I say to the dogs at 10pm I am going to have an early night … I sit down to “do just one e-mail and write the blog” and it is midnight and blogging is just starting … what happens to those 2 hours because I have nothing to show for them most nights!
So since I do need some sleep – not for beauty but for health – I will share with you a wild flower, a wild Pup and some very beautiful garden flowers … enjoy.
Although this blog post involves a dead thing – there are no close ups on gory so I have decided to include it here rather than Pup’s training blog because it was actually a lovely interaction:
We had walked about half way along the larch spinney when Pup discovered a prostate corvid. Now there is something you need to know if you are not familiar with crows – they apparently taste vile because of the oil on their feathers … many dogs will not touch them at all. Dog however has no problem picking them up! Looking at where it was I would guess it had hit the tree and broken it’s neck.
So Pup looked at the this poor dead creature and then looked at me as if to say what do I do? am I allowed?
I hadn’t realised but good old Google Doodle reminded me – Summer starts today! It was a dreich day for most of it but finished up fine back at home. I was on a training course al day so not a very exciting day to relate other than I am now a certified Steps for Health Walk Leader. That means I can conduct risk assessments and submit them for approval, I can prepare for the walks I plan to lead and when my Disclosure arrives I can lead a walk – all I need then is a group of people who want to start walking as a health activity.
Since I have had a few busy days I am going to do a little recap on some photos I might have posted without commenting or some I hadn’t yet had time to include:
This one is the plant known as Cleavers (common names include Goose Grass or hereabout Sticky Willies). I am sadly very familiar with his irritating velcro plan having had a dog who attracted the little balls everytime he crossed the threshold. What I didn’t realise – and if I had thought about I would have done so … was that it has flowers! (I know Duh! it has fruits so it must have flowers first?) Look how delicate and pretty they are in the second picture.
This is a scene that I look up at often – the hill behind Balmashanner; but when I looked the other day I was sure I saw smoke wafting across infront of the trees. Panicked I zoomed in to find … the sky peeping through gaps!
And finally since we are now in summer our mind turns to fruits and ripening things … these look very like redcurrants and as far as I can see they do grow wild and there is nothing poisonous that resembles them but I will be cautiously watching to see how they ripen.
And this picture reminds me so much of an upside down bird’s nest – but it is in fact a huge bunch of keys – ash keys! Hopefully another sing that the Ash Dieback disease is still well away from our beautiful trees.
Doesn’t nature create such beautiful miracles for us all to enjoy?
… tennis ball! More explanation will follow but first just look at the body language here …
It took over half an hour to get those – they wouldn’t sit next to each other. Then I used the ‘mat’ technique to get them to sit on the mat … Dog had to shuffle his mat over first …. and EVERY time I got them sat up Pup followed me as I backed away with the camera.
I had a meeting this morning which went well and helped to crystallise some Project Tick Tock thoughts. After I came home from that I had a lengthy text exchange with a very miserable Toxic … who just maybe about ready to listen … we’ll see.
Then the boys and I went for a mooch. After Pup’s hunts this past week I knew I couldn’t let him keep hunting without a ‘find’ and since he doesn’t know exactly what it is he is hunting that presents an issue. I planted a tennis ball on our way into the spinney and let him hunt back. He wasn’t as fluid as the last time but when we got back to the start he did scent out and find the tennis ball and fetch it to me. I will have to try and take him a few more times when I know there will be no other dogs – no good me planting stuff for him to find if someone snaffles it! Then I will be able to start planting some of his dummies rather than the tennis balls.
He does know that he is hunting creatures because twice today he has pointed blackbirds and neither time did he chase them. My problem with his spinney hunting is he is scenting rabbits but he has never seen a live rabbit, is unaware that the run and doesn’t understand when they have gone underground and the scent just stops. We’ll get there.
I’ll finish with a gosling update: I have seen two different hatches of goslings but one of those I haven’t seen apart from when they were tiny. These though I see frequently – they were originally three and now only two but they are growing really well:
I had an appointment with the Careers Adviser today. Things got off to a bad start when I got a phone call to remind me about the appointment – which bit of “I am able to organise myself and attend appointments on time” does the Job Centre find so tricky to understand?
I set off and was waiting at the bus stop when I realised I had left my mobile at home – so I had to sprint back for it … well you know just in case the Job Centre decided to call again and remind me my appointment was less than an hour away! Next the bus driver was the one who couldn’t do my special ticket – he has since been trained by a colleague and I still had to talk him through it … and another new driver was running 15 minutes late on both his runs past today – that is not going to work out …
Anyway as I returned to the bus stop I saw these pretty pinky mauve bluebells and had to grab a picture … or two!
The Careers adviser arrived just in time for my appointment (which I thought a little rude since I had been reminded to be there). He was helpful to an extent but I think reached the same conclusion as my adviser – I am doing what I need to do to progress things but he did point me in the direction of a couple of education options.
I did laugh when I saw my horoscope though – and I cannot remember the last time I read one – it says “Sometimes when you act as if you can do something you find out you actually can. Learn how hobbies can lead to new careers” Well certainly things do seem to have been happening over the past few weeks because I have acted as if I can do them and certainly my walking hobby has led me to where I am heading career wise!
I also had to smile when I saw this strange furry beast! Yesterday our grass verge had it’s annual trim and these dandelion heads must have been squished down to the ground but locked together … can you guess why I have a growing collection of pictures dandelion clocks at the moment?
My travels ended with a brief exchange with Weather Guru who was after an update on Project Tick Tock … he departed with his fingers firmly crossed for me.
Okay I know I didn’t blog yesterday … I was having other fun instead!
You remember the roadworks and the havoc it caused? well I bought a bottle of wine to share with my neighbours and last night was when we got together. It was a lovely (and late) evening in which we talked about all sorts of topics. It started with a joke about the husband being the butler (he was still cleaning the bathroom when I arrived after young people’s bathtime) and so we were waiting for drinks. On being asked to hurry her Dad up the youngest child took it upon herself to play hostess with the mostess and she had fetched out the ‘proper’ wine glasses. I happen to know this young lady has aspirations to own our ice cream parlour cum café when she is grown up … if she gets the chance – based on last night – she will make a fine job of it too. Read More…