…before the storm……..

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Went for a walk with Boucle at lunch hour yesterday.  Beautiful sunshine and blue skies. No wind. Just gorgeous.

Waiting for the big storm……..

….crows….cawing…….flap…flap..flap……  all in unison…..

….yesterday  at lunch from my backyard……

….yesterday’s dream…………..

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We have a wonderful winter gem right in our city.

A ski hill!  Not very big, but it is 15 mins away from my house.  It has a few ski runs, a t-bar, a conveyor belt, and one side of the hill is for little ones to toboggan down.

Yesterday, after our big snowfall, I just knew that this would be open and others would find their way there too.  So around noon, Boucle and I headed out to Centennial Park.  We had a wonderful time.  Perfect winter day!

Today, it is all melting as it is raining and warm.  So I titled it ‘yesterday’s dream’.

Visit Boucle’s blog   to see sweetie-pie at the ski hill.

 

…first view of the lake…..after the storm…….

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We had quite a storm.  Being by the lake, I received 40cm (16 inches) – went out and measured it.  Spent two whole days going out again and again shovelling.

After the last of the shovelling yesterday morning, Boucle and I headed to the lake at lunch.  Most of the roads by the lake had not been plowed, so there are huge snow ruts and only one car can pass.  We had to do the pass dance with a few other cars.  Thank goodness for good snow tires.

It was beautiful.

Seeing the lake with all the freshly fallen snow was wonderful, this was our first happy view. And many others with dogs got out as well to enjoy the beauty of the lake after the storm.  We walked and stomped on a path made by others before us and enjoyed the pure sun. Boucle is now a very happy dog.

Visit Boucle’s Blog  to see Boucle’s first view.

 

 

…new winter dog walking boots……….

Winter in Toronto can be everything you imagine winter to be. Bitterly cold, snowy, slushy, and icy……brrrrrrr……..And it can also be sunny,.. bright.. crispy,.. clear blue blue skies,.. frosty breath, sparkly snow….silence and the crunch of a footstep in the snow.

For me to get outside and go for walks with sweetie-pie, I must be warm, cozy and dry……..from head to toe.

You saw the wonderful fall walking boots that I featured in September.  They turned out great, I love them.  Wear them everyday, and they are so comfortable.

These are my new winter dog walking boots.  They are by Merrell, another new label for me.  Though they are not very elegant, they are super comfy, warm and practical.  What I like about them are:

  •  waterproof – the leather is waterproofed, fabulous rubber soles that wrap up, especially around the toe, which get wet the most. The black parts are rubberized and follow the edge around  and the heel cup for added waterproofing.
  •  warm – look at all that fur, right down, with the insole being fur too – cozy warm
  •  warm cuff – that can be kept down or rolled up, should it be a particularly cold day, so more of the leg is covered
  • deep rubber treads – the tread even wraps up behind the heel a bit, which is where we land our feet first, so no slipping under.
  • comfy  – roomy and comfy with the lace ups providing custom fit.

These would be great for photographic winter walks as well.

So now I am ready for walking with sweetie-pie on beautiful winter days……..