We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, except maybe give each other cards and my husband buys me flowers, and of course, he buys a bouquet for little T too. Last Saturday though, he had a lecture in Plymouth and we had a guest over, a close-friend who lives in Bristol stayed with us over the weekend.
We (little T, Doc and I), decided to take our friend up on a hike on Rough Tor. According to Wikipedia, the word Tor is Cornish for hill and this particular one is known for its Logan stones (meaning balanced stone), neolithic tor enclosure and a large number of Bronze age hut circles.
It’s a great place for a hike and a picnic. We once brought another close-friend here for a birthday picnic when he visited a couple of years back. Of course, it’s also been used in many films, the most recent one was Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn where they shot one of the end scenes in the movie.
Anyway, the hike started with a picnic of sandwiches, custard donuts, strawberries and blue berries by the side of a small stream.
And here she is demolishing strawberries.
Then it was time for the hike. At first, little T was all energy, running ahead, many times I had to call for her to slow down.
And there she is stomping ahead of us, while Doc had to stay on his leash as we passed some sheep and other dogs on their leash.
But as soon as we were pass the sheep, I let him off and he bounded happily up the hill ahead of us, zooming fast but always coming back.
I knew she was going to start whinging half-way up and sure enough she did:
And here she is doing a dramatic-slump on a rock.
Trying to coax her up, we pointed to the man up on one of the rocks, this got her all excited again.
“Are we nearly there mummy?”
And then before we knew it, we were really nearly on the top.
By this time though, our friend had to hold her hand since it was getting a bit tricky to climb on her own.
Look at those rocks, it’s almost unbelievable the way nature stocked-them up like that. You can almost imagine a child-giant playing with the rocks like blocks, stocking them up one after the other.
Then we were up! Here’s Doc enjoying the view from the top of Rough Tor.
Little T posing in front of a war memorial plaque.
“I’m on top of the world mum!”
And on our way home, she fell asleep of course.
Let’s just say he was quiet too.
What about you?
How did you spend Valentine’s Day?