Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Country Walks

We always try to keep our dog walks quite varied and we're lucky to be so spoilt for choice on locations. I live on the south coast of England, so I have the luxury of living in a pretty village with tons of options for public country walks. In the autumn and spring, we prefer taking the dog down the beach - because we know Tegan doesn't mind having a bath afterwards - but there are pretty strict rules about exactly where you can walk your dog down the beach so we tend to avoid it from June to September. 

This particular walk was in the more private lanes of Birdham. It's a really picturesque area, with gorgeous scenery and equally beautiful houses. I aspire to live somewhere like this eventually - a huge house with tons of land and a double garage for my Range Rover, you know... A girl can dream! You won't see any photographs of the houses however, mostly because owners can be a bit funny about it and I didn't want to be disrespectful. But I can promise you that most houses look like they belong in The Sims; yes, they are that pretty.

We walked down public footpaths, private roads and country lanes. We also took a detour through Birdham Pool, which was heaving with people shining up their boats ready to go out of the marina for a sail. Opposite that was a lake with ducks and swans - wildlife is rife out in the country, I love it! I keep seeing the same pheasant in the same garden every time I walk round that way too. Starting to think it actually might live there???

I find wandering down country lanes very relaxing, especially on a sunny afternoon. It's nice for Tegan to be able to be off the lead and sniff until her heart's content. She loves a good sniff - it can be super frustrating when you're literally pulling her down the road! You can easily walk for miles without realising it, just soaking up the sun and gawking at the beautiful country scenery. I love the greenery and little pockets of pink and white every so often. I also feel like I get a bit of an education. The last time I was out in Birdham we found a private forrest with absolutely hundreds of bluebells, and my Mum told me how you can tell the difference between naturally British ones and artificial non-natives (native bluebells only droop on one side of the stem, fyi). 

You don't get that kind of lesson in the city!
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  1. looks so picturesque and gorgeous there!

    Hannas’ UK Beauty | Lifestyle blog @ hannatalks

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    1. It's lovely! I love finding little nooks xx

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  2. So pretty. Everything looks so green and lush!

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    1. I credit the weather! Photographs always look nicer on a sunny day! Xx

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    1. One of my new favourite places! Xx

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  4. Isn't it just awesome that one of the benefits of having a dog is having such beautiful walks? :-) Fantastic photos and bright colors!
    PS found you via a twitter chat!

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    1. Yes! And I'm so much fitter now I have to get up off my bum twice every day too! Thank you Katie! Xx

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  5. These pictures are so gorgeous :)

    The Oxford Owl

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  6. Tegan is simply adorable and your photos are beautiful. Such a picturesque little village :)
    Love Kate xx
    prettylittleus

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    1. Can't imagine my life without her now, bless her! Thank you hun! Xx

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  7. Geeze these pictures alone makes me wish I could fly over there and never come back to the US.

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    1. I swear it only looks nice on rare sunny days!! Xx

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  8. Wow I was actually squinting at the sun beaming out of these pics! Looks like a lovely walk - I love looking at big beautiful houses & imagining who lives in a house like this? My dog also loves to sniff & be off the lead just exploring & being up in front!
    Bee Happy and Healthy

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    1. Yes, I'm the same! I'm lucky to live in a such a place where I can actually walk around on a daily basis! Xx

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  9. Such gorgeous pictures and a beautiful area to live in, you certainly don't get gorgeous areas to walk your dog like that in London :(

    Belle x Part of Belle's world

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    1. Thank you Belle! Some parts of London are so nice to walk your dog in, I'm sure, but there's nothing like the country. I don't think I could ever live in a city! Xx

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