This brought tears to my eyes …

Jamie and me sharing afternoon tea ...
Jamie and me sharing afternoon tea …

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.


14 thoughts on “This brought tears to my eyes …

  1. Beautiful poem–I had forgotten that one by Kipling. Thanks for resurrecting it! Also, I really liked the picture. What a beautiful patio garden to share with your buddy on a sunny day–you look so content! Good memories!


  2. Today, I too, when moving my books around came across the Rudyard Kipling book “Just So Stories” and stopped to read a section:”This is the picture of the Cat that Walked by Himself, walking his wild lone through the Wet Wild Woods and waving his wild tail….”(the b/w sketch is by RK and show the black cat walking in woods with trees on both sides and a long white path ahead)…PS: I’m looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures.


  3. Just checking in to see if everything’s all right. Haven’t seen you around on the blogosphere for a while now and wanted to let you know I was thinking about you. Come back to us if you can!


    1. How kind of you to be concerned about me. I am absolutely fine – just been up to my ears with housesitting, teaching art and finishing a long-winded commission. Tomorrow I am off to the West Country (Cornwall) for a week to see old friends and have a real `girlie` time whilst my dear husband heads for Spain for a week`s golf. I have not forgotten you all and will come back asap. Anne


      1. Reading Patrecia’s comments and response and am so relieved you are doing well! Have a great time and know we miss you and will be looking for you when you return!


    2. You can find me at patrecia1939 is now called God’s Creatures
      IN am fine but good to be in contact again. I m issed you


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