Ruby loves to play hide-and-seek
Among the trees –
While Simmie says
Peekaboo with snow.
What about this photo –
Can you spot the dog?
What about now? Only teasing –
I think this is a fox we spotted in the field.
It was lying down in the snow and got up with difficulty.
It was much bigger than Simmie so, at first, I thought it was a wolf.
We looked at each other for a long time – each of us not so different from the other.
Then we went our separate ways.
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Autumn is a good time for the deer:
One minute you only see fields,
And the next minute, the deer are there.
Their dance is perfectly synchronized:
Eyes front …
(And look surprised).
And enjoy the golden light of autumn.
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During the Christmas break, we looked after Jessie, one of Ruby’s puppies from 2014.
She and Simmie spent a long time
Chasing each other through frozen, silver grasses.
After a cold and invigorating swim,
The play continued.
(Can you see the water drops flying through the air?)
To an outsider, it might have looked
As if they were fighting —
But really it was more like love and frolicking
Between two really good friends.
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Ruby gave birth to five healthy puppies last week!
It’s too soon for us to visit, so I’ve gone back in my archives
To find photos of her last litter of pups – from July last year.
I hope you don’t mind.
After all, who can resist those sweet furry faces
Or big soulful eyes?
And – what’s even better – is that puppies
Grow up to be beautiful dogs – like Ruby.
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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.
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A girl, an Icelandic horse and a snowstorm.
For me, this embodies stoicism,
Spirit, true grit
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It’s that time of year…
When breath become visible
And whiskers shimmer in the sun.
“Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.” — Gregory Maguire
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Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home! — Zhuangzi
It’s summer and time
To throw yourself into the blue
If you’re a dog called Oscar.
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A couple of weeks ago
A magical mist swept over the frozen lake
Just as the sun was setting.
And everything, including Oscar,
Was enveloped in a beautiful scarf of colours.
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Alexander McCall Smith, whom I wrote about recently, has started up The No. 1. Opera House project in a small, converted garage just outside Gaborone, Botswana. This tiny garage is a restaurant by day and an opera house by night. A full house is 60 seats.
The first opera will have its premiere there in October of this year and it is called The Okavango Macbeth. Apparently, the opera explores the themes of Macbeth set amongst a colony of baboons.
That must be Lady Macbeth on the left! Photo taken by Max Waugh
Perhaps with their clear social hierarchies, they too have Lady Macbeth issues!
Or maybe it’s just a case of monkey business?
Actually, I love the idea of having classics in new settings…
How about Romeo and Juliet, with their families fighting like … well … cats and dogs?
And what about Othello? Green with jealousy over his beloved Desdemona – set among chameleons?
And, of course, we mustn’t forget this passionate couple…
… Antony and Cleopatra!
You know what? The phone’s ringing off the hook (I’ve often wondered about this expression. I mean, if it’s off the hook, then it can’t ring. But I digress…) and my house is surrounded by movie moguls who want to buy the rights to my idea. They’re stampeding like wild elephants.
I only hope they give me an offer that is ‘herd’ to resist.