Snow Ball

Hiya! It is I, Bruce! As we all know, one of the most confusing things about living with humans is that the sounds they make (which they call words) can sometimes have several meanings. Today I am here to help you, my dog friends, by clarifying the double-meaning of one of these confusing sounds –…

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snow deco

We have at last seen something like wintry weather in Scotland over the past few days. I much prefer a crisp, cold winter day to a muggy, grey wet one (who doesn’t?) so the snow and sunshine have really felt something like a treat. And not least because we have been waiting for exactly the…

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Guess the name of my hat

Good morning! This week I have news other than logistical matters from Yokes dispatch central (though I’ll return to these things in a moment). For example, we had our first snowfall . . . I do find that snow affords me a welcome shift in perspective on the winter months. The world of relentless grey…

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a little snow

Everything is relative: I am sure that those of you in North America, who have been shovelling the white stuff for months, will not be in the least excited to hear that it actually snowed, but here, where winter has been horribly dank and soggy thus far, it is an exceedingly welcome change. It is…

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snowballs and other mysteries

Hiya! It is I, Bruce. Today there is SNOW. I like SNOW because when it arrives we get up early and go for fun walks in my favourite places. One of the many mysteries of taking a walk in the SNOW with humans is how very different their priorities are from mine. Kate, for example…

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snawheid

Here is the result of my pompom mania — SNAWHEID! Snawheid is a seasonal, snowflake-adorned beanie, feauturing a gigantic snowball pompom. It being Wovember and everything, I thought it would be fun to present to you three rather different Snawheids, each made in a different British breed-specific yarn. All are, of course, 100% wool (as…

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Winterreise

It has been a bit like the house of the undead here this week. Tom kept to his annual ironic tradition of returning from the conference of immunologists with an evil infection, and has been very ill all week with flu. I have not been much better myself (delirium actually set in at one point),…

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at home

It’s still snowing here. Snow is one of those things about which Jesus definitely is Not Sure. Just check out his plum tree. . . The wee man is spending the day inside, but me and Bruce have been out with the camera. I love the transformative effects of snow, even on the greyest winter…

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Holyrood Park

It is not easy to venture far afield in this weather, so we we had another local walk today. It was time for me to try out my new Winter boots (bought with the proceeds of the shoe sale several weeks ago). . . . . . and for Bruce to test his stick-in-the-snow retrieval…

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snapshots

Like the rest of our locale, we’ve been out playing in the distinctly unseasonal snow. (Do meteorologists attribute this particular cold snap to the volcano? And what I want to know is: where’s the revolution?). So far, I’ve not done too badly in the white stuff: I have some super new micro-crampons, which I am…

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a mind of winter

I’ve been to Newcastle and back today. I rose at 5, and walked to the station through yet another blizzard. Abandoned Christmas trees whirled around the empty Edinburgh streets like wintery tumbleweeds. On the train, the sun rose revealing masses of falling snow, white and grey across the border. At Newcastle, the station platform was…

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twenty

You will note that this advent calendar is turning out to have a determinedly snowy theme. Behind today’s door are some images from our lovely weekend away in the woods and hills. I do enjoy the snow — both for walking, and for photographing. I love its eerie quietness; its crazy, sculptural qualities; the incredible…

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