Monday, 5 January 2009

Deep Freeze!!

Just loving this cold weather... its great to actually experience a decent winter. Last winter was so wet, seemed to spend most of my time in mud! Walking the dog in the rain and mud each day (seemed as if it was wet everyday!) was hateful... muddy wellies, muddy paws, muddy cats, muddy dog and very often muddy me!!

So this year, so far its great to be able to walk on firm frosty ground and Basil and I can even walk over the cropped fields, instead of scrambling around the edges of the fields. Our site owner owns two fields adjacent to the park home village and he rents the fields out to local farmers. We are allowed to walk our dogs around these fields and normally this is not a problem, but this year whoever ploughed these fields must have been having a really bad day because they did not leave us a reasonable pathway around the field to walk and often we have to scramble around on a muddy ploughed up field. Sometimes I can be a bit clumsy in my wellies and have ended up tripping over into the mud. So frozen fields are making walking a real pleasure at the moment.. so would personally be very glad if the deep freeze stays a whole lot longer! Its a great feeling after a long and chilly walk when you get home and are able to remove the layers consisting of coat, jumper, scarf, hat and gloves and come into the warmth of home sweet home and enjoy a steaming hot cup of tea.....

Basil is having great fun getting through the layers of ice in his outdoor water bowl. We do have a bowl of water always available for him in the house... but Basil also likes the use of a water bowl outside and always goes straight to it when we arrive home from a walk....

Basil is (shhhhhh!! seeming much better now!!) thought I would whisper because I do not want to tempt fate!! The vitamins are suiting him and he is coping very well... and full of vim and vigour... which I am soooooo glad about, hated seeing him so low......

When I went for Basil's late night walk before bed... discovered it was actually snowing... yippee!!!

Finally A BIG THANK YOU... for all the supportive, caring and heartwarming comments you have taken the time and trouble to write. You are such LOVELY people and I cannot thank you enough.... its been such a help to me as I have to admit to been a bit down in the dumps of late... but to know you are all here for me means so much and has helped to give me the strength to face what lies ahead in a positive way... thank you so, so much!! I will attempt to update my comments this week.... take care you lovely people!!


Tea with Willow said...

Thanks for these lovely clips of Basil - I love the sound of him trying to bite through the ice in his bowl, he sounds like he's eating an ice lolly!! Great to see him running around again (I know .... shhhh!)

I agree, it's great to have a 'proper' winter again - hope the cold temps get rid of some of these dreadful bugs that have been going around!

Lovely to hear that you're doing ok Jane.Take care,

Willow xx

ICQB said...

Only dog owners cheer at a good freeze! I totally understand about enjoying the cold, frozy weather. It's much neater than gunky mud!

Of course today we had that inbetween sort of temperature in which the ground was wet, but the air was chill enough to turn Strider's damp fur into a batch of stringy,muddy icicles by the end of our long walk.

Love the clips of Basil! Strider prefers cold, outside water to inside water too. When there's snow out, he constantly scoops it up and eats it while we walk along, and then never touches a drop of water all day!

Here's hoping the ground stays frozen for a while!

ICQB (Linda)

Eco Gites of Lenault said...

What is it with dogs and ice? Our labrador will go and break the ice in the puddles and then try and eat/play with the chunks of ice. (although at the moment the ice is too think for her to break!!)

Happy New Year

Rosies x

Compostwoman said...

Love the video of Basil, he looks SO much better!

I am having major problems keeping the hens supplied with unfrozen water, it never went above -2 here today and I was giving them warm water and warm mash mid morning and mid afternnon!

I love this weather though, it feels like "proper" winter to me, at last

Cw xx

Ragged Roses said...

Happy New Year to you and your family!!!! Lovely to see the clips of Basil. That feeling when you walk into a warm home after a great walk in the cold is wonderful isn't it?

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

You are such a sweetheart!
Thanks for your wonderful comment!
I actually weren`t sure if I should share my messy home with everyone... but that`s the reality at the moment...
It was nice to know that mine isn`t just the only one, as well.
Anyway, I think I`m going to have to be honest again... and say that this weather is way to COLD for me!
You see, I`m Portuguese... and still after living in this beautiful Country after 13 years, I`m still not quite used to the cold or a lot of rain to that matter!
My Dear Hubby who`s English, loves it thought, and he is out on walks and everything, while I`m wrapped under my blanket...
I think I`m just a BIG SOFTY!
Debbie Moss

Better go and do more tidy up.

Gigi said...

Oh -- I'm so jealous of your cold weather -- does that sound crazy? We have had temps in the 80's F.
(about 29 C.?) this week -- maybe like your English summer weather? Oh well, better than having to shovel snow off one's roof I suppose?
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Best Regards,

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Hi Jane,
Thanks for your sweet comment on my last post!
Although, I was a bit sad to hear about the "Father Christmas" incident...
My son who`s 6 years old, used to love Thomas The Tank, he was a bit obsessed with it really...
Until he started school and got teased by other children about him likeing Thomas The Tank...
Since that day... sadly he lost interest for it.
It just shows how influenced they are by other children.
I`m off now,
Hope to speak to you soon.
Debbie Moss

MelMel said...

Thank you for following my blog!xxx

Slice of life said...

Hey you, hope all is ok, you havent blogged for awhile. ((((Beaming))))) you good thoughts!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Thanks for your lovely comments regarding my curtains!
But sadly was the wrong answer!
Never mid, wishing you better luck next time!
By the way... is it still freezing were you live?
Debbie Moss

MelMel said...

Thank you!xx

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Dear Jane,
You are such a S.W.E.E.T HEART!
Thanks so much for your getting well wishes!
We are all feeling a tad bettter!
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
Much Love,
Debbie Moss

Kim McBirnie said...

I love your photographs, they are so beautiful. I remember winters as a child when the whole world seemed to freeze, everything coated with glittering frost and blanketed with that special winter silence. I love that - to feel the world sleeping - when you've experienced that it is easier to recognise spring when it happens, because in contrast it buzzes!
I hope your dog is well - our pooch was poorly a few months ago and I tearfully blogged about it - they're our children, after all, aren't they?!

Thursday said...

Is all well?

Tea with Willow said...

Just stopping by to say "Hi" and hope all is well with you & your lovely furry babies.

Willow xx

Greedy Nan said...

Hello. Just found you from Mel's blog so thought I'd take a quick look and will be back!
I've not been blogging that long either but have found some really nice friends [I hope] with similar things in common. You look like you could also be 'one of these'.

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Thanks so much for your lovely comment Jane!
Alan is getting quite BIG HEADED! Lol
Wishing YOU a lovely week ahead!
And do try to keep warm!
Much LOVE to YOU and yours!
Debbie Moss

Tea with Willow said...

Thank you so much for your kind words about Tom - I will pass on your snuggle!! He's feeling much better now, but tends to be very nervous when anything unexpected (like snow!) happens, hence the not wanting to go outside. I hope you are well and that Basil is doing ok?

Willow xx