A ruinous day

When one lives in this part of the country, i.e. West Country, there are many rather interesting places to go for walks!

For today’s walk, we went to the Knowlton Church – a Norman church for the 14th century.
Hebe and I ran onto the fenced in area – while George stayed on leash and also Blaze as he’s also a rescue – and cannot be trusted yet. But we know George cannot be trusted.
And I needed to do some business
We walked around the grounds
And inside the ruins – great photo op.
Squad goal for photo in a ruins of a Norman church
Now that’s picture perfect except some of us were getting a bit distracted …
A mad labradoodle was bouncing around all over the place and very distracting!
Mum wanted us to sit and have our picture taken here but George could not take his eyes off the bouncing labradoodle!
So she went to the other side of the wall – and voila! she got a pic of us – can’t really see us though – we blend in quite well.
And pic with Hebe but again – much distraction going on.
We were trying to take a group photo but lo and behold, there wasn’t just one ebullient labradoodle!
There were FIVE Red Setters! Alert! Alert!

We took leave quickly as we have no idea what mayhem might occur but you know, we were cool! It was the over ebullient labradoodle that caused George and Blaze (both on leads) to be very vocal.

But we have other “ruins” to see … well, it wasn’t so much a ruin. We went to the Badbury Rings – an Iron Age hill fort that was built around 800BC. There are three concentric ramparts of about a mile in circumference. Some of the ditches are more than 60ft deep.

“Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hill fort in east Dorset, England. It was in the territory of the Durotriges. In the Roman era a temple was located immediately west of the fort, and there was a Romano-British town known as Vindocladia a short distance to the south-west.” National Trust
We’re walking at the top of the ditches

And we found the second trig point in two days! The other was at Win Green – in the distance! We are in search of the third because …

“In the United Kingdom, trig points are typically concrete pillars, and were erected by the Ordnance Survey. The process of placing trig points on top of prominent hills and mountains began in 1935 to assist in the accurate retriangulation of Great Britain.” Wikipedia
Jane was thrilled there was a compass plaque of directions
To tell us what we can see in the distance – the horizon!

So that was how they go for walks in this part of the world – they get to go to all these historical places to run around – though at Badbury Rings, we were not allowed off leash at this time of year as the sheep were busy grazing.

George is still as anxious in the car but he’s actually a lot better and putting his head out the window made him smile.

May’s comments: Much muddied boots later, we’re all the in car going back home – me with four dogs in the back with muddy paws. But boots must need taken care of before entering the house.

Going off the muddied boats.


  1. Laura Cordovano

    Love the Irish Setters. That was my first dog. They are notoriously goofy dogs. Funny, warm hearted and loving. Happy New Year May, Darcy snd George!

  2. Maree

    What a fabulous day.

  3. Cheryl

    What a walk! You do go to some of the most amazing and interesting places!

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