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Juneathon day 7: busy busy busy

#juneathon day 7 was a busy day for the Cambridge dog lodge. It has been school holidays for us and as we are lucky enough to get two weeks, rather than one like most of the country, the lodge is very busy. People make the most of the second week to go on holiday for slightly less than normal. So we had been busy busy busy!

But our poor Poppy, our lovely golden retriever had come into season at the start of the holidays so she had spent that time at my mums. She stayed with Tilly my mums dog so she wasn’t lonely. I went over every day to see them both but we missed her more and more. She’s a big presence in the house even though she’s very chilled out.

So we walked Rufus and Rocky for the last time and today they went home. We managed to get out while it wasn’t raining but we still had hair dry Willow (who’s fur for some reason doesn’t dry!) and towel dry Rufus. Rocky dried himself by rolling around all over his blanket.

Once they were gone the big clean up began – does this count as part of #Juneathon? There was a lot of hoovering, mopping, dusting, moving sofas – then Ben went to bring Poppy home. She was how ever greeted with a bath. For a dog who loves the water the bath is not her forte!

So then the dog lodge was back to normal. Well for a week any way, then I get a lovely new pooch in and the madness starts again

Juneathon day 7: 1.80 miles

Current total : 28.56

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Juneathon day 5: bugger! I nearly forgot to post!!

We have been out tonight to see Avenue Q at Oldham Coliseum. We wasn’t sure what to expect and we were definitly surprised! But wow! What an amazing show!

So we are talking about it when we come out, talked about it on way home, talked about it with my mum, talked about going to bed. Then I thought what have I forgot?? Hmmm what could that be???

Uh oh! I forgot to blog!! So here it is. Short and sweet.

I did my walking today, 3 shortish walks today that came to 4.20 miles. Thankfully I managed to kept dry. Almost. Still very hungry though!!

I promise a better one tomorrow.

Juneathon day 5: 4.20 miles

Current total : 22.52 miles (not far off a marathon! )

Juneathon Day 3 – soggy ducks and squelching boots

By time I picked Buster, the French Bulldog, up today I had already walked Rocky the black lab, Dexter the Yorkie (who sometimes comes to us for day care – he loves it and gets very giddy when he comes. He’s very welcome and Willow got very excited when Dexter came in!) and our lovely Holly. I’d walked 1.74 miles in the large green area in the middle of the estate where all the bees are. It’s a bee haven but there was a tractor setting itself up for cutting the grass as I left.

So I picked Buster up and thought let’s go on an adventure Buster. Me and him, after some discussion decided to take a path I pass a lot, but don’t go along. Its right by the side of a main road and it’s a hidden treasure really. Well it would be if it wasn’t so boggy and soggy as it was today!

As we walked down the steps along the foot path, Buster gave me a look of ‘are you sure?’ and like I do with all the dogs I care for I returned his communication and spoke back; ‘of course I’m sure, Buster Boy’.

My feet soon started to slip in the mud and where that didn’t happen my boots squelched deep into the ground. Thankfully Buster’s dainty little feet were able to tip toe through the undergrowth,  taking the greener path my human size couldn’t fit into it. He still got dirty though and I considered trying to get down to the little stream to wash both my boots and Buster’s legs.

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We continued on and I came to a point where I had to decide whether going back would be a better option than going forward. I made a quick call to Ben who confirmed I was going the right way, and going forward was most definitely better than going back. Me and Buster climbed up a steep incline that was definitely a path, but was encircled with trees ala Sleeping Beauty. Then all of a sudden emerged into a clearing and a style for us to climb over. Phew! I think Buster was as relieved as I was. We can go again now we know the way to go, I just hope the rain starts to ease up and then the ground dries up! That added up to 1.86 miles.

Before tea, I returned back to the large green area near my house ( I need to perhaps give that area a name, any suggestions??) and took with me Willow, Rufus and Jasper. As I thought the grass had been cut. Its a lot easier for the dogs, especially the smaller dogs; poor Dexter got soaked through just from water on the grass. But what about the bees? All those flowers and as I’ve been reliably informed red clover is the best things for bees, were gone! Thankfully I soon discovered as we began to walk round, areas had been left, and they were covered in bees! That time I clocked up a further 1.66 miles.

So does cleaning my duck pond out count towards my #Juneathon effort? After tea, as well as emptying the pond I also dug over the ground. We have very very clay filled soil and it compacts together, so we have to turn it all over. The chickens and ducks love this as they get to go routing in all the soil underneath and find all the grubs! They get a bit too close for comfort as Lucy the chicken did this evening and nearly lost her head and toes! So as I’m turning the soil over I’m also filling the pond up at the same time. The ducks jump in the pool and swimming around. So I think its an ideal photo opportunity. This is what photo I got…

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And soaked to boot! They were very happy little duck ducks!

Juneathon Day three: 5.26 miles

Current total: 14.26 miles

Juneathon day 2 and Writing 101 day 1

As well as taking part in #Juneathon, I have also started taking part in #Writing101 by the Daily Post. It gives you a daily challenge or task to help you get writing every day. And I certainly need this as my blogs are usually few and fair between! So todays challenge is to write for 20 minutes, non stop, then publish (if I feel confident enough) what  I have written. Here goes! Hope it isn’t too much jibberish.

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Today was day two of Juneathon. I forgot yesterday to include in my blog how far I had walked yesterday. I walked approximately a mile and a half. This wasn’t actually a true reading since as I had already walked before I decided to take on the Juneathon challenge. So It was more like 3 miles which meant if I continued to do this each day I would be well on my way to reaching the 90 mile mark at the end of June.

I was prepared today and ready to register all my walks. I had 7 dogs to walk, over three separate walks. My first was with the lovely Lloyd the Ridgeback and Sophie the collie cross. I pick them both up and walk them close to where Lloyd lives. Lloyd is a huge boy. Very tall and strong but ever so soft and a perfect gentleman. He always allows me to go first, he stays by my side, he never pulls, he goes where I go, he gets incredibly giddy when I go to pick him up. My husband says if Lloyd was a person he’d be worried! And despite him being this big dog he can get quite nervous of other dogs and can take him some time to like them or even except them. Sophie is the exception. He likes her, he happily sits in the car with her and will go looking for her when she goes ‘off roading’. But that’s probably because Sophie is very lovely.

That walk started me off at just over 2 miles. Not too shabby, especially as the ground was very wet and soggy, and there was lots of very long grass!

Second walk included Sophie again, along with Rocky a huge black lab who we have staying and our own cheeky Willow. Sophie was off lead, but the other two were on extension leads. I mastered the art of using dog extension leads today, I even twisted and turned as we walked along.

This walk was a little less at just under 2 miles.

Then finally I walked Jasper and Rufus our other lodgers, and Holly our oldest dog lodge dog. We covered the same ground so once again approx. 2 miles. At this point it wasn’t raining either and was quite sunny, which is always a bonus. This area of walking is a waste land where there used to be an old secondary school. Covered across this land are thistles and butterflies. And amongst all these flowers are hundreds and hundreds of bees! They are such lovely little creatures but I was concerned I or the dogs would stand on them!

Well here it is! Hope it makes sense!

Juneathon Day two : 6 miles

Current total : 9 miles

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