1 EAGLETON NOTES: The Last Visitors

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The Last Visitors

David (and Molly), the last visitors I have staying this summer before I return to New Zealand next week left this afternoon on a ferry delayed by bad weather last evening.  After a long weekend of rain and gales today turned out to be sunny and dry (though windy) and we were able to get a short walk in the Lews Castle Grounds after lunch (at The Woodlands) before the ferry sailed.  The last of my visitors this summer has left.  I have seven sleeps before I set off for my New Zealand life again.  





A dog running at some considerable speed with a complete lack of any spacial awareness and a large stick in its mouth can deliver a hefty whack to the back of one's legs.  The problem is that she travels fairly quietly so that she's delivered the blow before you have time to get out of the way.  On one occasion Molly actually hit me so hard that the stick snapped out of her mouth and I thought that she'd broken her neck.  No.  She picked up the stick.  Looked accusingly at me as though it had been my fault and continued her journey - at speed!

I shall miss them.

13 comments:

  1. What a perfect picture, that first one!! Really. I know that kind of force speed, my old Happy Girl was like that...she was part Border Collie. I miss her.

    Very focused on sticks and play, they are.

    You have good sleep, dear Graham! Rest and drink a good glass of wine before you get all whirly twirly in traveling preparations ;)

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  2. Seven sleeps. Whoopee! Lovely warm building in New Zealand at the mo. So welcome and heart warming. Happy preparations for your return.

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  3. lovely WARMTH that should have said LOL. Although........the buildings are prob warming too :-)

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  4. I do love the feeling that your return heralds a feeling of summer starting... Although it is grey, wet and 8c here this evening so I really really want some of that warmth Jaz mentioned......
    Safe travels GB :)

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  5. Are you sure you won't get bored - having a week on your own! How many sheets of A4 is your list of jobs to do in that time?

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  6. The seven sleeps now down to six I suppose. Have you put your departure forward - I mean back - I don't know what I mean, never mind, I might have dreamt that! May your remaining sleeps in Lewis be deep and restful and your days efficient! (and I can't help laughing at Scriptor's comment...)

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  7. Molly is soon to start her own blog, she has so many fans! The first one will be about humans, who don't know where to put their legs when a collie passes with a stick.

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  8. I'm new to your blog so need to ask if you will be continuing from NZ?

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  9. Jill, GB has a blog devoted to his New Zealand adventures at http://rotowhenua2.blogspot.com/. I think it's well worth following but then I'm biased becsue I'm his little brother.

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  10. Thanks all and thanks, CJ, for answering Jill's question. I shall probably do the odd post or two before I actually arrive. Well that's what's on one of the A4 sheets of lists anyway!

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  11. Thank you both, Scriptor and GB, I shall go forthwith and read of the New Zealand adventures poste haste.
    I enjoy both your posts and check for them first thing every morning.

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  12. I bet you will...looking forward to the New Zealand news,

    SP

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  13. Molly looks like really good fun - provided you are not at the receiving end of her hit-and-run game!

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