25 July 2017

Swimming with Mist

The weather has been lovely this summer with some really hot days. Mist had a tendency to become a bit hot and bothered on long days on the fells (although it did not stop her going) but loved cooling down in the rivers and lakes.

Here are some photos from our local walk one summer’s evening.

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7 November 2016

2016 Photos pt2

In the 2nd part of 2016 Mist has been on some great walks, mainly up the Dales 30 but also in the Lake District. Here is the 2nd part of her year in photos.

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13 July 2016

My summer (so far) in pictures

Mist is now 6 and as energetic as ever. She has thickened a little in girth since her early days (probably due to stealing packed lunches on walks) and enjoys resting at any stops. However there is no sign of slowing, she still walks double any human (at least) on any given day. Loves it.

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16 February 2016

A walk in the Howgills

Its about time the master got his act together. After weeks and weeks of complaining that it was too wet/too misty/too muddy we at last got out on a proper walk.

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3 January 2016

Agile Mist – maybe not!

Handing over to Charlotte. Mist’s trick trainer!
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17 July 2015

Photos of my Summer

This summer has been good fun so far, it could have been better but as always there has been too much doing nothing. I also had a problem when these stupid vets made me sleepy and slipped on a lampshade around my head. Apparently I had a cut on my leg when I jumped a barbed wire fence but it seemed no problem to me. I was depressed about the lampshade, my master more depressed about how much it had cost him….why bother!

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10 April 2015

Latest photos of Mist

Its been a quiet few months for Mist, the summer promises to be busy though with trips to a variety of Scottish islands, the Coast to Coast with Debbie and the regular walking through Yorkshire and the Lake District. Here though are a few photos to keep you going!

Mist on Pen y Ghent

A winter trip up Pen y Ghent

Mist near Malham

Near Malham Tarn

Mist on the C2C near Orton

The Coast to Coast near Orton

Maturing in the snow a few weeks ago

Maturing as the snow left us this winter

Mist enjoying spring sun

But enjoying the spring sunshine

Mist high on the Crinkles

High on the Crinkles

Summit of Hen Comb

But wet on lonely Hen Comb

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Previous Posts

An Autumn climb of Crinkle Crags Nov 2014

Summer Days. Sept 2014

10 reasons to walk with a dog – June 2014

A winter of Mist in photos . Apr 2014

Mist on the Galloway Hills. Nov 2013

A Typical Walk with Mist. Sept 2013

Agile Mist & Video . June 2013

Mist of all Seasons. Apr 2013

Mist in the Moors. Dec 2012

Accommodation for Dogs. Sept 2012

Mist in Ullapool. July 2012

Dogs on Leads. May 2012

Mist on the Dales Way. March 2012

Mist, Snow & the Langdales. Feb 2012

Winter Woes Dec 2011

Frollicking Around Eskdale Oct 2011

Mist’s Summer Frolics Sept 2011

Mist Heads North July 2011

Early summer stay in Wasdale. May 2011

Mist & the outdoors in Spring. Apr 2011

Training Mist. Mar 2011


7 November 2014

A Day on the Langdales

Mainly there are good days on the fells, sometimes they can be disappointing but every now and again you enjoy a particularly special day. Myself and Mist enjoyed one last week in near perfect Autumn conditions.

We set off from Dungeon Ghyll, took on the Band and then returned via the Crinkles, a classic circuit but not overly strenuous (although the boulders on the Crinkles made for some awkward and slippy steps). However this is not about the walk itself (you can find more about that by clicking here) but really a display of photos that I was fortunate to take when the light was so good. Mist features in most of them. It is her blog but I have cheated and added a few where she is not in.

Mist and the Langdale Pikes
Backdrop of Pike O Stickle

One further point to the day concerned the search for Jasper, the missing border collie. We walked on the Wednesday when Jasper had been missing for 3 days and kept a sharp eye out for him but I had suspected (knowing Mist pretty well) that he would probably stick close to where Adam, his pack leader, had last seen him, up near Broad Crag and not venture over far towards the Langdales.

I was absolutely delighted to see Adam reunited with Jasper on Wednesday night, great credit to Geoff Horky (I have shared navigation training days with him at the LDNP and he is a truly top performer) and of course the Wasdale MRT. It would be remiss of me not to include the link to their fund raising website. Well done to all and so pleased for Jasper and Adam.

Getting impatient at Stool End
Mist at Stool End

Mist on the Band
Mist on the Band

Looking towards the Scafells
Over 3 Tarns towards the Scafells

Resting after lunch
Mist resting after lunch

Three Tarns
Lunar landscape of the Crinkles

Scafell Range
The Scafell range

Waiting for the slow one
Mist waiting for the slow ones

Over to the Coniston range
Coniston range

Sun dropping on the Crinkles
Looking back over the Crinkles

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Previous Posts

Summer Days. Sept 2014

10 reasons to walk with a dog – June 2014

A winter of Mist in photos . Apr 2014

Mist on the Galloway Hills. Nov 2013

A Typical Walk with Mist. Sept 2013

Agile Mist & Video . June 2013

Mist of all Seasons. Apr 2013

Mist in the Moors. Dec 2012

Accommodation for Dogs. Sept 2012

Mist in Ullapool. July 2012

Dogs on Leads. May 2012

Mist on the Dales Way. March 2012

Mist, Snow & the Langdales. Feb 2012

Winter Woes Dec 2011

Frollicking Around Eskdale Oct 2011

Mist’s Summer Frolics Sept 2011

Mist Heads North July 2011

Early summer stay in Wasdale. May 2011

Mist & the outdoors in Spring. Apr 2011

Training Mist. Mar 2011


22 September 2014

Summer Days

Mist has enjoyed her summer and the excellent weather that we have had. Actually that is not true, she does not care about the weather and hot can be too hot! Here are some photos of her enjoying herself whilst out and about on her walks.

On route to Suilven

Hello…

Mist near Brunt Knott

…over the stile to start….

Spotted the deer

…I think there are some deer down there…

Resting lochside

…but I am starting to get hungry…

Mist checking out the sandwiches

…very hungry…

This way

…wrong, it must be this way, not his way…

Thruscross from the moors

…I can never see in the bracken..

Hot work on Wansfell

….but a final rest will help and maybe look at the scenery (well that’s what they do)

Enough of Summer, Autumn now and those lovely wet and muddy days.

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Previous Posts

10 reasons to walk with a dog – June 2014

A winter of Mist in photos . Apr 2014

Mist on the Galloway Hills. Nov 2013

A Typical Walk with Mist. Sept 2013

Agile Mist & Video . June 2013

Mist of all Seasons. Apr 2013

Mist in the Moors. Dec 2012

Accommodation for Dogs. Sept 2012

Mist in Ullapool. July 2012

Dogs on Leads. May 2012

Mist on the Dales Way. March 2012

Mist, Snow & the Langdales. Feb 2012

Winter Woes Dec 2011

Frollicking Around Eskdale Oct 2011

Mist’s Summer Frolics Sept 2011

Mist Heads North July 2011

Early summer stay in Wasdale. May 2011

Mist & the outdoors in Spring. Apr 2011

Training Mist. Mar 2011

 


17 June 2014

Why walk with a dog?

Mist, and Bracken before her, have been my constant companion on walks, whether struggling up the high fells or a simple half hour stroll round Long Preston beck. It may be obvious to anyone with a dog the pleasures that walking with one brings but for those who do not see it here are my top 10 reasons to walk a dog and an excuse to put some photos of Mist in to her summer blog.

1. Enthusiasm.

Whatever the weather, whatever the walk Mist loves being out and about. I have walked her along city streets (the traffic holds a worrying fascination), dodgy estates (always things to eat), fields (things to chase), hills (she now understands the power of a summit cairn) and full day rocky scrambles (see below)  yet she treats each walk with exactly the same enthusiasm. The enthusiasm cannot help rubbing off on you and 99% of the time you feel better at the end than the start of the walk.

2. Bad weather not a problem.

Every dog walker has at some stage looked outside and thought NO. The weather may be foul, there is something good on TV or simply  they just do not fancy the idea of going for a walk. However one look at your dog’s eager face and pert sit and you know you have no choice, the coat goes on and out you go. Particularly in the winter months, when little else is happening, the health benefits of taking a 1/2 hour walk, twice a day are enormous. Mist and Bracken have never suffered the catastrophe of missing their twice daily walk.

3. Walking in the dark.

When I did a normal job I often used to walk Bracken in the dark at night and sometimes in the morning. As we live out in the country I remember thoroughly enjoying it, particularly when the skies were clear. Watching the winter months pass by by observing the size and position of the moon, viewing the stars such as the Plough and Orion’s belt were just some of the pleasures. However I also liked to be out when it was pitch black on a moon free night. Bracken certainly helped develop my night vision, walking in the dark has never been a problem.

4. Creating Amusement.

Often I just watch Mist’s antics on a walk. She rarely plods along beside you (she may when she is older) but is darting around, sniffing, watching, listening and awaiting for something to happen. I’ve seen here bunny hop when spotting a frog or mouse, scared out of her wits when a deer flew past unexpectedly, fall in to stream whilst stalking sheep (she never chases but does stalk) and produce sticks that simply will not go through a stile. Most times she does not do anything so daft but just watching her joie de vivre makes me smile.

5. Scrambling.

Mist is very nimble and loves being on the rock. Recently I was on Lord’s Rake on Scafell when I took the wrong gully to the summit. Mist was ahead when I decided on an ignominious retreat when the next thing I knew she hurtled past my head in a 20 foot jump. She, as ever, landed safely. Wherever I can go she will find a way to join me, possibly not the ‘traditional’ route,  and having seen a dog on the rocky slopes of Sgurr Alasdair I am sure she could do that much more.

6. Single walker.

As someone who does a lot of walking on my own having a dog is the best of all worlds. She is a companion but unlike the human companion you are not obliged to vary your pace, make conversation or discuss a route – they are all your choice and one of the pleasures of walking on your own. Other people sometimes look at a solitary walker as a bit strange but with a dog that is never the case. The main problem is she does not bring her own sandwiches and feels mine are to share.

7. Conversation Starter.

People do want to talk to you if you have a dog. Whether fellow walkers or others the dog provides a source of conversation. The other day I was approached by a shepherd who had seen Mist and had come across for a chat and presumably to see she was well behaved. He went on to tell me how Border Collies bred in the UK were increasing useless to him as sheepdogs as they are deemed too soft. He proceeded to show me his own fierce looking animal which he announced was from New Zealand! Its amazing what you learn.

8.  A family dog.

Unless a walk involves some serious scrambling or copious amounts of sweets the girls pronounce all my walks as boring. However the single thing that does keep them interested on a traditional walk is Mist and her various antics. In fact the eldest has now taken to coming home from school and taking Mist on her popular round the beck at Long Preston….except when it is raining and I suspect when the temperature starts to drop in Autumn!

9. Company in the pub.

As many of my walks involve finishing with a nice pint of ale in a country pub it is important Mist is a good pub dog. Aside from sharing my crisps (clearly helping my health) and trying to share everyone else’s she is pretty good. Particular when there is a good fire she settles down well. However she once escaped from the table I was on (a clever knack she has of removing herself and her lead which is tied to the table) and only re appeared when led out of the kitchen complete disgrace.

10. Avoids the World Club

As a lover of football and the way the timings of the games are on in this World Cup I could easily never get out for the evening walk. Of course I would for reasons mentioned above but tonight I have just had a splendid hour long walk around the 8 Stiles walk at Long Preston. Mist was at her frisky best but the later summer light was glorious. It is one of the pleasures of the summer being able to walk in shorts and a tee shirt and be pleasantly warm. Thanks Mist, now for Brazil.

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Previous Posts

A winter of Mist in photos . Apr 2014

Mist on the Galloway Hills. Nov 2013

A Typical Walk with Mist. Sept 2013

Agile Mist & Video . June 2013

Mist of all Seasons. Apr 2013

Mist in the Moors. Dec 2012

Accommodation for Dogs. Sept 2012

Mist in Ullapool. July 2012

Dogs on Leads. May 2012

Mist on the Dales Way. March 2012

Mist, Snow & the Langdales. Feb 2012

Winter Woes Dec 2011

Frollicking Around Eskdale Oct 2011

Mist’s Summer Frolics Sept 2011

Mist Heads North July 2011

Early summer stay in Wasdale. May 2011

Mist & the outdoors in Spring. Apr 2011

Training Mist. Mar 2011

 

 



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