Saturday, April 21, 2012

Muddy puddles .

Textbook April weather . Wet and windy . During a gap in the rain Angus decides to head off , Wilf in tow , for an afternoon walk . '' Do you think it's wise ? " asks 'the font ' , looking at the ever darkening sky . " It'll be fine . We won't be gone long " comes the reply .

We make it to the end of the lane . The first wild orchids appearing in the hedgerows. It starts to rain . Then it starts to rain heavily . Finally the skies open . It pours . Power shower precipitation . The wind springs up , thunder rolls , the tree branches wave wildly. Wilf takes the downpour as a heaven sent opportunity to sniff every flower, christen every tree , and roll - languidly - in every malodorous smell . The more Angus wants to hurry, the more Wilf wants to slowdown and savour the joys of nature . The selective deafness of a dog that's in his element . He stands, head high , nose sniffing the air , immovable. Muddy puddles a ' must walk in ' source of delight . Old , ' let me get my nose deep down in the grass ' , smells , reinvigorated by the downpour.

Wet, happy, dog and less happy owner are soaked to the skin when they return . ' The font ' looks up with a smile and asks " Is it wet ? " . Some freshly made fish terrine , a towel dry, and the old fellows soon asleep in the warmth of the kitchen . A scene acted out around the world ten million times a day ? Dogs and their owners . Lifes ever optimistic weathermen .


  1. A wise philosopher once wrote "A little drop of rain can hardly hurt me now". Or maybe that was from Les Mis. I always get those two confused. :)

  2. Wlilfy, you just make that Angus slow down. It's part of your job as an old dog.

    Funny though , my next blog post was going to be called muddy puddles. Now I'll have to think of something different.

    Will it EVER stop raining?

    Toodle pip!

  3. The second photo looks like an alien creature watching you.

    Ah, a wet, unhurried walk. Wonderful.

    XXXOoO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  4. A muddy puddle here, Todd takes the opportunity to dig in it--He'll learn...won't he?

    Enjoy your day!

  5. Thanks for the view of the wild orchids, very cool!

    In our corner on Friday we had a long walk in the warm sun. No booties or bundling unnecessary.

  6. Hi Angus and Wilf,

    Long time I have not commented but I have always visited. Very glad to see Wilf is still in his element..wish it would rain here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia...been one year now without anything more than a few drops here and there.

    I'm taking care of some stray cats now..we dont have stray dogs if ur not too busy please have a look


    All the best to everyone


  7. Oopss sorry Angus,

    I got the URL wrong, silly me..its supposed to be:


  8. The Font's sarcasm is priceless and expected.


  9. Nice the weather provided Wilf with all this delightful fun!....DBH

  10. Hello to the weathermen in France! Kiri my tigerpuppy is pretty the same - unstoppable - and selceted deafness - love from all of us Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiri

  11. With this new health 'challenge' upon us, hubby and I are attacking treatment side effects with a 'brisk walk' every day. Today's weather here was a lot like yours...cold, windy, generally unpleasant. It did, however, serve to make us feel victorious, if not virtuous upon returning home.

  12. Venture Out, it's hot in Calif. today, I like the second photo.

  13. this post brought a smile.
    as you ususally do!
    you and your little sidekick... the most famous
    wee pon bear in the whole wide world...
    wishing you lots of sunny rainy wonderful days!
    tammy j

  14. Lovely weather for PONs. Quite revivifying! We are at 38C/102F and it's only early spring. Your bracing April weather sounds good to us.
    A happy Wilf makes our day!

  15. Lovely post! Except the part about the heavy rain, but oh to just imagine Wilf pacing himself, smelling every single thing he can. Bliss! We were supposed to get rain today, all day, but it changed its mind. Good thing too, we have 15 coming for dinner and we are BBQing! Keep on going Wilf!

    With love from your Canadian pals,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

  16. Well aren't YOU a cutie?! I'm so glad I stopped by for a visit! Wanna be friends? :)

    Woofs and hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  17. The font never fails to make me chuckle.

    You are so right - I'm glad that neither of our dogs can read x-rays or any other medical test result.

  18. I'm not sure if the last reply went through or not. Sorry if it's a duplicate! I love how 'the font' remains the mistress of understatement! Thanks for a good chuckle today!

  19. So glad Wilfie is through the bad part of the cycle, is feeling better and is able to enjoy a good mud puddle. Being a Scot, the rain should just roll off Angus. Aren't all Scots waterproof?

    Wow, surprised and sorry to hear there are plans afoot to frack in France. Nasty business. Might want to check out the company's reputation as well as the drilling site. Badly/cheaply done, fracking can poison the water table for many, many miles.

    Jed & Abby

  20. It's a natural law... go out for a nice walk, and the skys open!! It just happened to us the other day!!