We've all become a little unfit over winter, and we need to build up our fitness again by taking slightly longer and faster walks.  The dogs are not young pups any more, but if we build up their strength slowly they should be back in peak walking condition by summer.  We're a little concerned about Peggy:

as she has started to take fits when out walking.  Since she was very young she has been prone to fits, and while extensively examined at the Royal Dick Vet School in Edinburgh no conclusion was ever reached as to why this should be.  However recently she has been having them regularly when out on walks, and so we need to keep a close eye on her, as she tries to just keep running, but she loses control of her legs and so she usually ends up in a little heap somewhere.  The problem is she doesn't pace herself, and approaches every single walk as if it is her last and she tries to make the most of it by rushing here, there, and everywhere.

Lexie, on the other hand, tends to plod along, and has regular drinks from small, dark, peaty puddles :

I'm always fascinated by the things you find in crevices and corners and rocks up in the hills.  For example, this tiny plant growing in the shelter of a rock crevice.  I didn't have anything to put beside it to give you an idea of scale, but it really is tiny:

The colours were just so pretty.  And this birch tree which looks quite stark in its winter bareness:

But get closer and you'll see all kinds of interesting plants growing on it, as well as an array of colours you don't notice from a distance:

Lichen and moss abound in this part of Scotland, but again you need to get up close to have a good look at them:

And after a long walk through bogs and puddles, two terriers take a dip in the burn outside our house to clean off muddy paws:

That is what you call a Saturday walk.  Everyone is now in front of the fire, warming through and resting tired feet/paws.