During the week, my alarm goes off at 6am. 6am. It makes me feel a little bit tired just thinking of it! But that does mean that anything beyond that, even 6.30, is classed as a lie in. So on my day off or at weekends, it doesn’t take much for me to have a lie in and I’ll take them as often as I can get them, especially with this little monkey by my side.
The moment my alarm goes off Poppy is awake and is eager to get up and have her breakfast. By eager, I mean she’ll come and lie right on top of me, poking her nose right in my face. Once she’s had her breakfast, she’ll go right back to sleep, especially if she can curl up by my tummy or in the crook of my knees. This is the best thing ever in my book! There’s something incredibly relaxing about dozing with a sleeping dog next to you. Before long however, she’s stretching out, pushing us both out of bed. That’s when you know it’s time to get up. Roll on next weekend!
Sometimes the best dog walks are the most obvious ones. A few weekends ago, we took Poppy for a walk around Phoebe woods at Millets Farm in Frilford. It’s a great place to go for a dog walk. There’s plenty of parking, a farm shop to pick something up for tea and there’s a choice of places to get a brew. Plus, it’s in an incredibly lovely place.
We parked in the main car park, walked through the animal section and across the road to the Phoebe woods. As the River Ock runs through these fields, wellies are pretty much essential footwear at this time of year. I discovered a pretty big hole in mine while we there – hello wet socks! Despite it being winter and the trees being pretty bare, it’s still a lovely place to walk, with plenty of great smells for Poppy to explore.
As it was quite wet, we didn’t the whole of the walk. Instead, we headed back to the road and walked along. We were treated with the sight of about six roe deer, running through the woods. We were able to spot the white tails as they ran along the river. I was absolutely stunned to see them. I love when nature reminds you that you’re borrowing the land from the animals like that!
On our way back to the car, we popped into the farm shop to get some provisions including a lovely bottle of wine! Well worth a visit if you’re walking the dog or not!
The Walk: You can do as much or as little of the walk around Phoebe Woods as you like. There’s more information here.
Car Park: Yep, it’s huge and it’s free.
Refreshments: Millets Farm boasts two cafes and a restaurant. All serve good cake and good tea. What more do you need?!
Toilets: There are toilets in the farmhouse restaurant.
There’s nothing like a long walk during the winter to blow away the cobwebs and make room for some more tea and cake. While we were in Pembrokeshire over Christmas, we went for a lovely walk around Bosherston Lily Ponds and Broadhaven South (not to be with the ‘other’ Broadhaven… which I did.) It’s a great walk that can be extended or shortened, depending on what you’re looking for/what the weather’s doing.
We were very lucky with the weather when we went. It was dry, slightly cold and the sun was out, which is when Pembrokeshire is at it’s very best and you can understand why it’s such a popular tourist destination.
Half way round the ponds is the entrance to Broadhaven South beach, which is well worth visiting in its own right. It’s a gorgeous beach, which Poppy absolutely loved. Looking at these pictures now, you’d think we were there in the height of summer! I imagine this beach would be packed then, but we’ll have to go back to find out. Whether you decide to do visit the beach as well or just the lily ponds, it’s a lovely walk, whatever the weather. There’s some great wildlife to be seen too.
The Walk: The walk around the lily ponds is circular and you can find out more here on the National Trust website.
Car Park: There is a car park for the lily ponds in Bosherston, which is where we parked. There is a fee, but we didn’t realise and the booth wasn’t manned when we were there so we didn’t pay anything. Oops! I’ll make an extra donation to the National Trust next time we’re near one of their places – promise!
Refreshments: There’s a lovely little tea room in Bosherston itself, which does a superb cream tea and serves it on the front lawn.
Toilets: There are toilets in the car park.
I have a huge case of the post-holiday blues – oh, to be beside the seaside. So I’ve spent a bit of time trawling through the hundreds of photos I took while we were in Cornwall last week and have picked out some of my favourites. Even though it rained, a few times, we had a lovely time. As it was out of season, we could take Poppy on all the beaches, which was ace and we took full advantage of that, whatever the weather.
We also enjoyed a few cream teas, pasties, local chips and the odd cider. It was bliss!