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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CATHYLIELAUSIS 11/24/2012 8:46AM

    This is such a wonderful way to record your experience, even on a less than perfect day. You inspire me to get outside, even though it is rainy and cold. Walk on!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/24/2012 8:41AM

    Thanks for sharing a part of your wonderful world. Wish we didn't already have 2 ft of snow. Woke up to -25c yesterday. To be a bit warmer today. Boots make such a difference when it comes to hiking.

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MRE1956 11/24/2012 8:33AM


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RAINBOWMF 11/24/2012 8:22AM

    Thanks for the nice walk.


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JANEMARIE77 11/24/2012 8:17AM


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DJSHIP46 11/24/2012 8:10AM

    Yay for boots and walking in the mud emoticon

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KANDOLAKER 11/24/2012 8:07AM

    Thanks for the walk. Your blog and photos are always so interesting. You've put a lot of work into the effort, and it is appreciated. Yeah for the boots!

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INGMARIE 11/24/2012 8:00AM

    emoticon for the new emoticon
and thanks for some lovely pitures and a good story.

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DNRAE1 11/24/2012 7:57AM

    Yay, boots! They were wonderful to help you on this great walk!

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ANNESYLVIA 11/24/2012 7:54AM

    Picture number six looks like two of my trees in my backyard after hurricane "Sandy".

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TDEMAIO2 11/24/2012 7:47AM

    Nice new emoticon and as always love your walks emoticon emoticon

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LYNNWILK2 11/24/2012 7:44AM

    Beautiful blog and delightful trip with your new boots. Thank for sharing the walk with us all.

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SANDICANE 11/24/2012 7:29AM

    What a lovely walk! Thank you!

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PUDLECRAZY 11/24/2012 7:24AM

    Thank you for letting us join you on your walk!

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NCSUE0514 11/24/2012 7:21AM

    I always love accompanying you on your walks.

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TEACHING1ST 11/24/2012 7:17AM

    I always feel like I've been your walking buddy, Chantal! Thanks for another great adventure!

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RETIREDGMA 11/24/2012 7:15AM

    I remember walking on the 'Eaf! There used to be a fair there - I still have slides of it after over 40 years! Used to go to Kenwood House - do they still have music there in the summer time? Brings back lots of memories!

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BESSHAILE 11/24/2012 6:48AM

    Yay New Boots - which seem to be the color of your mud - most fortunate.

Happy hiking this winter!

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TORTISE110 11/24/2012 6:32AM

    U r the Triumph!

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LIFETIMER54 11/24/2012 5:55AM


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THEIS58 11/24/2012 5:20AM

    Great post!

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NEWCHINELO 11/24/2012 4:32AM

    Lovely boots . . . More hikes for you.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/24/2012 4:05AM

    i want those boots,lol

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TDWANDD2MYK9 11/24/2012 3:36AM


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ANDYLIN90 11/24/2012 1:17AM

    Loved walking with you through the countryside.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/23/2012 11:36PM


About how far was your trek ?


Have a Wonderful Weekend

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COCK-ROBIN 11/23/2012 11:31PM

    Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/23/2012 9:17PM

    Ahh. The joys of a good pair of boots. May need to replenish the waterproofing in time, always a gentle project.

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OBIESMOM2 11/23/2012 8:14PM

    nice boots!

love the photos emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 11/23/2012 8:07PM

    Sounds like the new boots were, indeed, beautiful for your feet.

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WILDFLOWER521 11/23/2012 7:44PM

    Love the new boots!
Wonderfully broken in too I might add.
Once again, thank you for taking us along on your walk. I always enjoy your flowing words and lovely pictures.

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GOLDENRODGIRL 11/23/2012 6:18PM

    Glad the boots worked for you!

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KARENLEIGH32 11/23/2012 5:07PM

    Yaaa for your new boots! Means we can go walking with you again!

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NILLAPEPSI 11/23/2012 4:30PM

    Thanks for taking us on a walk with you. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 11/23/2012 2:43PM

  Excellent! Glad to hear that the boots are a rousing success. :-)

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MADAMES 11/23/2012 2:14PM

    Woo Hoo! I have been too lazy/busy/depressed/whatever to get my walking in lately. I had to reacquaint myself with the routine of walking outside today,and it felt good! Glad your boots are working out for you!

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POLSKARENIA 11/23/2012 2:08PM

    Great walk and lovely pics as usual... went to Kenwood in the summer - shame it's all covered over at the moment!

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RAND0M 11/23/2012 1:58PM

    Wishing you and your boots a long and happy relationship. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 11/23/2012 1:49PM

    I hate mud, but that sounds like a great walk, especially the no-blisters-at-the-end part!
Thanks for sharing! I love seeing another part of the world via your walks!

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KIPPER15 11/23/2012 1:40PM

    Lovely walk once again. So glad the boots worked so well. Good girl for the two pair of socks. No blisters is so good! emoticon

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REGILIEH 11/23/2012 1:26PM

    emoticon I love the way you use word. My favorite today was "mildly mislaid", I think it is great and must think how I can use it sometime. I was getting worried that you were not going to show us your new boots emoticon but I should have known you would come through.

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JACKIE542 11/23/2012 1:03PM

    Great walk, glad you like your boots. My dog would never go it the mud and he hates the rain, so much for being a sport dog. emoticon emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 11/23/2012 12:32PM

  What lovely photos you had! Glad you enjoyed a walk.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 11/23/2012 12:18PM

    emoticon Love the pictures! Visual storytelling what a great way to make a point.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/23/2012 12:17PM

    Super that the boots are working out so well!

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LINDAK25 11/23/2012 11:55AM

    Hooray for the boots! Great walk and pictures. Wish we had some rain here, but walking on dry ground is so much easier than slogging through the mud!

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EABL81 11/23/2012 11:53AM

    Glad your new boots were such a success. They look like proper boots now, with a bit of mud on them!

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NESARIAN 11/23/2012 11:53AM

    Yeah for good boots! Thanks for our walk today. Do you ever feel like the Pied Piper with hundreds of sparkers following you along the trails? emoticon

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NOMORENOMORE 11/23/2012 11:50AM

    Yay you!!! Thank you, again, for a wonderful story and beautiful pictures. I felt I was with you!

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4KWALK 11/23/2012 11:46AM

    Hurrah for your new boots. No wet feet and no blisters.

thank you for the walk pictures today. You really are a gifted storyteller.

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