Sunday, 24 February 2019

Redland, Ashton Court and Clifton

Yesterday was uncharacteristically warm for February (and, it has to be said, dry for Bristol) so we decided to take Joe out for the day.  This started with a walk around Redland, close to where we were staying.

I've no idea why, but juxtapositions like the following have always amused me.

First stop was Ashton Court, which is just on the Somerset side of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and location for the astonishing International Balloon Fiesta.  It is a Mecca for golfers, cyclists and dog walkers, as well as being the home of a large flock of Fallow Deer - here photographed in Infra Red.

From Ashton Court it's a relatively short walk across the suspension bridge into Clifton.  The next shot was taken from the middle of the bridge, and shows how hazy the conditions were.

As an engineer, I have always admired Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his creations.  The Clifton Bridge is pure perfection from both aesthetic and mechanical points of view, and an astonishing achievement given the geography of the location.  It looks pretty good in Infra Red too.

I've never been quite sure about IR for people, however, but I couldn't resist a couple of snaps of Joe with his doting parents during lunch at Somerset House (highly recommended).

Despite being large for his age, Joe isn't quite ready for his first pint.  Yet.

There's some serious wisdom in those young eyes.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Baby Joe at 10 Weeks

Harriet and I are in Bristol visiting our little grandson (and, of course, his exhausted parents).  He's absolutely enormous (6.6kg at 10 weeks, which puts him over the 90th centile on the development graphs) and a real sweetie.  Butter wouldn't melt, etc.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Winter Sun

It was such a beautiful afternoon that we arranged to meet Isla's "special friends", Dillon and Daisy, at the Recreation Ground.  It was still frosty underfoot, and the glorious winter sunshine made it a pleasure to be outside.  The dogs clearly thought so too.

Since all three dogs are black, it may be difficult for the uninitiated to tell the difference.  Well, Isla has a black collar (first picture), Dillon has a white patch (being a Springador, second picture) and Daisy has a pink collar (third picture).

At the end of the walk, we bumped into Tilley - yet another black dog, who also (coincidentally) has a pink collar.  In order to avoid confusion, left to right we have Tilley, Daisy, Dillon and "Two Ball" Isla.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Birthday Girl

Isla, our little pup, reached the dizzying heights of one year old today.  As well as her presents from us (well, Issy primarily, who bought her a Mega Wubba among other things), she also received a mystery parcel from Burns Pet Food.  This contained a rather snazzy bandana - reflective, no less - and an edible birthday card made from rawhide.  No wonder she looks so happy.

She's a real sweetie, and we love her to bits.

Monday, 7 January 2019

More of Baby Joe

After a busy weekend meeting family and friends, Baby Joe came to visit us again last night before heading back to Bristol today.  He's absolutely lovely, and we all had the opportunity to play the doting aunt/grandparent.

Not to be left out, Isla decided that she needed to investigate the rather strange "man pup" who had appeared in the house.  She even went and fetched Joe one of her toys to play with (a bit premature given that he's only three weeks old).

The pictures of me were taken by Issy, who expressed incredulity that anyone would want a camera without a zoom on it...