Another beautiful winter’s sunrise!
It's been a glorious sunny day here in Johannesburg, South Africa
and the 'Max' temperature has been 20 degrees centigrade.
Our evenings are spent together comfortably watching television,
whilst a gas heater pumps its warmth into the high ceiling of our sitting room.
The dogs are usually sprawled out all over the carpet in a totally relaxed state.
Later at night we settle into comfortable beds donned with the necessary feather duvets to ward off the chill.
The dogs have their own bed in the corner of our bedroom...
It’s certainly not soup weather yet!
– that is reserved for the months of June and July – but there’s a definite chill in the evening air.
During the day we dress in layers and gradually strip off as the sun rises and warms the day.
Thanks to MAXDOG...
our pool is still in use but we have put our own swimming costumes in the back of the cupboards.
Every time I leave the premises, Max uses the opportunity to have a dip. There must be a degree of separation anxiety with my departure - what other reason would a dog have to climb into a really COLD pool? Once I’m home however he’s back at my feet like a leech and follows me around as I go about my homely tasks
In this kind of weather, the air becomes dry and soaks up any lurking moisture.
Our pool's water level drops significantly at this time of the year and this is the first evidence of generally dry conditions. Evaporation plays a large role in our increased water bill at month end and we have to fill up the pool on a weekly basis so that the water level doesn’t drop below the mosaics.
The redbilled woodhoepoes have returned to our garden to taunt our TAMMY-GIRL with their cackling laughter. It's quite a site to see. They are cheeky birds with very little fear of canines. They hang into the bark of trees, not far from ground level and announce their presence in the neighbourhood...
Usually TAMMY-GIRL is outside on the patio soaking up the sun...
...but this quickly changes when the birds are around.
She takes up a belligerent expression as she patrols the garden in a vain attempt to bark them off the premises.
KING TOFFEE follows suite and attempts a TAMMY-GIRL impersonation...
MAXDOG watches their antics from the comfort of the patio door.
Yes, winter is definitely here!
Some surprises arrived in the post yesterday evening.
There was a cheerful postcard from RILEY’s mom (all the way in New Zealand)....
(sorry about the 'blur'...I just don't seem to get these kinds of photos right!)
...and I also received a wonderful little gift book from
“FOR EVERY DOG AN ANGEL” by Christine Davis
Thank you so much to my friends for their thoughtfulness.
It is greatly appreciated!
Sending all our fur-friends lotsaluv with the wish for a happy day.