Well he has a new book, 'Landmarks', and of course Gail and I have been reading it.
It is all about "the power of language to shape our sense of place". At the end of each chapter is a glossary of lost or nearly lost words from around the UK.
Some of them relate to walking and Gail points out they are useful for dogs too. Which of these, I wonder, best describes how you or your human approaches your daily perambulation?
Scrimander (Yorkshire): to wander about, to take a devious or winding course Spangin' (Scots): walking vigorously Striddle (N. Ireland): to walk uncomfortably, with an unusual gait Crabbsganach (Gaelic): awkward on one's feet, owing to their being sore Flinks (Shetland): to ramble in a rompish manner, as a frolicsome girl might Stravaig (Scots):to wander aimlessly, unguided by outcome or destination Nuddle (Suffolk): to walk in a dreamy manner, with head down as if preoccupied.
Whichever fits you, please, pups and humans alike, when you return to the house, please do always remember not to spandle!*.
*Spandle (Kent): to leave marks of wet feet or shoes on a floor, as a dog does with its paw prints.
Hi, I'm Bertie, a wire-haired fox terrier pup. I live with Gail in Aberdeen, Scotland. An old Westie called Hamish used to live here but he died on 18th February 2010 (exactly the same day I was born). People tell me that he used to have a blog and that I have big pawprints to fill. That's a bit too much responsibility for a very young puppy - and anyway, I intend to make my own mark!
(Gail says that Hamish could certainly have taught me a thing or two about marking stuff....)