Sunday, 16 May 2010

Friends and Puppies..

On Saturday I headed over to spend the day with an old friend of mine, (we used to live opposite one another, from the age of about 9 0r 10)

She and her husband farm, and had agreed to sell me some beef the next time they had an animal butchered for home use, so the purpose of the trip was to pick that up (I now have a large selection of steaks, joints, mince and the like in my freezer, all from a cow which was born and raised right here) and to generally catch up and spend some time together.

And, as it turned out, to meet some puppies, as one of their dogs had pups recently, and now there are seven utterly adorable little bundles of fluff and squeakiness...
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They are four weeks old today, and are very friendly, curious and cute. I was tempted to take one home, but (a) they are not yet young enough to leave their mother (b) Tybalt would emphatically not approve and (c) my small, almost gardenless house, and office-based job are not really suitable for a working dog.....
But they are incredibly cute.

It was a beautifully sunny day, so we (and the puppies) were able to spend

most of the day outside, then later, J and I walked through the fields to see her parents (who were our neighbours all the time I was growing up, and until my parents retired and moved away 2 years ago) It was a glorious evening for a walk - the hedgrows were bluebells, cowslips, primroses and cow-parsley, and as well as some lovely views across the levels towards Glastonbury, we also saw lots of rabbits, a hare, and a magnificant dog-fox - the most vivid red, against the bright green grass, and very large for a fox.

I did manage to catch a picture of him, although it doesn't do him justice, and even J, who recently lost 11 chickens in a single night to a fox (maybe this one) had to admire him.

It's days like this which remind me what a beatiful part of the country I live in, and how lucky I was to be able to grow up here. And, of course, how lucky I am in my friends.
Of course, when I returned home, Tybalt was not impressed at me for having been gone 24 hours, and coming home smelling of 9 different dogs.....

6 comments:

Phiala said...

But such cute puppies are worth a bit of cat-snubbing, right?

I'm glad you had such a lovely trip.

spacedlaw said...

They are cute but you are right: Tybalt would not have been amused. And puppies grow.

Marjorie said...

True. And these puppies have working dogs as both parents, they need homes on farms, ideally. I told J I would have one if she guaranteed it would always stay as small and cuddley as now!

louisa said...

TOO CUUUUTTTTTTE!!! Love that first picture speshly

Dragonsally said...

Bordie Collie puppies are SO gorgeous. You did well to resist.
The fox incidence reminds me of one we had when I was growing up...we just all sat in the car looking at this glorious critter. He was probably lucky dad had a carful of family...

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