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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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KHALIA2 11/24/2012 6:03PM


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LTMURPHY7 11/24/2012 5:40PM


Those boots were made for walking!!!
You really had a day!!!!

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ALIDOSHA 11/24/2012 4:54PM

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PEGGYO 11/24/2012 4:37PM

    glad to be along on your journey

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HEARTS116 11/24/2012 4:30PM

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JANETRIS 11/24/2012 3:55PM

    So glad the boots worked out well for you! Looks like they will withstand the tough stuff stuff Mother Nature dishes out!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/24/2012 3:09PM

  emoticon for another great trek. Your boots sound like they passed the test. emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 11/24/2012 2:55PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So glad your boots didn't give you any bother. Pictures were awesome as per usual. Just loving them. Thank You. emoticon emoticon

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WOMANATWORK1 11/24/2012 2:32PM

    Ab fab!! And I love the "Invictus" reference! emoticon

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BESCATS 11/24/2012 2:27PM

    Congratulations on your walking success for the new boots.
I love the photos you take along your journey. I think it makes all of us wish we were there with you.
Anothr great blog !! emoticon

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 11/24/2012 1:09PM

    so everytime i read one of your blogs, it makes me yearn for my wife and I to come go on one of these adventures with you. thank you so much for sharing

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FORMERFATGUY777 11/24/2012 1:09PM

  I enjoy your blog. I love the pictures as well. Have a great day.

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KACEYSW 11/24/2012 12:51PM

    Sounds like it was a lovely adventure. Trainers would have made an ugly difference. Thanks for sharing!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/24/2012 12:43PM

  I love to go on these hikes with you. Your countryside is very pretty.

It's hard to believe you have such scenery so close. WONDERFUL. emoticon

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BRENDAGAIL9 11/24/2012 12:34PM

    Thank you for sharing your walk. There is nothing better than a new pair of boots that keep your feet warm and dry.

I live in Washington State, the Evergreen State where we get a lot of rain and lots of greenery and mushrooms abound. Two hours away from ocean beaches one way, two hours away from mountains the other direction. Lots of lakes, streams and rivers and bays for whatever a person wants to do.

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/24/2012 12:33PM

    Sounds like a perfectly enjoyable tramp!

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JUNETTA2002 11/24/2012 12:20PM

    Awesome posst

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CICELY360 11/24/2012 11:57AM

  good blog. love the pics

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KRISUA 11/24/2012 11:38AM

    Always enjoyable to reas.

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WALLINMW 11/24/2012 11:03AM

  Stay motivated!

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GOING-STRONG 11/24/2012 10:48AM

Awesome! Here on the Oregon Coast we have some REAL mud where you could use those boots!

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GRAMPIAN 11/24/2012 10:42AM

  Would have loved to see the St Bernard!

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KNYAGENYA 11/24/2012 10:39AM

    Very nice.

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LYNCHD05 11/24/2012 10:35AM

    I like the comment "these boots are made for walking" and that is just what you did!

I think it is awesome that you take these amazing walks and it sounds like you do them by yourself! Good for you. As usual when you include the pics we feel like we are with you. Really, for your info, I am sitting in my pj's reading this, tee hee!
In a few minutes I am heading out for my walk and I hope to be gone for about two hours.

Thanks once again for your great blog! I look forward to reading them.

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NINAB4REAL 11/24/2012 10:32AM

    I soooooooo love your walks! Makes me think to document my own!

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FATBASTICH 11/24/2012 10:25AM

    great hike!

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ESCHLETZ 11/24/2012 10:23AM

    Yay for Clarke's!

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THOMS1 11/24/2012 10:23AM

    emoticon what a wonderful day you had.

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KARRENLYNN 11/24/2012 10:22AM

    I'm glad your new boots are working great. And what a beautiful place to walk.

Have a great weekend!


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CKAYTHOMAS 11/24/2012 10:20AM

    Great! Loved the pics!

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MIMIDOT 11/24/2012 10:19AM

    Your boots were a success and your walk interesting. What a day! Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed it, as usual.

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GIRLINMOTION 11/24/2012 10:19AM

    Those boots were made for walking, and that's just what you'll do.

Glad to hear the new boots gave you no problems for the feet.

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MOMMY445 11/24/2012 9:56AM

    what a great walk you had! such beautiful pictures! have a terrific day!

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TINY67 11/24/2012 9:54AM

    Sounds and looked like a good walk.

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HYATTI1 11/24/2012 9:49AM

    I thought I already commented on these gosh. Well better late than never. Great pictures once again.


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BANDMOM2012 11/24/2012 9:48AM

    Such a beautiful place to walk. Loved the pics!

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BRAVELUTE 11/24/2012 9:45AM

    Don't know how I missed this yesterday. You certainly have a lovely place to walk!! And the boots were a wonderful reward. Just shows what you can do when you listen to your own brain and feet instead of the ads and everyone who "believes" in them!

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MAMAOWLS 11/24/2012 9:45AM

    I love all the mushroom pictures. Where I live it is very dry and we get very few mushrooms of even one variety. I didn't realize there were so many different kinds of mushrooms. I do enjoy going along on your walks.

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SAFEHARBOR1111 11/24/2012 9:44AM

    I loved the photos!

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DR1939 11/24/2012 9:37AM

    Enjoyed this walk with you! Glad the boots are all that you hoped.

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OFGREENGABLES 11/24/2012 9:36AM

    I always love your walk blogs!

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NIKKIJ55 11/24/2012 9:28AM

    Great job! emoticon

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    Well, those boots were made for walking and that's just what you did.

Thanks for taking us on your walk with you.

Make Today a great day!

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MICKEYH 11/24/2012 9:04AM

    Glad you and your boots made out ok with walking trip. Sorry that your new boots got muddy a bit. But good to know you we're comfortable with it. Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures.
As usual I enjoyed your blog. Have a wonderful weekend. (^O^)/

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WILSONWR 11/24/2012 8:55AM

    That was a great pictoral!

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