What has prompted me to blog again after almost a year - I am sorry to say it is with the news that Monty went to Rainbow Bridge last week. He was an amazing dog, a great companion, utterly faithful and was a superb supervisor when I was working locks. He was 11.5 - his Mum is still alive at 16, so this is a lot sooner than we ever expected. He started to develop signs of a cognitive disorder/dementia about 2 years ago. These things creep up slowly, so it is impossible to say when it started and I won't bore you with all the details. We did everything we could, but nothing worked and his life had become very difficult for him, so we made the decision on the advice of our vet to stop his suffering. Our last act of love. The house is very quiet - the only thing I don't miss is the dog hair! May he rest in peace.
Monty where he loved to be at the end of our final trip on Tentatrice on 4th July 2021
Chris and I plod along and manage to keep ourselves busy. I am on the WI committee and somehow or other I seem to have been awarded 5 different hats! I book the speakers, I am membership secretary, I also update our branch's website regularly and at the end of the year I will be producing a printed programme for each member for 2024 and the year book for 2023! Enough to keep me out of mischief.
I am glad to say that there have been no more trips to hospital for Chris and he keeps well enough. We do still miss the boat, but know we made the right decision.
We have had two holidays this year - one for 2 weeks in Wales where Chris has family. We were there for the last week in May and the first in June and we had blue skies every day and not a drop of rain! Our daughter and her family were with us for a few days and some friends joined us for the second week. Trains featured highly in the holiday - we went on the Talyllyn Railway and the Vale of Rheidol. Both were fabulous trips. Finally Chris and I took the train from Machynlleth to Pwllheli and return all the way along the coast. It was stunning and well worth doing if you are ever in that part of the world. We also visited the Dyfi Osprey Centre and oh my goodness what a huge amount of pleasure that has given me over the last few months. They have a live stream and I have watched the two chicks every day since we got home as they grew, fledged and it now appears they and their parents have migrated. Mum went first, then the female chick. The male chick was last seen on Monday and Dad has not been around since yesterday afternoon when he was circling around with a large fish looking for someone to feed. I have been entertained and educated. I will be back watching and waiting for the return of the parents next March.
Mother - Telyn
Father - Idris - he is an amazing provider for all the family