We invited the parents to lunch at our house this year: I feel rather lucky that all three of them are once again well enough to make it over here. My mother stayed over so she didn't have to drive home in the dark, which was nice. The weather has been awful : gloomy and wet, so I didn't give Rosie an afternoon walk, but instead we played one of the many games from Pp's shop, Ticket To Ride. It was fun, and I WOULD have won if I'd only had one more black coaltruck! As it was, Pp won. Boo. We discovered, playing this, that my mother's colour vision has become terrible: she had great difficulty telling green from grey or orange from red.
The only thing she's a little awkward about is wearing her harness: she'd prefer to be walked on a collar, but given my experiences with Az and dogs with long elegant necks on a collar, I really prefer her to wear a harness so she can't knacker her neck or back, which obviously is a concept she can't really understand... Here she is evading me and refusing to have her harness put on like a Bad Doggy :
She DOES want a walk, but she is also quite willing to run away and hide (unconvincingly!) on the sofa in the hope that somehow this will avert the Harness Moment (once it's on, she ignores it).
I wish I'd taken my camera on our walk today, because after the first few minutes when it HAILED LIKE MAD and we fled back to the car in horror (her idea, she towed me!) and I thought we might have to go home, it was actually quite pleasant with lots of sunbeams shining through the raindrops. I adopted the strategy of spotting a patch of blue sky on the horizon, driving towards it until we got to a sunny bit, and then stopping. That doesn't seem like it should work, since clouds move about a lot, but it did, and we had a nice quiet sunny walk in the woods in the end.
Here we are having just got back as it began to rain yet again. The fire is on, it's just not warmed up yet enough to show in the photo. Yama Bungle has taken over the second dog bed, although there's room for about six of him in there, since it's Brythen sized.
A rather belated Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a Happy New Year!