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Muddy but unbowed

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Well the boots get their inaugural walk today and it goes very well which is fortunate as I certainly can't take them back to the shop the state they are in now.

I get the bus up to the 'Eaf (Hampstead Heath to the posh). Trudge along leafy lanes, literally leafy lanes, it's squidgy underfoot with wet leaves. Boots are happy but yearning for Real Mud. 'Worry not,' I assure them, 'Real Mud you shall have.'




Indeed yes. We start as we mean to go on, with a muddle. Muddy puddle. I trust my new footwear but am a little bit reluctant to spoil their pristineness. However my qualms vanish quickly as it becomes clear that staggering through mud is going to be the order of the day.

We stop by Dog Bathing Pond which only has one dog in it today. There's usually a convocation all galumphing around but being Friday it's that bit quieter.


It's getting sunnier by the moment but has clearly rained a lot in the night.


Most of the trees have no leaves to speak of left, but are very picturesque even so.



Trudge on, not so much lost as mildly mislaid and emerge from woodland about a quarter mile from Kenwood House.




Walk round the back to the cafe and sit OUTSIDE and drink cold lemonade (105 calories).



Examine boots. Muddy but my feet are dry and although I've slithered a lot I haven't felt I was in danger of slipping over.



Set off back across open landscape. Stop to take photo of triffic view. My camera really cant do this sort of shot very well.


Walk down the hill to the stream and there is a woman with a very small dog of the fancy lapdog variety trying to make her way across a quagmire in a pair of black Converses or similar. She's making heavy weather of it. The dog, tiny, shaved but with a feathery tail, just thinks of itself as a dog of course, and isn't the least bit worried, simply patters across. I squelch. There seems to be a four-inch layer of mud over the top of a fairly firm path and there's actually a rivulet of water coming down the hill behind me as well as a stream at the bottom.


Anyway, the boots and I cross this very easily. If I'd been wearing trainers I would have had to have gone back and found another way.

Slither up the slope the other side of the stream and take photos of some 'shrooms. I haven't seen many on the 'Eaf, just three of the bracket variety.




Tramp along a grassy field observing the extreme variety of the dogs, all of which seem to have brought out their owners now that it's sunny. There's a very small scruffy Jack Russell crossed with something else that is making 'will you be my friend?' advances on a St Bernard and it's hilarious to watch, the difference in size is so huge. It eventually settles for chasing this one round and round but as it's faster and more manoeuvreable it ran out of shot before I pressed the shutter.


Get back to the bus stop and wait so long for a bus that I give up and get the train instead.

Arrive home and remove boots from feet. Feet are clean and more or less dry (slightly sweaty, but that's my feet for you, can't blame the boots for that). Two hours' walking, no blisters, wearing double layer sports socks I already had.

A triumph.
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AKROXIE 4/20/2013 8:22PM

  Love your adventures! They inspire me to keep trying to do more!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/4/2012 8:35AM

    I love joining you on your walks. Thank you for sharing.

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WHITEANGEL4 12/3/2012 10:40PM

    I always enjoy going along with you on your walks through your blog. The pictures are fantistic and it makes me feel like I am right there with you. A little tired when we get through

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CADDYBROWN 11/29/2012 11:26AM

    I love your stories and pictures. You make me feel like I'm right there with you.

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AMANDEES76 11/28/2012 10:09AM

    It's always nice to break in that new pair of shoes and when it is for better health I imagine it is even better. Sounds like you had a great walk!

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PATTYSPENCER 11/27/2012 11:41PM

    Looks like you had a wonderful walk in your new boots! Great pics as well!!

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KAREN608 11/27/2012 2:38PM

    Did the hiking boots clean up well?
Glad you didn't get blisters.
You are living a charmed life with no blisters and little slipping in the mud.

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PMFISH 11/27/2012 1:10AM

    Great walk, great pictures!

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TREE57 11/26/2012 10:22PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictorials, and of course, the commentary. I always feel like I am right there with you trudging through the muck and smelling the wonderful fragrance of the good ole earth.

Keep blogging...I will be a fan forever!!

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MOMOSG 11/26/2012 6:43PM

    Footwear can make or break a journey. Sounds like you have a winning combo!

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FIRECOM 11/26/2012 5:20PM

    We lived in Seattle for 41 years before moving to AZ. Your blog brought a tinges of homesickness to me. We don't have that mud problem here very often. When we do get storms, they are usually gully washers - literally. Thanks for a fun and pictorial read.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/26/2012 1:33PM

    I got me some boots last winter or spring, at the clearance sales, and I can't wait for some boggy weather to try them out in.

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CM_GARDNER78 11/26/2012 12:53PM

    Ha! Awesome!! Gotta love good foot gear! :-) Love the pictures!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/26/2012 11:42AM

    emoticon I love the pictures. I enjoyed the walk. My feet aren't sweaty and no blisters either.

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PENOWOK 11/26/2012 9:04AM

    Hurrah for your wonderful boots! What a terrific purchase you made when you got them! I am very impressed. I don't have the courage to buy footware over the internet because my feet are so iffy, but you are the master of that!

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EJHEINRICH1 11/26/2012 8:46AM

    emoticon Sound like a good time was had by all!

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DEBLYNN323 11/26/2012 8:10AM

    emoticon ...thanks for sharing your adventure! Great pics!

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JIBBIE49 11/26/2012 12:17AM

    You're featured in the Spark mail again. What an honor.

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SUNSHINE99999 11/25/2012 1:18PM

  Very nice indeed.

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LIVEDAILY 11/25/2012 12:44PM

    Great job!! Neat boots! Did you ever get a mushroom field guide? Do they even make a mushroom field guide??

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LIFETIMER54 11/25/2012 5:46AM

  A huge emoticon really well done.

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CAROL6X 11/25/2012 5:40AM

    Great hike with your new boots. You got them broke in just right! Nice pictures.
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JERICHO1991 11/24/2012 11:52PM

    Another picturesque walking adventure. Thanks for sharing.

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SENIMMO 11/24/2012 11:51PM

    emoticon new boots! Keep up the good work!

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MYBABYGIRLS 11/24/2012 10:31PM

    Love being able to 'walk' with you on these treks! Keep 'em coming! emoticon

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DANAPRIME 11/24/2012 10:19PM

    Wonderful trek! Now that you have the boots and are quelching through the mud, I think you can consider yourself a hiker! Thanks for taking me along!

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JULIE700 11/24/2012 10:17PM

    Loved the photos!

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TERRIJ7 11/24/2012 9:52PM

    Love the photos. Glad you like the boots!

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GARDENCHRIS 11/24/2012 9:50PM

    glad your feet stayed dry!

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KARIDIAN1 11/24/2012 9:36PM

    Wonderful photos and blog. Your boots have survived the first encounter with the outdoors and are triumphant!

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    Love your story telling with pictures!! emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 11/24/2012 8:14PM

    What a wonderful walk, love the pics. In Australia we are nearly in to summer oh for some mud :)

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/24/2012 7:55PM

    One can never have too many comfortable, durable shoes!
Congrats on your find.

Lovely walk. Thanks for the photos & narrative.

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TREYONE 11/24/2012 7:32PM

  Thanks for sharing the photos!!!

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CHERYLSBUTT 11/24/2012 7:23PM

    What a beautful journey
I love it....mud or not....just keep walking!!!

I hear the song again...
these boots are made for walking
i'm gonna walk all over you!!!

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ROCKYCPA 11/24/2012 6:34PM

    What an inaugural walk for your new hiking boots and as always wonderful pics on your blog.

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HEALTHY-SPARK 11/24/2012 6:26PM

    Ooh I love the mushroom photos -- always a fun photo-trip with your blogs. Thanks!

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LINDAKAY228 11/24/2012 6:22PM

    Oh I loved the pics and the dog stories and so glad the new boots worked out so well for you. THere is something so beautiful to me about the trees standing tall even without their leaves and the layers of leaves on the ground. I love walking through areas like that. Each season has it's own unique beauty I think.

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KING_SLAYER 11/24/2012 6:12PM

    Am eloquently written blog with picturesque scenes. Very well done. I especially enjoyed your blog's title, an homage to Invictus By Henley, well chosen.

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