Took Jock for a haircut recently. Kept his hair longish over the freezing winter months so he didn't get too chilly on dogwalks in the snow, wind and rain. Trouble is, when his hair's long it gets muddy and gets caught up with twigs and brambles. And I'm sure he can't see a thing with all that hair covering his eyes, but maybe I'm wrong 'cos he doesn't seem to bump into trees and he steers a steady course over forest tracks. Anyways, Georgie gets a bit worried whenever he has a haircut because the poodle parlour madame cut his back hair really short last time which could have given him sunburn, while leaving his undercarriage hair and leg 'feathers' quite long which meant he still got caught up with twigs and brambles. So, this time, I asked for not too much off his back and shortish on the legs and undercarriage, explaining that he was more of a yobby outdoor Westie rather than a calendar pin-up (not my exact words but she understood my reasoning). So, haircut done, Georgie asked to see some snaps. Took a couple yesterday. And took a couple this morning but they weren't so good (he shies away whenever I approach with the camera).
Also took a shot of the front view which reminded me that I hadn't mentioned a slight change in the scenery. Local farmer has cut down a few trees alongside the downhill road across the valley. Neighbour Christian is somewhat appalled by the trees' removal and reckons the farmer's done it for purely monetary reasons, possibly to raise a few grand to contribute towards the construction costs of his son's new house which is nearing completion up past the Mairie. Could be wrong of course; Christian doesn't get on with the farmer (who is also the local mayor) so he always regards his actions with great suspicion. Personally, I think it is a bit of a shame that the trees have gone because they're prettier to look at than a road, but ç'est la vie. (Shall attempt to load before and after shots of the farmer's diligence.)
4 weeks ago