Well after a cold and early start to the day (I was woken up about an hour and 15 minutes before I wanted to be by my two dogs) the sun is now shining. When I got up it was dark, cold and I could hear the hail falling against the window, it didn’t fill me with a lot of hope for a good day. So now, even though my curtains are still closed, I can see the sunlight against them on the outside. This is good news because after this blog post I’m going to need to take one of them out for a walk. The other is a 7 week old puppy, so isn’t ready to go out yet. I shall leave her in the kitchen with a couple of toys to play with but she may spend most of the time sleeping while I’m out.
Seeing as we’ve had a weekend of rain I think walking boots will be the order of the day. I’ll probably head out of the house in Edenfield and walk down past the old derelict factory to Chatterton Park where if I’m lucky there will be some other dogs for my near 7 month old cocker spaniel to play with. If you know about dogs, then you’ll know cocker spaniels are a likably ‘mad’ breed that are full of energy and want to have fun. I think my other dog, and I’ve only had her for less than a week, is a bit perplexed by his behaviour. She’s a nearly 7 week old German Shepherd and seems to be far more calm. At the moment they are vying for the top dog position, which has yet to be sorted out. Currently the spaniel probably has the upper hand but this is probably because of his size – he is significantly larger but won’t be for much longer. I wonder at what point the German Shepherd will overtake him in the size stakes ? – I reckon it’ll be between 12 and 16 weeks.
Fortunately she seems to be a good temperament, we were able to meet her parents before we got her which is something which is good as behaviour is passed down from parents. So if you get two parents of good temperaments theres a very good chance that their puppies will be good too.
After I get down to Chatterton Park and played for a while we’ll be heading onto something called the loop line, which runs alongside the ELR (East Lancs Railway), a steam railway run by enthusiasts in East Lancashire. This railway is very popular and Ramsbottom and surrounding areas are very popular with tourists. The Spring and Summer sees the most popular seasons for tourists and some weekends the villages can be full of visitors which is obviously great for local businesses like Data Clinic and others.
The loop line takes us into the quiet hamlet of Irwell Vale which has one road in and one road out. It’s a very picturesque place with the river Irwell running through it and if you’re keen sighted you’ll be able to spot a kingfisher that flies over the river and along the banks. They are small birds and look like a fleck of brilliant blue as the flit across the water.
From Irwell Vale I can proceed into Ewood Bridge of choose to walk up Hardscough Lane into Edenfield village. Once there I walk past the newly opened Coach and Horse pub, now a gastropub called ‘The Coach of Edenfield’, past the cricket club down Gincroft Lane on the left before passing the The Rostron Arms on the right before arriving back at my house where my German Shepherd will be waiting for me.