Although the weather hasn’t been too good of recent weeks we have managed to get out every now and then to see the sights or go for a walk. We have even had a picnic .
So far we have had to ‘do’ the Tissington, Ashford-in-the-water and Monyash Well Dressings. Basically ‘doing’ a well dressing means walking around very slowly and mistress saying, every so often, how ‘pretty the dressings are this year’. For me it is boring. No food, no attention just “Smudge keep up” or “don’t wee on that”. As usual I have to pose every now and then in front of one of the dressings so master can do his ‘photo thing’. Anyhow Mistress seems to enjoy it and we do sometimes go to a pub afterwards which can result in the odd scrap.
For walks we have done the usual Early Purple Orchid walk. This walk basically consists of us parking in Sheldon and walking down into Shacklow woods and then back up Deep Dale with a stop for a picnic. We used to walk from our cottages but mistress thinks that would be a bit too far for me these days. I think what she really means is she doesn’t fancy walking that distance as I am sure I would be fine . The other walk we did was again one of our favourites. Park at the bottom at Monsal Head and then walk up river past Cressbrook Mill and Litton Mill and then up onto the Monsal trail and then instead of going through the tunnels we go up and over the top (where the old footpath goes). You get spectacular views from up there looking down into the dale. On the way back we had a quick stop for lunch at the Cafe at Monsal Head before dropping back down to the car.
A couple of weekends back, as the evening weather was so nice, we managed to get in a picnic. Mistress always likes picnics as there is always lots to eat. I like them as I often get the odd scrap but this one was special. For once they actually remembered to take along my dinner. So I also had a picnic. I have a feeling theirs was more interesting than mine but ‘dogs can’t be choosers’.
I have been having a bit of a problem with cows this year . All the cows are now out in our fields (so mistress is happy). The problem I am having is that some of them just don’t realise who is boss (me). I tell them where to go but they just ignore me. This is most disconcerting as usually they are very obedient. Maybe I am losing my touch or I just haven’t managed to train them properly yet.