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Saturday, 11 January 2020

Keeping My Spirits Up

Christmas is very nice but all the excesses can leave me feeling a little BLAH. And despite feeling optimistic about the new year I am prone to a bout of the doldrums, especially when the days are dark, damp and cold. Keeping active is one of the ways I ward this off. 



Having my beautiful 4 legged friend Bertie is my reason to get out and about every single day. I do try to mix up our walking experiences as much as possible, afterall he is basically a sniffing machine! New walks, new smells....happy chappie. Plus we are trying to socialise him in numerous situations. 


We recently did a couple of shoreline walks and he was very good. The views are of  Shotley and Felixstowe across the river Stour. 




Wrabness is a lovely public woodland that runs alongside almost deserted beach. It can be very muddy but more and more grass/plant matter is growing along the shoreline. As its quite a trek to get to it can be very quiet which suited us. 



The problem with having woodland and the sea so close to each other is that tree roots eventually become exposed due to the erosion of the soil at the base. Over time the tree becomes unstable and topples onto the beach, where the wind, rain and tides transform it into an amazing work of art. Bertie adores having things to climb and loves being king of all he surveys. An old outlet pipe  lays semi buried in the sand, most of the metal sides have eroded but the end flanges remain intact. 

Despite being a relatively dull day, it wasn't cold and we all enjoyed the walk. I have a lovely bit of video but when I upload it,  it doesn't play. The instructions make it sound so simple........but it isn't! Any suggestions. Bye for now. Tx 

















22 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing Bertie and your walk.

    God bless.

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  2. That's a lovely walk. And the extra four legs make it even better.

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    1. It certainly does. I talk to him all the time while we are out.

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  3. It can be so dark at this time of year and taking down all the cheering colour and glitter of Christmas really emphasises it, I think. I'm missing the Christmas tree.
    xx

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    1. I've been putting the low energy lamp on in the lounge to give it some additional warmth and brightness.

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  4. I too have had no luck uploading video via blogger. Sunny days in winter are great aren’t they. Too many dull days I think make most of us feel down.

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    1. I've been through the instructions no end of times but still no luck. It the shortness of the days. Thank heavens they're getting longer now.

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  5. Dog are like kids (or maybe just mine?) in that they have to climb over everything they see, but they are a good excuse to get out in the fresh air aren't they. As for videos, I can't upload videos I take on my phone either - well on to FB but not Blogger. So I have to upload them to my own YouTube channel (which was automatically created when I uploaded my phone video - otherwise there's nothing else on there) and then upload to Blogger from there. It's a pain in the butt but that's the only way I can get them to work.

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    1. I did the upload to blogger but still no go. I love the way dogs a an ice breaker when you meet people. I've spoken to far more people since having him in my life.

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  6. Gorgeous little Bertie. He must bring you such joy. This time of year can be difficult for many, but I can't think of a better way to keep your spirits up than a bracing walk with your dog. X

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  7. A walk with a dog, particular on the coast, will always lift the mood! They find such joy in everything and sniffing everything is so good for their mental wellbeing. It makes me so sad when I see a dog being walked, wanting to have a good sniff at something and the owner impatiently drags the dog away. I must admit, I’m looking forward to some cold sunny days rather than the constant dull, damp days of present (we’ve got another storm weather warning down here again today!)

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  8. Oh a walk with a dog is sometimes exactly what we need, no matter what the weather. And a seaside walk with all that lovely fresh air is the very best for lifting your spirits.

    Lovely photos.

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  9. Getting out for a walk can make such a difference to how we feel. I know I always feel better for a bit of fresh air. Sorry, no idea about anything technical but I hope you figure it out. xx

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  10. I feel the same way. It's amazing how exercise beats the blues. It gets the endorphins flowing. You dog is so cute! Lovely photos, too.

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    1. Thank you. Fresh air and striding out is a real tonic.

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