I thought I’d better provide a quick update as we haven’t posted for a while.
We’ve had a fairly thick layer of snow on the ground since well before Christmas. I think it’s only snowed twice but it’s so cold there’s been no thaw. On a positive note most days have been gloriously sunny with clear blue skies. We haven’t been able to get out and about to activities due to the weather but we have had lots of beautiful walks on the beach and along the nearby cycle path. Sadly it’s been a little too slippery underfoot to cope with the camera and two naughty Beagles!
We’re seriously considering getting our hardy little Beanie a pair of walking boots. On walks we have to stop every few minutes to pick her up and rub her paws to thaw out all the little icicles that form. She always lets us know she’s ready to be thawed out – she stops in her tracks, lifts one paw pathetically and looks at us with big sad eyes. As soon as she’s had her paws warmed up she trots away quite happily. Biggles doesn’t seem to be affected.
On New Year’s Day we met Cuillen & Jamie on the beach along with Susan and Karen. They had a couple of their ‘lodgers’ with them (Karen is a dog walker and also looks after dogs while their owners are on holiday). They put our ‘hardy’ Beagles to shame by diving into the ice cold sea. We managed to get one or two snaps of this.
On this particular day there were huge slabs of ice floating in the sea and the salt water was freezing on the beach as the tide went out. Even the fast-moving burn at the bottom of our garden is frozen solid.
You can just about make out the snow-covered peaks of Arran in this photo – sometimes it looks more like the Arctic than the West Coast of Scotland!
Sadly Rumbling Bridge is still well and truly buried in snow so little chance of the special “Christmas Lure Coursing Event” taking place any time soon. However, on a positive note Sue and Kevin have a brand new website for the lure coursing events. And even better still Beanie and Biggles lure has now been released from customs and is apparantly being delivered tomorrow!