Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Spud on Sunday Part XXXVIV


Spud has never been to a stately home before and  Chatsworth House is a bit up-market for a country dog.

Here you can see the garden reflected in an mirror inside the house, complete with yet another statue.

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And here you can see  Spud, Mr Uphilldowndale and me, along with Spuds attendant school party, who took a bit of a shine to him.

Chatsworth  and Spud reflected -1

Everywhere we went they came too, Spud liked them as much as they liked him ( I don’t imagine many of them will have a dog as a pet at home.)

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They were a large party, but then Chatsworth is a big place and the children were very well behaved.

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I bet none of the children leaped into  the lily pond, when ‘teacher’ was looking the other way. Naughty Spud

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

10 thoughts on “Spud on Sunday Part XXXVIV

  1. He looks as though he’s “resisting arrest” — or, judging by his muddy legs, “attempted arrest.” — a right recidivist, if you ask me.

  2. Lovely, fun post. Dogs just can’t help themselves can they? Even in posh lily ponds!

  3. lol! Spud is turning me into a dog person. I’m not sure my cats will appreciate that. 😉

  4. Ah, what better way to enjoy a garden than to take a dip in the pond. Really, what other reason would there be for a pond, anyway?

  5. Very creative photography through the mirror! I’ve enjoyed reading through a link I found detailing the history of Chatsworth – not one dog was mentioned throughout 😉 Well, Spud stole the show by finding his own way of a refreshing outing 🙂 What a riot – made me laugh out loud.

  6. The theme of this week’s Your Pictures section in the Guardian magazine was ‘Mirrors’. Your picture would have looked just right with the others they printed there.

  7. Fantastic picture of the lawns with the house beyond. It has great clarity and depth. As well as looking very contemporary, it almost looks like a engraving from one of those guide books to great houses..

  8. Every dog should have his own fan club of adoring children (and adults). I do like the ‘pond’ photo – it sums Spud up so wonderfully.

    As my granny used to say “Some people (we’ll call Spud people, just because!) can’t be taken anywhere twice. Unless the second visit is to apologise for the first one.” This statement was all too frequently accompanied by a disappointed look at the miscreant grandchildren.

  9. It may be a bit up-market but Spud looks perfectly at home there! xx

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