We are oftentimes asked what we do to fill our time now we are retired
In truth - I have no idea. Ask any retiree and they will generally tell you the same - they can't fathom how they managed to fit work in !
One of our favourite ways to pass an hour or two is to explore our beautiful county and to do so with the dogs is an added treat
The world is always so interesting through the eyes and nose of a dog, we can learn a lot from their enthusiasm to explore and examine every little detail of a place
Our four legged friends find genuine pleasure in just 'being' somewhere new. They are not distracted by cell phones, time limits, protocol, what's cool and happening
Much the same as small children they can be mesmerised by the simple things in life, the ebb and flow of the tide, the peculiar sideways crawl of a crab or the enchanting twinkling of seaside treasures half buried in the sand, waiting to be released and played with, nudged with noses, padded by paws
Oh to see the unspoilt joys of the world from an innocent
Come on dad, give up with the camera, throw the ball now pleeeeeeease
Bruce has perfected the head tilted, floppy eared look of a dog begging to play, heartstrings firmly being pulled
Molly practising yoga among the seaweed, down dog - beach style
Bruce will always bring the ball back and wait patiently for the next toss, nothing will distract him, his mission is to retrieve and return
Molly on the other hand will run around randomly, ball in mouth seemingly oblivious to everyone and everything. She has been known to get more than one object in her mouth at the same time, ie not drop a ball to pick another one up, she sometimes even manages a ball and a stick !
And of course we can't forget our other little furry friend
What has Sox been up to this summer ?
Yes this cat can sleep anywhere and anyhow, utterly unbothered by the presence of two large clumsy canines. We had reservations when we first brought her home, terrified her tiny frame and placid nature would be no match for the huge personalities of the dogs
We need not have worried
Sox rules !
We also had an unexpected sleepover with this little cutie Tilly
Rob finished his shift last week to find Tilly in the beer garden, without any sign of an owner
We tried to find where she was from, but, had no success, so we brought her home for the night to keep her safe from the roads etc
She loved our dogs ( didn't quite know what to make of Sox) and was as good as gold.
Happily she was reunited with her owner the following morning
Secretly Rob was a little sad to see her go, I think he would have quite happily kept her