Theo in Limpsfield

Theo in Limpsfield

by Mike on December 6, 2012

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When Theo thinks no-one is looking, he poses regally and I often call him my “Noble Steed” – and I’m thinking here of Eddie Murphy’s character in Shrek as the donkey who draws himself up to his full height and pretends to be a thoroughbred. In fairness, we often find ourselves on the receiving end of comments from passers-by who tell us that Theo looks rather handsome. It is normally in those moments that he goes all aloof, and walks away from them. He’s very English in that regard, not one for showy scenes of affection… but I digress. This is another snapshot of Theo in one of the leafy paths in Limpsfield. It had rained heavily for a few days, and the quality of the light seemed even more bright that usual as it cut through the misty gloom amidst the trees and undergrowth. We’d been walking for about an hour when I took this shot, and Theo’s nose was working overtime in his efforts to map the territory and find the elusive critters he loves to chase.

I would also point out the whiteness of his paws. Bearing in mind that we had walked through ankle-deep mud for an hour, he has a remarkable teflon like ability to stay clean. At this point, my wellies were not so much muddy, rather that they look liked they had been found, dredged up from the Mary Rose. Which reminds me of an amusing quote from one of my favourite books:

“The washerwoman at Streatley said she felt she owed it to herself to charge us just three times the usual prices for that wash. She said it had not been like washing, it had been more in the nature of excavating.”
– Jerome K. Jermome, ‘Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing of the dog)’

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