A very Big Pony!
Shortish post today; I have been thinking about a meeting I have arranged for Friday and so there is not a great deal to actually share out loud just yet.
I had promised Evelyn I would pop up this afternoon and help her with some tasks but I woke up with a grating throat, sniffly nose and a productive little cough. The chances are that this is hayfever – I was out in the trees at the loch yesterday and with the dogs and tree pollen sets me off wheezing and sneezling – but it is possible it is a little cold or throat infection. Firstly I have an interview on Thursday which I want to be well for and secondly I wasn’t risking that it is a cold and passing it on to and old lady who is already breathless.
Before I let Evelyn know though I took my boys out for a trot around the pony paddock. If you remember Pup’s first encounter with the ponies was stressful but he has seen them a few times now without barking at them. Once we got onto the path I let him off lead and he headed straight into the paddock – he was whistled back. We continued along the bottom edge and each time he broached the paddock boundary he was whistled back to me. He did very well and then when we turned up the second side he set off with gusto to sniff round the rabbit scrapes and holes.
Some of the ponies started to head down to see us so I called him in and fastened him back on his lead. He got silly excited when the first young clydesdale arrived and snortled at him; yet he was still a little scared and popped his hackles up. A little further on and I let him off again and then recalled him as Bonnie arrived. Bonnie is the big gentle clydesdale that I have known for all the time I have stayed here and Dog is pally with. I greeted Bonnie as usual with my hand held to his nostril and making a quiet snort in greeting. Pup decided he wanted to get a little closer so he went right up to Bonnie and poked the feathering around his huge foot. Bonnie lifted his hoof and placed it a short way back and Pup shot back under the fence and laid down in a play bow.
Pup had several more off leads and plenty of time under control on lead … until we got back to the start. Dog bypassed a carcass (quiet impressive for him) but Pup decided the smelly feathery pile was to eat – so he did! It smelled rank and I have been waiting for an eruption all evening but so far nothing … so fingers crossed it just smelled more bad than it was!
Then I popped into Kirrie to get anew lightbulb having found the one in my bedroom blown and no more spares in the cupboard and on the way back I called in to let Evelyn know I wouldn’t be visiting today – I cannot phone since she doesn’t hear on the telephone but when I arrived I found her out of sorts because her hearing aid is broken again and been sent away – she could be in complete silence for weeks and we have to communicate by writing notes.
My only photos today are an experiment in the HDR functionality on the iPhone – which do you prefer?