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I light the stove in the sitting room each evening at this time of year. Aside from the heat it gives out, I love to see the light of the flames once the sun has gone for the day.

The dogs love to lie in front of the fire – with their thick coats they will get really close to the fire, often closer than my skin can tolerate. They look so warm and content. (Don’t worry, I am very protective of my dogs and they are safe.)

There’s not much more comforting than seeing an oldie resting in front of a warm fire at this time of year …

Jasper in front of the fire

The handsome Jasper has been with us just over two weeks now and has settled in so well. He’s a real treasure, a very special boy indeed 🙂


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Today I have been remembering Sweetie, the first dog we adopted as an “oldie” and the inspiration behind me deciding to get involved with Oldies Club.

Sweetie was straying before she was picked up and held in a stray kennels for a few weeks, so she was adopted without history. We think she was around 12-13 years when she came to us. She was an old lady looking for a place to rest her head for however long she had left – and to be honest, when she first came to us, I don’t think anyone thought that would be for very long.

In the end we had three wonderful years and months with her, which was probably about three years longer than first expected. She came from “up north” but a rescue volunteer very kindly drove her down to Wales – coincidentally the same town that Jasper came from. I went on the train to bring her home as we didn’t have a car back then. I did get a few stares on the train on the way back as she wasn’t in the greatest of condition after what she’d been through. I’ll be forever grateful to the smartly dressed businessman who asked me about her, rather than just looking, and gave me the chance to explain that I’d literally just met her and was taking her home to her new life.

My husband chose the name Sweetie for her and it suited her. She was a sweet old lady who I’m sure would have been quite a character in her youth. We have no idea of her history but I have always felt she belonged to someone nice at some point. She didn’t have any fears – other than the camera, unfortunately. That would send her into a bit of a panic so photos were taken when she was unaware/from a distance. I think she would have had a decent life for most of it, I suspect sadly that something happened to her (elderly?) owner and Sweetie then ended up on the streets 😦 This is just a feeling on my part, but I hope if it is the case that her previous owner knew she ended up being loved again and taken care of.

Since Sweetie disliked the camera, I don’t have many great photographs of her 😦 However this is one of my favourites. We had always hoped to take her on holiday and to the beach in particular and one year we booked a holiday in Wales, staying in a house on a dog-friendly farm. We took her to the beach, along with our other dogs.

I will treasure this photo of Sweetie and my husband, going for a paddle, for all time. Sweetie, we miss you. We think you’d approve of Jasper.

Sweetie beach

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It’s still very white around here and a tad slippery when away from the main road/pavements in the village. Beautiful out in the fields though. Some more photos from the last few days …

My very handsome older Lab, nearly 11 but doesn’t believe he’s a day over 11 months and that’s how we’d like things to stay thank you 🙂


A snow-clad gate which I thought was rather pretty …


This photo has made me smile LOTS since I downloaded it. Just what you need to cheer you up on a cold winter’s eve …


Looking rather stunning in the snowy sunshine:

M-M snow and sunshine

I think this tree always looks beautiful with the sun behind it, whatever the weather …

tree snow

And lastly but very gorgeously, a rather thoughtful pose from the collie 🙂

collie snow

Hope you’ve enjoyed looking?

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Today has been rather cold but we have had some wonderful blue skies and sunshine – far preferable to me than grey, wet and miserable!

I thought this was a beautiful sight …

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Today, while out walking with the dogs, I took these photos. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it before. It was rather cool 🙂 I half expected to see a spaceship at the end of it!

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