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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Some catching up to do.

The New Year started well; and then took a bit of a dip, when my best friend, and companion, Jim, took a turn for the worse.

Followers of my other blog, will know that on Tuesday, he was not the usual 12 year old puppy he usually is. A visit to the vet, and a lot of tests, revealed, eventually, that he had an inflamed pancreas. An overnight stay on a drip, and some pain killing injections, and he is now back home, feeling very sorry for himself.

He’s getting plenty of cuddles, a chicken diet, and loads of TLC. Hopefully in a few days he’ll be back to his normal self.

I’ve got a little behind on catching up with blogs and comments, but I’ll get there in the end. So, for now, a few recent pictures, from my local lake.

 There’s been some beautiful sunrises so far this year.

 A lot of activity in a small area, because of the frozen water.

 A female Mallard, in some winter sunshine.

And finally, for now,

 A Mute Swan, flying in for the weekend.

Hope your coming weekend is a good one.


  1. Photos are your usual great, but Boom and I are happy to hear that Jim is OK. He looks like a great companion.

  2. Thanks Gary. I think you'll agree, they are the best friends anyone could have.
    He's making slow progress; but it's progress :)

  3. Huge cuddles for Jim !!!! Hope he will be better very soon ;)
    And very nice pics btw !

  4. Thank you Pescalune. I'll pass on the cuddles :)

  5. Oh, I do hope that Jim gets well as soon as possible. The photos are beautiful.

  6. I'm running out of adjectives to praise your photography. You're good. Very good. I hope Jim is soon back to his old self. At least he's home and has someone to respond when he needs a little extra loving.

  7. Great stuff Keith hope Jim is on the mend. That second image is superb, depth of field is spot on and it is full of activity.

  8. SO happy to know Jim is at home and recovering! You have posted some terrific photos tonight--love the flying swan!!!

  9. Glad your dog is ok. Love the 3rd image with the goose in foreground...it gives a 3d look to the image ;)

  10. Oh I am so so so glad Jim is ok!!! I've been praying for you both, and the Vet.

    He is such a handsome boy, that Jim! :)



  11. Let's see, on your other blog in response to my question you described Jim like this: "He's a big hairy softy, who always wants to play, and despite being 12, still thinks he's a puppy." Sounds sort of like his owner! ;-) Hope he continues to improve. You are correct - he doesn't look a thing like a Staffie or a rottie.

  12. Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts for Jim.
    Each day he seems a little better, but it might take a while yet.
    Plenty of TLC and he’ll be back to his old self.

    Bob, thank you very much for your comments.

    Linda, thank you. You are very kind. I’m glad you enjoy the pictures; I have great enjoyment taking them.

    Thanks Bob. I wasn’t too sure about that goose shot. Glad I kept it now.

    Dixxe, thank you. It’s strange, but the one night he wasn’t here, the place was just empty. No wagging tail at the door when I came home from work, and no-one following me everywhere.

    Thank you Dominic. That’s a picture I almost didn’t keep. Couldn’t quite make up my mind on it. Jim is making slow, but good progress.

    Jen, thank you for your prayers and thoughts. He’s a dog that stops everyone when I’m out walking him. They all want to fuss him, and he just loves the attention.

    Wilma, thank you so much for that. Yea, they say owners look like their dogs lol
    He’s a big part of my life, and everything I do, has to have his concern first. Even a long day out, plans have to be made for a neighbour to check in on him from time to time. They usually have him at home with them lol

  13. Bobby and I send hugs to Jim and wish him a speedy recovery. I agree - an absent companion really does leave the place so empty.

    Great photos - the Swan in flight is my favourite.

  14. Hi Keith,
    I hope your firend is gonna be better soon... I love your sunrise picture a lot, the colors are superb... As for the week-end, it is gonna be bad over here, we are again getting a nice storm with quite big winds!!

  15. Oh poor Jim.... lots and lots of cuddles are the order of the day... so here's one from me (((Jim)))

    (and I'm inclined to agree with Wilma's comment ;) )

  16. I'm glad your friend Jim is on the way to feeling better. And I love that swan shot--again!

  17. Thanks John. He seems a bit better now, than he did this morning, so he’s going the right the way. Jim says thanks for the hugs ;)

    Thanks Chris. The weather has been awful here; rain nearly all day.

    Thank you Tricia. Yea, I think Wilma got it just right lol

    Heph, thank you for stopping by, and commenting :)

    Thank you JoLynne. Jim’s made good progress today. :)

  18. Aww.. sorry your sweet pal isn't feeling well. I'm sure that all your TLC will have him on the mend soon. Beautiful images as always.

  19. Thanks Hilary. He's making good progress at the moment :)

  20. I'm glad to hear ole Jim is bouncing back. I wandered around your site yesterday and you are doing well too. Thank you for the wonderful video you posted for Christmas. How nice it was to hear your voice!

  21. Thanks Roy. He's slowly getting back to normal, and more alert now.

    Thank you Andrea. Glad you enjoyed the video.
    Yea, I'm getting better each day; or as about as better as I'll get lol

  22. Give my best wishes to Jim for a speedy recovery. Take care my friend and enjoy your weekend, whatever the weather. FAB.

  23. hope Jim is feeling better by now. he is one good looking dog!!

    the sunrise is breathtaking! all your images are fantastic as always. the picture of the mallard is very eye catching. love the look of the water and reflection.

  24. Thank you Frank.
    Let's hope 2011 is a better year.

    Thank you Doreen. He's getting back to his usual self now :)
    Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

  25. Great to hear he's on the mend.

    Love the swan in flight image!!

  26. Thanks Harold.
    Jim is practically his old self now. He's made great progress.

  27. I'm glad all is well............very worrying when dogs get ill......not to mention expensive.

  28. Thanks Adrian. Vets certainly have a lucrative employment. I must get pet insurance............