Saturday, April 18, 2020
Olga Gets Her Wish
I allowed Olga to direct me toward the Heath yesterday, abandoning our routine walks through the neighborhood cemetery in favor of a longer and more naturalistic ramble. Doesn't she look thrilled, rolling in those dry leaves? And she was, believe me.
We went in the morning because rain (blessed rain!) was predicted for the afternoon.
We usually walk this footpath between some houses to get from the West Heath to Sandy Heath. But as you can see, it's been closed -- presumably because it's so narrow that social distancing is impossible. (For the record, I've never passed another human being on this path, but I guess it could happen.)
There's a similar but much busier path we must navigate on our walks to the cemetery -- not quite so narrow -- and it's still open. Go figure. All these decisions seem very arbitrary.
Anyway, it wasn't a problem to skip the path and walk a little residential street to get where we were going...
...and in a way it was better, because we passed this field of blooming cowslip and forget-me-nots.
I found this note on a bush on Sandy Heath. What got rescued? A pouch? A pooch?
A woodland shoe planter. How does someone lose one shoe on Hampstead Heath? Did they hop home?
Olga found a good spot for a dip with her tennis ball...
...and I found this weird-looking long-legged bee buzzing around some bluebells. I later realized it's not a bee at all but a bee fly. If I've ever seen one of these before I never took the time to figure out what it was. Interesting!
As usual, on the way home we cut through Golders Hill Park, so Olga could detour through the stumpery and salivate over the squirrels. Fortunately for them, they're behind a fence and Olga wears her lead in the park. (Except for photo opportunities like the one above.)
Otherwise, yesterday was a sort of numb day. I finished my few library projects, to the extent that I could, so my slate is now clear and I can go on furlough (as of Monday) in good conscience. More time to read! As for rain, we got a light drizzle in the afternoon, and maybe some more overnight, but I don't think it was much.