Wandering in Wales (May 2015)

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After Cornwall, our second week of holidays was in North Wales in a place called Caernarfon. It was MUCH bigger than where we stayed in Cornwall, and had a HUGE castle as well.

Caernarfon castle

It’s a very big castle but it’s not dog-friendly so we didn’t go in…

This week we had our good friend Carolyn staying with us for most of the week. I like snuggling up with Carolyn…

twig on seat

There’s just about enough room for both of us…

We used a different book to help us find good walks this week. It was very clear in all its instructions which made doing the walks straightforward.

guide book

Lots of good walks in here, but only a few were near where we stayed :-(

We stayed in a nice dog-friendly house just on the outskirts of Caernarfon, with a park across the road for our early morning walks and a steam railway just below us! The only slight problem was the two (TWO) cats next door as I spent a lot of time trying to see them and chase them. There was a lovely conservatory with views into the garden so I could play Spot-The-Cats :-)

view to garden

No cats on view just now…

squirrel thru window

… SQUIRREL!!!!

twig on sofa

…and sometimes it was nice to doze after a hard day’s walking

park

Our morning walks were in this lovely wee park…

Erw Goed

… and the house was right beside the railway line

There weren’t very many trains a day so it wasn’t too noisy, and in any case, I liked hearing the trains chuffing past every so often.

WHR engine

Here comes the steam train…they tooted when we waved :-)

We even took a trip on the train one day, just a short ride down to Dinas so we could walk back along the cycle path.

train tickets

I really like my special “Rover” ticket (and the people were third class!)

twiglet on train

I was mostly well-behaved…

WHR locomotive

This was our train when we got to Dinas – it’s quite big!

Then we had an easy walk back to the house along the cycle path. It was a very handy path as you could also walk into Caernarfon on it, and stay off the busy roads.

cycle path entrance

We walked into Caernarfon a fair number of times on the path…

Our first proper walk though was up a hill called Conwy Mountain. It was a great hill, but it was very windy that day – my ears kept blowing the wrong way!

path on Conwy Mountain

Ears flapping in the wind…

view of the hill

It was a lovely walk, even if it was on-lead (because of the sheep)

After our windy walk on the hill, it was time for lunch so we went into Conwy and found a great cafe where we could sit outside. @HeatherAlex had what sounded like “welsh rabbit”, which would obviously be delicious, but she told me it was mostly cheese, which is also delicious. I did get a few crumbs :-)

Conwy has a castle too, but we didn’t explore it. Instead we went for a walk across the suspension bridge and had a look at the tiny Toll House where people used to pay to cross the bridge.

COnwy castle

All these places have castles, it seems…

suspension bridge

…but I liked the bridge better

mussel statue

… and there was this pile of HUGE mussels by the harbour!

We needed to walk off our lunches, so we went to explore Aber Falls.

slate fence

First, we walked past some fences made out of thin stones called slates – very different to the stone walls I’m used to…

view to the falls

It was a great walk out to the falls, even if I did have to be on the lead…

welsh ponies

…because there were other animals about

Aber Falls

It was definitely worth the walk, and I had a great paddle in the stream below the falls

My people quite like woods and waterfalls, like me, so the next day we went off to find the Swallow Falls. We had to drive up a VERY narrow and steep road to get to the car park. It had nice views but I did NOT like the drive (I don’t think my people much liked the drive either).

view from car park

There were peacocks hollering in the distance too but I wasn’t allowed to chase them this holiday…

in the woods

…still, it was a really lovely woodland walk…

twig with a twig

I found some tasty sticks to chew…

Swallow Falls

…and the falls were impressive

We had taken a picnic lunch so we didn’t have to find a dog-friendly restaurant but we found one in Capel Curig anyway, just for a wee refreshment, as they say in Scotland. And then it was off to our afternoon walk at Cwm Idwal.

view of the mountains

It was a beautiful area but it was oh so windy!

cwm idwal

The lake (Llyn Idwal) has waves and spray from the wind…

My people could barely stand up in the gusts of winds (I was fine, being nearer the ground), so we didn’t finish the walk that was in the book, and hot-pawed it back down the path to the car!

It was nice and sunny the next day, though, so we went to find a nearby beach for a long walk and much chasing of the ball. DInas Dinlle has MILES of sand. Part of it is not for dogs though, so it’s best to park in the last car park as that is right by where dogs can be.

beach view

There’s a LOT of beach….

view of hills

…with great views …

seagulls on beach

… some seagulls for chasing …

twiglet chasing ball

… and of course, balls to chase too :-)

twig on beach

… I’m ready – you can throw it again now!

That afternoon, after lunch and some snoozes, we went to find Gelert’s Grave. It’s a sad story about a brave dog :-( There’s a statue to him as well as a tombstone.

Gelert statue

Not sure what he’d have made of the lamb, mind you

We had a good walk after that (another one from the book) and ended up at a cafe in Beddgelert having ice creams. Yum!

On our last day, me and @HeatherAlex were on our own and had to do packing and stuff (again!), so we went back to the beach at Dinas Dinlle for some ball chasing.

twig with ball

There’s no escape for this ball…

twig with ball

Here I come – throw it again!

And all too soon it was time to leave Wales. I had a great holiday with loads and loads of walks and ball chasing. Still, at least we were driving to a very special birthday celebration with the family, so we had that to look forward to.

Cavorting in Cornwall (May 2015)

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I’m a very lucky dog as my best friend takes me on holiday with her (mostly!) and so I get to explore new places, new woods, new beaches, and there are loads of new smells for me to sniff. This year, we went on two holidays in one trip, as we went to Cornwall for a week and then to North Wales for a week, followed by a birthday celebration in Oxfordshire. (I was quite glad to get home after all this, by the way – 2000 miles is a lot of driving!)

Anyway, this is my tale of our travels in Cornwall. Where we stayed was over 500 miles from home – the furthest I’ve been away from home ever!

We stayed in a lovely dog-friendly cottage called Vernon’s Retreat (I’m not sure who Vernon is – we didn’t meet him – just our lovely landlady-next-door who was ever so helpful and friendly). It was toasty warm, very comfortable and had LOTS of information about where I was welcome and where I wasn’t (that was especially handy for the beaches). The pub in the village, the Lanivet Inn, was also dog-friendly and we popped in there after a walk so I could bark at the other dogs. Well, I don’t think I was meant to, but I was there first so it was MY pub, right?

We had a great week there, mostly thanks to Toby the Dalmatian. I didn’t know Toby (sadly he went OTRB in 2011) but he wrote the most fantastic book telling you about all the great walks you and your humans can do in Cornwall.

book of walks

Every walk we did was a winner!

We did all of the walks near us – King’s Wood, Cardinham Woods, Luxulyan Valley, Padstow Beach – and they were all fantastic.  We also did some other walks, but Toby’s were easily the best!

For most of the week, our good friend Linda was with us. She’s great. She throws the ball for me loads, and for some reason that’s much more fun than when @HeatherAlex throws it so I usually take it to Linda for throwing :-)

linda throws ball

Throw it again, please please please – yay!

Our first walks were in Cardinham Woods.

map of cardinham woods

We did all of these trails at least once!

There’s one walk where you go past an old mine and can catch a glimpse of the old engine house and chimney. We did that walk once and didn’t spot the buildings at all. I think it’s because it was raining and the people had their heads down trying to get back to the car. Because, honestly, they are very easy to see if you just look! We went back another day, and there they were, right by the path :-)

chimney in the trees

See – it’s pretty obvious really…

Another of Toby’s walks was in a beautiful valley, called the Luxulyan Valley. You wouldn’t know it to look at it now, but it was a very industrial valley in its time. There’s a bit of a tramway that forms part of the path (it was a horse-drawn railway really) and up in the valley there are old buildings from that time…

Wheelpit

The old Wheelpit – I had a good sniff round this

Water was delivered to turn the wheel using “leats” – I liked checking them out in case there were any small furries lurking at the banks:

stone bridge

This little bridge is handy for checking out the leat…

This was part of a building that dried china clay…

china clay dry - chimney

…there’s lots of wildlife there now – I disappeared for a while to go sniff it out :-)

At the far end of the walk, there was a viaduct and aqueduct across the valley so we just had to go out and walk on it, of course.

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The aqueduct is dry just now, but runs right under the viaduct…

It’s amazing how beautiful an industrial site can become when it’s left to recover, with interesting reminders of what used to be there.

path thru trees

And it had lots of places to sniff out furries…

That afternoon, we went hunting for camels on the Camel Trail:

camel trail sign

We didn’t see a single camel! :-(

We did see lots of bikes though, and I had to stay on the lead because I could’ve found my way into fields with sheep (I think that’s why Toby didn’t put this walk in his book, to be honest).

cycle path

Too many cyclists – I think they scared off the camels…

The next day, we headed off to the Eden Project. This too is an old industrial site – it used to be an old clay pit so it is pretty amazing how it has been changed. It turns out that this was the main reason why we came to Cornwall but – impressive as the place is to the humans – it wasn’t my favourite day, sad to say.

biodomes

I wasn’t allowed inside these big bubbles :-(

It is dog-friendly – we’re allowed in the outdoor grounds and some of the buildings, and there’s shaded parking for when the people want to visit the bubbles and have to leave us dogs in the car. But I did spend quite a lot of time snoozing in the car – it was a bit lonely :-(

Still, I did get to walk around the outdoor part later on (on a lead, mind you) and found a few interesting bits to have a sniff at.

on stone seat

Wonder what’s on the other side of this?

I was allowed inside the Core building so we had a wander round that. I was a wee bit bored though…

twiglet yawning

…very clever, but can we go get lunch please? *yawn*

We went to have lunch in a dog-friendly pub called the Ship Inn, right near the beach at Par so we could go for a walk and run around the beach afterwards. Sadly the weather changed while we had lunch and it was VERY windy on the beach. It was a bit too windy, even for me, and I kept getting sand in my eyes, so after a few minutes I had had enough …

ball catching on beach

… sorry folks, I’m going back to the car!

So far we’d explored the middle of Cornwall and the south coast, so the next day it was the turn of the north coast. Being right in the middle of Cornwall was very handy! We went to a place called Padstow – among other things, it has a nice beach, as recommended by Toby, so off we went to explore it.

view across estuary

Lovely views, but I’d quite like to go to the beach…

It turns out that this is where the River Camel meets the sea. So THAT is what the Camel Trail is – it’s by the River Camel! Why they called a river after an animal from the desert beats me. Still, deserts have sand and so do beaches…

Twiglet on beach

…quite a LOT of sand, as it turns out :-)

After running about and chasing my ball for a while, we went to find a dog-friendly pub called The Cornish Arms. It was very lovely, and very dog-friendly, with quite a lot of dogs. I barked a bit at some of them, but then I did settle down to chew my bone, so I was allowed to stay :-)

After lunch, we went to Harlyn Bay along the coast a bit. It’s not one of Toby’s walks, which may be because it has a car park where you have to pay quite a lot even just for an hour or so. It has a massive beach too, but we were off for a walk on the South West Coast Path, so we didn’t worry about playing on the beach.

Actually it was quite hard to get across the beach if you wanted to keep your feet dry. @HeatherAlex just splashed through the stream but Linda decided to try and keep her feet dry…

rock clambering

Hard work, but the shoes stayed dry!

It was still quite windy though not as bad as the day before…

beach safety flag

You can see the beach flag blowin’ in the wind…

waves on the beach

…and the waves were HUGE – much bigger than me!

bay view

There are just so many fab beaches here…this one is further along the coast path

lifeboat station

A house on stilts, very odd…

For the next couple of days, we were on our own, so we went back to Cardinham Woods to find that old mine chimney – which we did, of course. We also did one more of Toby’s walks, at King’s Wood near St Austell. It was a nice walk through the woods and by a stream.

twiglet by stream

I like exploring woods and streams… it’s my favourite kind of walk

twiglet in stream

…especially if I can paddle in the stream too

That afternoon, we headed back to Par Sands for a less windy visit, thank goodness. I chased my ball and I found some places where furries live too…

twiglet on the dunes

Surveying the beach…

on beach with ball

I had fun with my ball…

Twiglet at hole

… then I found some rabbit holes in the bank of the stream…

twiglet in hole

What else could a terrier do…??

It’s just a shame I was on the lead – I’m sure I could have headed further in and found the furries…

Still, that was the end of the walk for me, and pretty much the end of our week in Cornwall too. We headed home and packed up all our stuff (we always seem to have a LOT of stuff!) so that we could drive north to Wales the next day. We had a great time in Cornwall, I loved it and was sorry to leave. I think we will have to go back…

Big Six Oh

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My best friend @HeatherAlex had a BIG birthday recently – she’s really very old. I wonder if you can guess how old she is from the scrummy-looking cake her sister and niece made her??

birthday cake

Good job they didn’t put 60 candles on it or it would have melted!

In case you hadn’t realised, her niece Ellie did a picture of ME right in the middle of the cake – look…

close up of cake

Look – that’s me on that cake!

It’s just a shame that they didn’t make it from dog-friendly chocolate as I wasn’t allowed a single crumb :-(

Anyway we had a lovely weekend. There were lots of presents and balloons and streamers and dangly things for me to jump at.

balloons etc

Lots of bits hanging from the ceiling – great fun to jump at!

@HeatherAlex got loads of presents. Some very nice ones from the family but most of them were from ME – a whole crate of them!

crate of presents

There are SO many good things in that crate!

There was toffee, and chocolate, and soap, and a scarf, and seeds to plant, and a picture of ME by Ellie, and gravy bones, and crisps, and popcorn, and, oh lots more but I can’t remember all of them :-)

unpacked crate

The crate unpacked – look at all those presents :-)

What do you mean, does @HeatherAlex like gravy bones? As I made it perfectly clear on the card, the crate was for BOTH of us :-)

gift card

Presents are made for sharing, you know…

To make the weekend even better, me and Holly (that’s their dog) got on quite well for a change. Almost no snarling or growling. In fact, I was the only one who growled and that’s cos I was on @HeatherAlex’s lap and Holly looked at me. Well, I could tell she wanted to be up there instead of me, so I had to tell her off, didn’t I? Sadly, for some reason, I ended up off the lap and banished to the floor in the kitchen in disgrace…

Next day, I made up for it by helping Peter in the garden. He had decided to dig up some old concrete from when Ellie had a swing in the garden. It was great fun helping him, even if I did get under his feet a bit :-)

digging up concrete

It’s very big and heavy … getting there though

digging up concrete

Nearly there – just need to check to make sure there’s nothing in the way…

digging up concrete

And that’s it! Now I can nose around underneath :-)

We had a lovely weekend, thanks to all the family. After that, we headed home because we’d been away on our holidays before that (more on the holidays coming soon), and I was quite keen to make sure my home parks were still there and waiting for me.

It’s been quiet around here…

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I haven’t posted much here because, well, truth be told, it hasn’t felt like there has been much to post. The year started off well, and we even had some snow (I love playing in the snow).

walk in the snow

I love an early morning snowy walk

But unfortunately I enjoyed myself a bit too much and I hurt one of my back legs when I was chasing a ball in the snow at the park. After I stretched a bit, it felt ok so I carried on chasing the squirrels. But that night it was definitely ouch-y and I was limping, so I had to go to the vet the next day. No-one seems to know quite what I did but Ross-the-vet said it was probably wasn’t my knee (great news) but was most likely a “soft tissue” injury. This was a bit confusing to me because I injure soft tissues quite regularly and that doesn’t make me limp…

torn up tissue

This is how I treat soft tissues :-)

Anyway, I wasn’t allowed off the lead any more and could only go on short walks.  Imagine walking in the park on the lead when all these squirrels are out playing!! :-(

squirrels at the park

Can you see all those flippin’ squirrels taunting me?

In fact, even those walks were too long as I still kept hopping so I was sentenced to 5-10 minute walks round the block. For 2 weeks! But it did seem to work and I was hopping much less – but then I sneaked out the back door and chased up and down the garden barking at Cat-Next-Door. It was great fun but I started limping again :-(

So we were back to 5-minute walks. Sigh. After that, I did a lot of gazing out of the window to watch everything outside, especially looking out for Cat-Next-Door.

sitting at the window

I can see everything from up here…

And I did lots of snoozing in the sun by the window too…

snoozing on the chair

I do love a sun-puddle…

To be fair, @HeatherAlex did try to make life more interesting with extra games and training. I wasn’t allowed to play Fetch or Chase or Tuggy, of course, so I had to make do with Find-The-Treats. Actually, I do quite like that game :-)

And we practiced some mat work using the clicker. I get very excited when I see the clicker coming out to play, so I have to calm down and go sit on my mat. Sometimes for quite a long time, till I hear the click and can come and get my treat.

on the mat

Look how calm I can be when a treat is only a click away…

We were allowed to gradually increase our walks – adding an extra 5 minutes every few days. But no parks, no rough ground, no stairs… And then I was banned from my favourite chair by the window because I jumped off it when I saw Cat-Next-Door and… you guessed it… I started limping again. Back to 5-minute walks AGAIN. Sigh. Lots more snoozing but not on the high chair any more…

snoozing on sofa

I can’t bear to watch yet another Scottish “gallant defeat” at the rugby…

During this time, @HeatherAlex has been amusing herself too. Even going out for walks without ME! And taking pictures of them to show me too :-(

bridge at Linn park

I haven’t been to Linn Park for ages…

The other thing she was doing was a clear-out. A lot of stuff was cleared out (none of it mine, thank goodness). One thing on February 1st, 2 things on February 2nd, all the way up to 28 things on February 28th. That was an amazing 406 things altogether! From books to games to magazines to CDs to maps to more books, and even out-of-date food from the cupboard (which I did offer to eat). Everything had to be photographed and put on Facebook to see if we could find a new forever home for it*, and I did my best to help.

* well, not the out-of-date food, of course

2 boxed games

It didn’t take long for these to be snapped up with me in the picture :-)

We had to be very firm that I was not included in the deal :-)

Anyway, it’s been nearly 2 months since I hurt myself, but finally we are making progress. I’m still on the short lead all the time, but we are now going to the parks, I’m walking on rougher ground, I’ve been allowed to walk downstairs (not upstairs yet) and our walks are up to 40 minutes. So things are looking up! I did hear that I might be allowed on the extending lead today. I’m looking forward to that :-)

Hopefully I will be back to running and chasing soon, and then there might be more news here…

My blogging year

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Those nice folks at WordPress put together a report about my blogging year… You’ll find it here. For regular readers, it’ll come as no surprise that my (almost) monthly report on The Big Walk was the main blogging I did. Note to self: must do more blogging this year!

A genuinely HUGE thank you to all those who sponsored us on the Big Walk. We raised over £400 for the John Muir Trust to help keep our wild land wild so that we can still enjoy it in generations to come.

John Muir statue

John Muir as a boy – I think I would have liked him

About the Big Walk – who, what, where, when and how much…

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Now that we’ve finished the Big Walk (you can find out about it here), I thought I’d look back at what we did. I had to get @HeatherAlex to do the fancy computer stuff, cos she kept all the records of where, when and how far we walked.

So, in all, between 1 January and 12 October 2014, we walked 1002 miles in wild(ish) places – parks, forests, beaches, hills, countryside and a golf club! Mostly, it was in parks as you can see from the picture. I’m told it is called a “pie chart” but it doesn’t look like any pie I’ve ever seen…

pie chart of walks

As pies go, this one isn’t very tasty!

Of the parks, roughly half of the miles were walked in city parks and the other half in “country parks” like Pollok or Mugdock. Now my friend Phil could tell you all about Scottish country parks because he’s doing research on them, and when he comes to visit, we go try out ones I’ve not been to before. I may not know much about the history of our country parks but I do know that I like them all so far! Especially the ones with squirrels :-)

And of all the walks, if you know what percentages are, apparently 83% were in Scotland, and the rest in England. I think of that as, if there were 5 squirrels, it’s like 4 are in Scotland and 1 is in England… Squirrel-obssessed? me? Well, maybe just a bit…

squirrel eating nut

I would LOVE to get this close to a squirrel!

We averaged 3 and a half miles a day, managing over 100 miles most months.Well, what that means is that @HeatherAlex walked that amount of miles. I, on the other hand, RAN for lots of those miles, and I also ran lots of extra miles chasing balls and – of course – in pursuit of my small furry friends with bushy tails….

The picture below shows how many miles we walked each month. You can see that we didn’t walk as much in July as the other months. I would just like to say that I walked LOTS of miles in July, but I was staying with my friends at Tails of Tranquility while @HeatherAlex was being a Clyde-sider for the Commonwealth Games so those walks didn’t count as the whole point was that we were doing the Big Walk together.

monthly bar chart

This is a “bar chart” but it doesn’t look like any bar I’ve been to…

Although we mostly walked by ourselves, we did have company too, so here are some of the folks who came on our 1000-mile walk. If I have missed anyone – sorry! – just let me know and I will see if I have a photo :-)

Most weeks, we walk with Karen & Murphy (he’s a bit like a Big Brother to me – not as big as he used to be, cos he has lost LOTS of weight and is looking very slim nowadays!) so he was part of quite a few of our walks this year:

Twiglet and Murphy sitting

Are we being good or what??

We walked quite a few walks with Linda, some in England and some when she joined us on holiday in Newton Stewart:

seat

Just big enough for me and Linda…

Our good friend Ally joined us on holiday as well…

Cairnsmore of Fleet

With Ally on the very top of Cairnsmore of Fleet

We quite often walk with Morna & Finzi at the weekends. Somehow Morna has kept out of my pics, but in this one, I’m wearing her sunglasses!

Twig in sunspecs

I think Dior suits me…

And then there’s Phil “Country Parks Are My Speciality” and Carolyn, and our friend Lennox from university days (that’s a LONG time ago, I can tell you!).

Rouken Glen falls

Carolyn & Phil (and me!) at Rouken Glen

in the woods

Lennox & Carolyn at Mugdock Woods – they forgot to include me!

We met up with @RohanTheBT in Killin, which was great – putting a Twitter name and furry face together was good fun!

Killin pub

Someone’s very focussed on the sausages…

Various friends from around Glasgow helped out too:

Drumpellier

Me, my friend Liz and …. something mysterious in the loch at Drumpellier!

The Refresh Group

The Refresh gang let me come to Aberfoyle with them…

And the Stirling & Dollar crew:

Relaxing after a saunter in Glendevon...

Relaxing after a saunter in Glendevon…

From further afield (we went to the Pentlands for this walk):

Pentlands view

Our friend Clare with Maxy & Dougie…

Finally, there was the last walk up Ben A’an, which we did with Jonathan:

summit view

The view… I was off sniffing out wildlife at this point, I think!

As for the “how much?” part of all this… We are still aiming to raise £1007 (our half of the £2014 target for the team). Lots of people and furs have been very generous and we’re doing well (thank you all!) but we’re not quite there yet. Well, being honest, we’ve a fair way to go, seeing as it was quite a big target. So if you like walking in wild land and you’d like to help protect it, would you mind sponsoring us? You can find out what the walk was all about (and make a wee donation) on our JustGiving page here. You might also consider joining the John Muir Trust, volunteering on one of their work parties or buying their Christmas cards – it all helps!

Thanks to all who’ve supported us, come with us, and donated pounds to the sponsorship. We’ve definitely enjoyed the walk this year and will be thinking of new ways to lend a helping paw next year.

The Big Walk is complete!

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Well, who would have thought in January and 1000 miles of pawprints ago that we’d have finished our Big Walk by early October?!

But we did :-) and our 1000th mile was walked on Sunday October 12 on a lovely wee mountain near Loch Katrine called Ben A’an. Hmm, I say “lovely” and indeed the hill is lovely but the alternative route we had to take because of forestry operations was a bit less than lovely. It was very slippery for the humans coming down… I was fine, of course, with my four paws and their claws, but it was quite funny to watch them slipping and saying naughty words!

Anyway, I’ll come back to our final walk on the Big Walk in a minute, because we did have to walk quite a few miles in September and the first bit of October before we could do that Last Mile.

Warning: this post may be a bit longer than usual as we did do quite a bit of walking! So just in case you don’t make it to the end, could I just give a teeny mention to the John Muir Trust (cos that’s who we’ve been walking for)? You can read about why we’re walking here, where you can (if you also love walking on our country’s wild land) also make a wee donation to help protect our special places.

It’ll be no surprise to regular readers that we visited all our usual parks in this home stretch. So here’s a round-up of some of my recent photos from the local parks…

sunshine thru trees

We had some gorgeous autumn mornings in Queens Park…

sunshine thru trees

…and some lovely sunny times in Pollok Park too

box garden at Pollok

I like running through the maze in the flower beds at Pollok House…

There were some windy days as well, though.

fallen branches

This poor tree lost almost all of its branches in the high winds we had…

broken tree

…now it looks like it is pointing sadly at its old branches :-(

But I had to chuckle when the winds were blowing conkers off the trees…

conker

Hee hee, this conker hit @HeatherAlex when we walked through the woods!

It’s definitely a good time for squirrels in the park. I’ve run way more miles than @HeatherAlex has walked because I have been chasing after them. So I have done WAY more than 1000 miles, I’d say :-)  I will confess that I have been less than wonderful at coming back when I’m called away from squirrels. But what’s a red-blooded terrier s’posed to do??

Looking for squirrels

I know that there are squirrels hiding among the trees…

Twiglet on log

…but every so often, I stop for a wee breather after chasing the pesky squirrels…

I’ve met up with friends for some of my walks. Most Wednesday evenings, I walk in Pollok Park with one of my good buddies, Murphy. He’s great – he runs about mental and sometimes nearly knocks me over, but he’s very good at finding things to eat so I stick with him. And if we ask really nicely, we get some of the loveliest smelly fish treats you can imagine :-)

Twiglet and Murphy sitting

Are we being good or what??

In September, I had another of my good friends walking with me. He’s called Finzi. We go for weekend walks together a fair bit but one week his regular dog-walker wasn’t able to walk him on weekdays, so he came with us on our lunchtime walks. He had to stay on the lead though, in case he chased after the deer. But it was nice to have the company :-)

Twiglet & Finzi

Me an’ Finzi had some good walks together, even if he was on the lead…

One weekend, we were on our way to Mugdock Country Park, we came across a collie running in the road so I had to be very well-behaved and sit in the front seat, while @HeatherAlex and two other ladies tried to catch him. He had no lead or collar so we couldn’t phone his owner. Luckily we always have a spare lead and collar in the car, even if it was rather small for him! He was a bit reluctant to get in the car, but eventually he did (amazing what enough sausage can do) and one of the ladies came with us to hold me and help us find the police office.

Rescued dog

This is my reluctant anonymous friend…

Once we’d delivered him to the police office*, we carried on and went walking at Mugdock. I just love the river there and I have a favourite spot where I jump in after sticks (it’s the only place anyone’s allowed to throw sticks for me, for some reason). Just to be annoying, I always take the sticks back to the other side of the river, so @HeatherAlex has to have a good supply!

Twig in the river

SPLASH! I’m going to get that stick, even if I have to swim for it….

We did some of our 1000 miles back down in the Far South as well, visiting @HeatherAlex’s mum. I won’t put in lots of pics of Chobham Common, but here are a couple of my favourites:

Twiglet on the common

There’s something small’n’furry in the grass here, I just know it…

And one day I ran over a small snake. Didn’t think anything of it, to be honest, but when @HeatherAlex caught up with me, she realised it was a young adder and they are poisonous! Glad I didn’t sniff it too closely…

Adder in the grass

You have to look really closely, but there’s a very young snake in the grass here…

But finally we came to our Last Mile… We went with Jonathan, a friend of @HeatherAlex. They didn’t half talk, cos they hadn’t seen each other for a lot of years. But somehow they still had enough puff to get to the top!

Ben A'an

We’re about halfway up at this point, with most of the nasty muddy slippery bits out of the way

summit pic

At the top!! And 1000 miles done :-)

summit view

The view… I was off sniffing out wildlife at this point, I think!

Ben A'an

Ben A’an from the road home…a proper wee mountain!

So………we made it! One thousand miles later, paws tired, but very happy that we’re helping to keep wild land wild.

Twiglet on the sofa

A well-deserved rest after LOTS of miles *zzzzz*

If you’d like to help to protect wild land, then please do make a donation on our JustGiving page. You can also find out about the Trust – they do lots of great things, like the John Muir Award and arguing with governments and repairing paths and loads more. Maybe you’d like to join and add your voice to ours?

 

* PS the good news is that our collie pal was claimed that same day – seems he’d run off from a local farm and got a bit lost

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