I work from home, which is delightful on most days. My commute to my office is three seconds. I have access to a kitchen and on good days it’s stocked. One of the downsides of working at home is having pets. Miles, my dog, does not know the difference between a Saturday and a Monday. Now that he’s older, it’s easier to manage.
Today, however, he decided to be a pill. There’s construction in our building and he was having none of it. Barking and running around. I threw my hands up in the air and said, “Come on, let’s go for a walk.” He did not argue.
When I headed for our usual walk he tugged me in the other direction. It was one of those days. I decided I would take him to Holland Park, which takes an extra thirty minutes.
Miles was excited to find a tennis ball. I wasn’t impressed that he found it next to a pile of dog poo. He didn’t give a crap and brought it along.
- Miles doesn’t like the “city” much and prefers parks so he pulled me through this area pretty fast.
He refused to let me stop at one of my favorite pubs.
Finally Holland Park!
I haven’t seen blue sky like this in days.
Holland House–much of it was destroyed in WWII.
Boy with Bear Cubs statue by John Macallen Swan
Milo of Croton
Miles doesn’t care about Milo. He wants to play.
Murals depicting parties held at the Holland House during its heyday. The artist is Mao Wen Biao
Miles doesn’t understand why I won’t touch the poo ball and he doesn’t give a fig about the rose garden that will be blooming soon.
A family feeding pigeons, a peahen, and peacock. Fortunately I was able to distract Miles so this family wouldn’t get mad.
- He wanted to visit the Japanese Garden, but no dogs are allowed.
They look lovely.
He found a muddy trail to explore!
Hurry up will you! Stop taking photos.
All of my efforts of getting him to leave the ball in the park failed. He brought the stinky thing home.
But he was willing to give up the poo ball for a bone. Not a bad day for Miles! Time for me to get back to work.
TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.
Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance.
She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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Miles is adorable!
Thanks! I think so at least 70% of the time 🙂
You took the words right out of my mouth!!!
Thanks to Miles for taking you on that beautiful tour because I really needed to see some greenery today. Sigh, it looks lovely there without any snow!!
Rain/snow is predicted for Sunday, but it won’t be like your storm. At least you aren’t at work! And now Miles is snoozing on his bed.
I know :). This gave me a 3 day weekend, and I am loving it!
Dogs definitely view excrement differently than us humans…or even cats. We have donkeys, and or dogs love the nightly run in the big field, after we have put the donks and goats to bed. Of course our younger dog likes to search out and sample the latest offerings left by the donks – aka Donkey Apples. Sigh….. minty breath bone chewie thing, anyone?
Oh sign Miles up. he sniffs every pile he comes across. I used to fight him on it. Now I just turn my head. He’s so stubborn. I wonder if he would eat donkey apples. Luckily he leaves the cat litter box alone or we would have quite a battle.
Miles is quite the explorer~~~ thank him for me for taking you on the extended walk today—the pics were grand!
He appreciates the support. He doesn’t understand why we don’t do that all day long.
I totally agree – dogs know the best!
I should listen to him more.
Wonderful pics and thanks to Miles you got to explore! I love those types of days! Plus, it’s nice to take some time off work!
Thanks for sharing! 🙂
I’m glad you liked it. This is one of Miles’s favorite parks. So much to sniff!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! How Miles couldn’t like the “city” is beyond me. That is the most beautiful photograph I have seen in ages.
I love wandering through the neighborhoods here. All of the cars, people, and buses make Miles uneasy. He’s always been a city dog but he still doesn’t like it. He likes to run free! Well as far as his leash lets him. If I let him off the lead, he’s not so good about coming back on my terms.
Thanks for your “like” on my Richard III post (Darkcargo.com).
Your site is wonderful. And Miles is cute, but he should be a bit more thoughtful of his ‘Dad!’ Keeping you from your favorite pub indeed!
What a great idea, traveling and writing. Wish I’d thought of that (mumble-mumble) years ago.
My husband and I discovered a great pub when we were in London last October. Especially great for Sunday lunch — they offered a selection of several roast meats, each complete with appropriate accompaniments. I had the lamb, with a subtly sweet mint sauce. Sooo much better than mint jelly!. It was delicious. My husband liked his roast too — can’t remember just now which he chose.
It’s McGlynn’s Irish Pub in Kings Cross. Lovely neighborhood for walking, back off the main streets. The web site is below — only a listing on another site that I can’t quite figure out, but it has the address. Ken and I recommend it!
Thanks so much for the pub link! I’m always on the lookout for new pubs to try and to write about. Even before moving to England I was enamored with them and now that I’m here I love hanging out in a pub. It has such a warm, cozy, and traditional feel. And I haven’t explored too much in that area. Now I have a reason to! Thanks!
More than welcome! Hope you enjoy it..
what a cutie! sounds like miles rules the roost, but who can blame you when his rule takes you to such a beautiful park 🙂
I admit it, I am not in charge in my house.
Well done Miles 😀 I feel the same way about “the city” and prefer parks & forrests too 😉 Happy Weekend 🙂
I can never take Miles on my city walks–he’s too timid. But he does love all the parks here
Not yet rolled in Fox Do-Do yet then …. now that’s stinky 😉
Great virtual walk with you and Miles ..was thinking about doing something similar as I was out today too .
Ooh I would love to have been to Holland House in its hey day with all the artists, writers , and bohemian types 😀
He;s done that in Boston, but not here. I hope he doesn’t, oh but he does love the smell and looks so happy rolling about in it. Then he needs a bath
Wonderful!!! Miles is adorable!
Thanks Cindy. I agree.
What a nice walk…
You would love it Robert
I hope you thanked Miles for choosing such a nice palce to walk!
I did! He loves knowing how smart he is
well aren’t you the lucky one to have such a smart dog
He tells me that every day
Looks like Miles really knew best. Good thing you listened to him. Looks like a great walk.
My hubby works from home too. His coffee shop and cafe are just down one flight of stairs. His office is about 5 seconds away, maybe 10 seconds on a slow day. His office has the best view in the house.
My office has a wonderful view of a garden. when I need a break I step on the balcony with a cup of tea and take it in.
Miles has a mind of his own and its great he lets you tag along.
Oh I know I’m not in charge. Miles and Atticus are
This is very sweet. I wish I had such a park, but I do live near a forest, so I guess I’m lucky too.
Good one, Miles!
Oh Miles would love a forest!
What a beautiful park! Miles has good taste, except in toys. 🙂
Never thought I could work from home, but now I love it.
It is great to work from home–different challenges, but I save so much money not commuting and having lunches out and all that
Yeah, pretty hard to beat the work wardrobe. 🙂
It looks like Miles had a pretty good day! I’m glad he knew where you could see the blue sky again.
It’s a good thing we went then–rained later and would have missed seeing the sun
Well I definitely appreciate the photos even if Miles doesn’t enjoy the stopping so much :-D! There’s so much to see and do and I’m always jealous. You’re missing a BLIZZARD over here. I’m hoping to actually get pictures up on my blog after it’s all done.
I heard you guys are expecting 3-4 feet. Is that true? Stay safe, warm, and read lots.
When I went to bed last night we had to have at least 18″ and the worst wasn’t even there yet. I haven’t gone downstairs to check yet but we’ll see shortly.
Miles is so funny that I don’t know how you manage to get any work down from home!
I’m good at typing with one hand and playing fetch with the other.
Hilarious. Very well written. I love your attitude.
I enjoyed tagging along to Miles’s walk. You get to walk near some very interesting sights. Sometimes Reggie pulls me in a certain direction and I figure that he must want to go that way for a reason so why not follow along? Reggie doesn’t like for me to stop and take photos though. He gets impatient so most of my pics end up blurry. 🙂
Today we have about 10 inches of snow and Reggie loves it! He romps through the drifts like a deer. So joyful!
I’m glad Reggie is having a blast. 10 inches is too much for Miles. He likes a few inches, but can’t walk through 10. I think he would give it a go. I enjoy letting Miles determine his walks. They are his walks after all. I just wish I had more time each day to give in. Stay warm
I can see that Miles had wonderful time that day 😉
I wish I can work at home too…just like you. It’ll give more time to play with my turtles
It’s hard to stay focused at home
Funy post. Clever dog, he knew you’d enjoy the walk far more than working.
It’s such a lovely park.
I work from home half of the time and I like it unless the cat chooses to disturb my TCs.
Atticus loves to sit on my keyboard when I’m typing. He’s deleted a few things and I have to work on my patience.
Such a cutie. It is amazing how they find things and want to bring them home 🙂
Both of you at least enjoyed your walk. It’s not that stinky for Miles remember, he loves the taste and smell.
That he does!
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Stinky toys are to dogs like a good cheese and a glass of wine to us 🙂
I have to admit I do like stinky cheese 🙂 So does Miles 🙂
That is so hilarious that he carried that ball everywhere. I don’t know that many dogs who would be so determined.
He’s one determined pup considering he has such a short nose and carrying the ball interfered with his breathing. He sounded like a pig snorting the entire time. But he wouldn’t let me carry it for him. I don’t think he trusted me with it 🙂
He’s one smart dog
My daughter is going to love this!
miles is a lucky dog.
Yes he is, however, he’ll disagree since he doesn’t always get his way