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Friday, 13 September 2019

Fun day dog show

While I was visiting DD at Clacton we went to the National Animal Welfare Trust Clacton fun day and dog show. DD is too poorly to do anything for long but it was just along the road to the nearby village so we went for about an hour with one of her dogs. The other one is too old to get in the car or walk far. We had a walk around the stalls and I bought a reusable sandwich bag. I decided once I get the right fabric I will make some for gifts. Then we had the mandatory coffee and cake. Well it is all for charity.

First we watched the agility competition. Some of the dogs were amazing but so were the owners. They had to be very fit running round the course with their dogs.It was very enjoyable.

This is the rescue dog class and this was a lovely but nervous lurcher. We had a nice chat with it's owners who used to have a greyhound.

  Poppy showing no interest in the rescue class. She wasn't entered but last year while living at mine she won eldest veteran. There were so many entrants it took ages so DD couldn't cope with staying that long so we just watched for a little while.

A beautiful rescued dalmation.

We learnt later the charity made a lot of money which was good.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Primrose Hill and Regents Canal

I had to go up to the hospital briefly again so decided to walk through Regent's Park up to Primrose Hill and along the bit of Regent's canal that I have not walked before.

I have been meaning to go to Primrose Hill for years so finally got there. The views are amazing and there is a plaque naming the views.

Some sights in Regent's Park - the usual beautiful fountains and flower beds plus lots of strange sculptures.

A man exercising his pet parrot - allowing it to fly free around the bottom of the hill. My son was not at all surprised when I told him as he said unusual sights are usual there. Apparently the Beatles song "The Fool on the Hill" refers to Primrose Hill. I didn't know that.

When I had my fill of the view I went down to the Regent's canal which has the famous Zoo either side for a while. 44 years ago when our son was a baby, we did go by boat from Camden to the Zoo along the canal but I have never walked this bit.

Lord Snowdon's aviary which according to a notice is empty but going to be refurbished for a monkey house.

Some of the big houses next to the canal and a marina.

I came off the canal then and walked past a big social housing estate back to Regent's park and to the tube and home. I always think of that area as full of wealthy people but then when you see the other side of the park and  ordinary people you realize that its the same as anywhere. A mixture of all sorts.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Phoenix Garden

Last Friday I had an appointment at a London Hospital so looked up what was nearby and found the Phoenix Garden. It is not very big but a lovely little oasis in a busy area managed by volunteers.

This is from outside the garden and shows the roof of the new visitor building which is covered with plants.

 A really strange tree of which I don't know the name.

The last picture is lots of different tomato plants.

I love these unexpected little places run by the local community where you can sit quietly with a cup of tea.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Herts and Essex Country Show

It was very wet this morning but I drove over to my friend just over the Essex/Herts border optimistic that it would clear up as we were going to the country show. The sun came out and at times it was hot enough to be in a t-shirt. I've never been to this show but my friend goes most years. It is held in Brent Pelham which is through lovely countryside.

Conveniently the village tea stall was near the main show ring so we bagged a straw bale to sit on and fetched our tea and cake.

First the birds of prey display with very interesting commentary.

Then all the old tractors when my friend got quite excited to see a little old grey Ferguson the same as one she drove about 60 years ago.  Also followed by the Land Rover enthusiasts.

Our favorite - The duck herding which funnily enough was on countryfile tonight. It was a different trainer but the same team from Norfolk.

We had a walk around the stands and admired all the beautiful craft work. I love these hats.

Lots of heavy horses as well as dogs which are not pictured.

It was a really lovely relaxing day out at this little show. Not as much to see as the bigger shows but it had a great atmosphere and lots of people my friend knew from the villages so we enjoyed that as well.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Moved at last

Finally did found her new home and moved in last week. I stayed for a while to help her get settled and find her way about. It's called a chalet bungalow and is on a lovely residential park.

There is a country park nearby for dog walking.

It's on the edge of town so peaceful but near a new retail park. It took over a year to find it but it was worth the wait.

Seems a bit strange without her and two huge dogs at home now but glad she's happy.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

A walk to Treasure Holt

My last post from the Clacton holiday is a walk I did one evening. Earlier that day my SIL and I had a bit of time together. She wanted to go to a garden center called Treasure Holt. It wasn't far from our park home along the main road then quite a way through a housing estate until we were at the edge of town. It had a nice little tea room so I thought I would take DB there one day.

That evening I had a look at the map and realized there was a country route to the garden center so I set off to walk it along a lane through fields.  I was going to walk across the field but it meant jumping a ditch into a muddy area and I thought I might slip so just did the lane. I found Treasure Holt and checked their opening times. Then I walked across the field to the Pickers Ditch and intended to follow it back through the field as according to the little map I had there was a footpath alongside.  I went so far walking through a little hideout some kids had made with a rope swing but it became too overgrown so I went back and walked through the housing estate.  There were such lovely gardens though that it was enjoyable. Since I looked on the OS map I see it doesn't show a footpath on that bit of the ditch.

We did go back for our lunch the next day and it was delicious.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Coastal walk

During our Clacton holiday one day when DB was having a rest, I went by bus to Frinton on sea and walked back along the coast to Holland on sea.

Frinton is a real old fashioned place and if you live inside the "gates" you are posher than outside. The gates are the level crossing next to the railway station. Until recently there was no pub or fish and chip shop although I still don't think there is a proper chippy, just a restaurant. Frinton was known as a dry town but now has the Lock and Barrel pub with local real ales.

I walked along the sea defence  so quite easy with views one side across the sea and the other side down below me was a cycle route. I passed the golf course and a country park. Quite a few cyclists but hardly a soul walking.

This is the clock tower shelter on the greensward overlooking the beach.

This garden originally belonged to the keepers of the crossing gates. There is a museum here as well but it seems it and the garden are only open during their weekly coffee mornings on Tuesdays. So I must try to remember and visit on that day next time. I do like these old fashioned little towns as they seem so peaceful.