Over the weekend, Dapper and I went for a walk with Bess, the border collie. We’ve started adding extra loops onto the walk as she gets older and as we want to walk farther, and on Sunday we followed one such route we’ve been taking recently…
A couple of weeks back, it was bleak out, a bit grey and overcast, and we found a rather wonderfully atmospheric pool edged with dead trees that looked like dinosaur fossils. But on Saturday it was bright and sunny, and I fancied a little detour back out that way to see whether the place was quite so eerie in the sun.
I was halfway through the sentence, “It’s not nearly as scary this time around, is it?” when I was cut off suddenly. I had tested the ground with my left foot and stepped forward confidently. But my right foot had hit bog. Before I could even yelp in shock I was thigh-deep in the stuff.
Bog is odd. Even when you stop yourself from sinking further, even when you’ve hit what feels like solid ground, it seems to be sucking at you. And it is heavy, so much so that I felt for all the world as if a strong hand had a hold of my ankle and was trying to pull me under. I can see why people would fear bog monsters and trolls!
With the help of my staff, and Dapper’s strong arms, I was able to break free from the troll’s muddy clutches. Although I felt quite calm, I was surprised to find myself shaking like a leaf – I think it quite astonishing the way the body and mind separate on occasions like these, when the combination of calm and adrenaline are essential to survival…
The rest of the weekend was passed delightfully, on a lovely wedding-outfit shopping trip with my Mum and Ben (only three weeks ’til Bobby’s wedding!) on Saturday, and relaxing on Saturday night/Sunday afternoon. I did get something rather exciting to wear for Bobby & Samia’s wedding, but I’m not going to share what until the wedding itself – as per usual!
I’ll leave you with a couple of photos taken on the way into work.
It is now dark even as we leave in the mornings, which means plenty of oohing and ahhhing over stunning sunrises. Friday’s was no exception!