One of the joys of being a dog owner is that you have the excuse of going out in the fresh air for a walk.
Of course Oscar and Rosie are always ready – whatever the weather!
Even though we live in a town, we are very lucky to have access to some beautiful countryside and one of our regular dog walking routes is across The Common. Daily walks give you the opportunity to watch as each season unfolds and I decided I would like to keep a visual record of the changes throughout the year. Luckily we had some dry, sunny mornings at the weekend and so I was able to take some shots as Oscar and Rosie enjoyed their early (well, earlyish) morning walk. The ground has dried out over the last few weeks and it has been great to abandon my wellies and wear my walking boots instead; but I’m still having to wear gloves and even a hat!
The dandelions on The Common are gradually disappearing, leaving behind their feathery clocks, in their place are buttercups and clover.
Of course, lots of cow parsley.
Some of the horse chestnuts were affected by a disease last year, which was introduced into the UK by European horse chestnuts, causing brown patches on the leaves and an early drop. Thankfully they have survived! This horse chestnut tree is such a fantastic shape and stands proudly on its own.
And the flowers look pretty impressive too!
Being May, there’s an abundance of blossom on the hawthorns.
There’s even space on The Common for a Sunday morning game of football.
It wouldn’t be a proper walk if Oscar didn’t find a stick – the bigger the better! He loves to play fetch; he’s never been trained but obviously it’s that retriever instinct. Rosie, however, loves finding abandoned tennis balls and destroying them! We won’t dwell on what natural instinct that represents!
Well that’s it! A little roundup to show you what I’m enjoying on our daily walk. ( I might not have said that on Monday when there was a terrific hailstorm but luckily The Husband was chief dog walker on that occasion).
I know that each month there will be something new to look at and I look forward to sharing them with you as the year goes by. Will keep you posted!