Park side view.

The nights are drawing in and the mornings dark. The clocks are due to go back next weekend so that means lighter mornings but even darker nights.
Hubby doesn’t like me walking the dog on my own at night.
I’ve got news for him, I’m not comfortable doing it either.
It was different round the Avenue as everything was open and well lit. We knew most of the people in the houses we passed by sight if not by name, so I was confident that if I did ever have a problem, I would be able to find someone to help me.

Although there are plenty of street lights here, one or two don’t work, and the cut through from the main road onto the back of our little estate is not lit at all, apart from the lights from properties flanking it on both sides.

Maggie has her own little fluorescent jacket which we automatically put on her at night here, and of course we have our yellow suits which will keep out the wind as well as the rain.
Tonight we decided to give her a change of route and explore the local Park.

We’ve been here a month tomorrow and haven’t been in it yet. We’ve heard the geese and the ducks though as they fly over us every day!
It’s quite lovely, and stretches much further than suggested from the roadside picture here.
The ducks and geese were floating in front of the island in the middle of the lake tonight.
Signage asks for dogs to be kept on a lead, but there was no-one else about and we know Maggie won’t chase the water fowl or attempt to jump in, so we just let her do her own thing. In daylight, obviously we would comply as I know there are a lot of dog walkers about then.
We walked to the left, and the path curves round to incorporate the other half of the lake and a footbridge. You can either walk round the lake completely and past the Swan Boats for hire (it is a boating lake after all), or cross over the first bridge and loop back on yourself.
Geese here are Canada geese and the ducks mainly mallards. I’ve only seen two swans flying over, but they weren’t in residence tonight.
There are notices up asking you not to feed the ducks or geese as they are growing in number and proving a little difficult to contain. The lake itself is not ‘sustainable to fish’.

It was nice and relaxing, probably because there was no-one about.
Another area investigated.

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! We have recently lost our beloved dog 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, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. 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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3 Responses to Park side view.

  1. foguth says:

    I didn’t realize that fluorescent jacket/harnesses were available…. must look for one for Purrseidon, who loves evening strolls…. we’ve been attaching lumen sticks to her collar…. if you’re interested, there is a photo of her here: https://purrseidon.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/spooky/

    • It’s great. Before we got Maggie her little jacket (it’s just a throw over attached with velcro), she had a flashing light on her collar, but it got in her peripheral vision so Hubby attached it to her coat instead. You could see it over half a mile away. Brilliant.

      • foguth says:

        After Halloween, we grab all the lumen sticks that are left over (on our side of the pond, these are used to light pumpkins and by kids out trick or treating, so they are a seasonal item) … they are cheap after Halloween – last year, I stocked up when they were 5 cents.

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