Monday, 4 February 2019

Autumn in Sussex

Autumn arrived late in Sussex this year.


These photos were taken up on Ashdown Forest late in October and there were very little autumnal changes to see.




           Otis who joined us for some walks whilst his Mum was busy.




At the very end of October some of the trees at East Court and Ashplatts Wood in East Grinstead were just starting to change colour.




November and the Ashdown Forest is starting to look rather unsummery.





Stopped on my way back across the Forest at Millbrook West and caught this dramatic sunset.



Mid November and it was still very mild. Some trees at Standen are bare, others golden and some are still hanging on. The unseasonal weather is confusing everyone.


                       
                 View with Weirwood Reservoir in the back ground.


Leaves were on the ground in Holly Bush Wood


Back at East Court at the end of November and the trees are definitely turning to Autumnal shades.



By the time we visited Buchan Country Park, Autumn was in full swing.








  These are some of the stunning wood carving dotted around the park





Douster Pond


December and we were back on the Ashdown Forest.
Below are some of the Exmoor Ponies used for selective grazing and conservation of the heathland.







An ancient beech tree.


Saturday, 19 January 2019

Rutland Water and The Kennel Club International Agility Festival

So at the beginning of August we headed off to the KCIAF at Rockingham Castle to have another go at qualifying for Crufts..Jazz and I managed one good run in the agility qualifier for 9th (out of 260) but unfortunately messed up the jumping. We were still 75th out of over 700 dogs but didn't make the top 30 which qualifies for the semi final. 

9th Place in Crufts Novice Cup Agility Qualifier

Poor Jazz dog, squished in the corner as Izzy wanted all the room.



View from above Rockingham Castle looking north.



One tired out dog


We stayed as before at the lovely Spanhoe Lodge. It was as good as we remembered and food was great. Nearly everyone staying had dogs and were competing at the festival. The owners kindly got up early and made us all breakfast when we had early runs.



On the Friday we had early runs so we headed off to the South side of Rutland Water itself for a walk. There is a path which runs right round the water which is good for cyclists, walkers etc. We just walked a chunk of it heading east and retraced our steps when we got tired starting from the Osprey centre at Lyndon (this bit of the reserve is dog friendly)






Saturday, 10 November 2018

Aira Force and Wast Water

Last day of our trip before heading home and the weather was stunning. We headed down to Aira Force near to Ullswater and parked up at the top car park rather than the main one down by Ullswater. 




We walked down through the meadows to smaller Aira  Beck waterfalls which are a series of small falls and plunge pools. There are paths which lead down either side of the water to High Force and Aira Force itself.

Izzy enjoying a cool off.

The wooden bridge above High Force

High Force from above.



Soggy Dog!




We headed all the way to the bottom of the falls and back up the paths on the other side of the falls. There are some steep climbs and steps but well worth the effort. The dogs loved it.


View to Ullswater.



After lunch we headed off round Ullswater , stopping at a little village shop and tearoom for a slice of cake and then on down the dead end road which runs along the side of Wast Water. Wast Water was the home of the last Golden Eagle in England who sadly hasn't been seen for a few years and is now presumed dead.It is also England's deepest lake.

View to Wasdale Head from the end of the lake.





                                               Illgill Head




Wast Water