a walk and some walls

When you’re a dog owner you need to go out for daily walks with said dog.  Yep, even when you’re lucky enough to have a large garden, orchard and stream . . . a young dog, like Gibbs needs his exercise.

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Here he is, now 10 months and 36 kilos of muscle, totally recovered from his recent little op.

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This taken in the shade of the orchard, after a dip in the stream, and before heading off out for a proper walk.


And, because we live in the country, with lots of quiet lanes . . . and because he’s obedient, and doesn’t rush off willy nilly, he gets to trot along without being on the leash.  He’s just walking a few steps ahead of my husband, who has leash to hand, just in case we meet a passing car or other walkers.


On that day, we didn’t meet much of either, but we did go past a field and a curious donkey who watched as we sauntered by.

I, for once, had taken my camera, because I wanted to snap a few shots along the way.  Not of nature and greenery, but of a couple of walls.  A strange thing to take photos of, perhaps, but in our little village, where houses are very old . . . I never go past without admiring some of the old stone walls.

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There’s the wall around the graveyard . . . and then several similar walls on a few of the houses.

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And then there’s the inner walls of the really ancient communal bread oven, just in front of our house.

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Bread oven which is used by neighbours, about once a year, for some communal cooking. Although we haven’t cooked anything in it yet.

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And, so you can enjoy some of our blue skies . . . this is the 12th century church, which is just in front of our house too. 

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15 thoughts on “a walk and some walls

  1. I get to look at quite a few walls too as Mr. T is very good at dry stone walling – having learnt to do it as a boy in Derbyshire – and, because our garden is so steep, it’s terraced using stone walls which he keeps an eye on and repairs or rebuilds when needed. I envy your being able to let Gibbs off the lead on a road – we can let ours off in the woods at the back but they lead each other astray and couldn’t be trusted not to run off after squirrel/cat/bird/anything that moves anywhere else. Gibbs is obviously a very good boy 🙂

    • we keep our eyes wide open in case of anything that could tempt him to run off. He doesn’t tend to chase small animals when he’s in the orchard or garden though. Our only real worry is other walkers, with children or dogs (because he’s very friendly) and cyclists lol hence the leash is always to the ready.

    • he’s actually a Flat Coated Retriever, so longer coated, and slightly taller & slimmer than a Labrador, but the same lovely temperament.

  2. It’s quite funny that I’m reading this as I walk my puppy too 🙂 thanks for the change of decor, I do love French villages (I might be slightly biased on this one!)

  3. What a handsome fella!!!! And so well behaved! My Laylee seems to think that cars are things that need her to herd them so she is only off the leash at home in our fenced in yard. Also those are some gorgeous stone walls. I have always been fascinated by stone walls!

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