No knitting for ages, and a neglected knitting blog as other activities have taken over. My art print business, Go To Design, has kept me busy with a load of trade orders. Great news for the art biz, but curtains for the knitting, for the time being. I have a full-time day job too, which quite often takes me away from home.
The joy of the last few months, however, has been my new dog-walking gig with the Cinnamon Trust. Every Saturday I walk Meggie, a classic black and white collie, and Badger, a black field spaniel.
They are adorable and so different. Meggie is very engaging and just wants to play ball. She doesn’t care where we are, as long as I am throwing a ball or a stick for her. In fact she is so ball-obsessed that I have to watch out for kids in the park playing football, because she will invade the pitch. She looks at me all the time and I talk to her constantly. She is wonderful and I am a little bit in love with her.
Badger is not interested in balls, sticks, or me. He just wants to scurry about following scents in the bushes. His recall isn’t great. He has been known to chase squirrels or rabbits and he once stole a chicken from someone’s back garden (not on my watch – and the chicken was OK). So we have made a deal. He is off-lead in the park where we begin and end our walks every week. Then for pastures new he is on a long lead and I do my best to keep up with him. When we sit down for a rest he leaps into my lap and snuffles for a treat.
I have to plan the walks to cater for their different interests. Meg needs a big space to run in, and Badger prefers footpaths in fields or woodlands. He also loves water, especially in the hot weather. He can’t wait to find a river and jump in it.
I’ve found the ideal walk for us – at Rivelin Valley in Sheffield. The river goes along the valley floor through stunning woodlands, with rocky paths and little bridges. There are lots of shallow places where they can go for a paddle and a sit down. Today they spent most of the walk trotting through the river.
Till next time,