Thursday, 4 October 2012
Part of my busy-ness this week has involved "dog-sitting". It has to be said that, despite growing up with dogs and having dogs into my 20s, I am now a confirmed cat person. However a friend was in need of someone to take care of one of her Shetland Collies while she took her other dog south for surgery at a specialist vet centre. So... we made up a rota and some folk went in during the day to let Lyra, aforementioned Shetland collie, out or take her for a walk and I did the overnight stay.
So I was doing a "backwards" commute to the town at night and home again during the day. Button was unphased by this because she a) had plenty of food left for her and b) she's out most of the night in good weather and probably didn't notice my absence!
Lyra was a lovely wee dog and no bother at all to look after. In fact less demanding than Princess Button! Though I did have to remember to keep opening the door for her to go out.
The house I stayed in is just across the water from my house. So I could look back at the lights on Graemsay at night, instead of looking at the lights of Stromness!
Bit of a fuzzy photo - but this is from the garden looking over farmland over the water back at Graemsay, with the Hoy High lighthouse and my house just to the right.....
The local farmers have been desperate to get the crops in and a combine was busy working on several days I was there. This photo looks over the fields from the garden, down Scapa Flow and over to the Hoy Hills.
The neighbours were pretty quiet, though a little nosey....
Lyra's owner is back home now with the other dog safely through surgery. Lyra will be pleased to have her "pack" back again!
Right, time to catch up on chores etc. No more lazing on the sofa in the evening keeping the dog "company" ;-)