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A tinkle in the night

Continually flowing spring water

Continually flowing spring water

When we don’t want the eldest and the youngest dog to run off and explore for any reason, they can be taken outside on a lead and they’ll quite happily empty their bladders.

Our middle dog, on the other hand, is very reluctant to co-operate.

He has what we describe as a cast iron bladder and lasts more hours than any human could be expected to.

But occasionally he just has to go, and last night was one of those nights.

Of course he doesn’t go near the house like the others do: he has to cock his leg against the walnut tree at the top of the first part of the drive.

As we got beyond the range of the outside light, the stark, complex moon shadows of the bare branches looked like a net that was about to fish us up into the sky.

Most startling of all was the sound of the spring water falling into its basin. You don’t notice it much during the day, but at night it’s the loudest sound there is.

What a gift all that water is. I just wish we had it in summer instead of winter.

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