Two things beginning with D today. The first one is the most serious and I really can't decide what to do.
I am becoming quite immobile and, because of arthritis mainly in my knees and ankles, some days I have great difficulty in walking and in keeping my balance. It is on these days that I find it very hard to take Tess for the three walks she needs and deserves - however short.
But then in the evening when we settle down, I look at her in her basket and I know that I just could not bear to be without my little friend who I have had since she was six week's old. (she is now nine and a half).
Now it looks as though I could have a new home for her with a dog-loving couple who have just lost one of their two beloved dogs and would dearly love another one. And I ask myself - am I being kind to her to keep her in such a restrictive life or will her main concern be to stay with me (she has known no other life and has always been here on the farm) regardless of her shorter walks and virtually no walks in the fields - and when I move all her walks (except for those if I employ a dog-walker,or if my friend calls to take her out) will be in very different terrain.
My second D has been a Day out - or rather an afternoon out - and is in some ways connected in that my son and his wife took me on a drive out into the lovely countryside around here. We didn't go into The Dales but rather the other way towards Ripon and then out into the rolling scenery around there. The harvest is in and the golden stubble fields shone in the sunshine. The views were wonderful. We called in at Studley Royal and sat by the lake and had a pot of tea and a scone with jam and cream. I took Tess as I didn't wish to leave her alone all afternoon. I found managing her, her lead, my stick and my handbag very trying - there were lots of dogs around and she was no trouble but I still found it
What shall I do?