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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Remembering Winnie - and her garden

The Lady Of The House here,  making a brief return to the blog to give you a gardening update.

Those of you who shared Winnie's adventures with us will remember that a zoom around the back garden was an essential part of her daily routine, resulting in this....



That blue pole thing the Man Of The House is standing beside is our rotary clothes drier, by the way.

Early attempts to dissuade her proved ineffective and we soon realised that the look of  pure joy on her face as she raced and cavorted meant that the lack of lawn seemed a small price to pay.


It's nearly ten months now since we lost her.

Monkey - who joined us in April - only makes one brief 7am trip into the garden each day to take care of business and can't wait to get back in the house. He loves his three walks a day but has no desire to spend any time in the garden at all. He also doesn't do zoomies. So the garden looks a bit different these days. The rotary clothes drier is wearing its autumn cover too.




Here's a funny thing......


There was just one particular spot, in the dirt track she created, where Winnie loved to dig. 

When she died we decide to plant a ballerina apple tree in it. But you can see that it's been joined by a few other items that we haven't planted.


The sunflower has probably grown from a seed put out for the birds on the nearby bird table. I've never seen one with so many heads on one single stem. I've counted 14 today.


Winnie left her mark on the garden - and on our hearts.  The grass has grown again but I think it's always going to be Winnie's garden. And she'll always be in our hearts too.

13 comments:

houndstooth said...

You left me misty-eyed this morning. I love how they leave their marks on our hearts and in those little places we don't expect, but that surprise us in unexpected ways. Winnie was a very special girl and we still miss seeing her here. It's been a tough year of losses with Greyhounds, but I've also seen lots of new happy beginnings.

Sue said...

Like houndstooth my eyes are leaking:( Winnie will always be remembered as the beautiful girl she was.

Loving the Apple tree and Sunflower in her memory.

scotsmad said...

Of course she'll always be with her. Grass or not!

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

gyeong said...

She owned that gardena and made it hers. What a great way to remember her.

GOOSE said...

Little tears are in my eyes too. Grass or not she is there, no doubt.
Blessings,
Goose

What Remains Now said...

This made me cry...missing Winnie. I had to smile and laugh too, looking at those pictures of her digging and doing victory laps. What a dear girl. I can't think of a better flower for Winnie to send you. We miss you, Winnie.

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

We love Winnie's gift to you - just a little thing to let you know she's thinking of you from across the bridge. Lovely.

-Fiona and Family

Eileen said...

Aww she left big paw prints in your hearts too. Beautiful Winnie.

Molly The Wally said...

Sweet tribute to Winnie and we know she is always in your hearts and in spirit in he her garden. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Mac Maisie said...

What a lovely tribute.

Mac and Maisie

jet said...

I love Winnie's sunflowers.... beautiful!

Martha and Bailey said...

The sunflower is so special. Just goes to show a dogs digging is never in vain. Winnie prepared that soil well to allow it to grow beside your apple tree xx

Sam said...

Sending hugs and love.

Monty and Harlow