It has been a lovely week here in Canberra. Beautiful spring days but with some rain to keep things nice and fresh.
Monday was a public holiday which meant no taxi talk this week. Instead Wiley and I enjoyed a delicious lunch out with a friend.
Tuesday I headed over to visit my parents. I took their dog out for a nice long walk. Wiley stayed behind and enjoyed a marrow bone on their lawn. I cut the walk a little shorter than planned as it started to rain.
Wednesday I had to spend the morning at home as I was getting my carpets steam cleaned. Having a large dog in a small apartment means that no matter how frequently I hoover the carpets or use my home steam cleaner over time they get dirty. To keep things clean and fresh I get the carpets professionally cleaned every six months or so.
I took Wiley out for a recreational walk while they were doing the work. Once the carpets were cleaned I put Wiley into harness for a trip into the city. I wanted to keep both of us off the damp carpets. Thankfully it was a sunny and windy day so with al the windows open they were pretty dry by the time we got back home.
Thursday was a busy day. I helped out with a letterbox drop first thing in the morning, then attended a meeting with the Boundary on the Bush committee. Unfortunately I had to leave the meeting a little early as I needed to get out to Belconnen to do a talk to the trainee bus drivers.
The talk went really well, the students asked lots of questions which I like as it helps to keep everyone engaged in the subject matter. Wiley performed flawlessly all day.
On the way back home I was waiting as usual at a road crossing at the city interchange. It is a hard place to get across as there is generally the sound of idling bus engines which masks the sounds of other traffic.
On this occasion I was pleasantly surprised when a voice asked if I needed some assistance to get across the road. I gratefully accepted the offer and asked to take the ladies arm. I dropped the harness handle and walked across the road being guided by the lovely person who stopped to help.
When we got to the other side I thanked her and said I often have to wait ages to get across. She told me her friend is also a Guide dog user and has the same trouble as me which is why she thought I could do with some assistance. It really is a shame there isn’t a controlled pedestrian crossing to make things safer for people who are blind or vision impaired.
Today there was another Achilles training session. I was being picked up at 7:25 which felt especially early this week thanks to daylight savings and the clocks going forward.
I ran with the same great guide as last week and once again we made it all the way around the lake without stopping. We even ventured a little further as we double backed to find some of the walkers. We met up with the group who had Wiley. I took hold of his lead and he joined me for a quick run and then walk back to the picnic tables as part of my cool-down.
It was a perfect morning for running and not as busy with other runners/cyclists/walkers and dogs as last week.
Not sure what we will get up to this afternoon – a coffee at the cafe at Watson shops or a drink at Tilly’s sounds like a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.