The best start to the day

The best way to start your day is with a walk through a bog with your dog.

Bert loves chasing rabbits through the heather

Bert loves chasing rabbits through the heather

Graham’s been busy taking clients out walking this week and I’ve been doing my part-time work at the bakery, so poor old Bert has had to spend the occasional day on his own. Which means that I’ve had to take him out at 7am for a good walk before leaving him.

The mountain hares still have white ears and feet

The mountain hares still have white ears and feet

It may not be most people’s ideal way to kick off their working day, but for me, tramping over marshy moorland, spotting mountain hares on the distant hillside and hearing red grouse chuckling and then seeing the male pursuing the female in low, whirring flight across the moor is better than breakfast.

Curlew in flight

Curlew in flight

And then there’s the snipe drumming, the golden plover and curlews calling and the larks singing, plus the wheatears flitting from heather top to heather top, and the meadow pipits peeping.

A very handsome dunlin

A very handsome dunlin

Not to mention the waders on the bay on the way back – the dunlin, turnstones, oystercatchers and redshanks, squabbling and displaying in between feeding.

Delicate wild violets

Delicate wild violets

Plus I can spend hours examining the richly coloured lichen and moss, and there seem to be new flowers springing up all the time. At the moment there are violets everywhere.

I get  back home with wet feet and one very mucky dog to be dried off and cleaned up before I head off to work, but I’m set up for the day.

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One thought on “The best start to the day

  1. As you’ve said, the best start to the day, at least for me. You’re so lucky! Best wishes, Àngel

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