Just before the cold snap came in we had a little walk up on the greenbelt called The Common only a short drive away. It's a lovely place, nice and quite with a view over the town and we always find lots of little bugs like ladybirds and different kind of spiders in the reeds, as well as Holly and Blackberries. There are also Druid circles up on the common with a really old rock called the "Rocking stone". My mother came along for the walk and so did Mr A's best friend in the whole world - our family sheepdog Sam. We are so lucky to have Sam, he is such a pleasant and kind natured dog who has the patience of a saint when it comes to Mr A. He is getting on in age and between the two of them they almost walk at the same pace and there friendship is something of beauty and pure love and it truly will be a very sad day when Sam is no longer with us.
It's been wonderful to see there friendship grow over the past 3 years and Mr A is very protective of "his" Sam, he even stands in front of Sam, guarding him if anyone tries to stroke him, which can be a problem as Sam is very friendly when we are out and about. I love how Sam realises that Mr A is also very small in the fact that he pulls very hard on the lead with anyone else but with Mr A he is very gentle.
As with anything in nature I always try and teach Mr A to approach with caution, wether it's a poisonous foxglove or wild mushrooms we are not sure about and of course dogs we don't know, since we have never really worried about Sam, even when Mr A has walked on his tail or tried to make him wear his summer hat, Sam has never even flinched, I try and make Mr A aware that not all dogs are like him, I think thats a moral you need to apply to many things on one's life.
It's these simple pleasures and moments in life I love, there is nothing better than spending time outdoors with the ones you love, I always feel so refreshed after a little adventure.
I have linked up with the lovely country kids linky this week, if you love spending time outdoors with your little ones why not join in