In order to comply with a regime recently launched at their old folks’ home, the delightful assistants have been getting a good deal of exercise of late.
The regime recommends at least two walks and one memory test per week. The walks ideally last for between 30 and 60 minutes, and the memory tests are intended to provide sufficient challenge for their little grey cells. These recommendations are aimed at keeping the assistants in good mental and physical condition. Optional extras for brain stimulation include the playing of games, construction of jigsaws and reading of improving literature.
On the physical exercise side of things, the assistants are encouraged to tackle different types of terrain, to keep them on their toes. Sometimes their walks are taken on flat tarmac, and on other occasions they are presented with some sort of obstacle course of a gentle nature, befitting their more mature years.
One such walk occurred earlier this week, when they investigated a previously untrodden path near the small settlement of Over Forneth in Perthshire. They got out of the car on a wide bit of quiet road and made their way along an overgrown track through a lightly wooded area. At one point the track became very grassy, but delightful assistant no.2 was not deterred, soldiering on and urging his spouse to follow in his footsteps.
Delightful assistant no.1 was all in favour of the grassy path and keen to join her dear spouse on a little adventure.
Off they toddled, through the woods, along the path which gradually became less grassy and more track-like. Patches of bluebells and primroses cheered them on their way.
After a while the route forked into two separate paths, but their way was blocked by a large flatbed trailer parked across the track.
They took the hint and turned round, happy to retrace their steps and continue their walk in a different direction.
They came out of the wooded area and began walking up the road, where they passed a field containing several curious cows. Delightful assistant no.2, who can’t resist a captive audience, addressed them in respectful tones. They were extremely attentive.
Having enjoyed this brief interlude the assistants continued along the road, toiling uphill in the peaceful surroundings.
When they had gone far enough, they turned round and made their way back down towards the car. Passing the cows again, delightful assistant no.2 was greeted with warm enthusiasm.
As he strode along the road, the cows trotted along beside him in their field. Signifying the bond of friendship that had grown up between them, one of the cows gave him a loud ‘moo’ of farewell. He returned the compliment with a hearty ‘moo’ of his own.
Suitably exercised and ready for a little calorific intake, the delightful assistants bundled themselves into the car and whizzed off back to the old folks’ home for luncheon.