I usually walk Doc around lunchtime, we try to avoid other dog-walkers, not that I’m anti-social (though admittedly I can be sometimes), but all the dog-walkers here are all lovely and friendly. We give each other a lovely smile and do the customary talk about the weather as we pass each other by and when our dogs are acting like loonies, we also give each other a sympathetic smile or rolling of our eyes.
Going back to the reason why we avoid them, it’s only because Doc, little T’s over-excitable two year old dog, let’s just say acts a little bit too much when there are other dogs around, Yes, I know what you’re thinking, he ought to be socialised more and he does. I swear 😉
But what do I think about as soon as I step out of the house? Here’s what …
I know how very British! To talk about/think about the blimming weather, especially when it can’t seem to make up it’s mind about whether it’s spring already or the tail-end of winter. I always step out wearing a coat and then end up taking my coat off and walking with it awkwardly in my arms like a forbidden toy. In my mind, I curse it “Damn you weather! Can’t you make up your flipping mind?. It’s May now for goodness sake. The clocks have already gone forward an hour! This is supposed to herald the beginning of summer! In case you haven’t received the memo?!”
That is if I haven’t decided earlier on. I plod and walk on thinking about what to cook and racking my brains and mentally thinking about the contents of our fridge, freezer and pantry. Oh sheesh, what else can you do with chicken? Curry? Baked? Fried? Can’t we just have the same meals again and again? If only it were considered acceptable to feed your little one with ready-to-cool meals day in and day out without being labelled a bad mother.
List of Things-to-Do
Walking also seems to be the best time to think about ticking off mental list of things to do for the day, or perhaps, adding more to that list. Laundry (check), ironing (still needs to be done)… What have I done for the day? Walked the blimming Dog, that’s it!
Mostly I berate myself for not taking my camera with me. This always happens on days that the sky is the bluest of blue or the sea is dramatic and would make interesting captures.
I love them. I really do like to think of them every time I walk the dog. I have a friend who knows all their names, and every time she comes down for a visit, she tries to re-teach me their names over and over again. But I keep forgetting. One of the reasons why I love walking up in the headland, especially in the spring time and summer, is that you’ll find many wild flowers strewn all over and I like to bend down and inspect them. If I’m lucky enough to have my camera with me, I of course take a photo. Most times I just stop and marvel at them and it doesn’t matter whether I see them every single day.
What about you?
What do you think about when out for a walk?