One of the joys of blogging for me has been the on-line encounters with people with such a wide range of interests and backgrounds. Some of these encounters have developed into 'virtual friendships' and one, very special one, into a real-life friendship with fellow Devon blogger D of 60goingon16.
We have been hoping to meet up for a picnic with some other Devon bloggers who are, as yet, just names on the screen but the weather has put those plans on indefinite hold. Instead, D and I decided to meet up for lunch at the Stag Inn at Rackenford, a gem we discovered when buying gems of a different kind in May.There was a torrential downpour just as I was about a mile from the village and I stopped, unable to make out the large shapes blocking the lane. While waiting for the rain to ease I got out the camera; the blurred images became a small herd of guernseys and their calves, wandering unaccompanied along the lane.
Having lived for a while on a dairy farm, I know what damage these seemingly gentle creatures can do if they think their young are threatened so I sat and watched their leisurely progress along the lane, inching forward when I thought it was safe to do so.
What cannot be seen in my pictures is the enormous black guernsey walking alongside the car, peering in at me the whole time. She might have simply been curious but I wasn't taking any chances! I left a message on D's mobile that I was delayed and waited. Twenty minutes later the little herd ambled onto to a grassy patch under the trees and I'm sure the matriarch walking beside me gave a nod of consent as I put my foot down gently on the accelerator. Needless to say, I went home via a different lane.
Lunch was delicious but the company was better. We didn't quite manage to put the world to rights but, amidst great bursts of laughter, we almost made it. Perhaps next time ........
I had a wet but otherwise uneventful drive home but D had great adventures in store before the day was ended. You can read about them here. Country life isn't all lovely views and cream teas!