An Early Bath and New Friends


We have had a very lazy day today but we did enjoy a nice walk together and the weather just about held out; here you can see Dog posing as he gazes across the tattie field that is just being planted.  Even with his old greying muzzle he is still a handsome boy and today I allowed him two stretches on his extending lead which we haven’t done since the earliest outings with Pup when everything got tangled and confused!

It was great to see Dog quartering away in front of me down through the woodland path and we only had to stop twice to detangle him; less nice was seeing him pause to snack on poop.  Pup managed to behave himself and not keep ambushing Dog which was his original approach to Dog being on his long lead.

We walked down the lane to the Estate and followed our usual route down to treecreeper bridge.  We walked along the path from the bridge that leads to the woods and the gate in front was now closed with a flock of sheep having moved in and a herd of young cattle (beasts) had moved into the rashy field next to us.  As we tuned towards the woods Pup decided he was getting a drink from the dyke – which is not very nice at this point having an orange clay scum in it.  He fell in and found out the at the dyke was as deep as him and the banks vertical.  He had to use all his muscle strength to haul himself out and I was on my way down to give him a pull.  He shook himself off and didn’t seem bothered by his newly rusty looking bottom.

BeastsDog meets beast

So there you can see the young beasts quickly formed a welcoming committee along the fence and it became a staring contest between Pup and cattle.  There was no woofing this time and only one halfhearted though to jumping that dyke to get closer to them.

We walked right through those woods in the background and looped back up the other side of this rashy field – the beasts were still huddled in the far corner where we had left them – almost as if they were waiting for our return.

We saw lots of signs of spring burgeoning forth:


Young larch needle clusters


larch flower

Larch flower




Rowan leaf buds opening

On the way back a now still dripping, rusty damp Pup took the lead:

… until he saw his first herd of cattle again …

Just after this picture (Pup was to their right) they ran a little way off.  I sat Pup and Dog right by the gate and gave them kibble until the wee beasts settled and were brave enough to come back for another look.  Young cattle like these are typical skittish when they are first turned out to graze but they are so very curious and nosey.  I have found it is good to let them get  a good close up of the dogs under control so that they learn that a controlled dog is not a threat and the dogs meanwhile are learning that cattle are not for chasing but deserve a healthy respect.

Shortly afterwards when P370 and pals started to look like they had had enough for one day we carried on up the drive.  I could see riders approaching down the lane so I called Pup in and fastened his lead on.  He barked a little at the horses and they riders told me not to worry the horses are used to it.  I was able to let him off lead quite quickly after they had passed and he showed no attempt to go after them.  At some point I do have to try leaving him off lead but sitting up while the ponies pass … I am sure the barking is because he thinks I need protecting!

It was a longish walk and both Pup and I were weary when we got home – him from his exploits and me because although today I feel much better I am still not fabulously well.  Tonight my nose is running again – not done that for a week because it was stuffy and my eyes feel a little dry – so probably the effect of pollen on top of laryngitis – but at least the cough is much less than it was and swallowing is okay … if I could just get my ear to ‘pop’ I would feel much much more wonderful.


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I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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