Reflection - photo taken at Slimbridge before Christmas.
Taken outdoors with camera set to tungsten which gives it the very blue colour cast.
On Saturday the Guardian had a poster of dogs in it. Jim pointed out one in particular, the Spanish Water Dog - neither of us had heard of it before.
That evening I was reading R Is for Ricochet - the next in the series I've been reading featuring Kinsey Milhone the Californian private eye based in "Santa Theresa" (probably based on Santa Barbara) - which Jim had given me for Christmas so this was the first time I'd read this one - and I got to this passage:
I found myself noting the texture of Cheyney's hair, springy dark brown curls that looked as soft as a poodle's coat. I'm not a dog lover at heart. Doggies tend to bark their bad breath in my face, preparatory to jumping up and parking their cumbersome paws on my chest. Despite numerous sharp commands, most dogs behave any way they please. There's the occasional exception. The week before, in a rare moment of goodwill, I'd stopped to chat with a woman who was walking a breed I'd never seen before. She introduced me to Chandler, a Portuguese water dog who sat on command and gravely offered to shake hands, The dog was quiet and well mannered with a coat so curly and soft I could hardly keep my hands to myself. Why was I thinking about that now? ....Good question... and no further mention has been made of any sort of water dog so far in the book...
So I then spend some time researching water dogs of the Spanish and Portuguese varieties... one of my dreams is to have a dog again... I've not had one since I left home and went out into the big wild world... one of my dreams is that when we move into the country we'll also get a dog.... not that there is any chance of moving for a while yet... maybe in a year or two...
Another synchronicity is that R is for Ricochet has a pink rose on the cover... and my pink rose is continuing its unseasonal bloom.
Oh and at one point in the book a false passport is found with my married surname!
I've no idea what this is about... maybe nothing... just the universe having fun...
If you know anything about either type of water dog please tell me about them!
Have you noticed any synchronicities with books you are reading?