I deliberately did not start my day as normal with opening the laptop to sign in to check emails and my blog.
Sure I did later and have posted, commented and acknowledged, but I decided to have some Me Time first.
You know, it’s been a long time since I did that. Even walking the dog has been a rush job because we had to be somewhere later, so this morning, whilst Hubby was having a nice long relaxing bath (with bubbles, and no it is not his birthday), I took Maggie for a walk.
Photo 12th December: Did somebody say Walkies?
The walk round the Avenue takes about fifteen minutes, whereas the walk round the park takes about thirty. I was out for well over an hour as I met up with several fellow dog walkers that I either don’t see very often, or have only had time to nod and acknowledge in passing, but today, we stopped and chatted…. and chatted…… and chatted.
It put a spring in my step and lifted my spirits no end as I was not on a deadline, didn’t have to rush off anywhere so Maggie could sniff as much of the grass as she wanted and I didn’t have to hurry her along!
The lake was practically empty of ducks and geese today, though at the boating end, the water looked like it had the measles as it was dotted with gulls. Thankfully they weren’t the herring gulls that tend to bomb you in the summer for scraps but the smaller black headed variety.
We didn’t go up on the prom this morning though, just ambled through the park and then back through the Avenue to home.
Hubby had done the hoovering (and no I didn’t delay my return in anticipation because we share chores) and the kettle was on for a cuppa.
Later we did something else we haven’t done for a while, and gave Maggie a shower.
She’s throwing her coat and very itchy, plus is suffering from dry flaky skin which is quite common for her at this time of year. We have some Aloe Vera doggy shampoo that is brilliant and brings her coat up a treat in the process.
Photo 12th December: a bit damp and fluffy, but sweet smelling and clean!
The water was black and it was nice to see she has a white ruff and paws rather than a dull grey. Although she tolerates the shower, she does love the rub down and hair dryer afterwards. The monochrome dog is back!