Lovely day Sunday weather-wise. The first day it hadn't thrown rain down for a long time. So nice in fact that Peter decided that he would come for a run with Badger and me. We parked at Jackson's Brickyard. This is rather a nice little nature reserve that residents of Poynton lobbied to have made into a SSSI rather than posey new houses. There are orchids, strange grasses, ponds and pools with 'oriental waterfowl' (ducks I don't know the name of) and it is a pleasant place to start a run or walk. From here we legged it into the back end of Lyme Park. Badger has now sussed out how to tiptoe across cattle grids.
I had forgotton how irritating it is to run with Peter. We are fairly incompatible as runners, as I am a bit of a slow plodder that likes to do distance, and Peter likes a bit of speed and shorter runs, so he frisks off for a couple of hundred metres, and then has to stop and walk. By the time I have caught him up and he can hear my footsteps pounding behind him, he's off again leaving me. When I complain about this treatment, he patiently jogs on the spot just to go slow enough for me to keep with him. He then indulges in what I can only describe as 'spectator fartlek'. In other words whenever he sees people ahead, he races on to impress them while I hang along behind. The only way I can stop this is to get in the lead and run immediately in front of him, with my elbows out, and nudge him gently into the ditch or off the path when he tries to overtake. I have found this very successful.
At the end of the run Badger nearly caught a ferret. Three young teenagers had three ferrets on leads and Badger mistook them for squirrels. Luckily the ferrets were scooped up into their owners' arms in time. Badger also nearly caught a pheasant and a moorhen.
Am getting very excited about my trip to Japan next month to see Jack, Miki and baby Allan. I've not mentioned this before as I've been almost TOO excited, and I still find it difficult to write about without getting emotional and I would hate to embarrass Jack. However, time is moving on steadily towards departure date, and I am gathering bits and bobs to take over (including Christmas Pudding for Miki's parents, as they are difficult to get in Japan). Allan was born on Winter Solstice. Much rejoicing from Maalie. Jack can read this blogsite but can't put any comments on it.