Yesterday I had a ton emails and paperwork to catch up with and by the end of the afternoon I was ready for a break. The dogs had been sleeping at my feet all day and we all agreed that a Walk in the Forest before dinner would be a Good Thing.
I put on some walking shoes, grabbed a lead and the food for the horses and head off up the hill, Gibson racing ahead and Ghetto pulling on the lead, urging me to go faster, faster.
Having fed the horses we carried on up the path and now they were both free to race to the tree line and disappear from sight. I whistled regularly and each time they came bounding back, just to check in before racing off again.
‘This is great’ I thought, for once we’ll have a civilised walk together and be back home in time to prepare a nice dinner. Ha! In my dreams!
Forty minutes into the walk, they both went AWOL, and after spending 10 minutes walking up and down paths screaming their names like a soul in perdition, I decided to change tactic. Determined not to let two ill-disciplined mutts spoil my evening pleasure I headed over to an open area in the forest where there are often wild flowers growing.
I wasn’t disappointed, within a short while I had a giant bouquet of buddleia, queen anne lace and a couple of other non-identified varieties. I tied them all up with a length of fern, shouted out to the trees, “that’s it, I’m going home, do whatever you want” and walked determinedly down a path.
Before I got to the first bend, I heard the noise of two dogs racing up behind me. Panting, wagging tails, dripping mud everywhere.
As we made our way home, I told them very clearly what I thought about Dogs who Run Away, and they said I was right and that they really really promised never to do it again ……. hmmm …. they must think I’m stupid!
To forget about the episode and make the most of my wild flowers, I put together this little bouquet with the addition of a couple of dahlias from the garden, whose gentle colouring goes so beautifully with the half ripe elderberries …. I hope you enjoy.
Please don’t forget that today is your last chance to enter the artwork giveaway, and that tomorrow there will be a new giveaway to try your luck at.
Hope you’re enjoying the month of August, wherever you may be. Thank you for reading me.