Thursday, 27 January 2011

The dog ... again!

 How can Eliot bear to be in the water on a day like this.  It was a very pleasant bright day ... but the wind whipping in from the sea was bitterly cold!
 As soon as he sees the water Eliot heads straight into it.  That means that I bring home a very wet dog ... but he doesn't seem to care.
 There's not a lot you can say about a mutt running in and out of the surf ... 
The day had started with listening to myself on Thought for the Day ... the subject of that was about worry ... or more precisely ... an exhortation not to worry!

@ 25 minutes 37 seconds into the programme.

 A few moments by the sea can help to clear the cobwebs and get thoughts back in perspective.  On a day when there is a strong breeze then it is even better!
Of course, if I'd remembered to bring hat and scarf it would have made my time a great deal more comfortable. 
 Eliot doesn't appear to suffer from anxiety ... he lives for the moment and enjoys every experience that comes along.  He doesn't even worry if his fur looks a bit bedraggled in a photograph ... and if there's a bit of fox somewhere ... then to roll in that smell makes his life even more wonderful.  You don't want to share a car with him afterwards!
 To help get him dried off a little we took a dander in the "21 Acre Wood"  There he met a couple of collie/retriever dogs and had fun in the chase.  Their owner and I compared notes about the rescue centre at Assisi and our bewilderment that anyone could be cruel to such lovely creatures. 
 The young trees at the edge of the Twenty One Acre provide a lovely place for a wander ... Eliot heads off to explore and I'm left to my thoughts and time to play with the camera. 
 At least here there are sufficient distractions for him not to be aware that his photograph is being taken ... I hope the reader appreciates the fact that only a small selection of the fifty pictures are displayed here!  
We weren't here for very long ... but it was good to be in the fresh air and away from the pressures of the day.

   Said the Robin to the Sparrow, 
     "I should really like to know 
   Why these anxious human beings 
     Rush about and hurry so." 

   Said the Sparrow to the Robin, 
     "Friend, I think that it must be 
   That they have no Heavenly Father 
     Such as cares for you and me."

   Elizabeth Cheney  (1859)
I've not been able to find out anything about Elizabeth Cheney yet ... but this is the poem quoted on today's TFTD.  

Heavenly Father,
in whom we live and move and have our being:
We humbly pray that your Holy Spirit may so guide and govern us
that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life,
we may never forget your presence
but may remember that we are always walking in your sight,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Book of Common Prayer
Collect at Morning Prayer. 

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