In honour of the Chinese New Year – it’s Year of the Dog –
I’m featuring some of my favourite furry friends.
Those of you who have followed me for a while will recognize my very best fuzzy friend, Oscar.
When he died,
Two more furry friends, Ruby and Simmie, came into my life.
(It’s not often I get them both in the same picture.)
I love the way dogs embrace life –
And make the most of what they have:
Whether it’s a snowstorm
Or a large stick.
We can learn a lot from dogs.
For more furry friends or otherwise, please visit: Our World.
UPDATE: I’m sick at the moment and won’t get round to visiting you all.
Sometimes a sunset
Just makes you shout out with joy:
I ❤ sunsets!
The beaches of Conil in Spain
Were perfect for enjoying
A dazzling setting of the sun.
For more sky love, please visit: Skywatch.
The sun always speaks to me of hope
And of better days to come.
It reminds me of the last verse of a poem
By Diana Der-Hovanessian.
When your father dies, say the Armenians,
your sun shifts forever.
And you walk in his light.
Thank you for your sympathy and kind comments!
For more sunshine, please visit: Skywatch.
If the sky could be a musical instrument —
It would be a trumpet burst of light.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season
Full of light and joy and love.
For more festive skies, please visit: Skywatch.
And do visit: Our World!
A couple of weeks ago, I was at my brother’s wedding
And enjoyed layers of love.
(This is my favourite shot from the day – just after the wedding ceremony was finished.)
At the end of the day, I went for a lovely walk
And met these newly shorn creatures, who had just lost their layers of fur.
They seemed to be saying, “Alpaca my bags and come along with you.”
And, finally, the sunset did not disappoint
As I enjoyed the little village
Nestling in layers of gold.
Layers both conceal and reveal the beauty within.
For more golden moments, please visit: Our World.
Last week, I had the great pleasure of going out to a horse farm
To take photos for a friend.
I fell in love with the three-week-old foal, Celino.
He was full of love
And nibbles for his mother.
And she was so nurturing and tender
Love is grand, isn’t it,
No matter where you find it
Or in what form it takes.
For mare great photos (excuse the pun!), please visit: Our World.
Travel is a way of keeping yourself humble;
Of opening up to new people and experiences —
Of finding love and beauty
Everywhere in the world we live in.
I’m so lucky to be going back
To the vibrant city of New York.
I won’t be around until the end of next week —
Until then, take care!
For more new stories, please visit: Our World.
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.
For more play, please visit: Our World.
At the end of this week, it will be a year
Since my dearest furry friend, Oscar, left us.
This is one of my favourite pictures of Oscar:
Life is busy with two dogs, work and kids —
But sometimes, when I least expect it,
I’m overwhelmed by loss.
Other dogs have come into my life (Ruby and Simmie) —
Not to replace Oscar —
But to fill life with their own brand of friendship.
This is Simson diving — a younger version of Oscar:
Because that’s what love does —
It expands the heart and makes room for more.
I’ve got a very busy week ahead and will be away with work – so I won’t be around to visit you until the end of the week.
For more love, please go to: Our World.
And make sure you visit: Skywatch.
One evening in the early summer
There was a special light in the air.
Midges danced around Ruby like small diamonds;
Brother and sister enjoyed
Some quiet moments of beauty while Simson charged in for a dip;
And a special glow painted the landscape
With summer light.
For more summer love, please visit: Skywatch.