Looking back at 2017, it has been a strange year full of highs and lows. But when all said and done, we’ve traveled to a lot of wonderful places, Ireland, Portugal and Germany, we’ve learnt new skills and set new goals. Also, the littlest Elf; Mowgli joined the clan.
At home we have had a big year of changes, moving home, finishing degrees and changing jobs.
It is easy to feel at the end of the year, that you have not achieved all that you set out to do. Taking some time to reflect on all you have achieved and done. There is much to be proud of, pleased with and look forward to the New Year with renewed energy and determination.
Bring on 2018 and all the adventures you are promising.
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:
- Blanket in full access at all times.
- Food at normal times.
- Lots of cuddles and love on demand.
- Explore all the new walks together.
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.
We’re off on a countryside adventure this weekend. The Broadlands Country Show. This is a proper country show, there are dog breed competitions, gun dog trials, demonstrations in the main arena. Food and local produce, rides and stalls.
The show is set in the attractive grounds of an Estate called Broadlands, which is well worth a visit another time. Lovely old house, beautiful gardens and lovely walks. Back to the show, if you buy your tickets online in advance you will get a cheaper ticket, it’s a little expensive at £15 but everyone under 16 is free which is nice. We toddle on through and stop at the gun dog trials. I have never seen this before it’s very cool. We stop to watch the “long retrieve” there a red ball like thing is short into the air and down the end of the enclosure accompanied by a loud simulated gun shot. Now, all being well the dog sprints off down the field and returns with the red ball like thing…this is not always the case and lots of the dogs had a good romp around and sniff before returning (or not) with the ball.
Next we head to the main arena, where we are blown away by the craziness that is “The Devils Horsemen”. Not for the faint of heart, that is sure. These guys are mad, they hang off the sides of the horses and do handstands on the back of galloping horses. Then to top it off they stand astride two horses for a race. It’s thrilling, and I will not lie…it leaves me desperate to go horse riding. Perhaps a new career path?
We munch our way round and enjoy pasties, hot coffee (to ward of the cold as it starts to rain), popcorn and candy floss. We pick up some apple strudel and cakes to take home and on the way out I can’t help it… I get some fudge as well. (Licorice flavour…oh my, so, so good)
I’m already busy looking up the next Country show I can get to. If you fancy heading along to a show, I found this website with lots of information about upcoming shows.