Monday 17 August 2020

A grade 'A' morning outing and a Pea-S...

I have to tell you there are some routines in this household's retirement/lockdown life that I like much more than others. 

I think you can guess my views on Gail's participation in the Thursday morning cycling group. Much more acceptable are the regular walks with our friends M&J. We all love exploring new places, and the relaxed pace allows me plenty of sniffing time while the humans enjoy a good old chinwag. 

Last week M&J suggested a hike around the Maryculter Community Woodland, so off we trotted. Here I am, looking up in admiration at J, as his wife M recounts the story of how once upon a time their ten year old daughter had called upon him to help with a school project. 

Gosh I was thinking, how fortunate the daughter to have such a clever and well qualified dad...

The task was to research and write an essay about any African country and J, a university lecturer in Geography who had worked as District Commissioner in Zambia, long ago in the days before that country gained independence, was only too happy to help. Unfortunately the outcome was not in line with expectations, the grade 'C' awarded to the resultant Zambia essay being a blot on the daughter's otherwise unblemished record of 'A's...

Well today I am in charge of the marking and I am happy to rate this hike as A*+++, and better.

Thank you M&J!

Pea-S: On Sunday, on a different walk, this time with our friends Neil and Yvonne, Gail stumbled and fell on her ankle, and so this was the scene in our household yesterday evening...


  1. wow that was really a super morning and we bet the essay will be a grade aaa too!

  2. Hari OM
    Hah - there's a lesson about doing one's own homework in there somewhere! What a delightful ramble that looks to be, though, Bertie lad. So glad you got to join in this outing. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Well at least the walk made da grade!

  4. Oh dear, Bertie! I hope you are providing devoted attention - and keeping out from under Gail's feet so she won't trip over you too. When humans have a sore ankle you have to be very sympathetic - offering to lick it would be appreciated, I'm sure.

  5. Oh, poor Gail, but it looks as though you are being a good boy and comforting her. We hope that her ankle is much better this morning, and that it won't stop you going on some more exciting walks.

    Inca xx

  6. Well what a disappointment on the Grade. Ummm but it was a great story and walkie.
    Tell Gail I feel her ankle pain..I have very weak ankles too. I can roll one on the smallest thing resulting in a very big ouchie. Peas
    are the universal ice pack. BOL
    Once this ice period is over maybe you can place your warm furry WFT body on it for a heat treatment.
    Hugs cecilia

  7. That first walks looks like lot of fun. We are crossing our paws that Gail can get back on her feet soon.

  8. Oh my Bertie, how lucky Gail is to have such a dedicated nurse to help her! She'll be back on her feet in no time.

  9. Oh MY! We sure hope Gail is back to walking soon!

  10. You always have the bestest walks, Bertie! We hope Gail's ankle is 100% in no time at all.

  11. Oh no! We hope Gail is feeling better! We loved going along on your walk with you and are laughing at the expression "chinwag"!

    Kiki and Rosie

  12. Well, we think we would definitely rate a nice stroll with friends an "A", but we are sorry to hear about Gail's ankle. We hope some ice and rest will help a lot. Misty says she commiserates with Gail.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  13. Once again, your nursing expertise has been called into action.

  14. Sounds like I would gives that walkie an A+++++++++ too Bertie! Too bad abouts Gail's ankle...nothin' worse than an injured peeps. I hopes her ankle heals befores your next outing, if not, Ma has a pair of crutches she can borrow! ☺
    Gets better soon Gail!
    Ruby ♥

  15. You take the most fascinating walks. We appreciate you taking us with yo