“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
There are many different adventures in life. Some of them are exciting, some are inspirational, some we embark upon because something is missing from our lives, some because there is too much of something in our lives.
Our newest adventures has been moving home. Having been in our Clapham flat for 4 years (possibly one of my longest addresses) we have decided to move on. Not far, but on to a new area of London (I know! Weird right!) and a new house. We’ve a garden and everything now! It has been a big change and a bigger move than we had anticipated.
For one thing, our box labeling game, it turns out was very poor. “Kitchen” is not sufficient. Also our packing skills…whilst very good in terms of space saving was fabulous it was creative in the combinations of items we deemed sensible to pack together at the time.
In any case, we are in. We’ve not enough storage outside the now huge number of cardboard boxes that we are surreptitiously trying to sneak out with the recycling.
Mowgli’s moving must haves:
We love our walks, its a great way to get some exercise together, bond and enjoy London in a different way. So, in honor of International Dogs Day, here are three of Mowgli’s favorite parks for walkies in London.
Regent’s Park is one of the loveliest parks in central London. We love to wander around and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Though of course no dogs are allowed in the rose gardens. But aside from that it is a dog friendly park with lots to explore together.
Our local favorite and a very, very doggy park. The common has both long wild grass areas and short grass for little legs. There are lots of dogs to play with and lots of ponds as well. We love the common.
If you want something different, head to Finsbury Park and enjoy the old railway track walk. there are lots of paths and places to explore. Great on a summer’s day and there is a lovely cafe in the middle of the Park which is dog friendly and does some yummy cakes and sandwiches.
Emily Wing Smith
This is it. Adventure time with Mowgli.
We catch the train to Winchester.
There is a lot of snuggling and loving of a polite dog loving man we’ve not met before. (Don’t worry Mr Elf, Mowgli did the snuggling and loving not me). This seems to be the biggest issue we encounter with a pup on transport…his affection for complete strangers is inexhaustible.
Transport in London is pretty pet friendly. No dogs on the seats and they must be “under control”. So tubes, buses and trains are all open as long as you have these two rules sorted.
The train to Winchester is about 50-60 minutes long and do able in puppy bladder terms. although we do ensure he is empty before we get on and he gets a change to go as soon as we get off.
Pubs and cafes are also for the most part dog friendly in the UK although, do respect the signs that say otherwise when you see them.
We spend the weekend tearing around the garden and avoiding the cat. Said cat…not too keen on this usurper of affection and steal-er of unattended food.
The train ride back is easy…Mowgli is happy to all asleep on a lap and wake up back in London.