The rain is hitting the pavement.
As I look out of the window I can see the ripples in the puddles.
The droplets on the back rest of the bench grow fatter. The rain has drained all the colours from the sky. No colour, no smell, no taste. Just the drizzle, the white sky and the birds, shrieking at each other over bread crumbs.
Dés notre arrivée, le héron s’envole indigné.
And the heron flies off, indignant.
You disturbed the peace.
Nous sommes des troubleurs de paix.
Il n’y a pas d’amareyeurs par ici,
Maigre certitude, en ces temps incertains :
Il n’y en aura jamais.
Once upon a time there was a girl who would only feel at peace with the world when she was on the highest roof top of her town.
From there she would sit and watch the hustle below her – people going in and out of shops, old ladies going for yet another cup of coffee with their friend, young people going for yet another takeaway together, toddlers in push chairs, mums looking lonely, builders fixing buildings and… birds.
Root yourself into the ground;
Like a tree.
Years after years after years
Roots grow deep.
What do you say to the country side,
when you come back after all these years?
The river in a hurry runs wild.
Bank swallows scheme and skim
over rising waters.
Bellies full of insects,
too soon they will gather.
Their departure grows near,
I miss them already.
Tara is 14 years old.
She has been with us since Easter 2007. She has been through all the highs and lows of our family for the last 13 years. She was here when our son was born. She was here when our dog Jasmine was preparing to die. She has been a loyal and kind companion all these years.
I asked her if she would like to share her views on life with us.
Here is our conversation. I thought you may enjoy reading her…
We love dogs. But do we really understand them?
We love our dog, but do we really know them? are we fully present? are we really listening?
How to decode unwanted behaviours? What is our dog trying to say?
Does your own behaviour even makes sense to your dog?
What is your dog trying to tell you?