There is nothing as magnificent
As those big lavender and gold skies –
And the total joy
Of two dogs running through the purple:
Living as if someone left the gate open.
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Out with the old and in with the new?
Yes, out with old worries, grudges and bad habits
As long as you’re not replacing them with new ones.
As for us, we have something new for the New Year –
Meet Ruby, Oscar’s great-granddaughter.
We’re fostering her for a few months before she’s due to go off to the breeders again for another litter of puppies.
As for the old –
Well, Oscar makes life golden with his sweet, white face
And humour and grace.
He doesn’t really have white hair – these are his wisdom highlights!
Wishing you all a new year filled with light, strength, beauty, good health and laughter.
For more good wishes, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
Please indulge me as I carry on with Oscar’s birthday tribute:
He turned 11 at the weekend, which is a good age for a dog his size.
Whatever he does, he does wholeheartedly –
Seizing the moment
And filling it with joy.
A lesson we could all learn from.
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To celebrate Oscar’s 11th birthday,
I’m showing some classic summer sunsets over our lake
Decorated, of course, with an extra big helping
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The cooler weather has given Oscar a new lease of life.
He’s always ready to play a game of ball…
Look at those ears flapping in the autumn sunshine –
“We have lift off!” they seem to be saying.
Another fun game is hiding in the leaves
And hoping I won’t be able to find him.
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(We’ll be out in the autumn sun, so please excuse me if I don’t get around to visiting you all this weekend.)
Leaves quietly cover a forest path.
Oscar leads the way…
Around the bend, we come across the perfection
Of clouds, warm stone church and the flaming torches
Of the trees.
The churchyard is ablaze with colour;
Leaves crunch underfoot.
The warm red of the priest’s shed
Matches the leaves.
Time to head home
Under the canopy of a dramatic sky.
Oscar is more than happy with his walk –
For this is the radiant joy that is autumn.
For more fall foliage and other stories, please visit: Our World.
The autumn equinox rushed in
Like a ragged brow across the sky;
A dragon breathing fire clouds
Of orange and rain.
The strange light in the sky
Pulled us up the hill
To witness the sight of purple turmoil in the sky
In contrast to the calm surface of the lake.
(A few seconds later, the heavens opened
And a gale force wind started blowing
Making us dash for home in a whirlwind
Of laughter and leaves.)
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When dawn breaks
In a purple swirl
And the promise of
A beautiful day –
Then the best thing to do
Is say thank you
And dive right into the present.
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As the sun sets
Trailing behind a scarf reflected in the water –
Breathe in and out.
And pay attention to the those small golden moments.
If there is something Oscar has taught me, it is this:
The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention to the small details of life.
For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.
Summer is short and the sun calling my name, so linking up to: Camera Critters.
There’s nowhere better to be
Than on the ranch on a hot summer’s day.
My hot dog, Oscar, and I can just hang out
And friends are always willing to give him a hug.
You can meet beautiful horses
Not afraid to roll in the mud
And, best of all, children can find
Good friends willing to share
The same hairstyle
And the same intense look of friendship.
For more friendly creatures, please visit: Camera Critters.
Summer is here with its sun, its rain
And its beauty.
Time to enjoy the present, be outside more
And smell the flowers.
(This means I might not be able to visit you at the weekend.
But, as always, your warmth and comments are always much appreciated.)
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Is there a more delightful sight
Than a happy dog
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Come sit with us a while –
You don’t need to speak –
It’s enough to let our hearts swell
With golden joy.
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Everyone should have a loyal friend –
With or without wispy ears –
To share a sunset with.
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The lake is now water
And the cold spring is just waiting to burst into flower and warmth (sometime soon, I hope).
But before that, I wanted to post one of my favourite photos from this winter.
The purple sunset over the iced over lake
And Oscar looking majestic.
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It’s still cold here
And there’s ice on the lake.
But Oscar took me for a walk
To find the first tentative signs
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I’m fighting a heavy cold so please excuse me if I don’t get round to visiting you.
As winter slowly slowly melts away…
It’s good to look back and see it was a good year for snow noses –
And snow moustaches.
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No matter who you are
Or what you look like,
A bad hair day can be much improved
By adding some extra sparkle and snow!
I’m off to Paris with my daughter for a few days, so please excuse me if I don’t visit you.
For more glitter, please visit: Camera Critters.
You never know what might be waiting for you
Over the brow of that hill you’re struggling to climb;
(Can you see Oscar waiting for me?)
Or what small delights await
Around the corner.
Please forgive me if I don’t get around to visiting you this weekend.
We’re having problems with the Internet, which makes it incredibly slow and painful to visit blogs at the moment.
In the meantime, pay a visit to: Camera Critters.
You’ve heard of pink elephants, haven’t you?
Let me introduce you to Oscar,
The pink dog!
This was taken during a very pink sunrise early one morning
When my world was … well…
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Life doesn’t get much better than this:
Freezing mornings with glitter and diamonds;
A good long walk in the thick snow
And plenty of play and smiles.
No one snows this better than Oscar.
(OK – I know I’m on thin ice here, so snow more puns!)
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Silence falls as the snow does –
Turning the world into a peaceful place
And the lake into a snowy desert.
My dog, Oscar, is like a camel of this desert:
At one with the environment
And never too tired to enjoy the weather.
And just in case you forgot what the jetty really looks like when the snow melts,
here’s a picture from September
When we went balloon hunting!
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Please do not disturb…
I’m busy enjoying winter.
Let us love winter,
for it is the spring of genius.
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He’s found some snow…
And a beautiful smile.
(A positive attitude and a great smile really are the best beauty aids, don’t you think?)
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