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Dr Finlay’s Walking Stick: A visit to the past

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Fin’s Tenth Adventure

May 10th 2017

National Walking Month and Mental Health Awareness Week

Refreshed and re-invigorated by a day of rest, the odd couple got back into their stride and set off for what was to be a beautiful trip around the Circular Walk.  It was a bright and early start as Dr Finlay was feeling a little guilty that he had missed National Dawn Chorus Day and hadn’t taken Fin for a walk at 4.30 am in the morning earlier in the week.  7.30 seemed quite early enough and the birds were all out and singing beautifully.  “I wonder if there are any birds who can’t sing, like me,” thought Dr Finlay.  It was quiet apart from the birds and the early morning chill soon disappeared as they strode out, heads up enjoying the trees and the clouds and the birds.  Things had changed so much for them both since they had met and now they were revisiting the site where their paths had first crossed.

“Is this where I used to live?” wondered Fin.  “Are all these trees my friends and family?” “Is this where I truly belong?”.

Dr Finlay too was thinking back about his past, the walks he had enjoyed through here with his friend Sid who was a dog and who loved the bluebells as much as he did if not more.

Thoughts about the past can be painful or happy and it is good to have as many happy ones as you can to help you deal with the unhappy ones.

Fin and I will be able to look back on this walk as something very beautiful indeed thought Dr Finlay although he knew it would also be tinged with bits of sadness too.

Tomorrow as they say was to be another day.

—Dr Finlay
May 10th 2017

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