Somewhere in the woods, next to the lake,
There is a small strip of beach
Called The People’s Park.
There is a dance floor under a round roof
And a dilapidated, little hut.
Still, the location is good:
It’s right next to the water
And has its own jetty
With a charming orange boat
Sprinkled with sugary snow —
Just waiting for the summer.
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The sunrise starts off
In lilac tones,
But soon it turns
Into a blushing dawn
With bursts of orange
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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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The early winter light
Is all about long, warm shadows;
It’s about painting frozen trees
With golden lace
And transforming the sky
Into a wonder of pink and gold.
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It was a cold Christmas morning
And the reeds caught fire in the rising sun.
As the sky spread its golden glow,
Simmie broke through the ice for a refreshing swim.
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The tradition of Lucia is my favourite time of year:
When the darkness is lit up with candles and song.
The light comes in many forms —
Whether it is the hope
For better times to come
Or as a metaphor for love and compassion:
Those two metaphorical candles that drive out the darkness.
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We celebrated the spring equinox
With snow and blue skies.
Sparkled from daring buds —
The fuzzy catkins
Looked lovely in their cold diamond earrings,
And the hazel flowers
Glittered in the sunlight.
Even though it was still winter on a spring day —
Those sparkly skies were beautiful and uplifting.
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Last week saw freezing cold mornings followed by sunny afternoons.
The constant freezing and thawing
Created the most delightful pearl necklace made out of ice.
(I was amazed how a single strand could hold such a heavy load.)
Frost hung like jewels on the delicate strands of cobwebs —
Reminding us that the seemingly fragile
Can also show strength and endurance.
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Ruby’s previous owner trained her to jump up
On very tall rocks for treats. She seems to enjoy it.
Last week, the mornings were cold (minus temperatures)
But Ruby decided to break through the ice for a swim anyway.
She then scaled a tall rock
And decided to share a spring shower with me.
Once out of the water,
She started to steam in the cold air.
No matter how hard he tried,
Simson just wasn’t agile enough to jump onto the top of that tall tall rock!
In the meantime, Ruby remained at the top,
Enjoying the sunshine in majestic solitude.
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Indulge me as I revel in the joy of dogs.
(This is our dear Oscar – gone but not forgotten.)
They know how to live life
So fully and happily and goofily
(Life is better with a bit of silliness in it and Simson is our little goofball.)
They know how to greet friends
With open paws and make them feel appreciated
(This is Alba, a friend’s dog.)
And they know that a smile and some snow
Is the best cosmetic in the world,
(Just like our Ruby).
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