My alarm woke me at seven this morning, but as it is still the Easter holidays and I was feeling a little tired after a busy few days, I stayed in bed a while longer and enjoyed listening to the birds singing in the garden. At eight, I forced myself to get up and go and make a cup of tea. I spent an hour sitting in the lounge with the boys before I finally had a shower and dressed for a day of pottering about. I had planned on doing nothing, but as usual, the moment I get going I find tons of things that need my attention. One of those things was the poly tunnel, or to be more accurate, the seeds that had been dug up and devoured during the night; we can only guess by a nocturnal rodent. My neighbour has the same problem in his greenhouse. Time to get tough on mice.
One thing I can do is to take her for nice walks. This afternoon we drove ten minutes or so and went for a long walk around a reservoir we discovered on Monday, thanks to Puppy's brother's owner. It was very quiet, the weather was over cast but mild and we just walked and enjoyed the scenery. There were two men out on the water fishing. Swallows swooped and scooped up insects over the lake and a grebe dived for fish. Middle Aged Labrador took to the water and scared the fish until we yelled at her to get out before the fishermen realised what had happened! She then found a stream and swam about in that for a bit. She was soaked but obviously loved every minute.
One thing I love about pine woods is the darkness. I know that sounds a bit odd but they evoke a kind of memory within me. When I look into the depth of the forest, between the trunks and see nothing but shadows and bare earth, it stirs something akin to an old, half-forgotten dream that lurks at the edge of my mind but evades capture. Most odd. Castle ruins and old houses do the same thing. I have very vivid memories of certain places I visited as a child and the things I did there, but on questioning my parents about them, they tell me we never went to those places and have no idea what I can be thinking of.
Thank you for reading. xxx