Monday, 18 February 2013

The good, more good and the downright irritating...

Face 15 & sketch 18 of 75

The Good

Last Friday I went to the animal re-homing centre and this time I got to spend some one on one time with two different dogs.  Two very different dogs - one chased the ball endlessly and never got tired of it, the other dutifully ran and brought it back to me twice before losing interest.  I hunkered down to give him a pat and he jumped up on my knees and settled himself there instead.  Turns out all he really wanted was a cuddle so I happily obliged, at least until my knees locked after about 10 minutes and I had to stand back up again!


Face 16 & sketch 19 of 75 

More Good 

I'd just brought him back to his kennel, when one of the girls called us to come quick.  One of the cats was giving birth! Other than on wildlife programmes I've never seen this wonderful act of nature in real life before so I stood fascinated as she brought three tiny little kittens into the world,  licking each one clean before going back to the business of labour for the next one.  I ended up staying an extra half hour just watching, fascinated and a little bit emotional!


Face 17 & sketch 20 of 75

The Downright Irritating

In not so good news, we woke up on Friday morning to discover that the boiler wasn't working. Turned out it wasn't actually the boiler but the timer switch which apparently might have shorted after the power cuts earlier in the week.  A replacement timer switch was ordered and we were told they would try and get it for Saturday, if not it would be Monday. It wasn't Saturday. It's now Monday and we've just been told the part hasn't arrived and they don't know when it will but they'll keep us posted!!  Oh okay, no heat or hot water for another however many days.  I know I wanted rural but I still wanted mod cons like hot running water and central heating!



Face 18 & sketch 21 of 75

Anyway, these are faces 15, 16, 17 & 18 of 29 Faces. I'm off to strap another hot water bottle to myself.

22 comments:

  1. oh you poor pioneer girl, truly roughing it!! lol, Beautiful work, lovely faces, I'm afraid to say I am such a big sucky baby I have never volunteered at the Animal Shelters, it breaks my heart to see the animals, it makes me ill just to see their pleading eyes, brings me to tears, really affects my profoundly.When in our house I was the neighborhood stray lady, I took in all strays, for some reason they all ended up at our home, I would want to bring them all home! Such a wonderful event the birthing of kittens, I surely hope they all find good homes, keep warm!

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    1. Ha, Laurie, I guess compared to how tough the pioneers had it, we're not doing too badly with or without central heating and hot water on tap!! I know what you mean - it does break my heart a little leaving those animals behind every day and if it wasn't for the fact that I know our two dogs would be too jealous to ever accept another critter into the house, I'd already have brought the wee guy who sat on my knee home with me.

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  3. Oh, bless, you poor thing. Love the faces...great job as always. I worked at an animal rescue center for awhile. Ended up bringing MiffyDora home, she had been chucked in the dustbin at a few days old. She lived to be a ripe old 18year old. She used to follow my Dad everywhere, her favourite outing was to go to the local pub. She obviously liked a tipple too..
    Hope you get your heating sorted soon.. :)

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    1. MiffyDora - what a great name!! I will never understand how anyone could throw another living creature away like rubbish but how wonderful for both of you that you rescued her and she had such a long loving life.

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  4. I love this 29 faces challenge... you drawings are awesome. Funny you mention the shelter, there's this animal rescue farm down here that I've been wanting to visit. I think they rescue them from slaughter houses but also "domestic" animals, not sure, but your post just reminded me of this! Thanks. It's so great that you go and visit and just play with them, :) But It must've been pretty amazing to see the mama kitty give birth in person. Thanks for sharing..... Hope you get that part soon! :)

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  5. you can hop a plane and come and use our hot water any time... and no heater required either... just bring your gorgeous sketchbooks so I can gaze at your beautiful doggy faces...xx

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    1. Tracey don't tempt me - some Australian sun would be just the ticket round about now!!

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  6. Beautiful work...love the detail and expressive qualities!

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  7. Oh dear - poor you! It all sounds so romantic... log fires, candle light... but in reality it must be a nightmare beyond a few hours! I hope that once your hot water is back on things will settle again.
    I can imagine it must be such a satisfying job at the animal shelter... heart-warming! But at the same time so sad that there are so many without homes of their own :0(
    Still - plenty of inspiration for all of your astounding doggy faces! Wow - they really are just fantastic drawings! I wasn't sure if the first one was a dog or a sheep at first, lol! I don't think I've ever come across that breed before :0)

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    1. You're right - the romance tends to go out of things when you're wearing long johns and slankets!! I know what you mean abot that bedlington terrier - I'd never seen one before the photo in the calendar either and the blurb about it did say they look like lambs!

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  8. OMG, no heat or hot water in the middle of winter! Poor you! I hope it gets fixed real soon! Maybe you can stay over in the shelter? Sounds like a fun place. So great to have witnessed the births of the kittens.
    I get to know all kinds of dogs that I'd never heard of before thanks to your amazing drawings!

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    1. Thanks Denthe - we finally got the heating fixed thank goodness!

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  9. Ahhh, country living. At least S is home, and you have each other to snuggle with while you wait for your boiler to be working again. Your life is starting to resemble one of those BBC comedies about village life.

    I'm so glad to see you are sketching religiously, and have found such a great place to volunteer.

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    1. Ha, you're right - it's like that old series from the 70s - the good life!! wish I looked more like felicity kendall in her heyday mind you!!

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  10. Beautiful work, love your animal faces. Face 18 is soooo sweet. Love it!!!

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    1. Thank you! I do love a yorkshire terrier - we had them when we were growing up and they're so cute.

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  11. These storms are horrible, my sympathies. Your drawings are wonderful. I like how you time them. I've never seen an animal give birth either. It must have been both fascinating and wondrous. I thought it was interesting how she had time to clean the kitten before the next kitten arrived. I would have thought the whole kit'n caboodle would have just popped out--had I thought about.

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    1. Thank you so much. Yes, it was fascinating and she did seem to have about 5-10 mins between kittens so that she could give them all a good licking before the next one!

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  12. Jumping for joy to hear you have volunteered for a position that helps these animals that are up for adoption. I LOVE!!!! these drawings of dogs that you are doing. What a beautiful collection! They actually are complete with personality. You capture that in animals so well, Nicola.
    Sorry to hear about the no heat or hot water. That would frustrate me so much... Warm wishes to you and hoping that part comes in. Once again, phenomenal drawings!!!!

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    1. Thank you Leslie - coming from you with the amazing watercolour you've just done of those gorgeous dogs that means a lot!

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