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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:
CBRINKLEY401 11/23/2012 11:16AM

    I'm so happy for you. Glad your boots were able to take you places your trainers can't. The scenery is lovely. The light shining through the bare trees onto the leaf covered ground (or is that leaf covered mud?). May you and your boots have many more long and enjoyable adventures going where no trainers have gone before!
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LIS193 11/23/2012 11:09AM

    What a great inaugural walk for your boots!

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LAURIETAIT 11/23/2012 11:09AM

    The right shoes make it so much easier to get out and be active. So glad you've got the right pair for you because so many nice pictures and entertaining blogs come with them. Can't wait till you you "muddle" through another walk in the park.

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IAMWINNING 11/23/2012 11:07AM

    The Clarke's boot s stood you well. Hooray! And SUPER hooray! for no blisters!

Thoroughly enjoyed your pictures. Unlike many people, I enjoy seeing trees without leaves, although I'm always ready for the Spring buds and leaves. : ) Bare branches have such character.

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HYATTI1 11/23/2012 11:00AM

    Another great picture day. I do have to jump in here and give you some competition from this side of the world.


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KARENGMT 11/23/2012 10:50AM

    I love your blogs!

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NEW-CAZ 11/23/2012 10:41AM

    emoticon proud of you Anne

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/23/2012 10:39AM

    was a cold day for dog swimming here "up North" but Flower did do it anyway. Glad your boots enjoyed their christening, (used a small c as using mud might be a pagan rite!) and look forward to further reports of their travels

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/23/2012 10:33AM

    I am proud of you.
And, thank you for sharing your adventure.

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SUNRISE14 11/23/2012 10:31AM

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NEWTINK 11/23/2012 10:30AM

    I never thought someone could make mud sound like so much fun lol . Glad your first outing with the new boots went very well for you. Congratulations on a successful walk emoticon

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DALID414 11/23/2012 10:26AM

    Yay to o blisters!!

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LISBETHSALANDER 11/23/2012 10:24AM

    One of life's joys is good footwear. I have a great pair of hiking shoes that I wear every day and they have made a big difference in how often I get out the door. I hope you enjoy your new boots and this means we will have more of your great photos. Cheers!

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GABY1948 11/23/2012 10:20AM

    What a lovely walk I felt I have been on today! Thanks for taking me along!

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SANDRAREGINA 11/23/2012 10:12AM

    Good boots! I do love reading your walking blogs. :)

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SARAWALKS 11/23/2012 10:04AM

    Well done, boots, well done, you! I keep reading about the 'Eaf (do I have that right?) in all my London murder mysteries, it seems people oft get murdered there so I am glad you are muddy but unscathed!
Excelsior! Happy weekend! emoticon

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KATHIC2 11/23/2012 10:04AM

  What fun walks you create!

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NITTINNANA 11/23/2012 10:02AM

    Another fabulous walk. Thanks for taking us along!

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