Maggie and I were up first this morning. It was a beautiful day, such a contrast to the heavy rain and wind we had during the night, but we have discovered this since our time here, so I wasn’t exactly surprised.
I let her out in the garden and was glad I’d put on a coat, even though it wasn’t actually cold. I got washed and dressed then decided to take her for an early walk as Hubby was still in bed having had a disturbed night.
I had intended to walk round the Avenue, but other dog owners were chatting right where I wanted to go and as I prefer to let Maggie off the lead there, I wasn’t chancing it with at least five dogs more than twice her size, so we walked the other way towards the park.
Photo: October 2017
The park was actually deserted. No people, no dogs, no ducks or geese either. I suppose it could be that they had taken shelter elsewhere during the storm last night or they were all on the centre island and not awake yet.
I let Maggie off and she was soon sniffing everything sniffable.
The water level on the lake has risen, but not a patch on how it was last year when it was chopping at the sides and slopping over the edge.
We understand there are plans to dredge the lake this year, so what will happen to the hundreds of ‘the lake does not support fish life’ is anyone’s guess. Apparently they don’t discard them, but take them away to some aquarium.
Some of them are huge, and in the summer I caught these photos of them spawning.
Photos: July 2018
Coming from the opposite direction was a man with a Tuppy dog. Tuppy was a miniature poodle owned by fellow boaters and she and Maggie became the best of friends.
Tuppy and her owners moved into bricks and mortar the year before us, and as far as we know has settled in and keeping well, though she did have a poorly spell at the beginning of the year.
This little sweetheart today was called Lola, and Maggie had to check her out. She was a little bigger than Tuppy, but the mannerism was the same and Maggie was fine with her.
As we walked over the bridge, I noticed a couple of geese and two ducks on the water now, together with a lone seagull.
The day was just beginning for them too.