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Friday, 13 September 2019

Lady of the Lake

Wednesday 11th
There are lots of reasons why this did not happen sooner, some of which are related to the weather.  However the main reason it has taken six weeks for Lady Millicent to venture into the Lake District "proper" is that I was not prepared to go somewhere potentially full of people and dogs until I knew what her reaction was likely to be to the many triggers that she'd meet, and that I could manage them.  It was definitely worth waiting because we had a lovely little walk this afternoon, with the emphasis on little.

For those who know the area, we managed to travel from the National Trust car park near Scale Hill to the first beach on Crummock Water, over the weir and half way along the path which leads to Park Beck.  Not very far.  But it took nearly two hours!



Honestly, I thought Daisy was Sniffer Dog Extraordinaire but Millie takes it to a whole new forensic level.  She concluded there was 753 million things to check out and she was not going to miss a single one.  Not many photos because I needed one hand for the lead and one hand for a stick (knee ligaments having a very bad week), but if I had taken more pictures most of them would have been of Millie's head stuck in a bush, or a rotted log, or aiming for a pile of dog poo . . .



But she seemed to enjoy herself, even having a little paddle and going after a small stick (once she had watched a couple of other dogs to see how it was done).





Predictably, which is why I have not done this before, she was badly spooked by every man we met, very unsure to begin with of all the women, and not at all sure what to do about the dogs we encountered.  The good news is she now trusts me enough not to have a total freak out, just a minor one.



The bad news is that despite my thinking "oh, so much mental stimulation, she'll be knackered this evening" the only thing she wanted to do for the first hour when we got home was play.

The other "bad news" are some of the micro conversations with the total strangers you meet when dog walking.  One seemingly intelligent couple asking me "can we walk all the way around the lake, how far is it" and being very surprised when I said "yes of course you can, but it's about 8 miles so probably too late to start today" - it was nearly 4.00pm.  The lady then asked me "and which lake is this?"   That's why I couldn't be part of Mountain Rescue🤪

But it was lovely to be back at this beautiful spot, and as the National Trust now charge (I think) £4.00 for two hours parking, we should get our money's worth from the membership fee.








14 comments:

  1. well, I wrote a comment, pressed 'preview,' and lost it in the ether- Olivia assures you that it was my usual blathering and not worthy of repetition (nothing puts one in his/her proper place like a dog with attitude) so I won't even try to recreate whatever it was I wrote- I think I mentioned the beauty of both your gorgeous girl and the scenery-I am endlessly awed by the abundance of spectacular views you have nearby- we too live 'among the lakes' but such a difference ... the thing we do have in common though is the joy our 'girls' get from them-
    a change in our weather is promised ... a few days when the highs might not even be in the 90s- I can hope this will happen and will enjoy it immensely before we return to another few weeks of sweat and stickiness-
    the usual regards from quite a long way off-
    barb (and Olivia)

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    1. Oh Barb, you do make me laugh . . . not at losing your comment (I always do a 'copy' if I've typed more than a few words) but your descriptions of Olivia. I wish you'd put some of your lovely comments into a blog of your own, and then we could have photos of Her Ladyship to accompany them.

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  2. Lovely to see Millie exploring and having a paddle, lots of good sniffs too. She's having the time of her life :)

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    1. It was extremely tentative Eilen, but that seems to be her way with anything new.

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  3. Dear Jayne
    The Hon Lady M is certainly having some very enjoyable experiences now, so congratulations to all involved. She is coming on in 'leaps and bounds' (sorry, couldn't resist as it seems so appropriate for her!) Hope your knee improves.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. 'leaps and bounds'. {chuckle}
      That's very good, much better than us 'lurching' from one exhausting incident to another!

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  4. I love Crummock Water, it is a long time since I have been there tho'. I can understand you wanting to wait, I am sure it gets very busy in the summer month. Glad to hear your first major outing has been a success, hope it is followed by many more.

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    1. Thank you m'dear, Crummock is a favourite of mine too.

      Yes, it gets terribly busy in the summer months, so waiting until the school holidays were finished was no hardship.

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  5. Bless her! It's so lovely to see her enjoying a paddle in the lake. And the more I read, the more I realise it really isn't too dissimilar to looking after Lily, especially the part about still wanting to play when I'm exhausted from a day out. X

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    1. {{chuckle}} I am tempted to say we should just put Lily and Millie together and see if they could wear each other out but it would end in tears . . . my darling girl can be a bit boisterous and would end up knocking your darling girl flying, so it's probably not a good plan 🤪

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  6. Oh wonderful - those photos made my heart skip a happy skip - to see her out and about and enjoying 'out there' with such wonderful sniffs. The nerves will eventually calm down, especially as she will get used to the delights of the walk - so pleased for you both (love to your wonky knee from my wonky knee!)

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    1. Thank you Kate. I will hold off bringing her down to go out with Lady W. until such time as she can be relied upon to pick up the pace and actually make forward progress. We covered not much more than one mile in the time we were out. On second thoughts, it may be that is exactly what the wonky knees need 😊

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  7. Just catching up now I'm home from Ireland. It's nice to see Millie out and about and enjoying a walk and a paddle, even if they did involve a zillion sniffs along the way :)

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    1. Oh, welcome home. Where on EARTH is time going (and at such speed, without me?) I was determined to email you before you got home . . .

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