Thursday 17th July 2014
Today was Max’s 6th birthday. I don’t know where the time has gone. We started the day by going for a walk along the River Stour at Cowgrove.
When we got to the shallow part of the river where we play both dogs went in the water. Then, while I continued to play with Max, Jez got out and sat on the bank.
A little bit further along the path and we got to Max’s swimming spot.
And here is another photo of the birthday boy.
We did out little loop through the farm and then went back to the shallow spot to play. By now there were lots of dogs there. Max didn’t let that detract from the serious business of retrieving his cone though.
I had put my old trainers on, so was able to wade out into the river to play with the dogs. We had a lovely time. And Jez even had a long swim – it was the first time ever that she’s done more than a couple of panicky strokes when she has got out of her depth. It was so funny to watch as she keeps trying to shake while she swims. As I was in the middle of the river I was able to take some video of her, which you can see here: https://flic.kr/p/o96NeX . And if you’re wondering, the vet says the fact that she leans her head to the side as she swims is most probably due to her back injury.
So back home I made some cup cakes for Max’s birthday. The four on the left are for the dogs and the others are for Chris and I.
And then Max had his presents.
Later in the afternoon, while Chris took the dogs for their second walk, I was sitting in the garden and heard this funny clicking sound. Turned out the ants were flying.
Which seemed to give the seagulls something to gather for (I can’t think of any other reason as they don’t normally do this over the housing estate).
So I lay and watched them circling above.
All in all it was a very good day for a birthday.
A year ago today
Guess what? It was Max’s 5th birthday, and he celebrated by going over Upton Heath, getting soaking wet in the lake, and then rolling in the horse poop!