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The Cold

This morning I did not take the dogs out until about 10:30, hoping the ice would have melted and the ground would be easier on delicate greyhound feet.   But it had not.  Helga Saab complained that it was still -2 degrees C despite the brilliant sunshine, and the half-bottle of water I keep in the boot for thirsty dogs had frozen solid.  It has not snowed here, though I can see that the top of Dartmoor is white.  The skies are a brilliant blue.

The milkbottles on our doorstep had frozen.  Gold Top milk expands more than silver top when frozen, and silver top melts faster, so that the silver top had made a little puddle of cream around itself, whereas the gold top had just thrust its contents skywards and left it at that. 

Yesterday I walked near Tavistock with my sister and my mother and her dogs, under a fabulous red-skies sunset, with the folly on Kit Hill silhouetted against it in the distance. This morning, I saw a puddle in a hollow on the hill which had frozen fast and created a huge spiral swirling pattern of air trapped under the ice.  Of course, I didn't bring my camera either time... 

EDIT - on my second walk of the day, I noticed that the snowdrops which were all in bloom have frozen solid - some of them had melted in the sun, drooped and contorted, then re-frozen in strange sad twisted shapes.  There's something strangely violent about such a sudden cold coming on a landscape that was warming and unfolding ready for the spring : it's not like the expected process of going slowly to sleep for the winter : it's more painful and ugly. 

EDIT2: Saturday - And now it IS snowing! Though only an inch or so and it's not so cold.


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3rd Feb, 2012 12:08 (UTC)
Shadow's feet and claws are so delicate. Sal is the toughest greyhound I've ever known. Both have been wearing their coats. The foster lurcher seems pretty toughened up to it. Still kennels in december will do that!

Shadow has passed on his evening walk a few times this week and opted to stay in with me. Think his joints are playing him up.

Are yours ex-racers? Do they have and joint or claw issues?
3rd Feb, 2012 12:26 (UTC)
Mollydog (the ginger one) is an ex-racer and her feet and legs are a mess - she has corns, she is arthritic, one of her front legs had a bad racing injury and can't bend much, and a couple of years ago she damaged the tendon on a back leg and it had to be pinned so that leg and foot are an odd shape now... Her ability to run and leap is a joint triumph of willpower, surgery and Previcox. Mostly willpower... :-D She really doesn't care for coats, but I make her wear one when it's really cold. Usually this causes her to make angry banana-faces. Suggesting she might not want to come on a walk causes even more ridiculous banana-faces to be made though!

Az is a whippet/greyhound lurcher with maybe a teaspoon of collie, he feels the cold and wears a coat and sometimes a jumper as well - but his feet and legs are great. I think that may be the teaspoon of collie helping him there though it might just be luck.
3rd Feb, 2012 12:35 (UTC)
That last paragraph sounds magical, we have had some fabulous sunsets up here recently too and I love patterns in ice - last winter there were some fantastic ones on our local pond :)

It's jolly chilly up here but the sun is wamr enough that the frost has melted in it now. I'll see whether there is ice on the ponds when I go for my walk later.
3rd Feb, 2012 18:55 (UTC)
Stop with the making me homesick, pls. ♥
3rd Feb, 2012 20:40 (UTC)
I'm so hoping we don't get snow though the dogs seem to love it. I'm sort of glad we're getting winter now rather than in March but I'll still be glad to see the back of it.
5th Feb, 2012 00:41 (UTC)
I'm quite pleased it only hung around for two days! Hope it doesn't come back, I can handle a 2-day winter!
4th Feb, 2012 11:39 (UTC)
Poor ambushed snowdrops!

Looks like we're going to escape the snow here, and we're in for some nice sleety rain instead. *sighs*
4th Feb, 2012 12:38 (UTC)
I thought I saw one flake earlier, but I haven't seen any more (yet), so I might have been mistaken.
4th Feb, 2012 14:55 (UTC)
Lots more now.
5th Feb, 2012 00:41 (UTC)
Did it settle? Ours had all melted by lunchtime and it's quite warm & damp now!
5th Feb, 2012 09:06 (UTC)
It did settle, but then it turned to rain in the evening, and the snow was all gone by the time we went to bed.
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