Glorious Walking

We may be in lockdown, but with the dry and sunny weather, our morning walks have been really nice.

This is a happy Rocco in Farnborough Fields, adjacent to High Elms Country Park:

Rocco Struggles

Rocco enjoys carrying the largest stick (or sticks) that he can get, but struggles with the concept of passing through narrow gaps when they are sticking out each side…

I’d taken this photo just after he’d unsuccessfully tried to get through the gap. But after rearranging them, he eventually managed.


Shoreham Woods – Peace & Quiet

We occasionally go walking in Shoreham Woods, but much of it is quite noisy due to the adjacent M25. However, with lockdown, there is very little traffic and the woods were nice and peaceful:

It’s also one of the best places to see bluebells at this time of year:

Rocco of course likes wearing himself out chasing sticks:

And paths that are horrible and slippery during the winter are nice and dry:

We went a slightly different way today, and looking back you can see the phone mast at the top of the hill badly disguised as a tree:

And in close up – whoever designed the fake tree has no idea what a deciduous tree looks like:

Next is Polhill Bank, where the ground slopes down from the North Downs to the Weald. Rocco does like carrying a pair of sticks as a large X:

The railway line comes out of the tunnel under Polhill here:

and it’s a lovely spot to sit and watch the world not go by:

By this time, Rocco is often thirsty, but he remembered a water trough just off the path. The water level was a bit low for him to reach, but he solved the problem in typical Labrador fashion:

Then more nice paths and bluebells on the way back to the car:

A lovely walk in warm sunshine. Worth driving a few miles on empty roads!

Spring is here

The warm weather at Easter seems to have triggered many plants to flower, and the local woods were exceptionally nice this morning with bluebells:

Rocco of course likes his sticks:

A special treat was seeing the new Wild Garlic in a part of the woods noted for it:

I was very surprised that Rocco actually stood still long enough to take his photograph – maybe he is finally growing up!

A sense of achievement

Well, the conservatory looks great.  Definitely time for a beer.  Not much time at the computer today, which is a bonus. A bit of chat on social media, but mostly housework.

Usually, I feel guilty when I don’t do the housework. Today Rocco managed to make make me feel guilty because I was doing the housework – and not playing with him!


A Dog & A Stick (or two, or three…)

Rocco seems to be getting livelier these days – I’m sure we’re walking him as much (how is one expected to wear out a young labrador with one walk a day?) and if possible, seems to like sticks even more.

He can often be difficult to photograph as he’s always moving, but he finally stood still for long enough here:

As I’m sure everyone else is finding, it’s quite surreal to walk around a town with virtual no traffic or aircraft noise, and very few people around.