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If you live in the countryside, then a Boxing Day walk is pretty much obligatory, especially after the gastronomic excess of Christmas Day. We slipped the hounds into their winter coats, and set off for Eydon Hall, which has a public footpath running though its grounds.

It was a strange kind of day, thick with that mist that hangs on skin and hair. Undaunted by mud, sheep poo and that feeling of being enveloped in a damp veil, we strode on, with Posetta Baddog valiantly keeping up in the rear, although this is never a good idea, as she has a habit of just downing tools and staring at our retreating backs if she feels the going is too hard.

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The village green, with its original stocks. (Next time my sister eats all the Quality Street that’s where she’s going.)

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This is a blasted oak,

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Poor Billy’s tiny Whippety brain really cannot cope with stiles and kissing gates.

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This one, on the the other hand, just slithers underneath them. Guess who got to dunk her in the Bristol sink in the laundry room on our return?

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Having spent 1967, and another 6 months 1978-79 in London, living now in California, all I can think about these photos is, “Do you have good hot water, woman?”

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In other words, can you warm up when you get home?

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Love your countryside walk. We got 200 yards up the road and slipped in to a warm and welcoming hostelry. Fuelled with mulled wine we were up to the stagger back, phew.
Posetta Baddog looks smug.

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The pictures are lovely, as always. I particularly like the PBD and Billy ones, of course.

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Doncha just hate it when a dog gets their nice clean coat dirty? The weather has been rather gloomy gloomsville over here.

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That Boxing Day walk seems so much more civilized than the frenzy of sales etc. here in Vancouver. Lovely photos.

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This looks really lovely. Your dogs are gorgeous and I’ve enjoyed seeing how you celebrated the holidays. Merry Christmas (belated) from New York City!

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Ahhh, I’d love to go for a walk here, but better in sunny weather x

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PBD needs her own fanclub or something. That dog is brilliant.

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Yes, she is! LLGxx

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