Following from my previous post, you all know that Sian and I stayed with two of my best buds Will and Eddie in Will’s house out in Carlisle a few weeks back. And, while we were there, we fell in love.
Not with each other – I have ensnared Sian for over 11 years now and am fairly confident she has done all the falling she can for the time being. But we met Will’s dog, Lois.
And she is all kinds of awesome.
Although only with her for a few days, it was very obvious to us how this (let’s be honest, beautiful) Labrador has made our dear friend Will’s life so, so much better over the last few months.
Poor Will has had a tough time of late, and seeing him in his new home with his new dog, Sian and I were both utterly relieved and immensely happy. She truly is man’s best friend.
And she adores Will.
We had a late train home on the Saturday night, so Will kindly offered to take us out to Corbridge via a rather splendid butchers. With the car heavily laden with a ridiculous slab 0f fresh silver side, camera gear and a dog, we set out along a fantastic Roman Road that ran parallel with Hadrian’s wall. And what a day it was.
Upon arrival in Corbridge, Lois leapt to attention, only to drop her smiling eyes at the site of a famous kitchen shop that Sian and Will found fascinating. After the obligatory walk around, we fetched the intrepid traveller from the boot of the car, and to her disgust, put her on the make shift lead Will had fashioned from a strap he uses to attach his canoes to the roof of the car. Lois doesn’t need a lead, but the general public do tend to get a bit antsy when they see a pooch roaming free on the pavements.
We bumbled around the beautiful town of Corbridge for a few hours, and then headed down to the river bank to let Lois (and Will) have a play in the river and stretch the legs.
There is a beautiful bridge in the town, which Sian later quipped was probably how the town got it’s name. She imagined the Scots seeing it from afar and saying ‘Cor! Bridge’…you may have had to have been there, but I found this hilarious. Anyway, I felt obliged to get a snap of the said monument, but I’m afraid I rather let the squad down on this one with an average at best attempt – but I had to share it none the less in order for the narrative to make sense.
There were some ducks chilling out in the fast moving water, and in an homage to my dear mum who reads this blog religiously, I thought I would give her a snap of one…she freaking loves ducks.
And then Will found a stick which Lois quickly became very fond of. Casually throwing it into the running river, Lois had no qualms jumping in to rescue her beloved piece of dead wood. It was amazing how strong she is, and how well she fought the fast moving current.
We then retired for some ginger ale and olives whilst Lois ran around the trees, like the middle class tourists we are. Watching the river run by, and enjoying the sun on our backs…it really was a lovely, lovely day.
At this point, I already knew that I would be writing a blog about the day, and the sheer awesomeness of Lois doting on Will – and I knew I needed a portrait of them together to tie the whole thing up.
They say that you should never work with children or animals…but I was working with a soggy dog and Will.
Believe me, this is much, much harder.
But I think I got there in the end:
I love these two shots. Lois dotes on Will in a way I have never seen in a mutt before. He looks left, she looks left. He shows interest – she shows interest. He laughs, she wags her tail. They really are inseparable…and both are happier for having each other.
Even Sian started to see why people like dogs so much – which is a big step in the right direction for this canine lover.
So we headed back to Carlisle station to catch some fish and chips and the train, but not before we stopped off at the local paper mill (factory?!) to capure this magnificent site: