I was not the only one. This is what our dog Azzy does best (apart from eating things that don't agree with him, like fabric and satay stitcks). He is very happy to have us home. The kennel doesn't have such comfy accomodation. Much shaking of his head and a very sad look on his face saw us at the vets early in the week. He had a very large and nasty grass seed removed from his ear. This and a small grass fire not far from where I live prompted me to get back into the garden for a much needed clean up. Only about half way, but I can at least see where I've been.
The nice thing about going away are the lovely surprises waiting for you on your return. My Californian Tree Poppies have burst into bloom. This is a wonderful shrub. Survives on little water but does like to send out runners and pop up a long way from the parent plant. I've got them coming up between the expansion joints (not sure if this is the correct technical jargon) in the driveway.