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A Wander in the Woods
by admin - 20:30 on 06 November 2011
Today, frost covered the grass for the second morning; winter is definitely on its way.
But the sun shone and Bess was eager for a stroll so Matchgirl and I wrapped up warm and followed her into the woodland near The Rural Retreat for a wander which turned into one of her epic jaunts: through the woods, up beside the neighbouring stately home, past the ruined steading and back down the lane to home. It's a big walk for a little cat.
There was a hiatus, however. Bess was enjoying some exercise on the logpile outside the steading when a dog-walker joined us, by which time the cautious cat had taken cover beneath the logs. From there, all we could see was a nose and whiskers that kept careful note of an over-familiar Jack Russell who bounced up and down at the end of his lead.
Bess strikes a pose during her logpile exploration
His owner entertained us with tales of the German POWs who formerly worked in the vicinity, and the two foxes and their cubs he'd seen nearby in the more recent past. Efforts will be made to catch them with the Bushnell.
Bess, understandably, was reluctant to emerge when he'd gone so I hurried home and returned with one of her favourite meaty cat treat sticks. That lured her out in moments. All she ever thinks about is her stomach.
The woodland, turned into a watercolour by Photoshop
And now all is quiet – Matchgirl, the nation's newest blogger, is in Shetland, ready to amaze the girls tomorrow with her gorgeous Mulberry, and Bess is curled up on the sofa, having a snooze before the climactic episode of Downton Abbey.
We know how to live at The Rural Retreat.
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