Lazin’ on a Sunny Afternoon

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What else to do?

—Stephen—

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A New Friend

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On a recent visit to Byland Abbey, North Yorkshire. this Border Collie appeared from nowhere and promptly dropped her stick in front of us.  The missus, who is not made of as stern a stuff as me, couldn’t resist picking up the stick and chucking it….. instant ‘friend for life’.  For our entire visit, the young dog kept us entertained – yes, I was throwing the stick too! – so much so that we hardly looked at the ruins at all.  As we left, her owner drove up in his Land Rover and then disappeared down the side road opposite… and our new found friend disappeared at full pelt down the road behind him!   I have absolutely no doubt the sheepdog got its daily exercise from the various visitors to the Abbey …. and running down the road after her owner.   In the dim distant past of my youth, we had a Border Collie as a family pet and I can vouch for the fact that they will run and run and run and run and run.

—Stephen—

Pigeon Basket

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Out on my bike yesterday, I was extending one of the routes I follow – exploring, if you will – and placed right in the path was this pigeon basket.  Used to transport racing pigeons to their release point, I can’t think how it got there, as the location would not be conducive to releasing pigeons, being next to a major motorway.  It didn’t look broken at all, so it’s unlikely to have fallen off the back of a lorry – although, of course, it might have ‘fallen off the back of a lorry’ (been stolen).  I suppose I could have carried it home on my bike but as I had no use for it – I prefer my pigeons in a pie – I left it for somebody else.  It will be interesting to see if it’s still around when I next venture out that way.

—-Stephen—