We have had a lovely weekend in the sunshine with the boys. Quite a lazy day on Saturday with some chores completed and then an unexpected visit from my two godsons meant that Mr Ozzy McDougal had a great race around the fields - all three of them did six laps and were suitably hot and sweaty and in much need of a cool drink. Dougal stayed with us on the patio and watched the energetic threesome's escapades. Like you would expect from a 15 year old who knows better than to go out in the mid day sunshine!Then this morning we all awoke with the need for some exercise so off we trundled to Rudyard Lake , we got there about 9.30 and decided to do the circular loop walk which we believe is about six miles. It was beautiful in the early morning sunshine. One side of the walk runs parallel with the lake so the pooches could nip in for a cool down. As we walked around the lake we thought about the the numerous courting couples who had walked the tranquil banks of the lake before us like a certain John Lockwood Kipling and Alice Macdonald who walked there in 1863. Their love blossomed, they married, and their first-born was named after the lake. He became one of Britain's greatest writers having penned the Jungle Book, Kim and The Man who would be King to name a few. It really is fascinating to think that many years ago people walked on the same path as we did today. The return journey on the other side is a bit more hilly but still shaded from the heat of the midday sunshine which is just as well as we got back to the car park around 11:45. Both dogs ( and us) suitably tired out, perhaps it was a bit to long for Dougal but he held his own against the 10 month old pup.
A lovely walk with some great views of the lake, our advice would be to go early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowd as it was packed with people, dogs and boats around lunch time.
Hope you all enjoyed the weekend sunshine as much as we did.