Upside Down Day
I was waiting for a call this morning … to agree the write up in the local paper about the litter collection. I waited and waited but it didn’t happen. So I got on and had a quick pooch mooch and then into Kirriemuir to the cash machine to get money for the bus to Forfar and the supermarket.
The weather is continuing fine and mostly sunny with a stiff breeze but very pleasant indeed. Fortunately the roadworks have been quiet today so it has only been the traffic sitting at the lights that has been slightly intrusive. I had a pleasant walk into Kirriemuir and definitely my laryngitis is clearing because I could push myself up the braes but I did have a little wheezy cough at the top of each brae which soon settled. The driver, despite having sold me a jobseeker ticket last week and being given the same crib sheet details couldn’t find the ticket so told me to take a seat – free bus ride! Not good business for the bus company but good customer service and I did offer the information for him to sell me the ticket.
As I walked down to the supermarket I got a call from the newspaper and since I was just passing the offices I popped in and we talked instead of wasting a phone bill. Next up was the supermarket where I spent slightly too much (oops) but was out just in time for the bus back which was nice not to have to wait an hour for the next one.
Having unpacked and stowed the shopping and a chat on the phone with my Mum I took the boys for an evening walk – a first for Pup.
I have been trying to photograph this for a few days but the wind has been too strong. These are the Ash buds all bursting open aren’t they intriguing? but great to see a healthy Ash population on the estate which apparently has planted Ash over the few years so would be particularly hard hit if the dieback comes to this area.
Another species in the headlines are our local beaver population which are not the official study population but which will be studied in the wild to assess the impact they have on our landscape. It is a relief to know what I should do if Pup should happen to retrieve a deceased beaver – well he finds all sorts of other strange objects!
On today’s walk he Pointed and flushed two roe; stopping and then recalling to his whistles rather than chasing so I was very pleased with him.
Then we walked through a farm lane and just as he got back off lead again to go get a drink one of the lads appeared on his bicycle so the lead went back on. There is something about country youngsters; they always greet people so cheerfully unlike town youth who mumble if they speak at all – well at least this lad does and it is the second time I have encountered him on a walk.
We continued on back up the woodland walk ad round the sheep field with a quick pause to see if the beasts were there. Just as we got to the top of the estate road I could see a rider coming down on her horse so we veered just into the larch spinney and the lead went back on. She stopped for a chat and I explained that Pup is horse aware but not yet reliable around horses with riders and I don’t want him to cause an accident. She thanked me for being considerate and for taking the dogs to meet the ponies round the paddocks.
As she rode off I could see a dog coming down the road with two people so we lingered in the spinney but I did let Pup off his lead and took him to find a tin can to hold – a buzzard dropped down out of a tree and Pup catching sight of it followed about 20m before returning to me. By this time I could see the dog coming down was a GSD puppy so I allowed Pup to go say hello; the puppy was a little overcome by Pup’s bumptiousness but both he and Dog did greet it. Dog was yipping a little which was unnerving the puppy but I explained he was excited and having been allowed to say hello he calmed quickly.
I called Pup up and we took a quick striding walk home to get a god rest. So more new experiences for Pup and more tests of his training and more tests for Dog of his doggy greeting behaviours – they are good boys really. And for me – well another long standing member of the community (the horesewoman) getting to know me and hopefully some publicity will raise more interest in volunteering to keep our community a lovely place to live.
And just to round the day off I had a young police officer chapping my door at 22:30 … it is okay I am not in bother – the traffic lights at the roadworks are malfunctioning (both directions on red!) and he was looking for clues as to who is responsible for them … I have my uses apparently.