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Dasher's Italian Greyhound blog 2018

This is the continued story of Italian Greyhound Dasher started in July 2009 - see old blogs. The latest "happenings" will be put on at the top at frequent intervals, so the story unfolds from the bottom and up! He lives with his nephew Solo.
I have videos of Lure Coursing and other doggy things on YouTube under my name: sighthounddotnet
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Happy reading! - Janet

(Photo: Italians Dasher nearly 9 years and Solo 5 years.)
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Friday the 15th of June 2018 - and the tenth blog!
The barley is doing well despite over 5 weeks of drought. We did get 2 mm of rain last night, but all gone as soon as the sun appeared early this morning!
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Tuesday the 12th of June
Plucked the first strawberries yesterday. Hardly bigger than peas due to the 5 weeks of non-stop sunny weather - even tho' I water them every evening, they fry to death in the sun all day. See the shadow of Solo hovering by...
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Above right, my dessert! They might be small but the flavour was fabulous!!!

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The dogs love them for dessert as well. I have good plants growing in the flower beds, but again, they are microspopic, as I don't water them here. You can see two berries between their noses. Still Solo managed to have a good scrunch!


Freday the 8th of June
Can YOU see what the dogs are staring at and wish they could catch - and have for dinner?
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Tuesday the 5th of June
Another view of the distant countryside:
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I can just see the sea from here:
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The field walk and the Barley gets more and more beautiful, here I am looking back:
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Monday I had a visit from a friend with 2 whippets and unfortunately, I hardly took any photos!!!
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Sunday the 3rd of June
Traveling with the dogs into Copenhagen. Here on the bus by the door, good as gold:
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But the train was unusually cram-packed so standing room only for me. But the dogs were happy!
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Two got of and two more got on!
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Solo after the train journey and his lunch! Taken by my son.

Thursday the 31st of May
The Barley in the field is growing well despite a drought right now:
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Looking back:
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Further on:
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"My" two pigeons on the gate. They don't care about me!
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Right: Solo takes my shoe again!

Friday the 25th of May
My wonderful rhododendron, root-bound in a small pot but still doing it's best!:
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An earlier picture, which Solo popped up in!
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Below: Exhausted after a hot day supervising me doing gardening!
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Part of the dog-walk takes me past the school and a man keeps this pretty path cut short to encourage the children to walk here rather than in the road.
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Wednesday the 16th of May
The lovely weather continues and now it is lilac time over the whole of Denmark! The perfume is wonderful - and they are so pretty.
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A close-up...
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And I have a two-colour one in the garden:
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The local field is getting even greener...
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I wonder what it is...
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- a little further on...the little village in the far distance.
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Below: The thin line of blue in the distance is the sea!
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Had the roof sprayed with algae killer Monday by a professional firm, but SO many plants are suffering around the house from stray drops and spray carried in the wind...it kills EVERYTHING! Even this poor little pansy, that was a long way away...
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Sønday the 13th of May
Solo took my shoe again! (Dasher never does anything "naughty", hence so few photos of him!!!!!!)
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The view on the dog walk yesterday and the bridge to the island of Fyn.
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My rhododendrons right now!!!
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Saturday the 12th of May
I look after the neighbour's sweetest and easiest dog, taking her for 2 walks, feeding and playing with her, as her family were away for the day from before 8am to after 10 pm at night, poor thing. SUCH a pleasure to walk a dog who never pulls!
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Wednesday the 9th of May
Something is growing in the field I walk beside into the village! Maybe corn?
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The path to nowhere! I can see for 10 km and the sea from this path!
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Tuesday the 8th of May
Solo followed me into the bathroom, so I asked him to wait outside - and he did. I was amazed!!!!!
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Friday the 4th of May
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The word's sweetest and most loving Italian Greyhound, Dasher, is 9 years old today. Here is a 9 weeks puppy photo by the photographer OBC, who we dropped in on, on the way home from Jylland, and below, a recent one:
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The molehill situation this morning: Looks like they got it!!! I shall keep an eye...more below...
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Thursday the 3rd of May
I got home at 1 o' clock today and before I opened the gate, I spot this couple relaxing on the bird bath! They let me take several photos and only reluctantly flew off when I came in.
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Wednesday the 2nd of May
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The latest update with the mole hill seen below: They are "dealing" with it!!!!
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Taken through the window, the Japanese cherry is SO beautiful right now, despite 2 days of storm winds and rain!
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Groan... he's taken my shoe again, and is sitting SO uncomfortably!!!

Monday the 30th of April
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A PERFECT day Lure coursing at a truly wonderful place yesterday. This view shows the house and garden, which we took over for the day! And below is their view of the sea they have over one of their fields - which we also took over for the day!
Note the swallow doing a nose-dive.
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They have quite a few horses, who all disappeared in the distance, (there is a lovely beach out of sight here). so I only got one photo before they all took off!
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Below: A lovely white Borzoi of 8 months - shown also below, the 14th of April.
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As I haven't a car, I could never get here if it wasn't for a great Danish website who work out the best route for me, here is a screen shot of how I got there:
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I can click on any stage of the journey and see pictures, maps, diagrams of where to walk etc. The route of the map can be enlarged up in great detail. This used 3 busses and one train! I think Danish public transport must be second to none!
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Of course the trains all have free internet, but this bus had it too! Above: I treated the dogs to a proper seat beside me, unbeknown to the driver!!! Below: Lying on the platform waiting for the train home.
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Below the dogs, especially Dasher, greeting some of the others.They sit and rest in Karin's van.
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I have nothing from their run, they were so quickly out of sight, but they did VERY well and here is Solo who has just finished killing the hare - Dasher loves the chase, but wouldn't dream of touching stupid plastic strips!!! The "dot" in the far distance is Karin, who is steering the "hare"! She has organised LC from the start in 1996. Below, doing her welcome speech.
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Saturday the 28th of April
Caught in the act!!!!!

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I had to laugh this morning as round the corner to me are these nice bungalows and everything around them is SO well kept, it's a real pleasure to walk this way. But a mole made a big molehill a while back, which they had flattened and made nice, then I see this morning, it's been there again! So annoying!
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Below, my Japanese cherry is looking so pretty.
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Friday the 27th of April
Solo took my shoe again this morning, but couldn't wait for my reaction, he fell asleep, ha ha ha!
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Wednesday the 25th of April
An explosion of blossom today!
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This is MY chair - for when my back is broken with gardening!
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Below: Never too old to steal a shoe, it seems!
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Yesterday: Exciting shoots coming up in the field I walk by on some days - maybe corn...
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-22 years old this month!!!
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My little bird, who is half yellow Canary and half Grey Singing Finch was born some time in April 1996! His sister only lived to be 17 and this is the oldest I have ever had a Canary, as several were 17 when their heart failed. He is weak due to a weak heart and slight difficulty breathing, so he rarely sings and can hardly fly, but at least he can SEE - my 17 year olds had all gone blind by this time.
This must be a record?

Monday the 23rd of April
Standing in the flower bed - is this an attempt at camouflage? I know he dreams of killing birds...a cat would have the sense to lie down!
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Below: "What's she stopping for???"
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Thursday the 19th of April
Their first walk this year naked with no clothes on!!! Up to now, a cold wind has spoilt even the nicest days. If they could run, they could be without coats on many a day, but when they are forced to walk at my speed, they can get chilly!
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Early yesterday, peculiar lighting with the sun behind "cotten wool" clouds!
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Tuesday the 17th of April
The lawn is so pretty right now, but I shall be doing the first cut of the year in 2 days time!
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(It's not as long as it looks here!)
Nearly stepped on what I thought was a strange kind of bee, yesterday:
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Turns out it is a fly that deliberately camouflages itself as a bee and it's young live off bees: Read on “Wiki”:
"They mimic bees to allow them to get close to the bees burrow. When close, the female will flick the eggs into or near the nests of the host insects. The larvae are hypermetamorphic parasitoids, which then feed on the food stored, as well as the young solitary bees or wasps. If the female is unable to flick her eggs near the nest she plants them on flowers visited by the host insects. The developing larvae then make their way to the host nest or attach themselves to the bees or wasps to then be carried to the nest. Although Bombylius major is an excellent pollinator, the larvae limit the population of other pollinators.
Saturday the 14th of April
Photo below: A big thankyou to Ida and Patrick for expertly starting my two terrors!
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I took the dogs to Lure coursing in Slangerup. Nearly 3 hours each way on 3 different busses and one train!
I couldn't do it if it wasn't for the very excellent Danish public transport AND a brilliant website they have, where you type in where you want to go and when, and it works out the entire journey, showing pictures and any walking shows a clear diagram with road names etc - wonderful! I do all this so the dogs can have a great day out, They run the 400 metres in under ONE MINUTE!!! But of course the fun ALSO is being together with all the other owners and seeing their dogs fly around - they all LOVE it. See my two rockets running here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQibDjrd0Qs
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Above, waiting for their turn but there's a small repair needed, see the machine just above Dasher's head.
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Dasher plays with a lovely white Borzoi puppy of only 7 months. She was chewing on him often, but with the greatest of care.
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Waiting for a bus on the bench provided, good as gold! Below, inside 2 different busses. They LOVE busses trains, and of course cars, as they know it leads to great fun at the other end!
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Tuesday the 10th of April
Being "crazy dogs" on the sofa again!
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Monday the 9th of April
Dasher's got his best loving look on and is wagging his tail - he needs petting and a cuddle!
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Wednesday the 4th of April
The weather's been so terrible and either rain, snow or VERY windy and SO cold, but suddenly a wonderful day, "sweating hot" at plus 7 degrees, which we are absolutely not used to - and I was 5 hours in all in the garden! Spotted the first bee!
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It was so quick, I couldn't get a decent photo. The poor thing was forced to check out the fading snowdrops, as there's little else as yet.
Solo is trying to tell me something with a hard stare! I have to find out what it is....
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Monday the 2nd of April
I had a wonderful afternoon with my friend's 6 week old Whippet puppies!
SO cute and entertaining.
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See the little video, which doesn't really do them justice, but you can get some idea...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMLIwQAJVD0
Friday the 23rd of March
I take the hour long walk over the fields, that I haven't done for ages due to the severe cold and bad weather.
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The windmills were pretty in all the shades of grey-blue!
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Thursday the 22nd of March
And 2 days after the sunny shot below - we wake up to this!!!
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My "tough guys" are not afraid to wade out into the snow - don't have to keep to the nicely cleared path.
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Wednesday the 21st of March
On watch as usual, photo from Tuesday...
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This was Tuesday's glorious sun!

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AND, the first mosquito of the year - flew past the computer as I was working, so I "got it" before it got me!! - I think...
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Gloomy and a few snowflakes today, Wednesday, though.
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If looks could kill, that pigeon would be stone dead before this picture was taken! Solo is wishing so badly, that he could spring up there, but even for an Italian, it's too high!!! (Nej, Birgitte, han kigger IKKE på skorstenen!!!) ;-)

Monday the 19th of March
Snow again....
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and then after 3 nightmare days with storm winds and minus degrees... it's sunny and "spring-like" this morning!"
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Monday the 12th of March
Even more snow, then rain last night and today and all snow melted, but the frozen earth doesn't let the water sink in, so we are swimming around and our lawn is waterlogged. Below, what school children have to put up with on their way to school!
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Below, where the dogs run around the corner at full speed in the garden:
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Thursday the 8th of March
Just as Monday's snow melted away in some sun - along comes an even thicker layer last night! But it's day's are numbered as we are in plus degrees now. Even just 2 degrees seems sweating hot compared with minus 6, (10 one night!) that we had!
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Here, we piss on the snow!
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You can see the depth from Solo's left hock.
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Below: The patio at 8.30 this morning. See the distant trees. There was no wind last night, so it's covered everything.
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Monday the 5th of March
A really nasty morning with winds and masses of snow. The dogs run around the house for exercise in a break in the blizzard.
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Checking for strange dogs and burglers before coming inside!
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Saturday the 3rd of March
Mucking about on the sofa!
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Tuesday the 27th of February
Bitterly cold wind today and 4-5 degrees that FEEL even colder. The dogs run around the house 7 times yet Momma Blackbird stands her ground and I get really close and take some shots! This is NOT out of a window!
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Closer!
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She KNOWS the dogs haven't noticed her! There are tiny snowflakes settling on all of us.
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They are waiting for their tit-bits, so they can run around again!
I give her a fresh, "warm" apple afterwards as the other's nearly gone. Her mate eats a lot as well.


Monday the 26th of February
Even minus 4-5 degrees, doesn't put them off playing in the garden! Two photos from this afternoon.
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How they avoid ricking their necks when they shake and shake to try to wrench the sock away, I'll never know!
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Sunday the 25th of February
I was at a family birthday party all yesterday - and see Solo, who SO BADLY would love to have a piece of that cake, ha ha ha!!! No crumbs on the floor after we'd left, that's for sure!
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Relaxing with my youngest son. Note Solo's lion's mane, which is me turned talking to my oldest grandson!
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Thursday the 22nd of February
My cute little Robin, still taken out of a dirty window!!!
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Snowdrops in the snow - again. It comes and goes, one day snow, next day snow melted and sunny like spring is on the way! But a nasty cold snap is promised for next week...
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Below, waiting for me to say the magic word: "Walkies!"
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Oh no....mice again...or is it a rat???
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Thursday the 15th of February
Momma Blackbird never ceases to amaze me. She was sitting in the basket at 7.45 this morning trying find some apple scraps, and I wanted to give all the birds fresh food. She sat there gazing up at me, so I spoke to her and told her she would have to step out so I could put fresh paper in, (she poops the apple out again almost as fast as she eats it!!!!) - and I showed her the apple I held in my hand. She looked at this and I swear she understood. So she jumped up and sat on the edge, as if this would be good enough. We were only a foot away from each other!!! (If only I had a THIRD hand to hold the camera with!) So I told her she still needed to move and waved the apple a bit, so she reluctantly flew down to my feet. I cleaned out and put the fresh apple in and I had hardly stepped back before she flew inside and started eating!!! (There was already a slice taken out for my canary.) Then she endured the pink camera flashing away taking a couple of shots!
Out of focus I'm afraid.
It is wonderful to be trusted, when all other wild life is so scared, not knowing that I would never harm them.
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Wednesday the 14th of February
Freezing cold and a severe frost last night has "painted" everything this morning - so pretty!
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Below, these horses never cease to amaze me - they could stroll out of their enclosure at any time!!!
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Only "old habit" keeps them in.
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Some of the white paint!
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Monday the 12th of February
Very cold and dull today, most of the snow melted straight away. Note the distant windmill!
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Sunday the 11th of February
Ugh! A snow storm! Managed to walk the dogs this morning just before it came...
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Taken after their lunch-time run around the house!
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THIS time I managed to photograph Momma Blackbird sitting waiting patiently for her apple - and me to move away!
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She endures the camera held up in front of me, (it's bright pink!) and the flash, it's only 7.30 in the morning and the camera's only about 2-3 feet away. Of course she looks like any other female Blackbird, it's her BEHAVIOUR that tells me it's her!
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The above was taken yesterday with camera stuck through the gate! The apple is in front of her out of sight. The male flies off as soon as he hears the door open, the coward!!! Here, I'm less than a yard away.

Friday the 9th of February
Not matter HOW cold it is, there's no rush to come inside if they think a dog is coming, a bird's in the hedge or a mouse near the garage! They are not as delicate as they look. Quiet tough guys!
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Thursday the 8th of February
At last, a shot of momma Blackbird, still going strong on her "apple a day", (I have to buy them now!) and as tame as anything. Sat on the roof of the bird feeder this morning, while I put bread and seeds just underneath inside! I was dying to take a photo, but my hands were full! This photo is through a dirty window. I must get it cleaned...
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Sunday the 4th of February
Beautiful sun, but freezing cold and a thin layer of snow!
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Time for them to have their warmest trouser suits on! From Togs for Dogs!

Saturday the 27th of January
The two old horses in their field this morning. The brown one had waded out into the "lake" created from all the constant rain we've been having, and was pulling up roots and plants to eat! The fence is broken up and in a hopeless state, but the father of the young woman who owns them, (parents always end up looking after their children's pets!!!) told me that they are very old, one is 35, and they are in such a habit of keeping within the boundries, that they never stray outside!!!
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Below, the first shot I took.
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He said, that because they are old, if one dies, the other will be put down, as a horse should not be kept alone.
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Below, one of the many breaks in the fence.
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Friday the 26th of January
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Solo knows he mustn't jump on the kitchen chairs, (which are kept pushed under for the same reason) but he loves to sneak up if he gets the chance and waits for me to tell him what a naughty boy he is! He just loves the extra attention!


Very foggy this morning, so everything is wet...
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Sunday the 21st of January
It has rained so much recently, that part of the path is very flooded - so fish wil be swimming around soon! There was thin ice on it this morning and Solo will only cross over if the ice is firm - no wet feet for him!!! So while he stood worrying about it, Dasher crossed over to support him!
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Solo worried about the ice.
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Below, so Dasher understands, comes back and shows him what to do!
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But Solo's not convinced and has to continue along the far side and join us later.
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So Dasher prefers to return to MY side! Who says the breed isn't tough?


Wednesday the 17th of January
Suddenly, a wonderful sight of 4 deer just flew across in front of the dogs and me from the muddy field on my left! Before I had got my camera out from under all my winter clothes, they were far away, but I got these 2 pictures:

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You need your best magnifying glass for the above!
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Saturday the 13th of January
Horrible cold and windy weather. I took the long walk over the fields. Looking back, I could see "my" bus!
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Here one can see the path the farmer leaves for us.
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My geranium, which has bravely flowered by the front door since the summer, couldn't take the 2 days of minus 6 degrees!
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Friday the 12th of January
Did you say BONE?
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Thursday the 8th of January
Two days of really hard frost and down to minus 6 C or more at night, plus 2-3 in the day have "painted" everything in pretty white crystals! Photos from 8.30 this morning. Even weeds become works of art!
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Solo was particularly interested in walking on the ice! I was waiting for him to "do a Bambi" but he kept his balance!
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He couldn't figure it out!
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Despite the cold, they are not in any rush!
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Dasher thought he saw a mouse, so there was a bit of excitement.
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Friday the 5th of January
We had one day of "wet, slushy snow", (plenty to photograph, but my camera's not waterproof!) Then one lovely day of weak sun, then today, grey, grey, grey.. I took the long walk through the fields and into the village..
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Monday the 1st of January 2018
We survived the non-stop massive explosions of fireworks all New Year's Eve, (lasting from dusk til 1 am!) and are ready to greet the new year, hoping it will be a great one for all.
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Here is a photo showing some of the mess left after such a crazy evening! (They did clear it later, though.)
Below, they are wearing their warm "Togs for Dogs" sweaters!
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Solo took the noise and flashing lights fairly calmly, but Dasher just wanted to cling to me and was very unhappy - but not scared out of his mind like our late Dee Jay Whippet was. His little heart nearly bounced out of his chest, it was pounding so hard. So we got through it OK!

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