Although we have been busy in our Holiday cottages (see details) Master and Mistress have managed to get out into the Autumn sunshine and do a few of my favourite walks. Mistress loves this time of year when the trees are changing colour and it isn’t as busy as it was during the summer. We managed to get up to the Goyt Valley to see the heather before it finished flowering and over to Chatsworth House to look round the gardens to see their yearly outdoor sculpture exhibition. As usual I had to do the posing for photos at a number of the statues.
I don’t mind that much as I usually get a treat for sitting doing nothing for a few minutes. How bad can that be? After we had been around the gardens master took me back to the car for my afternoon siesta while they went round the house. The big problem with Chatsworth is that I have to be on my lead all the time. Its better than nothing but not as good as being allowed to go off and explore.
A few days after Chatsworth we managed to get out for a proper walk to Padley Gorge. Now that is more like it. I was off my lead for most of the time and allowed to explore as much as I wanted. Wandering down near the river is always fun. Watching mistress clambering up and over tree roots and stones is even better fun. She is a bit slow in keeping up but me and master keep an eye out to make sure she is OK. I was a bit disappointed not to spot any Squirrels or other little creatures I could chase. But you you can’t have everything on a walk. Of course at lunch time we had to stop at the the little Cafe at Grindleford station where master and mistress had a bacon bap.
It was at this point master realised he had forgotten my lunch. Great I thought. They will get me a bacon bap as well. Oh no poor old Smudge had to go without anything. Typical.
One of my friends has been around to see me a few times in the last few weeks. His name is Jack and like me he is a border collie. Like me he has no inclination to go charging around wasting energy. He is quite happy to sit in the sun soaking up the sun. We therefore often ‘chill out’ together when he visits. Master says he is even more ‘laid back’ than me (whatever that means).