Archive for the ‘Daily Life’ Categoryby Northernmost on March 21, 2015 in Daily Life, Favourite Photos, Leia, Thunder with No Comments
We have been enjoying the beautiful weather on the coast today together with Thunder and Leia. The wind from the sea was a bit nippy but we lit a bonfire and warmed up with some hot coco while the furkids had fun playing on the rocks. Leia even had a swim in the icy water but…shh, don’t tell anyone…I think she meant to leap across the water but miscalculated the jump and fell in!
Tomorrow is Kennel Clean Up day here at Northernmost, but looking at the weather forecast I realise that it’s going to snow tomorrow. We haven’t had snow for weeks so it’s quite typical that winter decides to return when we have a major cleaning day scheduled. Hmm..maybe we’ll have to go sledding instead?? Have a fun weekend, everyone!
Stay cool, says Thunder.
On Boxing Day we woke up to brilliant sunshine and packed our bags for a picnic by the sea. My six-year-old nephew Calle first didn’t think that visiting the beach in December was a great idea, but once we got there he realised that the beach is actually a big playground also in winter. Hilary and Wilder had fun too, although they had to remain on leash throughout the picnic, as Hilary would otherwise have jumped straight into the water (most probably accompanied by her partner in crime) and we didn’t fancy having to blow dry two wet dogs on our return home, as even with a HV dryer it takes a couple of hours to get their thick coats completely dry.
We enjoy visiting the beach during all seasons and I’m always amazed to see how different it can look depending on the weather, the time of the day and whether it is high or low tide. On Boxing Day the snow sparkled on the ground and the sea was calm and crystal clear – it was one of those days that will be etched in my memory for a long time to come.
♥ My sister and my Mom ♥
A fast way of cooling down hot chocolate!
Hilary is dying to jump into the water here – an excellent opportunity to train impulse control.
Calle collecting *ice diamonds* from the shoreline.
Fancy a swim?
When the sun started to sink into the sea we packed our bags and returned home.
A great Boxing Day!
Two days before Christmas the snow finally arrived. We went from rainy autumn to cold midwinter in only a couple of days and last night the temperature dropped down to −20 °C so it looks like winter is here to stay – hooray!
Below are some mixed pics from our Christmas here in Nedre Bäck. My sister with family are visiting from Stockholm and my 6-year-old nephew Calle is keeping us busy with games in the snow and floorball in the kitchen. I probably won’t have time to blog until next week so I take the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!
Leia going through the new doggy door which keeps snow from entering the “Malamute Inn”.
Hilary and Wilder on the morning of Christmas Eve.
A bit frosty after playing wrestling games in the snow.
On a walk around the village – Fredrik with Hilary and Wilder and Calle on the skiboard.
This is fun!
Hilary checking out the Christmas baking…
….and enjoying getting a belly rub from Calle.
Santa’s Little Helpers trying out the new wind shelter in the play area. In the rear of the shelter is a cosy section filled with straw.
♥ Have a wonderful Christmas everyone ♥
While we’re waiting for winter to arrive we’re making the most of the mild weather by working on the new hut in the dogs’ play area. The idea is to create a cosy place where the dogs can find shelter from wind and rain, and from heat in summer, when spending time in their play area during daytime. Normally, if it’s pouring down we let the dogs return to their pens but when the new hut is ready the plan is to let them spend more time in the forest enclosure instead. There is still some work to do on the hut, we need to lay down the floor and build the rear wall, and add metal liners to the edges of the roof to make the hut more chew-proof, but at least the major work is done now. We look forward to letting the dogs try out their new hut, though it wouldn’t surprise me if they choose to stay outside in the rain instead of seeking shelter inside. Malamutes are not made of sugar – even though they are often sugar sweet 😉
Imagine my surprise this evening when I opened the door to go for a walk and found the garden covered in a thick layer of snow! Plenty can happen when you get stuck in front of the computer for a couple of hours. I’m glad we stowed away the lawn mower and the agility obstacles yesterday, as that part of the year is clearly over.
The first layer of white fluff usually doesn’t last more than a couple of days here on the coast but there’s always something special about catching that real first snow of the season, even if it’s just for a few moments. Suddenly the world becomes brighter, sounds are muted and our Malamutes are smiling with their eyes and with their tails as they leap through the snow like big cats. You can tell how much they love winter by the way they chase snowflakes and dive into the drifts head first – snow must be in their genes!
I didn’t see much during our 9-kilometre evening walk, only the snowflakes that blew across the light of my headlamp. I walk this route almost every evening, bringing different dogs on different days, but tonight I had to guess where we were at times, as everything looked so different when covered in snow. Also, there was a new moon tonight, so no light in the sky to rely on. Glad the dogs know their way in every weather – they probably wondered why I was walking so slowly behind them, but I could hardly see two steps in front of me!
Sorry to be so long between posts. We’ve been keeping ourselves busy this autumn and there aren’t enough hours in the day, nor days in the week to do everything we’d like to do right now. At the moment we are working on three outdoor projects; clearing trees, building a wooden fence and constructing an elevated shed in the dogs’ forest play area. We are also making preparations for the colder season by giving our Malamutes their pre-winter baths and cleaning their dog houses and changing bedding. At the end of a long day I can’t wait to snuggle up on the couch under a warm blanket, but before I do I need to harness up some dogs and take them running, bikejoring or carting. Autumn is a busy time here in Nedre Bäck but I promise to prioritise the blog more during October and update more consistently. I do have news to share, just not the time to write about it 😉
Sorry Mom, this sofa is taken!
Does your Malamute give kisses? Among our dogs there are some that do and some that don’t, and some who will grace us with a kiss only very rarely. And then we have a couple of dogs that go a bit overboard with the kissing and cleaning…watch Wilder and Hilary greet Fredrik after work – we call Wilder the “sponge cloth” as he has the quickest tongue in the west and if you are caught off guard he’ll give you a good face scrub and wash for free! 😉
Yesterday was Lyra’s 3rd birthday so we decided to dedicate the whole day to things that make Lyra happy. In the morning we trained agility in the garden with all dogs, but Lyra had some extra time on the course, and after that we went to the beach for some wild running in the sand with her buddy Wilder. In the evening we went to Skellefteå for a stroll around town, which provided plenty of new impressions on a Saturday night. Lyra is not a dog that tires easily but after yesterday’s mix of physical and mental exercise I think she was ready to call it a day when we drove home late at night. Happy B’day Lyra and to all her siblings in the UK!!
Sledog Dream Leaper, WTD, aka Lyra, at 3 years of age.
We trained agility in the morning when the weather was still cool.
Then we headed for the beach for some wild games by the seashore.
Wilder was lucky to be chosen as Lyra’s birthday date. As you can see, we all got a bit wet and muddy from playing in the waves. We stayed on the beach until the late afternoon. The beach is really our second home.
After supper we went into town and strolled around Skellefteå city centre with the “baldies”.
There’s plenty to do, see and smell in town, especially for our country bumpkin Mals 😉
After a long day filled with activities both Wilder and Lyra seemed quite content with their day. I think I even heard Lyra snore in her crate as we travelled home 🙂