26 April 2012 12.00 PM 56 F Sunny
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. They say the camera never lies (although with the likes of Photoshop etc, that’s definitely up for debate). They also say I should stop moaning about break up. So I will, sometime, soon, maybe.
In the meantime, here are a few photographs of the latest state of the dogyard. We just keep telling ourselves and the dogs that it will all be back to lovely dry sand in a week or two or three………….
So, as you can see, it’s really still quite wet and horrible mostly. We are making some progress. In the few days since those photos were taken (and I started this entry) a lot of the standing snow has melted. This, of course, creates its own problems with the additional meltwater needing a place to go. So far, we’ve managed to keep it moving along with the help of our carefully designed dogyard- on a slight slope – and the judicious use of water pumps where necessary.
We have also been blessed with some wonderful Spring sunshine and lovely warm temperatures. This has definitely helped the melting process and in thawing the ground, also aids the dispersal of all that water. The downside of that sunshine and warmth has been the arrival of the first of our seasonal pests. Mosquitoes! Yes, the mozzies are back, biting and drawing blood already. Seems crazy to having to get the Skeeter Vacs out and running when there is still snow on the ground, but it really didn’t take long to remember just what worthwhile machines they are.
The melting snow also gave us yet another poignant reminder of Milloy. If he was not on the first team to go running, he would go to the end of his chain, and dig at the sand in frustration at not getting being selected. His digging and throwing the sand back into his circle, created a trench, which, over the weeks, came to resemble a moat protecting a castle. That trench is now full of water, reinforcing this moat effect and making my heart smile when I think of him frantically digging because he was so mad I wasn’t taking him running that day.