A break in the bad weather allowed me to bring the dog out for a few walks along the canal. Molly was in her element and her little tail never stopped wagging from the time we got out of the car. On the day that I took these pictures it was still only about 1.5°C outside and large patches of remained floating on the waters surface. Normally Molly would be straight in for a swim as soon as she found a nice spot to climb down the bank but it was just too nippy, even for her.
Not even the sight of the geese in the water could entice her in. She hopped from one paw to another with indecision. "To chase the geese or not! What do you think Rosie?", she asked me with her big brown eyes. Eventually she gave in though and soon found something else to hold her interest for a while.
I simply love the varying colours of blue in the sky of a clear winters day. It is nearly as if it had been dipped dyed that very morning. If you look very closely, you'll be able to see a very faint afternoon moon too.
Another morning I also visited the ISPCA centre. The national centre is just up the road from us and it really is a great facility. They have huge range of pets housed there, from cats and dogs to chickens and pot bellied pigs, horses to rabbits. I wanted to volunteer to help out but after taking a walk around I think that I'm going to have to put a lot of thought into it first. I broke my heart to see such beautiful animals abandoned and looking for a loving home. If I was there all the time I would want to bring them all with me and not leave any behind! The little dote above is called Chloe and has been there for months now. People tend to look for kittens and puppies rather than fully grown animals but they should look more at the character of the pet first. This little lady was so gentle and affectionate and just clung to me not wanting me to leave her. I cried a lot on the drive home that day.
Here is something that cheered me up though. Can you see the heart shape in the glass of our stove?? It's a heart in our hearth!! The flames can make all strange shapes on the glass but this was the first heart that we have had. Love it!!