Yesterday was a full on day. Work in the morning, then university-open-day visiting in the afternoon whilst still suffering post snotty summer snivels, I still felt waffy (a wonderful word I have learnt since working in Yorkshire - waffy. Perfectly sums up that light-headed numb feeling you have post cold or when super-tired).
However, if you are a dog, needing a dog-walk, waffy just does not cut the dog biscuit (or similar dog related idioms), so after we'd eaten we set off with Moss for her new 'favouritist thing in the world' - the evening DOg-WaLK!
We live in a lineated village in a narrow valley with a communal sports grounds (ok ok a large field) situated on a reasonably flat hill top just behind us. It is rare to be up there on your own as it is very well used by the residents.
First thing in the morning are the early flush of dog walkers followed by joggers and lady power walkers, as the day progresses the more mature dog walker appears and pre-school children learning to ride bikes/fly kites/play football predominate.
The afternoon has semi-serious sports teams playing football and as the evening arrives - more dog walkers, kite skate boarders and teenagers populate the fields.
Then, later still when most normal folk have returned home, we walk up to the fields and enjoy the solitude (with the very occasional other late evening dog walker), listen to the birds, watch the sunset, feel the breeze and allow Moss the freedom to run and run and run until her tongue is as long as her tail.
And, when she is tired from playing, from chasing a ball, from playing some more, we return home, back down into the valley - home. Saturday's sunset was glorious and I am so glad we saw it.
Sunday was father's day and my boys (courtesy of their mum...) produced suitably irreverent cards for Himself and I found an equally cheeky one for my dad.
Our plan to sit outside for afternoon tea had to be put aside as the rain started.
Scones, jam and cream and lemon drizzle cake were the perfect antidote for the grey weather.
Pepper found a box and hunkered down.
Moss melted in front of the fire.
A quiet end to a gentle day.