Today’s walk brought meetings with three new people. Firstly, while waiting for a train to cross, two young boys caught up with me and started chatting. Within seconds, I’d learned that they were new to the area, one was grade 5, the other grade 3 and they used to have a Cavvie of their own. As the train moved on, we walked the same way to school. They’d had a cat and the cat and the dog were great mates. The dog was named for a boxer and was very big – 40 kg at least!!! Emmi greeted them enthusiastically and then was happy to walk with us.

The openness of the boys was surprising, but dogs seem to help break barriers and infer (rightly or wrongly) trustworthiness. And they were delightful.

The third new face was the new school crossing lady. I’m only surmising she’s new, but her hesitance with the routine was marked. She wanted to talk to Emmi too, so we stopped for a bit. But the combination of whistle, big hat, big glasses and iridescent orange shirt was a little daunting for Emmi and she stayed reasonably close to me. I think the lady would have liked to talk more, but she had work to do and we had walking to do.

The only disappointing thing was that the man who has the orchard in his front yard wasn’t there, because his last peaches look delicious!