My afternoon's walk today with Tess has convinced me of something I have known for a long time: I was absolutely right to keep her when I moved. It was rubbish to think I would not be able to 'cope' with her - she has kept me going. She has made me get up in a morning to let her out. She has made me do three(albeit fairly short) walks a day for her sake. And above all she has been the company I would have otherwise missed. Life would have been very quiet and lonely. Alright - she doesn't answer back, but you would be surprised how much her eyes can convey.
This morning we did our usual walk round the estate, meeting our usual dogs, having our usual chats to people (and dog to dog). After lunch we had a longer walk down our old farm lane. Autumn leaves have almost disappeared from the trees and bushes and few hips and berries remain on the bushes. I suspect the fieldfares and redwings and Winter thrushes have been around although I saw none of them, just the evidence.
Now, at twenty to four in the afternoon, I am tired after my walk and I need a sit down. Tess is patiently waiting for her four o'clocks and I shall sit down with a cuppa. I managed to find sixty tulip bulbs in town this morning to buy for my new border by my new fence (not finished yet) but I need at least as many more, so I shall search again tomorrow.