Denise: Ok then, here are the much-awaited photos. Not very good I’m afraid: she is so ‘hyper’ that they come out as a blur! Anyway, they show what we’ve been up to this morning – a lovely walk along Prince’s Beach [in Eriskay] again. Tilly is wearing her new red collar – lead matches, so very smart get up. You see she loves a nice paddle, but doesn’t go in the water too far. We played at throw and catch bits of rope and seaweed and beach combed. Found a huge sea urchin shell – not quite whole – and lots of sea urchin fragments for Becky’s collage when she gets round to making it (must have thousands of pieces by now). Have let the cats outside today – hopefully they’ll return when hungry, dog or no dog: they’ll get over it! Lovely and sunny, must pick a few tomatoes next.
Jonathan: Today, for a change, I’ve come to Chelmsford by train. Walk to Welwyn GC station, train south to Moorgate (but signal failure meant I had to change to another very crowded train at Finsbury Park), walk to Liverpool St Station (no signs to give directions), and then train north-east to Chelmsford, then short walk to office. Time taken 1h 50mins door to door.
Driving the far more direct east-west route along the A414 is just 40 miles (and about half that on dual carriageways) – but has never taken less than 1h 30mins, maximum so far 1h 45mins.
I have to ask – what exactly my career in designing and building roads has actually achieved!
Denise: I’m sitting in the conservatory and for once I’m not carding wool, spinning it, knitting or anything remotely like. I am making a fuss of Tilly, the sort of gentle fuss that is intended to distract and calm a very excitable young thing. And Tilly is VERY excited because she has just this afternoon arrived at her new home, and there’s so much to discover.
Tilly is NOT another cat (7 is a very nice number to have – a pity to spoil that!); and she is NOT a greyhound. Tilly, is a black labrador, about 2 years old, and KC-registered, though I got her from the Uist branch of the SSPCA. And what really matters is that she is absolutely adorable!
She doesn’t annoy the cats, and is no more than amused by chickens. Molly and the rest of the cats are more curious than put out (though that may change the firs time Tilly helps herself to their food!). She’s very bright: soon after getting her home I took her across the road onto the beach, and coming back she knew exactly where to find our gate and the way back to the house. Excitable, but not daft!
You’ll be dying to see what she’s like. I’ll take a photo and J can add it for me tomorrow perhaps. You’ll just have to wait a bit – J hasn’t seen her either, and won’t till he comes home at beginning of October.