It is cold, but at least the sun came out! Poppy had a bath. The excitement is intense. And a haircut. So now she can see where she's going. Her fringe had got so bad she could barely see out. Then we decided to take the dogs for a walk. Alfie goes mad as soon as you show him the lead and it takes some time to get both dogs on their leads and out of the house, but as soon as we get onto the Redway we let them off. We walk along the Redway towards Woughton village and then along the path next to the Grand Union Canal. There was ice on the canal, which I've never seen before. I don't think it was very thick, but it seemed odd to see it all so still and silent. Alfie stops to wee against every tree and lamp post he can see and what's with this growling and kicking up the dust with his back legs-business? I think it's just the sheer joy of being out in the open air, and not shut up in the house as they have been for most of the winter. Both dogs pick up bits of twig on their coats and drag them along behind them. Alfie has to stop and pick it out with his mouth, while I have to stand on the twig that Poppy has to get it removed from her coat. I remember when Alfie was a puppy and we took him to Stockgrove Country Park. It was autumn, and as he walked along he got bits of twig and leaf in his coat and he kept stopping to remove it. He didn't seem to like it and got quite cross with the additional vegetation he was carrying!
There is still some snow laying on the ground, but most of it has fortunately melted, but there is still a definite chill in the air. Just hope that the weather begins to improve so that we can get out a bit more while Carol is on holiday from the Academy