Oh I just am so bursting with pride, I must
tell you all about this.
I have a new job. It's going to be the most tremendous fun.
I have been appointed 'Assistant Web Guide Volunteer
' for the Woodland Trust's VisitWoods
OK, I admit it is an unofficial appointment, but Gail is a real bona fide volunteer, and I am going to help her, so that counts doesn't it?
What does it all involve?
Well the idea, basically, is to encourage people to go out and enjoy our country's wonderful woodlands. The project has a website
listing all just about every wood you can visit in the UK. You can follow the link and search for a wood near you. No, not if you live in Australia, or the USA, or South Africa, don't be silly!
The volunteers' job is to add content to the website
: photos of their local woods, plus comments and information relevant to visitors (car parking, special features, flora and fauna, terrain, amounts of mud etc. etc.)
My unique role, of course, is to add the canine perspective.
For example, last month Gail and I visited Tollohill Wood just a stone's throw from Aberdeen city. You can see her comments and photos here
But she didn't say anything about the sheer joy of romping around, in freedom and safety, sniffing out every corner of this splendid little oasis ...
inspecting the fallen trees ...
and those that look like they're fallen but aren't ...
and pausing briefly in the stripey sunshine ...
before rushing off to indulge one's natural fox terrier instincts.
Apparently volunteers are expected to comment on the toilet facilities too...
Most excellent, I would say.
We shall be visiting more woods in the next few weeks (if ever it stops raining). Watch this space.