A trip down memory lane…

Well, actually it was more ‘a trip up memory hill’ but that didn’t sound quite right. Anyway, today the weather was really lovely so mum had the difficult choice of either doing lots of very dull accounts work or taking me for a really nice walk somewhere a bit different. A very tough decision but I gave her a nose tap and a pleading look…

We decided to go to Turners Puddle and walk up Black Hill because we’ve not been there for a proper walk since we moved house. We’ve been for short walks with Jack and Pip but when we meet up with them we usually spend most of our time playing in the water.

So, I had years of p-mail to catch up on and it was great to be walking up the old paths like we used to when we lived at our old house and came up here a lot.

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We stopped to talk to some cows in the field where we once saw a couple of stags having a bit of an argument. I remember they were really noisy and a bit scary.

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I found a very nice stick to take with me.

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Until I found an even better one but I was a bit busy sniffing to worry about carrying a stick.

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The paths along the heath hadn’t changed much at all – but there used to be an old car here, it’s mostly rusted away and you’d hardly know it had ever been there!

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This is the old quarry where I remember doing my mad-bonkers-zoomies up and down the hills and paddling in the water.

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And on the other side is the quarry that was sold back in 2011 – it’s had a lot of trees and gorse cleared off it but doesn’t look like much goes on there. HERE you can see what it used to be like.

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This bit of our walk looked just the same as it used to.

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But when we got over the top of the hill everything was different! There are hundreds and hundreds of young trees with lovely grassy areas in the middle with paths for dog walkers. It’s going to be absolutely lovely when the trees have all grown big.

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Some bits are fenced off and there are big gates for dogs and people to walk through.

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One day when the trees are all really big, you won’t be able to see all the village from here!

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And this will be all be trees too!

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There are still lots of big open spaces.

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This is one of our favourite views.

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Last time we were here this field had lots of cows in it but it was empty today.

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We’re now back up at the top of the hill and on our way into the woods. This bit is usually quite muddy but it wasn’t too bad today.

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More trees have been planted! And there’s a bench –  we do like a nice bench to sit on. You can just about see the wind turbine to the right of the christmas tree in the middle. There used to be some geocaches on the ‘Turbine Trudge’ but we haven’t done them because we didn’t really like the idea of walking near such a huge wind turbine, they’re a bit scary.

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It was good to see that the old shepherd’s hut is still there. It’s looking even sadder than it did before and we’d like to pick it up and take it home with us but it’s way too big.

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The forestry people had been chopping lots of trees down when we last came – you can see green piles on the right of this path and they’re overgrown piles of logs. They’ve probably left them there for the wildlife to live in.

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The forestry people have been making open spaces in the trees and this pond looks new – the sign says ‘restoration work in progress’.

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Look what we found – our old Munzee is still stuck on this post at Kite Hill! We haven’t been out looking for Munzees for ages and I think our account has been de-activated, maybe we should start doing it again.

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One of our favourite geocaches to find is still here too – it’s a nice large one and a good spot to leave travel bugs.

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We’re onto the home stretch here – just down the hill and turn left. It was along here that I chased after a deer when I was very young. I got myself lost and mum panicked a lot and whistled and shouted but I couldn’t hear her. I ended up making my way back to the car and a lady on a horse saw me and asked mum if she was looking for a small black spaniel. She ran down the hill, still shouting and whistling, and eventually I could hear her and ran to meet her. I never did that again!

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When we got to the bottom of the hill we decided we weren’t ready to go home just yet so we took the little detour down by the Piddle.

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And I had a little swim just like I always used to do!

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There was no one at the ford today – I’d hoped I might see Jack and Pip but it wasn’t to be.

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And they weren’t at the second ford either.. just a cow in the field, so we stopped to say hello.

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So, that was the end of our walk – when we got back to the car the phone was down to only 1% – but at least it managed to record the whole walk and take loads of photographs. It’s really annoying if it runs out of battery before we’ve finished our walk.

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This was one of the very first places that I went walking when I was a puppy so it really was a walk down memory lane… or up memory hill!

If you’d like to see a walk in 2008 when I was only 4 months old, just click HERE!

 

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Bath time

I’m almost 9 and a half years old and I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about a bath. It’s not that I’ve never had one, I’ve had lots, but I mostly have proper baths when I visit Hilary my groomer. In between it’s just quick washes outside, or sometimes not so quick, depending on how dirty I am.

It’s not very often that I get plonked in the big human bath upstairs. Today I was. What had I done? I wasn’t particularly mucky, I’d not rolled in anything… but I got put in the bath. Apparently I’d been sent some shampoo and I needed to try it. Really? They didn’t ask us to try it and take embarrassing photos, so was it really necessary? Best not to argue with the chief feeder. Dogs need to be bathed and I’ve not had one since my last hair cut.

I always look small and sad looking when I’m wet.

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After I’m wet I get lathered up, bubbles everywhere and at that point it’s not really very convenient for mum to stop and take photos because I always get an unstoppable urge to shake. Outdoors that’s allowed, but in mum’s bathroom? I don’t think so.

Anyway, after the rinse, it’s a rush for mum to get a big towel on me because by then I just can’t resist the urge any longer. It’s not very satisfactory shaking when I’ve got a towel over me but any shake is better than no shake at all. I’m not actually very good at shaking water off but it does feel good.

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Two bath towels later and I’m all dried of and looking fluffy… and smelling lovely. Time for another mini shake to reorganise my hair.

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Well this was today’s shampoo – it’s Neroli with soothing camomile and calendula and mum says it smells absolutely gorgeous. And now I smell absolutely gorgeous too. Personally I prefer things that smell a bit more ‘earthy’ or ‘natural’ if you know what I mean. It was sent to us by the lovely people at Chambers & Co

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It also comes in Peppermint & Lavender but I really like the Neroli smell which the nice lady thought would suit me because I’m a girl.

We like natural things and they also do some excellent Natural Tick Repellent that I’ve been using since June this year, it’s made with geranium and lemongrass essential oils and sulphur. Just a couple of squirts before going out on walks. It works really well for me, I’ve had a lot less ticks, in fact I’ve not had one for weeks and weeks now.

I’m still using it but I seemed to get brownish patches where I was sprayed. I always go a bit brown round the edges when my fur grows out but we did wonder if it was the spray so mentioned it to them and they offered to give a refund. As we’re actually very happy with it we said we didn’t want a refund but they sent me some shampoo instead. No one else has had this problem so it’s probably just my age or my very sensitive fur. So, if you have a problem with ticks and don’t like the nasty spot on treatments then why not give it a go. By the way, we bought ours on Amazon but it’s cheaper if you buy it from their website… just saying!

Well, time to show you the finished dog… here I am…

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Almost dry and ready to go out in the sunshine. It’s a shame they haven’t invented smelly-vision yet because I really do smell very lovely indeed.

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Eek, she put my collar back on upside down. That’s so annoying, when you’re out on a walk and realise that you’re not dressed right!

Uh oh… someone’s in trouble…

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While we were in the bathroom Kovu managed to sneak into the guest bedroom and made himself at home on the pillows. He rearranged the cushions as well, tee hee, obviously has good taste and can tell that they clash with the bedding!

 

Airfield Walk

It was lovely and sunny on Thursday so we decided to go for a walk round the airfield as we hadn’t done a full circuit there for absolutely ages. We’ve been there for mini walks but they don’t really count.

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All the round bales are still there including this cute little baby bale, which is just the right size for me, and there are now quite a lot more of the big ones since we last visited.

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We can wave at the horses from here – that’s our field right on the horizon, in front of the big oak tree. It’s the lone oak just to the right of centre… I don’t think they wave back at us.

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There is a lot of space everywhere here.

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And lots of sky as well. Sometimes I hang back so I can run really fast to catch up with mum. Or not. Sometimes I just make her wait for me. That little black dot in the distance is me.

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And here’s me all caught up.

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They’ve been doing some ‘landscaping’ at the wood chip factory. They’ve placed some huge logs with signs on… we’d like logs like this in our garden.

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Look at this huge log pile!

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Next to the log pile are lots of piles of the wood chips. We didn’t see the big chipping lorry but if you’d like to read all about the huge lorry that can turn logs into chips really fast you can find it here!

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We don’t often see cars and people but today there were some people standing in one of the fields talking.

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A bit further on I met this nice collie, she was in season so her dad had brought her here to keep here away from boy dogs. We had a little dance while we sniffed each other and then went on our separate walks.

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Look!  A new bench! We love benches and this is number 2 on the airfield.

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This one has a little plaque on it.

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So it would have been rude not to sit down for a while and look at the view. Thank you Peter Gibbs.

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Here are some pink bales. We wanted pink bales this year but Farmer Brian had run out of pink wrap so we had to have the boring pale green again. He said that farmers were only allowed to buy one roll each. Pfft.

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Just past the bales is the big bonfire pile. It’s got pallets and all sorts on it, even some great big bits of tree, some plastic flowers, oasis, a big blue plastic barrel and sundry other interesting bits of tat.

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Two tractors were out working today. The one in the last picture was smoothing out the field and the other tractor was ploughing.

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This is the old bench that we usually sit on.

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This is the view from Taff’s bench.

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And that was the end of our walk, we were back by the big black hangar near where we park the car. There are no Lancaster Bombers in this hangar any more but sometimes there are cows…

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And it’s also home to some double decker buses!

IMG_0670Another walk done.. mum forgot to switch the walk gadget on so it’s missed a chunk, but it’s almost 3½ miles all the way round. Sometimes we’ll walk down round the rectangle on the left hand side, and down to the road by the river so I can have a swim, but we didn’t do that on this walk.  The big straight line you can see used to be the main runway but that’s not there any more.

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That’s it for now..

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