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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Wake up at 7.30 this morning, look out of the window.

Grr.

Grrey, in fact. And tippling down.

Emit faint groan. Today I'm meeting four sparkfriends and going for a lovely walk along the Thames. Stuff head under pillow and beat surface of pillow.

Cut to 11am, and there we all are, bright and cheerful if somewhat muffled up, standing by the farmers' market in Kew.


We have me, Stonecot, Anihaka, Rainbowchoc plus OH and Flower. You won't find Flower on SP, she is very very fit and doesn't need to lose weight.

This is Flower.


So we match names to faces and sparknames and set off. Get to Kew Bridge, nip down the side of it and I'm overtaken at high speed by Flower, off the leash and doing a ton.

Along we trudge, me dodging puddles, Stonecot walking straight through them. She has proper boots you see. I am only wearing trainers though I did remember just in time to put the muddy trainers on, not the new ones. Begin to feel water seeping.

Resolve (again) to buy proper boots.

There are quite a few people rowing on the Thames, and IMHO they must be out of their collective tree, because it is cold. It is very cold. While it stops raining a short time after we set off, the wind gets up and it's arsefreezing. I'm wearing a long-sleeved tshirt, a wool jumper, a fleece and a waterproof and I am not too hot.

We swap about, talking about dogs, cats, sparking, this, that and the other. Flower is a keen swimmer but eschews the nice clean river for a particularly noisome and muddy pond the other side of the path. There's no accounting for taste. She gallops back and forth, up and down and probably does four times the distance the rest of us manage.



Three miles or so and we reach Richmond. Short confab and we go on to the riverside gardens to sit and consume food and hot drinks and talk further. In fact there's a huge amount of chatting been going on, to the extent that I haven't even noticed I was taking exercise.

It's getting greyer and windier and ten minutes sitting down does for us, temperature-wise so we decide to head back.

We were all agreed though, it was a grand day out, we've each made a bunch of new friends, and there will be more.

Watch this space.
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PS: Flower lives with Rainbowchoc and OH. I have two cats. I would give you their thoughts on dogs, but the site won't let me post that kind of language.
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ITSALWAYSABTME 11/27/2012 10:17PM

    Sounds Fun!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 11/17/2012 4:41PM

    Cool y'all got to hang out :)

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KAREN608 11/8/2012 1:35PM

    and a little dog shall lead them.... the cold didn't bother the dog one bit! Glad you all had a good time!

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EFFIEANNIE 11/8/2012 8:06AM

    Great, I love to see Spark People get together!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 11/8/2012 2:01AM

    FANTASTIC!!!

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L1ZB3TH354 11/7/2012 11:40PM

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LAWANDMUSIC 11/7/2012 9:21PM

    Lovely post!

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LYNNA1968 11/6/2012 10:48PM

    how cute is flower?! For the most part I prefer 4 to 2 legged animals ;-)

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SHAZG321 11/6/2012 10:32PM

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LIBBYL1 11/6/2012 10:27PM

  I love that my two dogs get so excited at about 5pm every day in anticipation of a walk that I have to take them out - and they force me to do the exercise

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CHRIS3874 11/6/2012 9:00PM

    I dunno I have enough trouble with 2 !!!

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SENIMMO 11/6/2012 8:44PM

    Another wonderful blog emoticon emoticon I can well imagine your cats' opinions of the dogs-it probably mirrors my dogs' opinion of cats emoticon But we love hearing about them anyway! Get those boots soon so your feet don't get soaked and freeze emoticon

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JIBBIE49 11/6/2012 7:52PM

    Great to see you blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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JULIA1154 11/6/2012 7:38PM

  It sounds like just the ticket, despite the weather. Thanks for taking me across the Pond for a few minutes. It was a welcome respite in the day. Say 'hi' to Stonecot for me!
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HOLLYM48 11/6/2012 4:07PM

    Sounds like a fun time! Thanks for sharing.

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IFEOMA4 11/6/2012 1:57PM

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KALIOPPE 11/6/2012 1:44PM

    Sounds like a great time, despite the puddles. Flower is SO cute. Are you sure she shouldn't have her own blog? emoticon

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BLUEJEAN99 11/6/2012 1:51AM

    charmingly orwellian emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 11/5/2012 10:57PM

    What a great way to spend the day with your Spark friends - even if it isn't sunny!

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PCASEY7 11/5/2012 10:40PM

    I think you'd have fun regardless of the weather!

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JAMER123 11/5/2012 10:10PM

    What a fun day you had even though it was grey!! Love the dog, Flower!
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SJKENT1 11/5/2012 9:49PM

    What a fun time!

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MARYJEANSL 11/5/2012 8:40PM

  I, too, envy dogs their seemingly inexhaustible stamina and ability to run circles around us poor humans. My dog just doesn't understand what is always taking me so long. But she is very good natured and forgives me every time. She would even like your cats, regardless of the fact that the feeling would not be mutual.

Glad you had such a nice outing - it sounds like it was tremendous fun, in spite of the weather.

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DANAPRIME 11/5/2012 8:13PM

    Sounds like fun. It is nice to have company sometimes.

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NEWTINK 11/5/2012 6:22PM

    Such a wonderful outing and kudos for getting up on what seemed like a good day to stay asleep lol ... emoticon

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MOMMY445 11/5/2012 3:51PM

    That sounded like a great way to spend your day!

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HEARTS116 11/5/2012 2:48PM

    So cute!
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PATRICIAANN46 11/5/2012 1:50PM

  Such fun to meet fellow Sparkers in person. It sounds like it was a great day. emoticon

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WALLINMW 11/5/2012 1:39PM

  Adorable dog!

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WALLINMW 11/5/2012 1:39PM

  Wow! Congrats! Stay motivated!

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LIS193 11/5/2012 12:20PM

    What a lovely walk, despite the rain. Thanks for sharing.

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LINDAKAY228 11/5/2012 11:46AM

    Glad you had such a great time in spite of the temps! Hopefully you will get to do it again soon when the weather is better.

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KARRENLYNN 11/5/2012 11:37AM

    How cool to meet some of your spark friends in person and make new friends! Flowers is so cute I just want to hug her and take her home. Glad you had a great time exercising and chatting with your new friends. Have a great day today!


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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/5/2012 11:25AM

    I love dogs! It was oddly warm this morning. Getting ready to dump snow on us later this week though

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JOANNHUNT 11/5/2012 10:18AM

    emoticon emoticon I wish I could get myself motivated enough to do the walking you do. I was doing a walking regimen and then my granddaughter decided she would dawdle so I would have to drive her to school. Have to get back in the groove again like yesterday. HA HA emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIMIDOT 11/5/2012 10:05AM

    You sound like you are having a ball. Good for you! You inspire us all with your great blogs. Thank You. Spark on!!!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/5/2012 9:53AM

    She's so cute!

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LISBETHSALANDER 11/5/2012 9:13AM

    Wonderful!

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TDEMAIO2 11/5/2012 9:08AM

    What a GREAT way to spend the day : ) emoticon to have SP friends to go with : )

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DOLLBABE56 11/5/2012 8:52AM

    I have really enjoyed your blog. I would have loved to be with all of you, along with my dog Poppet.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/5/2012 8:33AM

    Although I am a cat person, too, seeing Flower's charming mug was my first LOL-moment of the day. What a wonderful walking companion! How nice that you were able to brighten up a grey day with the company of good Spark buddies!

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DJSHIP46 11/5/2012 8:27AM

    I do miss the days when I had chums to walk with... sigh. Flower sounds quite sweet and VERY Labbish... my wee dogs would dream of getting wet on a walk. They even skirt the puddles. Glad you had such a wonderful time :)

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