At long last, a decent dog walk

After what seems like weeks of constantly dull grey days and interminably wet weather culminating in storm whatever-it-was-called and a couple of days of (fortunately very short-lived) snow showers, Thursday two days ago was absolutely glorious. Now the dogs are like me, they hate wet weather and their recent walks have been relegated to ’round the block’ or even just ’round the garden’ if it’s been really bad, so Thursday’s sunshine and blue sky was a good opportunity to finally get out for a decent local walk.
Across the nearby park was Smithills Open Farm with the two farm dogs sunning themselves behind some newly installed railings, then along the lane I came to the hidden lake in the grounds of Smithills Hall, although with no leaves on the trees it isn’t exactly hidden just now. In a corner of the lawns Little Bess’s grave contained the remains of just one artificial plant and across the far side two ladies, both wearing red coats, were sitting on a bench enjoying the sunshine.
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There’s only one thing wrong with taking the camera on a local walk which I’ve done several times previously – the photos I take are almost the same as the ones I took before and the ones before that, but it was such a lovely day I hadn’t wanted to leave the camera behind. The path alongside what had been the old garden centre boundary wall was covered in russet coloured leaves, soggy from all the recent rain, and at the far end of the nearby field two ponies, one rugged up against the cold weather, mooched about quietly minding their own business.
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Beyond the field the path crossed a narrow brook and joined up with three other paths; from there I could see across 16 miles to the city centre high rises of Manchester, including the ugly Beetham Tower, and I could even make out the red and white Printworks sign. The shortest route from there would have been straight on but I took the path on the right which meandered down and round the edge of a small area of woodland before joining up with the far end of one of the other paths.
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From there it was just a 5-minute walk through the nearby farm yard and down a short lane to the main road then ten minutes down the hill and I was back in my own street. It had been good to get out into the fresh air and though it was cold the sunshine and blue sky had made it a very enjoyable walk.

23 thoughts on “At long last, a decent dog walk

  1. I’m glad you could get out in some bright sunshine, finally. I wonder if your two are anything like my old dogs. They would always know it would be a long walk kind of a day when the weather was cold and sunny. X

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    1. I don’t think the dogs really know when it’s a good day for a walk but they certainly know when it’s a bad day – I open the door, they take one look at the rain and refuse to go over the step πŸ™‚

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  2. I agree with you about taking the camera on local walks but your local walks are much more interesting than mine ever are and your photos are always so good and interesting to look at on your blog. It was nice to have a dry sunny day for a change and I’m sure Snowy and Poppie enjoyed their long, decent dog walk.

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    1. I guess I’m lucky living where I do with several good long walks on the doorstep without the need to drive anywhere, but the photos all become a bit ‘samey’ after a while. It was very cold that day but the sunshine was lovely after so much rain and the walking kept me warm.

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  3. You had a lovely day for it, and good job – because if you weather is anything like mine this morning you won’t be going far today.

    Just stuck my head out the door to investigate what is making such a noise outside – that’ll be the wind and heavy rain!

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    1. I think I have the same weather Jayne, although nothing is too heavy at the moment. It’s very grey though and so dark I still need the room light on. I guess the dogs will be on ‘garden patrol’ again πŸ™‚

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  4. When a storm passes the air seems to be much clearer., and at least it provided you with the opportunity of taking some lovely crisp clear pictures, even if you have taken some like it before.

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  5. I couldn’t believe how clear it was on Thursday, the wind farm on the moors 11 miles away looked so close I could almost touch the turbines. Living halfway up a hill I can usually see some of Manchester’s city centre high rises from my back window but not today, it’s so grey that visibility is down to no more than a mile.

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  6. Despite your dismissive take on repetitive local photographs, I was enthralled with the altocumulus clouds above the bare trees in your last few photos. Somehow, they reminded me of a Van Gough landscape. Well done.

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  7. I enjoyed walking with you & remembered the big old house from previous posts, but loved it all the same. It’s so nice to get out and your weather has been so similar to ours except for the snow. We’ve had so much wind damage, cold, wet and flooding it doesn’t seem a bit like summer. Enjoy when you can & I do love seeing your photography when I can get wordpress blogs up on this old laptop. Thanks for sharing & take care.

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  8. Glad to know you liked the walk and the photos Susan, it was a lovely day to be out. All change again now though, wet, windy and really horrible, definitely ‘stay at home’ weather 😦

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  9. Moss says any weather is her kind of weather (the dog does not have a negative bone in it’s body!) it is us that whimper and refuse to step out hahah
    I usually have my camera, even on regular walks and sometimes I don’t take a single image, but on others, despite the route being familiar – there is always something that catches my eye πŸ™‚

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    1. My two are so funny when the weather is bad. Snowy takes one look at the rain and turns round to come back in, Poppie just stands in the doorway and refuses to move – sometimes I have to push them out or they just won’t go. Personally I don’t blame them when the weather is as foul as it was yesterday. Today has been a reasonable contrast though, it was fine and bright enough to go for a local walk but only over the nearby park and back. I never bother taking the camera for that one though as the park has nothing worth photographing.

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  10. It’s lovely to get out for a decent walk again when you’ve been cooped up indoors because of the weather. Archie’s just the same, he doesn’t like going out when the weather’s bad, I don’t blame him, I don’t either. I fear more storms are on the way, it’s very dull and wet here today and weather warnings are in place.

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  11. It was fine when I took the dogs out just after 7am before I went to work but raining an hour later and now it’s really dull, wet and windy so they are on ‘garden patrol’ now – and even then they won’t be out long before they want to come back in πŸ™‚

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  12. Bright cold days are definitely a favourite of mine. πŸ™‚
    As for Hugo he loves any weather and annoyingly he won’t even pee in the back yard, so we’ve been in a lot of mudsy fields recently. : (

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