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The blasted heath

Nice sunny day recently, despite the fact that the temperature was hovering around 4 degrees C, Abby decided to go for a dip.





This is our usual walk and about 5 minutes from the house. This winter it’s been windy and endless rain but we have had the occasional sunny, calm day.

It’s heathland and forest with wide views and flowering gorse, heather, deer, occasional joggers and horses.

So far the Perfect Puppy has been delightful to walk. She dashes about at full speed but waits for us, doesn’t roam too far and comes back when she is called.




This is what she looks like at the end of a walk!


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  1. February 18, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Nice wet doggie, Arrers. The New Forest looks quite Springlike – we have a white world here.

  2. February 18, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Thank you, Janus. It’s not exactly the New Forest but very similar heathland. Dorset has quite extensive areas like this. The hills are the Purbeck hills. They never really look very wintery except very early when it’s frosty. I’ll take some photos in the Spring and Summer and you can see the difference.

  3. February 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Oh, she’s growing quickly! Lovely pictures, thank you for posting them.

  4. February 18, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you, Christopher. It’s hard to believe how tiny she was at 8 weeks and now she’s six months old she is huge by comparison, although most of it is fur! She can now reach the work surfaces in the kitchen and the table.

  5. February 18, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures. I just love number 2. Almost painterly.

  6. February 19, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Hi PapaG!

    Good to see you and thank you for your kind comment.

  7. christinaosborne
    February 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    One thing about heathland, tends to drain quickly. Try round here, the daily walk is a paddy field or under water.

  8. February 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Yes, Tina.

    You are right and the soil is sandy so it doesn’t cling to her coat. She looks muddy but she dries quite quickly and most of it disappears onto the mats and the kitchen floor!

    Most of the areas of water dry up amazingly quickly, even after heavy rain.

  9. February 24, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Hi Araminta.

    Cracking photos. My eyes are a bit older but they still keep seeing things. In photo #4 Is that a lost sea lion with beady eyes having a peek out of the bushes on the right hand side of the picture?

  10. February 26, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    HI JW.

    You and Abby are both very good at spotting these spooky things on the heath. She occasionally stands still fur raised and if she were able to talk she would undoubtedly have warned us about the sea lion waiting to ambush us. 🙂

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