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Furry boy

A little piece of Oscar was returned to us

In the shape of this furry boy – Simson, who is 16 months old.

Simson

He’s living with us for a while (hopefully, forever)

And is in constant motion.

(Long-time friends of this blog will know that I took lots of pictures of Oscar like this…)

Run

When he does slow down,

He is adorably goofy.

(Picture taken with the anklebiters on his Christmas visit with us.)

Goofy

Ruby enjoys his company –

In fact, I’d say that best friends stick together. (Excuse the pun!)

Stick

And when I asked them to pose and say cheese, I got this!

(Someone always closes their eyes just as the shutter clicks, don’t they?)

Say cheese

For more furry and non-furry stories, please visit: Our World.


Winter royalty

It was a lovely day for a walk:

The rising sun cast a pink glow on the thousand-year-old rune stone.

Rune stone

Ruby enjoyed the wooden throne

Carved out of an old tree trunk.

Queen Ruby

Winter made berries luscious

With a sugar-coating of ice,

Berries copy

And turned a tarpaulin

Into a work of art.

Blue

Someone with a sense of humour

Wrote ‘sign’ on a snow-covered sign!

Sign

It was a lovely day for a walk —

And I think Ruby enjoyed it too.

Zen

For more sugar-coated stories, please visit: Our World.

 


Winter’s heart

Maybe I’ve lived in Sweden for too long —

But that first ice on the lake always gets a shout of joy from me!

Testing ice

It’s fun to explore

And find icy eyelashes on leaves

Eyelashes

And diamond-studded benches.

Frosty bench

Later on that afternoon,

I found the heart of winter

In the purple of the setting sun.

Heart_Ruby copy

For more warming stories, please visit: Our World.

 


Cute overload

These are pictures of Ruby’s puppies when they were only five weeks’ old this August.

But I thought it would be nice to kick off 2015 with some doggie wisdom.

A smile is the best make-up in the world;

Ruby

Appreciate the friends and family you have;

Pups in a row

Life might throw us a bad hair day every now and then,

But it’s how we handle life’s challenges that matter;

Punk copy

And, finally, be kind to yourself.

Wishing you all a kind and compassionate new year!

Houdini

For more cuteness, please visit: Our World.

 


Frosted breath

It was the end of October

And the frosted jetty floated in the rising sun.

Frosted jetty

A glowing Ruby

Was ready to play in the golden light.

Ruby on table

The frost turned her breath

Into a white beard.

Frosted breath

Grass crunched underfoot —

And the diamond-studded earth

Made a lovely canvas for a meeting with friends.

After all, happiness is a frosted dog!

Frosted dogs

For more warm stories, please visit: Our World.


Misty jewels

I found a jewel in the early morning mist.

(Ruby takes her role as model very seriously.)

Ruby

To the right of the jetty,

A pink panorama opened up;

Pink mist

And to the left, an Impressionist painting

Of trees floating in the dawn.

Misty dawn copy

For more mist-ical skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Diving for rose petals

Many many thanks for all your wonderful messages of sympathy on Oscar’s passing. It has meant a lot to me.

This week I went down to Oscar’s favourite place, the jetty on our lake,

And threw some rose petals into the water as a way of honouring my furry friend.

Ruby, who is Oscar’s great-granddaughter, and who we have been fostering for the past nine months,

Decided to honour Oscar in his favourite activity: diving into the lake.

Ruby rose petals copy

She carefully retrieved one of the roses

And placed it on the jetty.

Bright colours copy

We sat for a while

Enjoying the autumn scenery and good memories of Oscar.

I’d say that a part of him lives on in Ruby, who is now our own dog.

Ruby on pier copy

Be warned: you might see more pictures of wet (and dry) dogs here on my blog after all!

Big brown eyes copy

For more good memories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


A new dawn

It’s a new day, a new season.

The rising sun reminds me of the beauty in the world.

New dawn

Satin reflections on the lake

Bring a sense of calm;

Reflections

And my jetty always has the most

Beautiful views.

(This is Ruby: Oscar’s great-granddaughter, who is now our dog.)

Ruby + sky

For more lovely views, please visit: Skywatch.


The circle of life

Those of you who follow my dog, Oscar, or me on Facebook already know that Oscar is no longer with us.

Sunrise with Oscar copy

We had to say good-bye to our dearest friend on Friday as his osteoarthritis left him unable to walk.

After so many years of unconditional love from him, it was our turn to show him our love and let him go.

Stately copy

He dived into his last sunset at the vet’s on Friday morning, surrounded by so much love. (He was nearly 12 years old.)

He fell asleep peacefully in my lap, with the rest of his family at his side.

Jump

I know he touched the lives of so many of you – even though you had never met him.

It warms my heart that you could see his gentle soul through my photos.

Sugarface copy

It’s a measure of the love he shared and the life he led – that he connected with so many people around the world.

Run copy

He lived fully in every moment; he loved widely and generously.

That’s the best way to live — and his best legacy.

laughing-in-daffs

Please forgive me if I don’t visit you this week. But I want you to know that your warm wishes and love are a source of comfort to us.

For more love, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Dog days

Sweet memories of

The dogs days of summer:

Purple sky

Enjoying sultry evenings

Of purple magnificence

With my best furry friend.

Oscar Sunset

For more great shots, please visit: Skywatch.


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