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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

a winter walk




Who's walking whom?


Last weekend we took our son's dogs for a walk.  Ellie May and Buckley are black Lab crosses and love to get out for some exercise.  We took a walk through the old orchard that used to be a part of the farm that Murray grew up on.  

There were lots of animal tracks everywhere, mostly deer and rabbit.


The orchards and fields are growing up and uncared for.   The apple trees have gone wild and the deer are eating the new buds.




We walked on the snowmobile trail which was nice and compacted.  If we stepped off it we sunk to our knees.  There is a lot of snow.

A rest break.  They were pretty excited to be out and when they saw a deer they just about bolted.  Last year we didn't have them on leashes and they both took off on us through the woods after a deer.  After about 10 minutes they came back.  We learned our lesson and used leashes this time.  Ellie managed to slip from her collar once  but stayed put.  

Almost home.

We saw one sign of spring in this huge poplar tree in the yard that was loaded with swelling buds.  

But, you'd better get your shovels out, you're going to need them.

The snow has started about 2 hours ago and so far it's melting as the temperature is just above freezing.  We are expected to receive up to 35 cm. of snow along with northeasterly winds.  It will get worse throughout the night and tomorrow.   We've been told to prepare for power outages and have supplies on hand.  I guess we'll have to draw some pails of water for the flushes.   I went to town this morning for groceries just in case I don't get out for a few days.  Surprisingly it was very quiet at the grocery store but I expect at suppertime it will be really busy as people head home from work.  The birds are enjoying the feeders this afternoon and getting their little tummies full.  

I'm hoping this is the last of the big storms for this winter.  We've had enough this season!  I'm enjoying seeing lots of spring on some  blogs lately.  Be it talk of spring weather and gardens and decor, or the real thing.  It's all so refreshing and hopeful.  Be safe!

Blessings,

Pamela






36 comments:

  1. oh, i have seen doggies like that - almost pulling their owners along. kind of funny. i have heard - i am not a dog expert but i think that is the wrong way to walk a dog like that - you are the master & they should follow what you want them to do. i could be wrong but i have listen to many shows all about it. that is one reason i wonder if i would be a good dog master. i might let her/him get away with a lot. ha. ha!!

    enjoy a cup of tea & stay warm. ( :

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  2. Lovely photos ! Oh the snow storm has been with us here all day and still going . So much for the grass patches now lol ! Oh well spring will arrive soon March has always been a tricky foolery month ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  3. You still have sooooo much snow. Ours has been slowly going away. We are supposed to get another inch or so tonight but I expect it won't stay around for long. Cute doggies! I love that pic of the back of them.

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  4. Great pictures--love the one of the two dogs!

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  5. The fresh air you took in warmed all of us!...:)JP

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  6. What beautiful winter pictures! The dogs and the snow produce a wonderful study in black and white. :)

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  7. Keep safe and warm during your winter storm, Pamela.

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  8. Beautiful photos! I especially like the third one!

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  9. The poocges are adorable. Can't believe your snow. Wow!

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  10. Your snowy photos are very nice. Love the black dogs and white snow!

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  11. Pamela, don't the dogs just love it. Our Buddy loves nothing better than a good romp and roll in the snow. By the looks of things there you could hitch them to a sleigh and have a ride! You sure have had your share and then some. It has to get better soon..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  12. The picture of the snow shovel handle, with the rest buried in snow, tells the tale. I hope that this is the last for you! We have a cold snap tonight, dipping into the 20s and snow flurries. This is pretty typical for March weather! I think we're all a bit anxious for spring to arrive and actually stay for a while, LOL. Stay safe and warm!

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  13. Love the photo of Ellie Mae and Buckley sitting side by side. Also like the photo of the shovel handle sticking our of the snow.
    Your snow storm missed us and they are saying we could reach 50 degrees tomorrow. The snow has been melting here the last few days.

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  14. That really is a lot of tracks! Beautiful photos but I hope Spring is near! Take care my friend! Hugs!

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  15. Lovely scenes on your walk - I just love the birch trees against the snow. Good idea to keep the beautiful dogs on their leashes. Glad you are seeing at least one tiny evidence of spring. That is a lot of snow! I do hope this is the last of it for you. xo Karen

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  16. Pamela, your snow pictures are so pretty, but I don't blame you for wanting this to be your last. I'm so looking forward to planting season. It was gorgeous and sunshiny here today. Too bad I was stuck inside with a cold.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  17. Oh boy...more snow, eh? Love your dog walking photos. They look so good against the snow...

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  18. A winter wonderland! And no end in sight just yet. Oh dear. 'You'll get through this'. Before you know it, spring will be here. We had our first wiener roast of the season with the grands tonight. It felt like spring!

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  19. Nice looking pups! Looks like a fun walk.

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  20. A winter walk looks and sound so inviting. Lovely photos Pamela.
    The storm went south of us so we lucked out. I won't put the snow shovel away yet though!

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  21. Oh my. Another storm. I do hope that it's the very last one. What a winter you've had. It's feeling very much like spring here, although rain is forecast for the weekend.

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  22. Although the images are lovely (gorgeous dogs!), I know you must be ready for spring. That's a lot of snow!

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  23. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. minus 25c here today but sunny. The storm has moved on.

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  24. How are things there today, Pam? I hear storm hit parts of the Martimes pretty hard.

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  25. Glad that you had a beautiful walk, now that shovel either has a very short handle or there is masses and masses of snow there! I hope that this is your last storm and that spring comes to you very soon. xx

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  26. Did you catch me trying to comment for what seemed forever this morning? I am nothing if not tenacious.

    What beautiful trails the snowmobiles make for walking in the woods. Just lovely. And it makes you feel as if you have enjoyed the day to get out in it.

    Of course, this weather is not the most enjoyable to get out in. I am hopeful that this latest storm is the end of any big ones, though I full well know that we could have snow flurries into May. John was reading that this winter has been the worst on record since 1912. Sounds right to me. =D

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  27. Yes, here's to it being the last storm of the season too...it does seem to be dragging on, and on. Stay safe, and dry.

    I loved that you got to walk on the old property...out here by now it would be a Mall.

    Jen

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  28. I remember those days of constant snow when we lived at a mountain lake at 5,000 feet. We averaged 280 inches, and one year had 380. I do miss the walks and the falling flakes, but not the shoveling! Or in our case the snow blowing. My husband said that was a happy day when he sold the blower just before we moved to sea level. Stay warm!
    Ruth

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  29. Pamela, these are such lovely photos. As tired as I'm sure you and everyone else is of snow, there is just something so beautiful about it. We got to experience a little more this past weekend...it was a very fluffy snow and my doggies had a blast running around and playing. The last snow we had was covered with sleet and they kept falling through the crust, making walking nearly impossible, let alone running! Keep thinking spring...it really is just around the corner!

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  30. Your photos of your walk look so beautifully fresh and ingratiating. We had no snow this winter and I rather missed it (oops, shouldn't have said that as we will get it for Easter now!). I loved your shot of the shovel handle, I do hope that you will soon have a thaw. Take care xx

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  31. Oh I seen that big blue cloud over your part of the country on the news I do hope it is gone now, but I am sure you were prepared. Wonderful photos.. I loved going on your hike and winter can leave now for me too:) Hug B

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  32. I hope your storm turned out to be less than predicted. We're getting the last of winter -- I hope -- and all we have left of snow is a few very grimy patches. So eager to see spring arrive.

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  33. Oh My goodness! You still have so much snow!! The motorbikes are on the streets in here Medicine Hat! I am so looking forward to spring time!! and I hope your storm didn't make it !!

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  34. Doesn't look too spring like there - here either!!!! Go away winter!!

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  35. I LOVE that shovel photo :)

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