Well I'm pleased to report that my eye is fine, and Gail has advised me not to dwell on the week's other medical 'issue'. Let's just say that the washing machine has been working overtime, in line with my bowel movements....
Instead I'm going to tell you all about today's walk, our annual outing with the Grampian Tibet Support Group.
This is the fourth year running I have participated in this sponsored walk, and you know what struck me today?
Yes that's right. Where are all the Tibetan pups? Do they not support their country's fight for independence? I mean, any park in Aberdeen is awash with Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus. We see the occasional Tibetan Terrier, and I feel sure that there must be a few Tibetan Spaniels and Mastiffs in NE Scotland too. Yet over the years the only dogs I've seen join this special walk have been collies, Labradors and retrievers. Oh and maybe there was a border terrier one time.
Well today I was the only dog of any breed taking part, which of course guaranteed plenty of welcome attention.
Earlier Gail had suggested that, as I hadn't been well, I might not be up to the planned nine miles and we would have to turn back if I showed signs of flagging.
I don't think so Gail.
The only flag involved today was the Tibetan flag which members of the group draped from the top of the tower on Scolty Hill.
For some, this was the day's highlight, but oh my gosh, from my perspective, something far more exciting happened as we were about to have our picnic lunch.
Do any of my readers recognise this incredibly gorgeous Sheltie?
Yes of course, it's Pippa, my only Aberdonian dog blogging friend, out with her assistant Eve and the rest of the family, who just happened to have chosen the same spot for their Sunday walk. It's Pippa's 2nd birthday tomorrow. I do hope she's going to get some nice presents and tell us all about it.
I was so thrilled by this chance encounter that I bounced all the way back to the car park.
What a great day!