A Mystery Tour with Pip and Scooby…..

Yesterday Pip messaged me asking if I fancied going somewhere different with her and Scooby…….a nano second elapsed before my response was YES!

We planned to meet around 1pm and after the severe storms of the day before I thought the air might feel fresh and renewed for an early morning walk first.

I hadn’t bargained on an unseasonably strong breeze blowing as I batted my way to the pond 😂….I’d meant to take them some food but have got out of the routine so completely forgot and walked passed the green bag of seed I’d placed by the door 🙄…..

It was still early and the ducks were still snoozing

Even the Moorhen chicks and parents were still huddled together 

So they weren’t fussed about the lack of food in my hand as I trundled along the footbridge, snapping as I went

It was only to be an hours walk as I had to be back for an early morning zoom, so I went through the houses and along the back lane

My pace quickened through the gallops and down the lane passed Halfpenny cottage as the air was getting darker as more storm clouds appeared to be approaching

Hopefully the weather would be fine for my afternoon mystery tour, as I headed home for my morning cuppa.

My doorbell went and threw me in a fluster as I’d lost track of time 😳…it was 1pm already and Pip and her smiley face were waiting for me….luckily I didn’t have to grab anything more than my camera and off we went, Scooby snuggled on the floor next to me

I didn’t have a clue where we were going but we ended up on a single track road travelling through a glorious valley, every now and then spotting a Kite in the sky above. We finally arrived, 30 minutes later at our mystery destination, Millington Wood.

We parked up, but instead of venturing into the wood itself, we decided to head out and up through the valley climbing high

So many meadow flowers lined our route as we climbed higher and higher

Then we saw a whole host of partridge feeding stations at the side of a field planted with sweet corn. I’ve never seen so many partridges all in one place

Trekking through long grass, every now and then stopping to take piccies

Or me taking piccies of Pip taking piccies 😂 We longed to see the kites we’d seen on our way in, but they remained elusive

More partridges came into view

Then we reached a point where we had to decide how to get down. We could have carried along the path into the distance but we knew we had to get down on to the road below somehow and the path would take too long 🤪

So we decided to snake our way down the side of the steep hill, or maybe I convinced Pip that we should give it a go 🤣 A beautiful black and white butterfly caught our attention

Then shuffling our way sideways down the hillside, giggling as one of us took a stumble, we suddenly saw what we’d come for and both stood still, our cameras at the ready. None of my shots were clear as it hovered and swooped, hovered and changed direction

But it put on a show for ages, so long in fact that Pip sat on the side of the hill, but I knew if I sat I’d end up rolling down the hill when I tried to stand 😂….

We just found its presence such a joy

Both of us attempting to get a good shot, both of us mesmerised by it simply being there

We thought many times it had flown out of sight only for it to reappear

Must have been with us for a good 20 minutes before heading off into the distance, but what a joy to watch it, made the climb and the descent soo worth while

As we trundled through the valley, Pip picked up a weed and handed it to me

She told me to squeeze then smell it – it was pineapple! A pineapple weed that can be made into tea….😍

Scooby all the while, the leader of his pack, we headed by to where we’d parked the car

Another footpath on the left came into view, so we wandered down it to come across a small lake

Back at the car, we then ventured into Millington wood, Pip and Scooby leading the way

It looked a magical place but after our long walk, I was starting to feel tired. It would be worth coming back to the wood again to do the whole walk around justice. 

Such beautiful places on our doorstep, hidden away down little known lanes. 

Scooby settled himself down next to me again as we headed home, thankful for the sighting of the kite, which made it all worth while on a cloudy and very blustery day. But the weather didn’t matter, the company was wonderful as were the sights. 

We were almost home when Pip saw something else in the sky, and pulled over…..and I thought the day couldn’t get any better – a Kestrel hovering above us…..

Sometimes it’s just the simple things in nature that can give you a wonderful day, lift your spirits and make you smile and today was one such day……

A selfie, courtesy of Pip 😍

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

13 thoughts on “A Mystery Tour with Pip and Scooby…..

      1. Thixendale further north is beautiful. The Wolds are such a treat as most people focus on the dales or North Yorkshire Moors.

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  1. How your photos and text make my heart sing !
    How indeed fortunate to have precious family and friends.
    I do love the Selfie taken by Pip .
    Kindest regards.

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