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After church and before lunch yesterday three of us went for the most magical long, long walk through the snow, over the fields, along the disused railway line towards Eydon,

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onto a backroad so covered in snow that only a local could have followed it (first photo above), up to the pines,

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and onto the cart track home.

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The snow was deep & crisp & even. Slightly iced on top and pure powder underneath for a full five inches.

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We took the three dogs, Billy the Whippet, Maudie the Jack Russell & Posetta Baddog, our irascible miniature dachshund. Billy showed off his parkour skills, hurtling sideways three feet up off fallen logs, and skidding through the snow after imaginary rabbits.

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Maudie struggled in the deep snow out in the open but, once she had found the sheep paths under the trees at the edge of the field, trotted along with terrier purpose.

Posetta, well, poor Posetta got left behind. She wore her special Christmas sweater and, as we strode off through the snow marvelling at the view across the fields to Canon’s Ashby,

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we failed to notice that PB had got stuck in the snow.

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She’d made it from the gate (two trees in from the left) but, as the snow got deeper, her little legs sank and sank until she could no longer forge ahead.

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When I walked back she was quite literally stuck. And whimpering. I picked her up, tucked her under my arm and carried her through the field until we found a sheep path that she could walk in.

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Then she got stuck again on the bridge to the railway line. I guess that’s a big jump when your legs are only two inches high.

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Then we met some sheep:

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PB kept up valiantly

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and we made it home, three miles later, in just under two hours.

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18 comments

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THese photos are incredible. What a magical day!

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Wow! Thank you my dear LLGxx

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Lovely — deep and crisp and even.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
xx

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We did! AndI do hope you all did too LLGxx

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ahhhh – reminds me of many walks with my mum with the dog on the grounds of Malahide Castle in Dublin and with my dad along the old disused railway line in Donegal.

While looking at these pictures, I can almost smell the roast potatoes, lamb, mint jelly, sprouts and carrots wafting through the winter air and I can hear the coal in the scuttle as the fire gets primed for an evening in by the telly 🙂

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nothing like a British Christmas. Biased? Me? Absolutely!!!

So glad you got home.

xx

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You are ABSOLUTELY right Sadie! LLGxx

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oh wow. how amazing! …and those little legs caught in the snow!!! oh doggie! Hope your holiday was magical!

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And she really was completely stuck too! The noise she made… I felt like such a bad mama LLGxx

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Hi LLG,

I live in Northamptonshire and absolutely love your annual Christmas blogs and photos you produce from your mother’s home, I await them every year now!

You’re a huge inspiration, so yesterday on our traditional Boxing Day winter walk, I took some photographs along the way, of my Northamptonshire, which I’ll be posting on my blog today – clairelomasblog.blogspot.com – although o don’t think they’ll compare to yours of your adorable dogs!

Claire, 20

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oh Claire – bless you! I’m heading off to look RIGHT NOW! LLGxx

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Salut Sacha,
J’espère que tu as passĂ© un joyeux NoĂ«l ! aux UK ou Ă  NYC.
Je te signale une faute d’orthographe dans ton intro en Français : “mentionnĂ©e” devrait ĂŞtre Ă©crit ” mentionnĂ©s”.
J’espère Ă  bientĂ´t?
Christine d’Angles et d’Herman.

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Dearest Christine: naughty Vogue! I have changed it immediately. Much love Sxx

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Gorgeous photos! I’m missing the snow in Thailand!

Lela London – Fashion Blog and Shoe Blog

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Lucky you! The novelty was great for a few days, then it just got tiresome. LLGxx

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Full of salient points. Don’t stop blievenig or writing!

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