What started out as an easy day turned out to be quite a busy one. Lots of little jobs to do in town meant that I was on my feet a lot after my coffee with friends. Then it was home to find that Tess had gone early for her walk today - the lady who takes her had promised to come early because Tess's Hair Appointment was for one o'clock (her usual walk time). And dead on 1pm the lady arrived to give Tess a cut, shampoo and blow dry. And how smart she looks now. I will try and get a photograph to put on tomorrow.
As soon as the hair was done I rang the vet to get Tess's vaccinations up to date but there wasn't an appointment until late this afternoon and I can't drive in the dark. So we are going at ten in the morning. On the way back we intend to call at the Pet Shop for a new harness instead of a collar - and then Tess will be completely modernised.
So now it is a General Election just before Christmas - as far as I am concerned that is all we need and I am sure that most of the country feels the same. It must be rather nice to be a pampered dog who has no idea about such things and can go through life with one's head in the clouds.
But at least it has been a bright, sunny Autumn day and everywhere has dried up nicely. A nice drive through the Dale to the vet in the morning, when the forecast is still for a pleasant day. This morning the weather forecaster was at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire where the Japanese Maples and Acers are at their very finest at the moment. It is many years since I was there but once seen never forgotten.