Today started in the usual manner and Bora, our dog, had her hour-long walk with me in the early morning sunshine.

She’s getting to feel her age now and the hot weather (18°C this morning, so not too bad) really makes her puff and pant; the walks keep her trim and fit, however.

On our return I went for a 10 km run around our countryside, going from home to the village of Bleid, next door, and home again.

At Bleid I met a dear work colleague of mine standing at the front of his house. He’s been home from work for the past 13 months with lung cancer. The good news is that he had just been given the “all-clear” and he will be returning to work on the 1st of August; really great news.

I’ll be travelling to Luxembourg at the beginning of August to have lunch with some of my old work-mates, so I’ll call in on my neighbour to see how he’s readapting to working life.

Today’s run was the first in a long while and my muscles will be sore tomorrow. Here’s a view of my circuit:

The photo was taken during one of my cycling trips. I’ve added it here as I passed the monument on my run today.

Photo: On the country track running from the summit of “Bakèse” to the Rue des Juifs, Mussy (also know as “La Tuerie”): a cross and monument in memory of Jean-François de Nothomb. The plinth in local stone has the following engraving: “Ici périt dans sa victoire en octobre 1668 Jean-François de Nothomb en défendant la route d’Arlon sa ville natale contre les pillards étrangers”.