Well yesterday and today have been much cooler than of late. Also overcast with a cooling breeze. I much prefer the lower temps, but it would have been nice if it had been a bit brighter. Temps are set to soar to the high 20s/30s next week and the humidity is supposed to be rising. Think I will be melting:)
I took these photos at dad's yesterday.
Polly will insist on moving just as the camera takes the photo:)
Polly was letting me know she would like some of the chicken that was on the work surface. the chicken was a little bit left over from dinner and was to be Albe's tea.
Polly and Albe
Lovely rose. hopefully next year it will be a well established bushy plant.
Sweet Peas (my favourite plant). They had a lovely scent. Hope another year there will be so many, dad will let me cut some to bring home.
The following are of the flower bed.
More beautiful Sweet Peas.
Don't know what this is, but the little dainty yellow flowers are lovely.
After Gary putting The Rainbow Bridge verse in his comment the other day, it reminded me of this one, which I put on here in May. Although it's sad, it has a happy ending.
Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and grey, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All the recent arrivals were confused and concerned. They had no idea what to think for they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had spent some time waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was happening and began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge to watch. They knew this was something special.
It wasn't too long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung heavy and low with tail dragging along the ground. The other animals on the pathway....the ones who had been at Rainbow Bridge for a while....knew the story of this sad creature immediately. They had seen it happen far too many times.
Although it was obvious the animals heart was leaden and he was totally overcome with emotional pain and hurt, there was no sign of injury or any illness. Unlike the pets waiting at the Bridge, this dog had not been restored to his prime. He was full of neither health or vigour. He approached slowly and painfully, watching all the pets who by now were all watching him. He knew he was out of place here. This was no resting place for him. He felt instinctively that the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But alas, as he came closer to the Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who spoke softly to the old dog and apologised sorrowfully, telling him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their special people could pass over the Rainbow Bridge, and he had no special beloved people....not here at the Bridge nor on Earth below.
With no place else to turn, the poor elderly dog looked toward the fields before the Bridge. There, in a separate area nearby, he spotted a group of other sad-eyed animals like himself....elderly and infirm. Unlike the pets waiting for their special people, these animals weren't playing, but simply lying on the green grass, forlornly and miserably staring out at the pathway leading to the Bridge. The recent arrival knew he had no choice but to join then. And so, he took his place among them, just watching the pathway and waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at the Bridge, who was waiting for his special people, could not understand what he had just witnessed and asked one the pets who had been there for some time to explain to him. "That poor dog was a rescue, sent to the pound when his owners grew tired of him. The way you see him now, with greying fur and sad, cloudy eyes, was exactly the way he was when he was put into the kennels. He never, ever made it out and passed on only with the love and comfort that the kennel workers could give him as he left his miserable and unloved existence on Earth for good. Because he had no family or special person to give his love, he has nobody to escort him across the Bridge."
The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the all-invasive gloom lifted. Coming toward the Bridge could be seen a single figure....a person who, on Earth, had seemed quite ordinary....a person who, just like the elderly dog, had just left Earth forever. This figure turned toward the group of sad animals and extended outstretched palms. The sweetest sounds they had ever heard echoed gently above them and all were bathed in a pure and golden light. Instantly, each was young and healthy again, just as they had been in the prime of life. From within the gathering of pets waiting for their special people, a group of animals emerged and moved toward the pathway. As they came close to the passing figure, each bowed low and each received a tender pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. Their eyes grew even brighter as the figure softly murmured each name. Then, the newly-restored pets fell into line behind the figure and quietly followed this person to the Bridge, where they all crossed together. The recent arrival who had been watching was amazed. "What happened?" "That was a rescuer," came the answer. "That person spent a lifetime trying to help pets of all kinds. The ones you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of such unselfish work. They will cross when their families arrive. Those you saw restored were ones who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor pets that couldn't place on Earth across the Rainbow Bridge. You see, all animals are special to them....just as they are special to all animals."
"I think I like rescuers," said the recent arrival.
Hope you are all looking forward to a nice weekend. It's going to be a scorcher here.
I bought this the other day. It's got the names of all my previous dogs, a Greyhound charm and the heart that says Waiting for me at Rainbow Bridge, with a coloured crystal. I also got another tag with Polly on it for way way in the future. It's a necklace, but I am going to hang it in the window, so the sun catches the little crystal.
This is a Cala Lily that dad bought me. There are two more flowers coming up.
Just got back from the vet with Polly. She partially pulled her Dew Claw out, so the vet had to finish the job. Whilst she screamed when I just touched her leg, she never made a sound in the vets. the bandage can come off tomorrow, but she has 7 days worth of antibiotics. Don't need to go back, providing her pad is ok. Cost me just over £70. I wasn't in there more than 10 minutes, but the consult cost £25.95, The antibiotics £25.21 and the various bandages £21.29.
I told Polly it would come out of her pocket money:)
We had a dreary day yesterday with sea mist hanging around till late afternoon and then it got out lovely. No sea mist today and it's been sunny and hot since 6am.
Well we have our summer, although how long it will last for is anyone's guess. Temps to be high 20s again today. Already hot and sunny here, so got Polly walked soon after 6am.
Plan on watching the Wimbledon men's final this afternoon and of course I'll be cheering for Andy Murray.
On a sad note, too many of our beloved hounds have gone to The Bridge lately. I was saddened to read that Jaime of Genjis Corner (http://genjiscorner.blogspot.co.uk/) lost her fight to Osteo. Polly and I howled to the moon to let her know she wasn't forgotten.
Just a quick update. Took these photos in dad's garden the other day.
This Clematis is called Dr. Ruppel.
This is the second Peony that dad has out now. This one is a lighter pink than the first one that came out.
This is a rose dad planted this year. It's only small at the moment, but it will grow into a bush.
The last photo I have with Polly and Maggie together.
Polly proving that some Greyhounds can sit. Something Song rarely did and when she did, she always looked uncomfortable.
A treat goes down well.
A nice one of Maggie. Still can't believe she's gone.
Polly giving me the look, which says give me a treat:)
She thinks if she looks cute, I'll cave in....she was right:)
Right I took dad to collect Albe this morning. Had a bit of a scare whilst waiting to do the paperwork, as they were going to microchip him and actually found he already had one. Turns out the person who the chip is registered to sold him on and didn't have the peoples details, so he was officially a stray....phew:)
The kennels staff all had to come and say goodbye to him. He'd obviously won their hearts. I promised I'd email them updates and photos.
He jumped in the car without a second glance. He was really good in the car and apart from panting when he first got in the car, from pulling, he layed down most of the way (an hour and 15 minutes). After I got back here, dad took over and went home. He phoned me a little while ago to say he has been fine. He loves the garden and was rolling around on his back playing with the fabric frisbee I had for Poppy. Whilst dad was talking to me, he had gone into his bed and curled up. Obviously there will be more to come about him as he settles in. I hope to go over on Thursday, so hope to get photos and maybe even a video.