The sun came out today after ten days of gloomy cold cloud cover.  I went for a walk with Wolf in the park and we met a springer spaniel puppy and her young owner.  Wolf played and the young woman talked to me.  She did not stop talking and I felt happy that she was comfortable talking to me.  The dogs ran on ahead and we walked through the park.  The ancient oak trees still had no leaves on their bare spiky branches.  They stood like scarecrows in the watery sunshine and childhood nightmares of Rupert Bear and the horrible sticky creature came flooding back.  He was called Raggety and he stalked me for years.

I found a picture of him and he still makes me shiver.