Not many sleeps to Christmas and the end of the year, so I thought I should look back over the last few months and catch up with what has been going on.
It has been a bit of a tough year for us all. Dad has been very busy and we lost Buster to old age. Both have curtailed my quest for expeditions, especially during the summer when, despite the lovely weather, time and health stopped us from going out or travelling far.
So this is where we are and another year is just around the corner. Maybe you have suggestions as to where we could visit in and around Cumbria and the surrounding counties. One thing we have noticed looking through the blog is that we have not really visited Northumbria. So where should we go and why? Let us know below in the comments area.
Recent walks although shorter have been full of sniffs and excitement. However, I just had not realised how curtailed our really long walks had become and how unfit I am getting as a result.
Mum has taken it upon herself to get me out of the house more than twice a day, even if it means I come back a bit soggy. Even on non raining days if the paths are wet the water wicks up my legs and makes my tummy damp.
She has even threatened to get me a waterproof doggy onesie. How embarassing or cool would that be? We wait to see if one appears in my Christmas stocking.
Four paw drive
Many of the Autumn leaves have now been blown off the trees and are strewn across pavements and gutters creating a sloppy stew of rotting vegetation and there seems to be rather a lot of acorns this year.
I have lost count on the number of times mum has needed to steady herself after slipping. So please take care when you go out and not pull on the lead as much as you would during the summer. Don’t forget…We have four paw drive, unlike the humans with their inferior two.
Remember that the roads are now being gritted for the winter, so ask your humans to clean your paws when you get home because salt and de-icer will make us very ill if we lick it off.
Pylons and rail repairs
Whilst out and about over recent weeks I have noticed that more and more infrastructure works are being done at this time of year. One such project is the repair to the collapsed wall supporting a rail line near to Carlisle railway station.
Steel piles look to now be in place but the changing water levels in the river appear to be causing the builders a lot of delays. Big pumps discharge water from the work site upstream whilst sandbags and booms try to minimise further damage.
It seems foolish to try repairs like this during winter months without diverting the river away from the work site. Maybe it should be done during the summer when levels in the river are expected to be lower.
Another project nearby also causes me to think it would be better to be done in the summer, are repairs to electricity pylons.
A number of the steel structures are being refurbished close to the old Waverley viaduct. Large lengths of metal are spread about on the grass like Meccano on a boys bedroom floor.
I wonder how they got on with erecting the towers in the recent high winds.
Sausages on Sunday
One thing that has become a tradition in recent weeks is Sausage Sunday. Today mum has just put under the grill, some fine lime and chilli bangers from our local butcher Carrock Meats who has just opened a new shop in Carlisle.
Sandwiched between two haves of fresh bread bun and washed down with coffee, dad seems to enjoy the whole experience and after a bit of encouragement from a certain fluff monster, is willing to share a little.
Until next time
Woofs and cuddles