Jon Crispin's Notebook

Back in England


My friend John Wilson picked me up at Heathrow on Monday morning.  After a jammed up drive to Stratford upon Avon on the M40, we made it in time for the dog’s evening walk.  Here he is with Violet, and Sid and Lilly.  Sid is a pup and Lilly wears a muzzle because twice now she has eaten small plastic balls that had to be removed surgically.


The next morning we all went for a nice long walk on the Welcombe Hills.


The obelisk off in the distance is very cool.


These sheep were very interested in the dogs, but the dogs couldn’t be bothered.


Here are Flora and Violet heading back to the car.


And Sid taking a bit of a break while he kept an eye out for squirrels.


Today was another warmish day so we drove to Broadway in the Cotswolds for another chance to walk the dogs.


I first met John when I was living in Berlin in the 1980s and we have been fast friends ever since.   I have actually had this Barbour jacket (which he originally bought in Berlin) for the last 20 or so years.  He needed it back for his dog walks so it is now his again.  I hope to have it back someday.


Here is Sid patiently waiting for a treat.


I have always had a soft spot for Morgan cars.  This one is sitting in front of one of the Broadway hotels, and it took my breath away when I saw it.


After our walk we ended up here for a lovely lunch.  We have come to the Snowshill Arms many times, and it always makes me so happy.


While John was sorting out the dogs and Flora was getting Violet organized, I went in to see about a table.  John said “Four people and two dogs”.  Sid and Lilly were under the table the whole meal.  Here is Siddy giving me a nuzzle.  What a sweet boy.

Green / Big Stick


Now that the snow is all gone Olive and I have started spending more time in the woods.  It rained most of the day yesterday, so it was pretty wet.  Nice.


She is a total stick (or should I say log) girl.  This could have been record size for her.  She carried it for about half a mile.


I have been seeing a lot of green lately, and these fungi are just beautiful.  Can anyone out there tell me what they are?

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Posted in Exercise, Trees, Weather by joncrispin on 16/02/2014

We have had quite a bit of snow in the past few weeks, and we are fortunate to be able to walk out our back door and head up into the woods to enjoy it. /  About 10 years ago my brother and sister-in-law gave me these old school snowshoes for Christmas, and I really enjoy tromping around in them.  They are surprisingly efficient and very easy to use.

Yesterday, Cris and I both were on snowshoes.  Today she cross country skied while I stayed on the shoes.  It was magical.

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