Autumn met me today as I walked over Castle Hill.
The wind that had set our corn by the ears was blowing still:
Autumn, who takes the leaves and the long days, crisped the air
With a tang action, a taste of death; and the wind blew fair
Blow, autumn wind, upon orchard and rose! Blow leaves along
Our lanes, but sing through me for the lives that are worth a song!
Narrowing days have darkened the vistas that hurt my eyes,
But pinned to the heart of darkness a tattered fire-flag flies
C. Day Lewis
Die jaar word ryp in goue akkerblare,
in wingerd wat verbruin, en witter lug
wat daglank van die nuwe wind en klare
son deurspoel word; elke blom word vrug,
tot selfs die traagstes; en die eerste blare val
so stilweg in die rookvaal bos en laan,
dat die takke van die lang populiere al
teen elke ligte môre witter staan.
O Heer, laat hierdie dae heilig word:
Laat alles val wat pronk en sieraad was
of enkel jeug, en ver was van die pyn;
laat ryp word, Heer, laat u wind waai, laat stort
my waan, tot al die hoogheid eindelik vas
en nakend uit my teerder jeug verskyn.
NP van Wyk Louw
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On Sunday we went for a dog walk in the Botanical Gardens Pretoria, sponsored by Royal Canin. It was a nice sunny day and being not used to social walk with other dogs, it was a bit of a gamble, but we took the chance.
We decided that we will make it a day out and we prepared a nice picnic basket with nice things to eat and drink.
Leonardo and Poggi do not like driving but they might have felt the ambiance that it is something nice where we are going and surprisingly sort of enjoyed the ride.
We arrived at the gardens an hour before the event so that we can organise the four dogs and pick a nice picnic spot. At the entrance, Kalinka got claustrophobic and nervous when other dogs got too close. Eventually she panicked and tried to run off. I tried to calm her down but she frantically tried to ‘escape’ and in the process she got choked on the choke chain, slipped and landed on her back. I succeed in calming her down and after this incident she was okay.
Later we went to the starting point for the 4 km walk and observed the other
dogs, some dressed up, others eagerly waiting for the walk to start, others tried to get acquainted with other walkers. The four dogs behaved nicely when the walk started. Some dogs along the way suffered because I could see that they were not used to walking, especially when it hot and also the distance uphill. We completed the 4 km walk in a bit more than half hour and received rosettes and other dog goodies.
We walked to our picnic spot and drank lots of water, rest a bit, enjoyed our picnic food. Since the botanical gardens are usually not open for dogs, we used the opportunity to discover the gardens. The waterfall area is beautiful and not too hot for that time of the day for the two chows.
It was a great day, we enjoyed it enormously, the dogs especially, were exposed to other dogs, behave extraordinary well. It is a pity that there is not a dog park in Pretoria where dogs can socialize and run free.