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

Spud on Sunday Part LXVII


Spud has had a high old time this afternoon, for it seems spring has arrived in the pond. There has been much croaking and splashing around going on.

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I could find the cause, with a softly, softly sort of approach. But Springer spaniels are not built for stealth. Crashing around in the undergrowth is what it is all about.

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Interestingly he wasn’t for leaping in, in his usual style, just wading in the shallows.

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Then he went for a better look, leaping on to the floating island; this is something that started out 10 years ago, when we built the pond as a couple of sheets of polystyrene, stitched into a piece of pond lining fabric, which has now been colonised  to such an extent it has its own eco system including a couple of young willow trees and drifts up and down the pond at the whim of the prevailing wind.

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However it isn’t very stable, Spud wisely decided it was not the place for a bit of frog spotting, and made a giant leap for dogkind to get ashore. We were impressed he made it.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Spud on Sunday Part LXVII

  1. I was just thinking that Spud had grown into a properly cautious grown up sort of dog – and then he decided to go island hopping! He looks very shiny and healthy. I believe I would look shiny, too, if someone built me a pond.

  2. Spud has the best adventures! He looks like a fine companion…

  3. I wonder if he looks forward to his Sunday adventures as he obviously enjoys them so much! xx

  4. Ah, the grace and agility of a finely tuned athlete. Or the generally gallumping daft-dug approach which pays off once in a while – I know which is more fun.

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