It has been quite a day – but first a whine – my hand hurts! I got stung by a stinging nettle; I rubbed it with a dock leaf (which took me minutes to find) but my hand still hurts 7 hours later!!
I was working on tutorial stuff this morning, which si not exciting enough to write about. Then I took my boys for their constitutional … things heated up a little! Look at this foxglove about to flower – it must have come from seed spread from a garden since (1) there are no other foxgloves in the spinney and (2) it is not the native foxglove colour but a soft creamy yellow flower.
Shortly after seeing this Pup started seriously hunting and then a point. He would not come off point and he tried to flush but something was preventing him. I tootled on over to find him pointing into a pile of brashings (fallen twigs and branches). Peering in I could see fur. Pup poked as far as he could with his nose and I am sure that touched the furry someone but furry someone wasn’t budging!
I popped Pup on his lead and walked him a short distance away. He made no effort to go back … but after I had put them onto their beds fr a rest I went back on my own and there was no furry someone in the brashings – Pup had hunted and pointed his first live furry game – he is working out where the scent disappears to! He had to go on his lead up the lane since a young roe deer in it’s red summer coat was half way across the plough to us and I did not want Pup setting off to chase.
I took a mooch after checking on the brashings and had a mini-adventure … it would have been a proper adventure if I had fallen into he burn – but I managed to stop myself as soon as the ground got muddy and I sank into it …
A decent walk and lots of flora to examine along the way plus a little bit of fauna.