In the Garden

We have had a lovely, sunny, bank holiday weekend so far in Cumbria. It’s kind of unusual to get nice weather on bank holidays in England! I’m not sure if other countries have bank holidays, but I know the US at least has public holidays, so this bank holiday is a replacement for  Whitsun Sunday for us. Is it for you?

Bank holidays usually mean we get very busy at work, but we still got to enjoy some sunshine in our garden. We had a picnic.

Molly and Faline, The Rabbit-dogs, are getting quite old now. Molly will be 11 in August and he is really feeling his age now. He was a bit worried to find himself in the garden at first, as Faline hopped away and left him on his own on the lawn, but I put him in the flower bed and put Faline next to him and he felt her with his whiskers and followed her under the buddleia bush and then he was quite content to enjoy the sunshine with us. When the rabbits are in the garden if the shadow of a seagull goes over they run for cover. They must still have that prey instinct to hide from raptors.

No great shots of the boys as they stayed about 2 inches away from the picnic blanket hoping for treats the whole time.

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Pretty Faline

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Loves his TND

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Faline showing off her little white belly. 

Arran was there too!

We all had a nice rest in the warm spring sunshine. Our garden is finally coming back to life and maybe not as dead as we first thought after the rain/floods and winds of winter. We did have to replace a couple of favourite bushes and the weeds sure are recovering well, but at least plants are resilient!

Last summer we dug a little wildlife pond. It still needs bedded in properly but Mr. Toad has already found it!

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I hope we get lots more days to enjoy the garden but I thought I’d better make the most of this one, just in case!

-Dee

Will it ever stop raining in Cumbria?

Hurro, it me, Ludo!

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From the BBC

Today I has to pose a very serious question. Will it ever stop raining in Cumbria?

 

According to the BBC, the answer be ‘no’. cumbria underneath the bottom of that blob of rain, which going to come down so all that other rain waiting behind it will rain on us too, and I think we has already had quite enough. Oh sure, the rest of the North West (well, most of Scotland) will be getting rained on too, but I am a dog and I can only do worryings about so many things at once and I thinks it most important to worry about myself first, right?

Mum keeps on saying that we is so lucky that we has not been directly impacted and to think of all the people who has beed flooded and also all the other people in the world dealing with horrible weather right now. (I hope none of my friends in the US got snowed in!) But really. I think it quite wet enough now. It impacted on my walkies enjoyment.

Our paths has all turned to water. (Ignore Arran’s happy face, he a weirdo) The humans is wearing plastic all over their clothes! Look at poor soggy grandpaws sad face!

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I am going to has to rename our blog Soggy Shelties if this does not stop soon!

Even when it not raining all our water up really high, even our favourite lake, Ennerdale, attacked us. (You might need to click to make it bigger to see the splashing water. That water usually a few feet lower than that.

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*Sigh*

On Sunday we has our dog clubs annual fun agility match with other clubs in the area and it supposed to rain all day long and I is finally allowed to do some agility on the little dogs height, when so far all I has been allowed to do be the tunnel and running through the wings of the jumps, but I bet Mum will say it too slippery and I will not get to has my goes! Poor me.

~Lickies, Ludo!

 

pee ess from Mum: Aside from the inconvenience to Ludo, the rain has caused some real damage in our area and further afield. Not only to homes and businesses but to the landscape, roads and waterways themselves. The Lake District is beginning to resemble one giant lake.

However, Cumbria IS open. There is a handy guide here to keep updated on where you can still walk along with other flood information. I didn’t want to post horrible pictures here but a quick image search of ‘cumbria flood damage’ will show you a plethora of what it’s been like.

Those same places are battening down the hatches again this weekend as more severe rain and wind is forecast. Our thoughts are with those in our area and our neighbours in Scotland and the North East who are having to deal with the devastation first hand. We really hope we catch a break in the weather soon!

 

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Hello!

It’s me, Arran!

This weekend I got to have some really Scampy fun. We went to a really interesting place called ‘Snow’. I have seen snow falling from the sky before and looked at it, but I have never been to Snow before. Mum heard it had snowed, but we didn’t get any because of the salty sea air, so she said to Dad, let’s go find some, because Arran is nearly three. And we did!

We drove a bit inland and went up a little higher onto the Cumbrian Fells onto Cold Fell and there we found… Snow! It was all white and sinky and also cold. I suppose that makes sense. Mum says that it is called Cold all year round and there is only Snow sometimes, but snow is always cold. I think my head hurts.

Here are some photos!

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I’ll just keep this stick on my fur for later.

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