Saturday, 16 January 2010

Aim High!

Our little world has changed dramatically over the last week. From the sparkling ice box of the last month to a far more familiar collage of glorious winter colours from russet to grape, slate to khaki and stormy blue to gold.

Chris and I joined our friend Charlie for a little stroll out with our pack of dogs. Charlie and his wife Celia have two lurchers: Rocket and Shanty.

The shaggy coats of these elegant dogs looked wonderfully windswept in the stiff fridgid wind that bit at our noses and fingers as we stomped over the hill top. Very Wuthering Heights.

Charlie took us to a favourite little spot where we could sit comfortably out of the wind while we admired our surroundings. Fox decided that he ought to always be the subject of any photos!

After enjoying a little sit, we headed off again toward home, but our guide first wanted to show us a local landmark... which Chris decided needed closer inverstigation.

There are many standing stones around this area...

And there's a great view from the top of this one! But it was rather too windy to risk standing on the top.

 Growing up with my Dad it was difficult not to have some kind of innate need to climb rocks. Lucily Chris understands this strange urge and shares it too. Before Chris began to suffer from Chronic Cluster Headaches we climbed a lot at the local indoor wall, getting outdoors whenever we got the chance.

We don't climb much at the moment, there are very few places where we can around here, but Chris isn't one to pass up an oportunity. Perhaps we'll manage to go back to my home in the Lake District this year and get some routes in. Fingers crossed that the accupuncture we're investigating helps Chris with the pain of his condition.


Pondside said...

I've wondered what a lurcher might look like, and now I know - very elegant dogs indeed!
Climbing isn't something I've ever wanted to do, as I have a fear of heights - I envy you your nerve!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I think Chris was very brave to climb up there! And yes, Wuthering Heights indeed!! Lovely photos.

CJ xx

Claire said...

Lovely lurchers - my favourite is definitely the grey one. Clearly he has some greyhound or wolfhound, or both, in him! What a hunk!

You asked about my green must have missed this November post:

Do go and have a look, he's so cute when he's green. :-)

Friko said...

Hey Jenny, I saw (and admired ) you on Countryfile.

So even up North the snow is gone now. Doesn't look as if you get the floods we have already had down in the soft Welsh borders.

Jenny Holden said...

Thanks folks, glad you enjoyed Countryfile Friko, I went to the pub while it was on :o)

Hope you're not too flooded!

Kenleigh's Fiber Studio said...

What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing the lurcher pictures.

mollygolver said...

Send Chris my best wishes for a speedy recovery. It's really felt as though the year has turned today and Spring really is just around the corner. PS- love your pics