Water Baby

We were both awake early on Thursday, so decided to take a trip Down South to see my Mum as we hadn’t seen her for a while.
Our journey was horrible as usual, but we made pretty good time getting on the road just after 7am, and arriving at 11, having taken a half hour potty break to get coffee and a bacon roll for breakfast (3½ syns for the coffee, bacon and roll duly allocated).
Mum was on her own, so I made us all a cup of tea as she settled into her chair by the window.

My sister arrived shortly after and told Mum she had five minutes as she had a hair  appointment. Poor Mum got flustered a bit as she went upstairs to get ready, and Sis said she actually had half an hour before her appointment, but we were welcome to stay even though she intended to do some shopping while Mum was being ‘done’.
We declined and said we had some boat shopping to do at the chandlery on the Quay, so we’d come back in an hour or so.

The latest Sunseeker boats are massive (these pictures are from last year), twenty times the size of our little narrowboat with a price tag of millions.
Sadly, we couldn’t get what we wanted without ordering it, and as it’s cheaper on-line, we didn’t bother. Walking back to the car, we treated ourselves to an ice cream tub, no wafer,  and that was ‘lunch’. I allowed 10 syns intending to have a salad when we got home.

It was such a lovely day, we took Maggie down to Hamworthy to give her some quality time and a run.
The old lifting bridge was out of commission, probably for its annual maintenance, so we had to use the new Twin Sails Bridge over the harbour, which had only been in the planning stage when we left in 2007.
We’ve been over it a couple of times now, and quite honestly, it’s a disappointment after the excitement and hype all those years ago.
It was therefore something new to see the bridge up as it let through the harbour traffic.
twin-sails closed to road traffic, bridge up
twin-sails-2 coming down
twin-sails-closing lower
twin-sails-almost-shut not far to drop
twin-sails-lowest seconds away to fully down

So there it was, and we saw it going down. Wow. Yeah. Right.

Once we’d parked at Hamworthy, we opened the car door and Maggie was out like a shot.
She knew exactly where she was, and ran over towards the beach, stopping before the path to turn as if asking our permission to get her feet wet.
We told her she was allowed, and she disappeared over the little wall.
Next thing we saw was a wet head peeping over the top, and I swear she was laughing.
Here are some pictures I took of her on the beach with Hubby and of her swimming.
It was great to see her having such a lovely time and still so confident in the water.
maggie-on-beach-1 I’m waiting
im-ready Finding something to throwthrow-something-daddy I’m ready!
where-is-it Where is it?i-could-do-this-all-day I see it!water-baby-1 This is heaven
love-you-daddy Nothing so affectionate as a wet dog.

We then played a little game of fetch to try and dry her off a bit, got back to the car and gave her a very welcome drink.

We got back to my sister’s at 1.30, so Mum was back and we hoped to have some quality time with her. Her hair looked very nice, and apparently because she prefers one particular girl to do it, her Hair Dressing Day has been changed to Thursdays instead of Fridays.
I mentioned last time we went down that Sis was going to SW too, her meetings being on a Wednesday. She is doing very well, and after 8 weeks, has lost a stone and a half. My own  loss was neatly passed over, but Mum said she thought I’d lost weight.

We didn’t stay much longer as we wanted to get back before the major traffic started to build up.
It was an even worse journey home taking five hours as there was an accident on the M5.

We took some photos of Mum for Bro in NZ though.
mum-15-sept-2016 mum-and-me-2

happy birthdayNote:
The water exercise has done Maggie’s coat and her feet a world of good.
Even better, she wasn’t stiff the following day, so it helped her joints too. Mind you, she slept for most of the journey home, and apart from taking her out for her final wee around 10 pm, went to sleep as soon as she got back on the boat!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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11 Responses to Water Baby

  1. You can see your weight loss in the picture! Great pictures!

  2. So glad Maggie’s doing better now. And your Mum looks so happy!

  3. scifihammy says:

    Sounds like a good visit with your Mum, and you both look great on the photo. You have lost a Lot of weight – good for you! 🙂

  4. polarflares says:

    You are both quite tall and lovely looking. I think your lost weight has floated over here. The waistband of my pants nearly ripped right off as I was tugging them on this morning! The photos of the bridge are also fascinating. I grew up with drawbridges and I love turning off the car and getting out to watch the boats go by.

    • Thank you Joan. The Twin Sails Bridge is apparently quite awesome at night as it’s all lit up. The old lifting bridge in Poole is still operational though.
      As for your pants, nah, they probably shrank in the wash (that happens a lot) or the Calory Clan has got busy taking in the seams. 🙂

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