Gloucester

We had a nice steak and chips in the Pilot last night – timed it just right so that we walked there in the dry, it rained while we were in the pub, then walked back in the dry…

The forecast today wasn’t too inspiring, with rain scheduled for lunchtime, so we walked along the canal to Gloucester.

On the way, we crossed the Severn to Alney Island, but many of the paths were flooded and muddy from the recent rain, so we headed back into Gloucester.

First stop was The Fountain, a lovely ‘Country Pub’ in the middle of the town. Then to the Turk’s Head, a recently opened Micro Pub. Then finally back to the Gloucester Brewery pub in the docks.

The dogs were quite bored by this time, but still well behaved (especially with a treat in the offering)

Then back along the canal to home.

Morning Walk

I took the dogs along the canal for their morning walk today – always fun trying to keep control of two dogs!

We were passed by one of the Tall Ships leaving Gloucester:

Though I don’t think that the dogs were very interested…

Parts of the canal are being dredged and the residue dumped on an adjacent field:

Though being a Bank Holiday, not much happening!

Robinswood Hill

We returned for a walk in a familiar spot this morning; a nice nearby country park arranged around a quarry and hill.

Rocco enjoyed himself running around chasing sticks – it’s so easy to throw a stick down a hill and wait for him to run down and back up it.

Even Toby went down once, but that was it!

It was a bit breezy at the top, so we didn’t stay long.

But nice views of Gloucester:

A pleasant walk back, just getting to the car as a shower arrived…

A quiet day…

Nice warm weather again, so we walked the dogs to the local ‘dog field’ so that they could have a run around. Rocco enjoyed chasing his ball, and splashing in the brook:

Toby enjoyed being lazy and avoided any exercise….

We’ve managed to drag the dogs down to the pub for an evening beer.

More Tall Ships

We walked along the canal into Gloucester today, and passed some of the tall ships moored along the canal:

A bit later on, they then came past us into the docks:

We found a beer in the shade and watched them get moored, helped by a couple of RIB’s (which didn’t help much) and a tug (which did).

The dogs were a bit bored by this time, so we went via the cathedral to another pub:

Nice beer in this pub, but no food, so on to a third:

An excellent beer and some ham and chips filled a hole, so back to the docks for a final beer before the walk home:

Standish Woods

Yet another nice day today, and even warmer, though not quite shorts weather yet!

I walked the dogs along the canal this morning, then we drove to Standish Woods this afternoon.

Rocco loves wide open spaces at the start of a walk, and ran around like a mad thing…

Things calmed down a bit as we dropped down into the woods:

All too soon, it was time for a break (including water for the dogs):

But he still found the energy to retrieve sticks that we threw down the hill for him:

A really nice walk!

Gloucester Pubs

Another nice day today, so we walked along the canal into Gloucester.

You’ll see that Toby has found a rubber chicken…

We then tried a recently opened micro-pub in town, the Turks Head Inn:

We were made very welcome (OK, at that point we were the only customers), and the dogs were allowed off the lead:

Of course, all potential food sources had to be investigated, including the slops tray!

After sampling the beers and ciders, we returned to our favourite pub in the docks, The Tank.

And then weaved our way home along the canal.

Little Thatch

For the last few days, the evening dog walk has been to a nearby ‘Orchard’, where Rocco chases a ball and Toby gently explores the undergrowth.

Then on to the Little Thatch, which finally seems to be able to serve decent beer.

It was nice enough to sit in the garden yesterday, and the dogs enjoyed their ‘treat’ once Steve had pretended to eat it…