Dobby talks about the big walk

You wouldn’t have thought it was mid-December, yesterday. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, not a hint of breeze, just lots of blue and sunshine and warm. And so they had a good idea – take us for a walk in a new place.

They took us there in the car. When they’d parked it we all got out and looked around, and didn’t know which way to go. He said this way, and she said that way, and eventually they agreed and off we set. We didn’t have a map, or anything, just followed paths through fields and forests. It was wonderful – although they slipped and slid around in the mud!

We walked for a long time, and do you know, we didn’t see one car, or one person, or one other animal, just some small birds fluttering about in the hedges. They kept us on the lead because it was a new place and they didn’t know if we’d be safe. We didn’t mind, because it was all new and interesting.

After we’d walked for a couple of hours, they saw a church spire sticking up in the distance, and we knew that we weren’t lost, as we were beginning to suspect, but heading in exactly the right direction.


Last night we really crashed out.
I grabbed the armchair and hung up a “Do Not Disturb – Very Tired Dog” sign, and Tally took over the sofa and folded his legs up in that odd way he has.

We slept like babies, didn’t move all night, and were still asleep when they came down at 9.30 am.

They said we’re going to do it again very soon. We can’t wait, there’s so many places we haven’t been yet and we’re looking for a change from our usual walks. But next time perhaps we won’t go quite so far – I’m a big chap and don’t have Tally’s stamina. And of course, he’s getting on a bit too.


7 thoughts on “Dobby talks about the big walk

  1. Season Greetings from Providence, Rhode Island Susie
    Sounds like you have had at least one fair weather day this week. We have had 4 days of rain and wind, today is sunny, though tomorrow back to rain. No white Christmas this year.

    I just started reading your new book and all ready i am loving it!

    From my home to yours wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!!!


    • And to you, Jane. We are having some very beautiful days, mild and sunny. I hope your weather is going to improve. One of these days, before I am very much older, I’m going to have to visit Providence so I can see where my mother was born.

      Delighted you are enjoying the book.

      To you and yours, merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2013. 🙂


      • Hi Susie, Hope your holidays were good. Just wanted to tell you if you visit Providence you have a place to stay if you like. The Putnum Street area has declined since I lived there in the late 1950’s to early 1970’s so what I am saying is it would be my pleasure to show you around, where ever you stay. So please do let me know when you are ready. Wishing you a great 2013!!! Jane

    • I haven’t yet had time to catch up with your European safari, Fly, so much happening in this corner, but am looking forward to joining you vicariously once the celebrations have subsided here. Happy Christmas Costa Rican style. 🙂

  2. Jane, that’s enormously kind of you. Whether we actually manage to get there remains to be seen, I certainly do hope so, and would love to meet you. I located and was able to see No. 120 thanks to Google Maps, which was really quite exciting!

    May 2013 bring you health and happiness.


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