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" Dougal's First Swim "
Date & start time: Thursday 1st November, 2018, ( and various other days ).
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : The Vet, Long How woods, Cinderdale, Holme Wood, Sophie & Chris.
Walk details : Local walks.
Highest point : Introducing the youngster to the big wide world.
Walked with : Ann and our dog Dylan (cameo appearance Sophie & Chris).
Weather : All sorts.
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These pictures start in an unusual place . . . the vet's surgery !
A quick check up for Dylan and a final inoculations for Dougal and the youngster can now take on the world
which he proceeds to do, making quite a splash along the way.
Dougal is now 10.5 kilos and the combined weight on the scales today . . . 48 kilograms.
One day we enjoyed a walk down to the head of Crummock Water via Long How Woods.
Across the fields we could see Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks at the head of the valley.
Wood House is keeping a boat down by the small jetty.
It is relatively new and fully waterproof, but could do with bailing out to remove six inches of rain water.
On the rocky outcrop at the beach our duo stop for a photo call . . . that's Rannerdale Knotts behind.
I took a few photos in order to try and catch them looking at the camera.
Not so lucky here . . . but it is a nice shot of Mellbreak behind.
On the top of Nether How, the small wooded rise at the back of the beach.
Dougal sitting two foot above the highest part of the grassy knoll.
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Another day, while Jenna was still in Loweswater, we walked the Cinderdale path towards the boathouse.
Relaxation . . . stopping at the bench out of habit rather than real need.
Down at the lakeside we were throwing sticks in the water for Dylan.
Not wanting to be left out, young Dougal charged in to try and beat him to the prize.
It turned out to be a lot deeper than he imagined . . . but then perhaps the concept of 'depth' has never crossed Dougal's mind before.
As a result, young Dougal took an involuntary swim . . . but coped like a natural.
He engaged "doggy paddle" stroke and he turned a neat circle and swam himself ashore . . . Dylan won the stick by the way !
It was all over before I could get the camera out of the bag . . . but here's the aftermath . . . two wet dogs.
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Another day . . . Holme Wood to the bothy, to catch the colours and to walk the dogs.
The beech trees in the woods are a riot of colour at present.
[ Only the phone this time so the quality isn't so good in the poor light ]
This younger tree also has good colour.
The two dogs find themselves out on the little island where the Holme Beck enters the lake.
Lake levels are high so the delta's gravel is more or less hidden.
We had another vet's appointment for Dylan so Sophie and Chris offered to look after Dougal for the day.
In the evening Sophie and Chris entertained us to supper during which Dougal discovered the mirrored front of the kitchen unit !
Our little meerkat crashes out, fast asleep after another busy day.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or whatever was to hand.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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Previous walk - 29/30th October - Jen's Burnbank & Hopegill Head
A previous time up here - 3rd June 2014 - Buttermere Long How
Next walk - 10th November - Crummock and Mosser Road