Whilst I was housesitting I browsed through the hundreds of books on the shelves in nearly every room and came across this poem, which I had not read before. It made me cry because it reminded me of my beloved Jamie-dog who, sadly, I had to have put to sleep (due to kidney failure) in 2009.
I have done mostly what men do,
And pushed it out of my mind;
But I can`t forget, if I wanted to,
Four-feet trotting behind.
Day after day, the whole day through
Wherever my road inclined -
Four-feet said `I am coming with you!`
And trotted along behind.
Now I must go by some other round -
which I shall never find -
Somewhere that does not carry the sound
Of Four-feet trotting behind.
Rudyard Kipling – 1865-1936
So we are back home for a couple of weeks – then off to London for a while (have to look for exhibitions I want to see there). I will be posting and catching up with you all soon and telling you of our adventures.