Family Walk at Ennerdale

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Last weekend some of Mum’s sisters visited and so we had a big family walk at Lake Ennerdale. Auntie Toni couldn’t come but Mum’s nieces and nephew brought Poppy along. Poppy is the other sheltie who looks a bit like Arran.

Grandpawents dog Rusty comed too and we met Auntie Tracey’s dog Wilbur who be a shitzu x yorkshire terrier and Auntie Tricia had Lily who a staffie x jack russel. It be a typical Cumbrian day. Not quite raining but just about to. Although it did get a bit sunnier at the end.

Here we is!

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Eskdale with Poppy

Hello, It’s me, Arran, again.

I am going to tell you about how last week we took Mum’s niece Abi and cousin Poppy the puppy Sheltie out with us to go on a nice fun long walk around Eskdale. They is settling into their new home in Cumbria very nicely and we is all trying to show them the sights.

Well, I guess I told you it all already so I will show you some photos too!

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Eskdale is a valley that you can do lots of different walks in. It doesn’t have a lake but it has lots of nice streams and rivers.

It has a really super fun one, with stepping stones in it. I am the only dog who can get all the way across without touching the water! Ludo can get across to the one Abi (holding Poppy) is standing on and then he jumps into the water and just walks across. Poppy can only do the first two and then she had to be carried.

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Look at me go!

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I guess they are pretty big for a puppy. We went across and came back again, since we did not want to go that way.

We had a very nice walk in the sunshine, it was just before Ludo went away for the day and came back all sulky with thorns in his belly. So at least we had a nice time together before then. Poppy is getting much braver at going past other people and dogs too.

I cannot wait until Ludo can go on walks with us again!

Wiggles, Arran!

Will it ever stop raining in Cumbria?

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From the BBC

Today I has to pose a very serious question. Will it ever stop raining in Cumbria?

 

According to the BBC, the answer be ‘no’. cumbria underneath the bottom of that blob of rain, which going to come down so all that other rain waiting behind it will rain on us too, and I think we has already had quite enough. Oh sure, the rest of the North West (well, most of Scotland) will be getting rained on too, but I am a dog and I can only do worryings about so many things at once and I thinks it most important to worry about myself first, right?

Mum keeps on saying that we is so lucky that we has not been directly impacted and to think of all the people who has beed flooded and also all the other people in the world dealing with horrible weather right now. (I hope none of my friends in the US got snowed in!) But really. I think it quite wet enough now. It impacted on my walkies enjoyment.

Our paths has all turned to water. (Ignore Arran’s happy face, he a weirdo) The humans is wearing plastic all over their clothes! Look at poor soggy grandpaws sad face!

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I am going to has to rename our blog Soggy Shelties if this does not stop soon!

Even when it not raining all our water up really high, even our favourite lake, Ennerdale, attacked us. (You might need to click to make it bigger to see the splashing water. That water usually a few feet lower than that.

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*Sigh*

On Sunday we has our dog clubs annual fun agility match with other clubs in the area and it supposed to rain all day long and I is finally allowed to do some agility on the little dogs height, when so far all I has been allowed to do be the tunnel and running through the wings of the jumps, but I bet Mum will say it too slippery and I will not get to has my goes! Poor me.

~Lickies, Ludo!

 

pee ess from Mum: Aside from the inconvenience to Ludo, the rain has caused some real damage in our area and further afield. Not only to homes and businesses but to the landscape, roads and waterways themselves. The Lake District is beginning to resemble one giant lake.

However, Cumbria IS open. There is a handy guide here to keep updated on where you can still walk along with other flood information. I didn’t want to post horrible pictures here but a quick image search of ‘cumbria flood damage’ will show you a plethora of what it’s been like.

Those same places are battening down the hatches again this weekend as more severe rain and wind is forecast. Our thoughts are with those in our area and our neighbours in Scotland and the North East who are having to deal with the devastation first hand. We really hope we catch a break in the weather soon!

 

Up Yewbarrow

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I is here to tell you about our expedition up a mountain. You might remember Mum wants to climb Scafell, England’s highest mountain in order to be a proper Cumbrian? Well, we thought we better start with some smaller ones first. Since we is not the kind of dog/Mum who does climbing, we prefers nice strolls. TND tooked us up this littler one called Yewbarrow.

According to the internet it be 2,060ft high, a mountain has to be 2000ft to be a mountain so it really a baby one. BOL! We did not get right to the tippytop, because we came round the back way, walking along a stream so it would be more scenic, but the back way to get to the top via a bit called Stirrup Crag did not be safe for us doggies in our pawrents opinion, so we turned back around instead of going the last 20ft or so.

Firstly of all, we went on a saturday. Saturdays is good days because TNP does not work. First the peoples got up and had breakfast (and so did we) then they went to get dressed. We has a good sniff of TNP’s selected clothes and yup, we could tell, they was not work clothes, they was walking clothes. Hurrah! So we started jumping around and barking like crazy. I always jump up next to TNP, whilst he gets his walking trousers on. One time my legs went inside the trousers where his legs were going. He thought that was funny! Sometimes I donk him on the nose with my head and that not so funny for him.

Anyway, off we went…

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Ready!

See that sun beam? Mum had to go pretty slowly at first cos she just had a wisdom tooth out under sedation the day afore so she beed feeling a bit dopey. But we did not want to waste our sunny saturday!

We walked alongside this beautiful clear stream and sometimes we drank it and cooled our paws too.

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A cairn

Here Arran be showing Mum a Cairn he found. Cairns is little stones that show you is going the right way.

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And here lake Wastwater in the background.

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Up and up. It got darker and windier in amongst all the peaks. Plus some of the ground got a bit gravelly and slippery. That why it important to have nice thick sheltie fur and four paw drive. Or good weatherproof coats and shoes if you is peoples.

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Then when we got to stirrup crag via Dore head and started climbing. About here it started getting very climby. That easier for the peoples cos they has tall bodies, a couple of places we got a bit nervous and had to be passed from one people to another over a big rock, we got most of the way up but then TNP went on ahead cos we could not see the path anymore and he decided that way too steep for us. We still had a great time getting to the almost top though. Apart from Mum would have preferred to keep going up as she does not like doing the very steep bits down very much and sometimes had to slide down on her bottom like a caterpillar. Maybe next way we will try the front way via Overbeck Bridge instead.

We got back to a flat bit and had some lunch.

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Wastwater looked very pretty from high up.

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We joined back onto the path at the place most people go up… the front way and watched some people winding up to the top without doing the Stirrup Crag bit, but we enjoyed our scenic route anyway.

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Great fun Mum!

Great fun Mum!

~Lickies, Ludo! (the mountaineerer!)

pee ess: We will not be around for a few weeks, although we might schedule some posts we wont be able to reply to comments. In two saturdays our peoples get married and they have been busy organising it too, so that why I has not posted for a while. See you soon!

Haweswater

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I thinks I can remember how to do blogging. The peoples (and we) has just beed very busy. I does has lots to show you.

First of all this something we did at the beginning of summer.

Haweswater be a lake in the Lake district in Cumbria where I live. It also a very special place because it the home of the only (known of) Golden Eagle in England. Regular readers may has noticed that my peoples like to go out birdwatching, especially TND and he especially likes birds of prey. We has beed to Haweswater afore but we did not see him then. So TND decided we would go back when the RSPB volunteers be there to try and see him.

It beed a bit drier this time.

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Overlooking Haweswater

Haweswater actually be a water reservoir to store water for drinking. When the water be low you can see some fences and stuff from the farms that used to be there.

We walked up to the RSPB look out and TND chatted with the volunteers. Mum feels a bit sad for the Golden Eagle. He has beed on his own for about 10 years since his mate died. There is some thoughts of reintroducing a mate for him but the RSPB would prefer if Scotland’s population picked up and some of them naturally came this way instead. This time the peoples did spot him. But no piccures cos they could only see him through these big looking things.

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Mum and TND thought he beed really cool! Me and Arran went round the other side of the wall to see what be so interesting but we could not see him. Apparently he can see us though and he probably about the same size as me + wings!

I went to explore the RSPB’s little house. I did not find any food. I did manage to snag a whole Muffin from the picnic bag though. Mum and TND know it be me cos they saw me eating ‘something’ and did not realise a whole muffin be missing till later. hehe!

We stayed a couple of hours watching and then headed back.

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The peoples beed hungry then, (not because I ate their picnic of course!) so we stopped at one of our favourite pubs, The Pheasant for some food. They is very nice and friendly in there and we always feel very welcome and get treats from the staff, which make up for Mum being a silly vegetarian and never hasing any good food to share!
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~Lickies, Ludo

pee ess: If you ever do go to Haweswater the RSPB peoples is only there at weekends in the summer if you want to use their telescopes. It a bit of a long walk to the view point but not too far and very pretty. There sheep free grazing though so if you chases you must stay attached to your people by your string because they can just come out of no where!

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We has beed enjoying some lovely sunshine here, and what with is being the North of England and all we really has to make the most of the sunshine. Usually it a bit wetter.

Like a few weeks ago when we wented for a walk at a place called Cogra Moss. Cogra Moss a Tarn, which like a little lake, near the village of Cockermouth. Mum liked this little tarn cos she could walk all around it without needing to be a superfit walker (which she not be!)

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We had a very nice time. It like a real life agility course. Of course Arran tries to copy me a lot but usually if I go over he go under.

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Cogra Moss had some storm damage from our bad windy winter but the ‘peoples’ whoever they be had cleared the path for us.

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Of course I got to do swimmings!
And we had to pose nicely.

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~Lickies, Ludo!