Saturday, September 29, 2012

Silly mistress

She forgot to take any pictures.  Mind you all four of my paws were covered in mud, not my best look!  We explored a couple of bridlepaths not far from home.  We had to turn back on the first one as there were cattle showing too much interest in us.  The second one we did walk past some cows but they were too busy eating to bother us.  We ended up walking along a country lane, called Beehive Lane, near Old Hutton.  Very nice it was too, somewhere to explore further another day.  If you look on Google maps and search Beehive Lane, Kendal, LA8 then drag the little yellow man to the cross roads you get an idea of the landscape here.  Quite gentle hills, just right when a strenuous walk isn't required - that happens when the mistress gets confused!
Home to tea and a lie down.  Mistress however found she had to prick lots of sloes for this years gin, and tidy up after the master who was busy cooking and then he started baking so more mess for mistress.  But she tells me the food was good so she can't complain really!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Yesterday and today

This was yesterday looking to Natland village to the left and Kendal to the right, taken from the Helme.  Seems to have become our regular Saturday walk!

Today we went over to the Rusland valley with the mistress' friend.  She walked Henry dog and I stayed with mistress. Dont we both look alert? There was the promise of an apple core!
This is the hamlet of Oxen Park taken from a bridlepath we followed.  Mistress decided we had to stick to bridlepaths as there are too many stiles on the footpaths and she knew she'd never lift Henry over one.  Anyway being lifted is the MOST undignified thing for a dog!
A few of the local inhabitants, fortunately these were on the other side of a wall.  And below some more native animals,  followed by a wider view of the scenery.

We walked for over two and a half hours in sunshine and the temperature was high enough for mistress to take her jacket off!  I just take it in my stride of course. 
Mistress certainly strode out, often through the mud!  The first part of the walk was through some rather boggy areas and some streams.  I have got used to walking through water now, I'm not always too keen given that I used to avoid water at all costs but it's not so bad now.  Henry of course loves water. But I'm not Henry.
Don't we take a good picture?  This is just to prove that we do go out of town!  We also found these poppies and a "pretty" thistle.
There you have it - more pictures and less writing!  I'm a little tired now after all that fresh air.  Henry was really tired and fell asleep pretty much straight after we got back.  He's gone home now and I've got my house back to myself.  Henry's no bother though, just makes walking harder whenthe master takes us out.  He can't cope with two leads.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

My old chum Henners has come to stay for a week and a bit so yesterday mistress took us on the Helme for a walk. 

Today we went for a couple of hours on footpaths around town with mistress' friend.  Henry walked well for her and I actually walked well too!  I can surprise when the occasion suits you know!
BUT it rained and rained so no pictures.  There are plans for a long walk next weekend I'm told.  Hope Henners can keep the pace up!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Another sunny day

Today we walked up the Helm again.  Mistress had already walked into town and back so it was a slower walk.  Why she had her hair done before going out in the breeze again is beyond me but hey  what do I know?
Here's a view of the Auld Grey Town, otherwise known as Kendal.  We had just got on the footpath at this point
This picture was taken on the way back down.  It's of the pub at the end of the lane.  We haven't been in here since I won my rosette and cup for "Best Rescue Dog" at their dog show two years ago.  It's about time we had a return visit.  I'm told the food is good!  Funny it's called the Station Inn as the station is down the hill!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

It's been a while

Oh the tale of woe..........
Actually I had a poorly paw which meant I couldn't walk too far, then mistress started to work in the afternoons as well so longish walks went out of the window for a while. 
Yesterday however we went out with with mistress' friend and her friend and dog, Sula the collie.  This was their territory.  We did a 5 mile circuit of the Dales Way, leaving one car by a big viaduct at Firbank and starting out from near Docker Brow on the A685.
This was the view once we hit the foot path.
And another view of the surrounding mountains of the Howgills, I think!
Here's mistress' friends and Sula.  I got on with her all right but being a collie she did what she was told whereas I .........
got myself into trouble twice.  We had to negociate several fields of cattle which was OK once we shooed them away but we also had a narrow bit of footpath through a gap in an electric fence.  I didn't want to go but they made me.  Oh I did yelp when I danced backwards into the fence.  Nearly made my hair stand on end.  I did walk better afterwards though. 
The only other problem on this walk was the number of stiles, both stone and wooden.  I dislike going up over these intensly and oh the indignity of being hoisted up and over by mistress who isn't quite as strong as she thought she was.  It was most un-doglike for a hound like myself. 
There was lots of mud about and I was covered up my lovely long legs onto my belly.  I decided the best way was to accept that as a beauty treatment.  Mistress' legs were covered in mud as well when she sank into a boggy bit.  That was funny but I didn't laugh too loud.  I also had a mouthful of sheep poo.
The viaduct was a welcome sight.  Mistres said we should explore it further one day.  I think that should only happen if we don't have to climb any stiles and there aren't any cattle about.  Funny thing they all walked much quicker through the fields of cows!