In our part of the world, new seasons start at the beginning of the month. So, today is officially the start of Spring. And Mother Nature must have been checking her calendar! It’s been 24 degrees Celsius, sunny skies and a northerly wind blowing. The blossoms are out on the trees, they’re sprouting fresh leaves; the daisies and tulips are waving their heads in the sun; and the dogs are enjoying lying in the shafts of sunlight streaming through the windows. And with the first burst of Spring sunshine, the flies are already buzzing around!
I remembered writing a similar post last year, and yes, almost to the day, the weather came good then too. We’ll still have some cold and wet days, but the promise of warmth and holidays is in the air.
It’s just over a year ago that we fostered our second greyhound Billie. Back then she was dirty and woolly, frightened and shy. A year on and she’s still a bit nervy when she’s out of the house, but at home she’s playful, affectionate and beautiful!
It’s been an interesting year – some good things have happened but some sad things too. We’ve loved having Billie as an addition to our family, but my Mum passed away after suffering from Lewy Body Dementia for a number of years. It still doesn’t feel real and I often think of things that ‘I must tell mum’, and then with a stab of reality, realise I can’t.
On a more positive note, we, along with my Dad, are going on an overseas holiday and we leave in 3 days! It’s the thing that’s kept us looking forward and not drowning in the sadness of the past. We’re going to Europe and doing a couple of cruises on the Mediterranean. We’re having a stopover on the way home in Dubai, and Dad is going on to England to visit his and Mum’s relatives; something he didn’t think he’d get chance to do again.
My next blog post could well be strewn with images of ancient cities, blue oceans and opulent cruise ships! As much as we are looking forward to this wonderful holiday, however, it means we have to leave our doggy family behind for a month; the longest we’ve ever left them. We have a house-sitter coming to stay and I know she’ll take good care of them, but it still causes me anxiety. Thank goodness for social media and text messages!
I’ll finish this post with greetings of the season, whichever one you are currently experiencing, and some images of our Spring, and our dogs – well, dog, as Rupie and April were camera shy today.