Sunday, March 25, 2007

Doggy sitting

Back in November last year I introduced you to Angel my niece's Dalmation. I am doggy sitting again this weekend while they go to a wedding. Angel is very well behaved and no trouble and she encourages me to get out walking. Yesterday we went to Blaise Castle (which is not actually a castle) a favourite walk of ours and I decided to go up through the woods and have a look at 'the folly'. I actually remembered to take my camers and took a few photos.

Angel decided to investigate the daffodils.

She managed the steps with no trouble.

This is the folly you can't get inside in winter and it's not very pretty but it's built on a high spot and there are some good views (yesterday it was not that clear even though the sun drifted in and out).

This is looking down on Blaise House and across Blaise Hamlet.

It's the start of British Summer Time today and the clocks went forward by one hour so I overslept and am now running late. There is a dalmation waiting to go on a long walk (she's looking longingly out of the dining room window and I haven't even had breakfast yet. Oh and it's raining so not as pleasant as yesterday.

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At 25/3/07 15:17, Anonymous swampwitch said...

What a beautiful dog. Our neighbors had a Dalmatian named Hershey...she had brown spots. Hershey would always escape and come to our house to play. The pics are great...loved going on the walk with you.

At 25/3/07 15:55, Blogger frannie said...

What a gorgeous walk--- I wish we had more interesting places around here. I took my dog to the home improvement store this morning. Poor thing. He used to be first born until we had a baby- then he got demoted to dog.

At 25/3/07 17:35, Blogger The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Seems like your whole family is niece sitting right now! So who built "the folly" and why?

Some weird millionaire in Houston had a European castle disassembled and reconstructed not too far from our neighborhood (of course there was a big class difference in the neighborhoods!) - It is on a Street called Friar Tuck. We used to get a kick out of that - it is really out of place in the American suburban wilderness. We should get Mindy to take a picture of it!

At 25/3/07 18:07, Blogger ChrisB said...

Swampwitch glad to have your company

Frannie now I'd love to be getting some home improvements done; actually my hubby has spent the day strengthening a pillar by our back gate so I'd better not complain.

You did a good job embee

Wendy Blaise Castle is, in fact, the folly, a sort of Gothic building, built on the site of St Blaise's Chapel, which was originally a Roman camp. It was originally used as a summerhouse.

Blaise Hamlet has a group of pretty little cottages if you are interested you can get pictures of each one here

At 25/3/07 19:46, Blogger Sam said...

did you walk up from the Dingly Dell.
Ahhh, Dingly Dell in the snow, one of my favourite ever walking memories.

At 25/3/07 21:49, Anonymous Lisa said...

That looks like a beautiful walk, and is certainly more of a real castle that I've ever seen (except at Disneyworld!)
What a beautiful dog, all I've ever heard about Dalmations is that they are very hyper.

At 25/3/07 23:37, Blogger ChrisB said...

Sam today I walked up the other side in the woods near the golf course, and down by the old houses and then along the river. Do you remember the stories I used to make up when you were kids?

Lisa this dalmation is rather sweet but a bit nervous of other dogs and is so well behaved it's a pleasure to look after her.

I was brought up living very close to the rear entrance of ( it wouldn't let me link) this castle and we used to sneak into the grounds and play (before it was open to the public) and as a teenager I delivered milk there (my weekend job). My parents had a shop and we had a pump in our kitchen that pumped water from the castle spring. I can tell you it was very cold when I had to have my hair rinsed under it. Sorry if this is boring.

At 25/3/07 23:39, Blogger ChrisB said...

Lisa The castle is called Berkeley Castle if you are interested in taking a look.

At 26/3/07 02:46, Blogger Sam said...

What a gorgeous dog, I love dalmations!

The castle looks beautiful, the whole country side looks beautiful, makes me very homesick. The English country side is so much prettier than the Australian bush I have to say.

At 26/3/07 05:48, Blogger Merle said...

Hi Chris ~~ What a terrific walk --
lucky you, not to mention the Dalmation. It all looks so nice.
How goes the new recipe book. I have a weakness for them too, but do not have 82. Thanks for your visit, glad
you get a laugh. Take care, Love, Merle.

At 26/3/07 06:01, Blogger Pamela said...

always wondered why the castles were built round like that....

unusual for a dalmation to be so well behaved. Usually they are pretty frisky.

At 26/3/07 08:17, Blogger Beccy said...

Sounds like you had a good time looking after Angel.

At 26/3/07 09:15, Blogger ChrisB said...

Sam(chattering on) spring in England is so lovely it lifts the spirits just to be out walking.

Merle I may have a lot of cookery books but unfortunately that doesn't make me a good cook.

Pamela built for good views and you can see the unwelcome visitors coming!!

Beccy this time she was in no hurry to go home so she's used to us now.

At 26/3/07 09:44, Anonymous Willowtree said...

Boy you sure are lucky to live so close to a nice walk. I agree with all the comments about what a nice dog, but I also agree with those who think Dalmatians are generally skitty.

At 26/3/07 11:45, Anonymous Robin said...

Your walk looks cast in a Fairytale, do you take the beauty for granted or do you "see" it everytime? Our walk is nice, but in comparison, it PALES (a very hilly neighborhood dotted with houses).

Thanks for stopping by my Fun Monday post even though you aren't joining in today.

At 26/3/07 19:00, Blogger ChrisB said...

Robin I always appreciate the beauty of it. The estate is having a lot of work done so there is always something new to see.

I shall still enjoy reading all the fun monday posts.

At 26/3/07 19:03, Blogger ChrisB said...

willowtree I'm not sure I could cope with a hyper dog so glad this one is the exception


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