I suppose I should apologise. There haven't been many interesting posts this year. Sorry about that. Obviously, there has been a fair bit of lifestyle jiggling, and general coming to terms with things. It was nice to be able to spend a whole summer with Sheena. I should record that. And the fact that we didn't end up strangling each other or pushing each other overboard. (just kidding).
It's our sixth year as liveaboard boaters now. Living afloat has been great for the soul. it lends a sense of purpose to each and every single day. and it gives you the feeling that your destiny is in your own hands.
Anyway......here's some pictures of the chaps....
Olly is growing up to be a fine little chap. He is very happy and licky. But also very naughty. His latest trick, is to stand up on his back legs and see what is happening on the worktops. Cheese, Yoghurt, Sandwiches... he's had the lot. No amount of telling him "off", or brushing him away seems to work. Am hoping this is the 'naughty phase', that he will eventually grow out of. His whistle recall is excellent. But only, unfortunately, after he has run off and jumped up at somebody. I try to pop him back on a lead if there is even a remote chance of this happening, and try to have a calm 'meeting' with the other person (without too much over excitement on Olly's part). Hopefully, too, this message will gradually sink in. Bryn, in contrast, is a perfect gentleman, who will happily plod along offlead.
These two have helped me tremendously. They need me. They make me laugh. And they give me cardio vascular exercise every day. Throughout almost all of the summer, great though it was, I fantasised about how nice it would be, to be able to walk them in the winter. for miles and miles, without seeing another soul. I can happily report that the reality is every bit as good as the dream. Sheena has enjoyed the meadow walks, too. She can happily leadwalk Bryn, which was impossible with Mister Sooz. Bless him..
Fond memories of "this time last year".... country walks, then snuggling ourselves up with classic FM and a good book while listening to the rain on the window panes. A lot can happen in 365 days. Still miss him very much.
I wish all our friends and readers a very happy solstice, and the very best for the new year to come.