By: Blonde One

I wonder how many of you Blondettes understand what a modgey person is? Have a guess before I try to explain…

Ok, let’s see if you were right. A modgey person is the sort that leaves litter anywhere, stays at home watching TV for no other reason than they are too lazy to do anything else and goes to Asda in slippers. (If you have accidentally done one/all of these things it doesn’t make you modgey.) This weekend we visited lots of areas that are tourist ‘honey pots’ and I found myself becoming very judgemental about the modgey people and their bad habits. We unfortunately had to walk past numerous bags of dog poo left on the ground and in hedges. We had to witness huge piles of carrier bags full of rubbish piled high in public toilets that people had left, since Dartmoor National Park (quite understandably) do not place litter bins in tourist areas. We had to suffer cars driving past our ‘fluorescent vested’ kids much too close and giving me mini heart attacks as they seemed to think the 40mph speed limit just a suggestion to be ignored. Every time we got anywhere near a car park or indeed just a grass verge flat enough to park in, we had to listen to music loud enough to frighten even the bravest Dartmoor pony. I even came to the realisation that modgey people have modgey dogs: this type of dog has no road sense whatsoever, barks at anything and everything and is so unused to being in the fresh air surrounded by people that it jumps up at every person that it meets. All in all, I was getting a bit fed up and even began to wish it was raining so that they could all go back to their TV screens! Am I sounding a bit grumpy?! Well, believe me, I was getting quite grumpy! After I had ranted to myself for a while, I gave myself a bit of a talking to and decided to play a game with myself that I play with Little Miss Blonde. This game is called ‘Pollyanna’ and is taken from the book of the same name. It is simply finding good things in situations that seem to be bad. I am quite good at it and this weekend was no exception. I decided that despite all of the annoying things that many people had done, it was actually a good thing that they were ‘out and about’, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air and beautiful Dartmoor scenery! Having said all of that, we are exceedingly lucky to have the Dartmoor National Park rangers who do a fab job clearing up after them!