Derek HainesTo many of my readers I am sure that I have given you the impression that I am a lazy, good for nothing old writer of nonsense who slumbers away most of his day on his old rickety sofa. Then finishes the spectacular lack of any physical activity during the day by drinking beer and wine every evening until standing up is an impossibility.

Well in fact a lot of this is perfectly true. I have never been one for putting too many miles on a car as I believe it will last longer. Also in the same vein, a little regular lubrication will certainly give better performance in the long run.

However, shock, awe and very early mornings have made a very sudden and almost sea change appearance in my daily routine. I now walk! And not just a few steps from the sofa to the refrigerator, but outside, from point A to point B with quite a few miles in between. Then later from point C to point D and more miles. And get this. Then in the evening I do point E to point F! Roads, parks, gardens, forests and woods. Streams, lakes, rivers and ponds.

Then there is the unbelievable. Waking very early on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Eager for a walk and a run. If you have read this far you will know that this news is absolutely cataclysmic. It would be easier to believe in the Tooth Fairy.

The sudden change in my routine is of course my new L’il Pup. The cutest little guy who just loves a run and a swim and chewing on anything at all. With his little nose to the ground he is off, leading me on to the next extremely interesting twig or pebble. Or possibly a futile yet very energetic run after some tasty looking birds. Sometimes he allows me a rest while he ‘reads the news’ left by some of his friends but he is a fast reader so I don’t get much of a break.

Then when it is time to head for home, his little nose picks up the scent and we are off at great speed as he skilfully retraces his path back to his food bowl. Back home, we both puff and pant for a while and quench our thirsts. His with water and mine with beer of course. Well, you didn’t expect my world to tip completely upside down, did you?

A Remarkable Change
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3 thoughts on “A Remarkable Change

  • 06/09/2010 at 6:42 pm

    You really need to put up a video to prove this little 'walk' claim!! I don't believe a word!! LOLOLOL!!

  • 07/09/2010 at 2:59 am

    Hi Derek, just thought I'd pop in after a rather long blogging hiatus.

    Having just read the first twenty pages of 'Milo Moon', I simply can't wait to get my clammy hands on a copy. Right up my alley, would be an understatement.

    All the best with your new buddy and new-found enthusiasm for long walks in the park.

    Cheers :)

  • 07/09/2010 at 7:27 am

    Hi Derek! This is wonderful news. Yalla will, inevitably, extend your health and longevity. :) And when you are very, very, very old, L'il pup can read to you. What a joy he is!

    Although, be careful when walking through that scary forest at night. If the big, bad wolf jumps out at you, you may have a heart attack. Yikes!!

    By all means, have that beer and have a glass of wine or two while you're at it. In a reasonably sized wine glass, of course. :)

    All the Best,

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