Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The 'embers of the year......

I woke up early this morning to the rhythmic drumming of heavy rain on Pippin's roof.

I got up, made a cup of tea and lit the fire.

Work has been hard of late, and there has been little cheer to brighten these grey days.

For we are into the embers of the year.

Nov and Dec.............


Always seems like the end of something. And endings are sad sometimes.

My good friend Mark (The Engineer) has had to have his beloved labrador Ollie put down.

He is very sad.

Mark doesn't have a blog himself, yet. He's waiting until he gets his boat, I think........

But if you feel moved to leave a message for him on this one, please do.

(For some reason known only unto himself, he does read this rubbish......)

It may help, a bit, to cheer him up.........

I am also feeling a bit down on the mouth.

The days shorten and the gargantuan commercialised juggernaut that is Christmas looms ever closer, with it's now unrealistically high expectations of a purchased joy and a fragile, momentary truce that looks like peace and goodwill, but is, in truth, but tinsel, dearly leased, and owned by usurers.

But strike up, brave heart! And be glad!

I've been looking back through wb Pippin's photo library.

Here's some pictures to remind us that it isn't always rainy, sad and grey.........

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling heaps better.......



  1. Aww. Lovely photos, I am feeling quite lighthearted seeing those and thinking of summer.

    And, while I am sure I will see Mark and say it person before long, it is always sad to learn of the passing of one of man's best friends, so I will say here that my thoughts are with Mark & his family.

  2. Nikki (John's sister)21 November 2012 at 20:45

    To Mark
    We had our beautiful collie cross Lucy put down earlier this year so I fully understand your current pain and loss. It does however get easier;, only the other day I watched a video our neighbour shot of her and smiled rather that cried at those memories. We may only have our wonderful pets for a relatively short time but we hold them in our hearts forever. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. M.
    There is no cheer in times of sorrow. There is no sunshine in times of darkness. Mourn and Mourn hard. When tomorrow starts without the paws of a loved one. Pause. Mourn
    Dance when it is time to dance
    Smile when it is time to smile
    until then be held by the memories and those around you.

  4. All,
    Thank you for your kind thoughts, I will always remember Oliver as the crazy rabbit chasing puppy he always thought he was, even in old age he thought himself a pup much like me....

  5. OLD AGE???

    Thou art but a pup yet thyself, brave Engineer!



    Remember it well........

    Ollie was a fine old dog.....

    Much like myself........