I was up by 7.30 and out walking the dog.
It was a pleasant start to the day, cooler than indoors, but threatening to be another scorching hot day.
I met up with a couple and their little shih tzu. I’ve seen them practically every day for the past week. He’s 16 and has arthritis in his front legs, so is taken up to the prom in a ‘chariot’ (think cross between a pushchair and shopping trolley) barking all the way as if to say ‘I’m going out now!’ Once he’s let out at the top, he’s happy as Larry, and quiet!
Actually, there are a lot of dog chariots around here, most for little dogs ranging from shih tzus like him to yorkies and westies.
Maggie was on a mission to wee, of which she did three, before we re-entered the park to come home.
I was saddened to see one of the early ducklings dead on the water. A beautiful bird, with cream and brown flecked plumage, almost adult size. We think a fox is on the prowl as we’ve seen several areas of feathers denoting demise rather than molting. On a happier note, the latest brood of 10 is still paddling and cheeping well.
Photo: June 2015 (yes, really, three years ago!)
Maggie was in the mood to smell the flowers today, and there is a large broom bush close to the entrance of the park. I got this image from google.
I’d never really appreciate this plant before, something a townie like me takes for granted I suppose, but the sparrows love it, and the aroma is breathtaking.
Of course our chocolate box garden is still a wonderful sight (previous pictures here)
We got home just before 8.30, Maggie saving her final performance for the front lawn.
The day is beginning to heat up, so it will be another one indoors for us.