Winter has definitely arrived.
Nicky is working in Queensown for a few days. I went up with her for the first night as she was a little nervous of driving up & down the rediculously steep street that she's staying on. As it turned out, the street was fine. The main image is the view from where she's staying.
I came home yesterday and last night it started snowing a little. This morning we have a reasonable covering.
Dill hadn't experienced snow up to this point - but (like all dogs) she seems to enjoy it.
We are down in Cornwall to celebrate my 65th and Jude’s retirement from Bagshaws. The VW camper we are renting is a 1965 split screen model called Barbarossa. Very very cool - but does require some organisational skills as living space is limited!
We picked it up in Oakhampton on Friday lunchtime and Jude drove us down to Padstow which was our base for the first 3 nights. Very smart campsite within walking distance of the harbour. Had a real bonus the first night as a mobile wood fired pizza trailer visit s every Friday. So pizza for supper with our salad.
Meet Dilys aka Dill the Dog
She came home with us today from Twizel.
She will one day be a search Dog. Her mum is an avalanche dog & her dad is a Department of Conservation predator control dog.
She is mostly Lab x GSP (which is what Taf was) but she has a little bit of something else in there too from her Dad's side.
Stella (mum) is only three so very much still in the SAR game, so will see each other again at avalanche courses. One of her sisters is also destined to be an avalanche dog, so courses will become a bit of a reunion.
I've made a small enhancement to make it easier to include externally hosted media, such as Youtube videos.
There's an example at Doug's snowy posting, which I edited to embed the videos, rather than simply link them.
Here is a link to my latest sax recording .
It is a gospel song called Take My Hand Precious Lord.
Nicky & I are in Melbourne. We are combining seeing Mike & Carol with the Australian Grand Prix.
Mike and Carol actually live quite a bit out of Melbourne in a little place called Clifton Springs.
While Doug & Jude are battling snow drifts we're lounging by Mike & Carol's pool in 30+ degrees.
We arrived late Monday, so Tuesday we took it easy, and didn't really do much. Mike was in work, but Carol showed us around the local area a bit.
We had some weather this weekend so on Sunday afternoon Jude, Elaine and I went for a Sunday afternoon stroll. We had a great time.
We went up to Bilberry knoll first then back across the fields, down the road to The Dene and across the bottom of the meadow and down Scott's field to the lane to Lowes Farm. Back to Riber up the lane through all the snow drifts to home.
Just a short walk but great fun.
Pictures below and videos on YouTube.
Douglas had a good day today.
Getting to this point has been something of a "learning curve".
Applying the primer didn't go smoothly - in both senses.
We had borrowed an air compressor & dug out my old spray gun. Douglas spent many hours preparing the body, and the plan was to give it one final sand & spray it the same day so that it didn't get chance to go rusty.
Lumsden Maternity Unit is again threatened with closure. The local community organised a march to protest. For a small place, it was a pretty good turn out.
Nicky & Carolyn enacted an unexpected birth on the side of the road.
Ollie & Hamish carried the banner at the very head of the march.
Both major TV channels had crews there.