I live on a very pleasant estate and the people I meet are all, without exception, pleasant and polite. We are usually walking our dogs - of which there are plenty of all varieties on the estate.
Because I tend to walk at the same time each day (early morning, lunch time and just before it gets dark) it is usually the same folk we meet and now, with my new walker J on two days - when Tess walks with other dogs - Tess is becoming much more sociable. So our walks are much happier.
Having a dog has so many advantages, not least when one lives alone is the company they bring to one's life; closely followed by the fact that like it or not, whatever the weather, one has to venture out. But I do agree with Gwil - the time I don't venture out is when the paths are slippery.
But what I always - and I mean always - carry with me are Pooh Bags. There are special bins which are changed regularly and almost everyone uses them to deposit the bags - otherwise they can be put into our grey rubbish bins which are collected from home. Consequently our estate is neat, tidy and clean.
But not this morning. My friend J, who has a dog called Sammy - Tess adores Sammy - keeps a lovely front garden, still full of flowers now when most gardens have lost their colour until the Spring. But this morning, right at the top of her drive in the middle of the path, somebody's very large dog has deposited a very large pooh - and I mean very large - can't imagine the size of the dog - wolf sized at least I would guess. And it has not been cleaned up - it is there - in the middle of the path for all to see or not see and tread on. As I was walking round to quote a lovely young man who used to work with me many years ago and who was super polite (yes, honestly) I missed stepping on to it by a 'gnat's dick' (sorry - didn't mean to offend!) Yes, I could have bent down and collected it in one of my pooh bags but I had already used one and expected Tess to need the other before we got home (she did). So I left it there - not public spirited I know. But why are people so thoughtless?
On the whole we don't get much in the way of take away cartons, tins or bottles - but this, which is so much worse and really a danger to health - and on the footpath too. I just wish I had seen it happen and could have taken a photograph at the time - it is an offence and quite rightly so.