It has been such a lovely sunny day here today
that I just had to share some photos with you.
They are taken from and of the vineyards up above our house
where we walk the hounds most mornings.
I'm fascinated by the patterns
the vines make.
So I am always stopping to take a different shot or two.
Lovely for a picnic perhaps?
Maybe another day.
This is the road we often walk back down.
It looks a long way but it isn't.
It's quite icy tho'.
The views are of the other side of the river.
Here's a closer view.
Ohh and here's Jewel.
I stopped to take a few photos
and that's all she needs for an excuse to lie down,
and eat snow!
Back home this is the view from the house
looking down our little street
across the river.
The sun must have thawed the ground.
Mike has been hammering in fence posts
in order to put up a fence for the hounds.
It will give them a little area to run around and play outside.
Supervised of course.
Did I ever tell you of the time Jewel and Rufus ran off?
It happened one night the first week we had moved to Germany,
so everything was all a bit new to us.
We had just come in from the nightime walk,
which meant we would be going upstairs to bed.
But on getting upstairs,
only Paddy was there.
Jewel and Rufus were no where to be seen!
We went back downstairs
and unable to find them,
we came to the conclusion
that they had escaped!
We didn't know how.
We just knew that they weren't
Mike got in the car to
cover more ground.
Well greyhounds can move fast!
And I stayed close to home in case they showed up.
I also looked in the allotments/vineyards close by,
but it was very dark.
It was frightening to think
about how we would get them back.
Did they know their own way home?
After 45 minutes or so
Mike spotted Rufus trotting back through the vineyards towards him.
He was in fact heading back in the direction of the house!
We like to think that Rufus knew which way was home
and he'd had enough freedom and it was time for bed.
Mike got him into the car and travelled a bit further afield in search of Jewel.
She's always been a little minx.
He was nearly in the neighbouring village when he happened to see her nosing around along the edges of the gardens.
When he called to her she was very happy to see him and came over straight away and got in the car.
But I also think she would not have known her way home and would have carried on going further and further away until she eventually stopped and wondered where we were.
And how did they get out?
A certain someone hadn't shut the workshop door properly,
and Jewel being Jewel,
was the first one to go through and find it.
It was very fortunate to get them back safe.
Since then we have been very careful to check that doors are closed.
After this mornings walk
the hounds spent time on the balcony
and relaxing in the sunshine.
Who was out there the longest?
Hope your day has been a sunny one.