stop there because my phone battery was very low. Normally I would have charged it up before going out, but Pat had taken us by surprise. *grin*
About half an hour later we were home, and ready for a warm drink.
We really enjoyed our walk, and I was stunned to discover that we had been out for more than two hours. We walked about four and a half miles!!!
It was fantastic! If only the snow would stay that beautiful and easy to walk on I'd be happy to have it here all winter! :-)
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend planned.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Just to add to my fun, we have snow!
I don't have photos because I have spent the day in a bit of a panic, but I have some from last year that give you an idea...
Yesterday the garden looked rather like this:
Today, it looks more like this:
And it is still snowing on and off, so I dread to think how it will look in the morning. *gulp*
I'm afraid my love of snow took a direct hit last year when we had the worst winter for over 40 years, and our pavements were blocks of ice for over a week at a time, making even getting out of the garden hazardous. We just aren't geared up for snow in the southeast of England.
I learned one lesson though. Last year I ended up taking a shovel to the ice, banging the blade on the ice repeatedly to try and break it to make a safe path, and hurt my hands really badly in the process. So this time I took the hoe out and scraped a pathway this morning, and I will do that every morning until this spell of weather is over, to minimise problems with access and avoid hand damage this time. :-)
We are all praying that the weather doesn't cause problems come the wedding. The cold is set to stay for a while yet, and now Bryony is worried that it could cause problems for guests who have some distance to travel to reach the venue. The current mantra we are all adopting is: "It will all work out! It WILL all work out! It will ALL work out!" *grin*
Sophie has had a last minute reprieve from the dog kennel. :-) Thanks to the kindness of neighbour Anne's fella's Mum, Sophie can stay in her own home while we are away. Anne and Pat are going to share looking after Sophie between them. Pat only lives a ten minute walk away, and walks and cycles everywhere. She is a lovely lady, and although she hasn't met Sophie yet, she is going to come round either Thur or Fri to meet her, and again in the early part of next week to give Sophie a chance to get used to her.
It hasn't been easy to weigh up what's best for Sophie, but I can't help thinking that it will be less stressful for her to stay in her own home, even with us missing, and having to be here alone at night, and having Anne and Pat popping in and out. It means no more trips in the car, and no concrete kennel and wire run for five days. As it is, we had to postpone last Thursday's test run because Ade's car battery died, and today didn't happen because of the snow. I can't help thinking that the Universe was trying to tell me something. :-)
So, this way Sophie gets her own space, unlimited use of the sofa, warmth, food, the TV for company, and lots of fuss, especially from Pat, who sounds very very eager to help. :-) Yes, all in all I think this is for the best. :-)
Hope everyone is having a good day. :-)
Maybe Sophie will arrange a little party of her own while we're away. :-)
Monday, November 29, 2010
And I got my strength training in, lugging the boxes and bags around! *grin*
Meantime, Sophie has had a week to adjust to weight control, and she hates it! She eats the main meat bits, and the bone shaped bits, but the green bits and the orange bits which I guess are the greens and carrots, she carries in her mouth and drops them all over the floor. Then she goes and sits by her bowl asking to be fed again. LOL
So, slight change of plan. The charity is getting the weight control, and we are keeping the normal Bakers' Complete. There's no point in Sophie losing weight through not eating much cos she doesn't like what she's being given. We all know that this is not a healthy way to lose weight. :-) We opened a small bag each of both the liver and the beef and tested them out on her and she ate both, so phew! *mops brow*
So, I'll weigh her food out, and be strict about treats. It won't be easy to ignore those soulful eyes, but we'll do our best. Plus she is getting more exercise now, which will help. After Christmas I'll ring Bakers, and ask them to put her back on the normal Complete from the next delivery. I know they can do that.
She loves the doggy treats they sent! They are huge sticks that are designed to assist with dental care, and have a soft chicken centre. You don't get a three month supply of those. But there are 42, so that's a good number, and they are so big, that I'm going to break them in half for her. That way they'll last most of the three months, and Waitrose sell them, so I can get more if necessary. :-)
In other news, I shan't be around a great deal for the next couple of weeks. I have a lot to do workwise, and a lot of wedding preparation too, so I won't have much sparking time until the wedding is over. You probably already noticed I haven't been writing much. I've managed to log in each day, and I am trying to at least read my friends' blogs, and comment where I can. I'm logging food and exercise as far as possible too, aren't I good! LOL Today is a good example of my lack of time, when you see that I didn't log in until after 8pm. :-)
I am also very tired. Tom has been a royal pain in every sense of the word this month. In fact, I am looking forward to an early night tonight.
Tomorrow Sophie and I are being picked up by Ade around Noon, to drive to his house for a change of scenery, and to give Sophie a taste of getting into the car in one place and getting out at another, stopping for half an hour, and then getting back in and driving home. That way, Ade gets his lunch as usual, and his wife, Keeh, and I get a bit of a chat. She is moving back to the States because she can't cope with living here. She has been very depressed since she moved here, so Ade is moving to Ohio with her instead. They leave two days after the wedding, although Ade will have to come back alone after a few weeks, for a brief time, while he waits for the visa to come through. I am really going to miss them both. :-(
Well, I'm off.
Catch you later.
Hope you are all having a great day. :-)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I am delighted to report that Christine rang me this afternoon, to double check the final details of the order, and to let me know the top boss lady, Jo, is on the case and determined that Sophie shall receive her food and goodies by Monday if she has to deliver it herself! LOL
The computer added to the fun and games by mixing up the order still, and trying to get them to deliver Weight Control (the right stuff) with the Beef Complete, which was supposed to have disappeared from the order! Computers! Anyway, they had a chat with the computer and a large wrench, and the computer decided to see sense. LOL
Christine also said that rather than them pick up the 48kgs of Bakers Complete and the 8kg of puppy food andf take it back, would I like to donate it to a rescue centre? They would have done that with it anyway, because they couldn't send it out to anyone else, even unopened, and she thought I might like to choose where it goes.
I am so excited! I've rung and left a message at a centre called S.E.S.A.W in Leavenheath, which isn't too far from here, and I'm hoping to hear from them later or tomorrow. They will have to pick the food up because I don't have transport, but the amount I have should supply a fair few meals for the dogs in their care, or they can share it among the people who give temporary foster homes to the rescued animals while they wait to be permanently rehomed.
Hee hee! I think I'm even more excited to be able to do this than I am about winning the food for Sophie! LOL
Hope you are all having a terrific day, and that all those having Thanksgiving celebrations are having a wonderful time!
I am very thankful that I can help out some needy dogs thanks to the Purina Baker's Heist Competition mix-up. :-)
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