I know I’ve been mentioning my love of this beautiful season over the past few week, my autumn walks and my poetic descriptions of the crunchy leaves and splendid colours.
All of a sudden, however, I get the feeling that the winter season is almost upon us. I know we’re still in November but there are signs that my hoomans are making preparations for that special day; the one when the jolly, bearded man in a red suit arrives during the night. Last year I could smell the goodies in his sack before he even reached the bottom of the chimney. Even I, brave Snoops, wouldn’t dream of barking at that delightful chap; not that I’ve got a reputation for being a fearsome guard dog (but I’m working on it!)
As for Mrs Masters, boxes and parcels have been amounting at her door on a daily basis. I have a love of tearing Amazon parcels open but I know it would be inappropriate at this time of year.
I’ll let you into a little secret. Last year I did a little bit of sniffing under the Christmas tree and without tearing even the teeniest corner of the wrapping paper, I identified a pigs ear. Well this year my detective skills and sniffing skills are even more developed and finely tuned.
As soon as I walked into Mrs Masters’ flat on Sunday evening, the aroma coming from a bag on the living room windowsill was almost too much to bear! I sat to attention (while giving her my best puppy dog eyes) and hoped that she might weaken and give me an early present. But no, all my efforts were in vain. The luscious reindeer horn treat has now been moved to the back of a cupboard in the dresser. She did it while I wasn’t looking, but I can still smell it. Now and again I give the door a little tap or scratch just to drop a few more hints, but I’m getting the feeling that I’m going to have to wait until that special day.
My boarding friends have started to decorate their dorms and Matron has put up her Christmas tree. That’s another area that's going to be worth checking out now and again!( hint, hint Matron).
I’ll keep you all updated with the unveiling of events, festivities and other merriments that are synonymous with this exciting part of the Michaelmas Term.