Jon Crispin's Notebook

Back in England

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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.

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

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The obelisk off in the distance is very cool.

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

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Here are Flora and Violet heading back to the car.

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

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

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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.

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Here is Sid patiently waiting for a treat.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Warmth

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The past few days have provided what might be the last warmth before the autumn ends.  Olive and I had a nice walk in the woods yesterday.

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There wasn’t any water for her to mess about in, but she seems to enjoy rooting around in the leaves looking for mushrooms.

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I never remember what this plant is called, but there are tons of them livening up the forrest floor.

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The Amherst Farmer’s Market was quite busy today.  This is turmeric, and I don’t ever recall seeing it fresh like this.  I didn’t buy any, but did get some amazing fresh ginger that will go in the freezer.

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Olive loves to go shopping with us and is so well behaved in town.  She has been a great comfort to us in the past couple of weeks.  The world has felt a bit topsy-turvy of late.

Howth

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We have been spending most of our time in busy cities on this trip, so we decided to take the DART train to Howth yesterday and spend some time on the coastal path.

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This is a lovely seaside  fishing village, and since it was Sunday it was a bit crowded, but we really wanted to walk, so it was worth it.

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As we walked through the carpark at the beginning of the path, we saw a guy in a superman costume get out of a taxi.  We didn’t think much about it at the time since it was a few days before Halloween.  We started our walk, and some minutes later looked down to a little island just off the coast and saw him jump off a diving platform.  He is in mid-flight in this photo but it is a bit difficult to see him.  Look for the red spot on the left.  Wild.

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It was a lovely day.  Not too hot, not too cool.

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Ireland is really green, and like Cornwall has a really interesting variety of plants.

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I can never keep these things straight, but I think this is gorse.  So lovely.

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There were amazing views throughout the walk.  In the foreground is an entire field of ferns that are just starting to turn brown.

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At one point the coast path crossed an enormous golf course.  We were instructed to stay quiet.  We obliged, and we did see some golfers teeing off.  It would have been a lovely day to play 18.

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But by far the coolest part of the walk was when we went through the Bog of Frogs.  It was boggy, but not noticeably froggy.

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We walked well over 10 miles, and it was spectacular.  It was great to get a pint and some fish and chips once back in Howth.

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As we waited for the train to Dublin, a Carphone Warehouse advert kept scrolling through this sign at the station.

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Once back in Dublin, we stopped at Mary’s Bar and Hardware for a whiskey.  They really love JFK here.  And the whiskey was nice.

Green / Big Stick

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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.

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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.

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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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Huntington Beach

Posted in Beaches, dog competitions, surfing, walking by joncrispin on 30/05/2015

We went to Huntington Beach today.  Lots of reasons to go, including the Purina Proplan Incredible Dog Challenge Western Regional competition.  Yesterday was the dog surfing, which I am really sorry we missed, but today was the “dogs leaping into water competition”, which I have always wanted to see live.  It was great, and there were tons of dogs there just hanging out.

Including this guy just chillin’ in the bleachers.

I got a chocolate milkshake at the Ruby’s at the end of the pier.

It is always nice to look down at the surfers.

It was nice and cool in the shade of the pier.

We then walked down the beach for a couple of miles.  Lots of people, very diverse and interesting, and the water was so clear and refreshing.  I haven’t taken my shoes off and walked in the Pacific for a very long time.

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