What I think about when I’m Walking Doc

I usually walk Doc around lunchtime, we try to avoid other dog-walkers, not that I’m anti-social (though admittedly I can be sometimes), but all the dog-walkers here are all lovely and friendly.  We give each other a lovely smile and do the customary talk about the weather as we pass each other by and when our dogs are acting like loonies, we also give each other a sympathetic smile or rolling of our eyes.

Going back to the reason why we avoid them, it’s only because Doc, little T’s over-excitable two year old dog, let’s just say acts a little bit too much when there are other dogs around, Yes, I know what you’re thinking, he ought to be socialised more and he does.  I swear 😉

But what do I think about as soon as I step out of the house?  Here’s what …

The Weather

I know how very British!  To talk about/think about the blimming weather, especially when it can’t seem to make up it’s mind about whether it’s spring already or the tail-end of winter.  I always step out wearing a coat and then end up taking my coat off and walking with it awkwardly in my arms like a forbidden toy.  In my mind, I curse it “Damn you weather!  Can’t you make up your flipping mind?.  It’s May now for goodness sake.  The clocks have already gone forward an hour!  This is supposed to herald the beginning of summer!  In case you haven’t received the memo?!”  

Dinner Menu

That is if I haven’t decided earlier on.  I plod and walk on thinking about what to cook and racking my brains and mentally thinking about the contents of our fridge, freezer and pantry.  Oh sheesh, what else can you do with chicken?  Curry?  Baked?  Fried?  Can’t we just have the same meals again and again?  If only it were considered acceptable to feed your little one with ready-to-cool meals day in and day out without being labelled a bad mother.

List of Things-to-Do

Walking also seems to be the best time to think about ticking off mental list of things to do for the day, or perhaps, adding more to that list.  Laundry (check), ironing (still needs to be done)… What have I done for the day?  Walked the blimming Dog, that’s it!


Mostly I berate myself for not taking my camera with me.  This always happens on days that the sky is the bluest of blue or the sea is dramatic and would make interesting captures.

Wild Flowers

I love them.  I really do like to think of them every time I walk the dog.  I have a friend who knows all their names, and every time she comes down for a visit, she tries to re-teach me their names over and over again.  But I keep forgetting.  One of the reasons why I love walking up in the headland, especially in the spring time and summer, is that you’ll find many wild flowers strewn all over and I like to bend down and inspect them.  If I’m lucky enough to have my camera with me, I of course take a photo.  Most times I just stop and marvel at them and it doesn’t matter whether I see them every single day.

What about you?

What do you think about when out for a walk?

Do share.


  1. Elizabeth

    What a gorgeous place you have to walk the dog, I don’t blame you for wanting to avoid other people there! I too think about most of these things, with food ranking pretty high on the list. 🙂

    • Dean B

      I have to admit… Doc and I love it when we have the headland all to ourselves 🙂

  2. Its lovely to have those little breaks in the day and have all the thoughts to yourself. I love nothing more than going for a quick run, especially when I need to get things straight in my head… x
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    • Dean B

      I used to run before T, but have a bad knee and ankle now… I think my running days are over. x

  3. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Gorgeous photos! I quite like it when I have evening meetings I need to walk to because it’s just ‘me time’. I don’t have to do anything but walk and listen to my iPod – even if I know I’m going to be bored for the next hour or so… 🙂
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    • Dean B

      I do love to listen to music too when out with Doc… but don’t do it most of the time. I like to be able to hear him especially when he goes off the leash 😉

  4. Ana De- Jesus

    Haha it is the same for me! When I am walking I have a mental checklist of things to do or I just do general daydreaming. I used to walk a lot when I was younger and I still do but not in the same way anymore.
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    • Dean B

      I’m not surprised you don’t have time to have a leisurely stroll anymore – what with your busy schedule! 😉 x

  5. Oliver

    I love doing things like this, I don’t have a dog but I do have the equivalents in my life that I feel therapeutic. It’s just my time to think and clear my head on all the things that are happening in my life at that moment. 🙂

    I would like to have a dog though…

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    • Dean B

      Oh do get a dog! There are loads of dogs waiting to be adopted 😉 If it’s too much responsibility, I suggest co-owning one… Read something about co-owning dogs awhile back.

  6. RachelSwirl

    It’s always things I need to ‘do’… so blog posts, chores etc x

    • Dean B

      Best time to think of the list of things to do while walking 🙂

    • Dean B

      Walking the dog is the only time I can really think without anything interrupting my thoughts 😉

  7. I walk our dog away from other walkers as Abbie, our German shepherd hates other dogs. Plus I enjoy the peace and quiet to contemplate too
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    • Dean B

      Same here. I prefer when we have the headland all to ourselves too.

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