That’s Dougal disco, in case anyone is puzzled.
Looking at my old tyres, although still legal, I thought they were looking a tad short of some good traction, so yesterday, after ordering 4 new ones on Tuesday, I popped along to get them fitted.
The tyre company had mentioned they were quite busy, so I might have a while to wait, so I’d decided to take litle Sal along with me and we could go for a walk, as just over the road is the Arrow Valley Country Park.
The park which was created in the 70’s is around 900 acres in size, and stretches two and a half miles from north to south. In the middle of the park is a 29 acre man made lake.
There are many tarmac footpaths criss-crossing the park, but the main footpath follows the lake edge all the way round, which is about a mile in total.
It was a regular walk with Ben my old dog as he loved swimming in the lake. Harry liked it, but for the wrong reason as several cyclists found out the first time I took him there, when he joined them on their ride snapping at their tyres.
Further walks there (now on a lead) found me in a heap on the floor on a couple of occasions, when he still thought the wheels were fair game to chase. So needless to say, it became somewhere I steered clear of.
Out of habit I guess, it has never been high on my agenda for dog walking, so poor old Jasp and Sal had never been there. In fact, Jasp still hasn’t, as yesterday he’d been a bit under the weather, so stayed behind with T.
A view across the lake, which has a wide variety of wildlife living on it.
The land behind the trees on the left is an island. My daughters used to call it rabbit island. I didn’t see any this time, but years ago, it was full of rabbits. I used to wonder how they got there, until recently when I found that rabbits are quite proficient swimmers.
The peace garden.
I had only taken my little compact camera with me, so my attempt to capture a swan flying across the lake, could have been any flying bird 😳 ……can you spot him? 😉
Two more views.
Sal and I walked around the lake twice, she met many dogs to play with and I bumped into an old friend I haven’t seen for years.
Somewhere else on my doorstep where I haven’t been for years, and thoroughly enjoyed. It calls for more walks, perhaps with Jasp and his chariot next time.
Finally, here’s one of Dougal’s four new shoes.
My purse is now considerably lighter, but I’m ready for what the winter can throw at me 🙂