From The Acorn Inn, we took a walk to the end of the village where we went past the Village Commons And we kept walking along a path that was close to vehicles, so we could walk off lead. Well, I did.Till we arrived at the gates of the Ilchester EstateIt looked very private, surely we can’t go in there. But we were told we could and alas, clever Mummy saw an opening on the side where we could climb over. When we went up the steps, Georgie said, “Look Dee, look at all those fields and fields of green. Oh me, oh my!!! Are we in for a treat!”
There was one main road that kept going …and we walked through enormous fields of green, but we were not allowed off lead. We did see other dogs that were off lead in the distance but Mummy wasn’t sure because there were deer in the park and we’ve been known to chase them.And just when we thought it was safe, we heard clip-cloppingHorses as well We waited till they went past before we walked any furtherAnd we kept on the paved road, walking and walking till we finally could see what the people at the Inn told us to go have a look. It’s the Melbury House.We saw the owners of the house saying goodbye to the people leaving in the car. And when the car drove past, Mummy recognised the driver! So now what? We’ve come all this way and we can’t go in? We trekked all the way back to the big gates and by then the clouds were just coming in. That red sunrise was indeed predicting the weather for the rest of day.Once back on the road where no vehicular access was allowed, only then was I let off lead. So I walked ahead and looked back – what do I do now?
So I ran back to Mummy and GeorgieAnd then dashed off again And charged back – And so I did this running back and forth. It doesn’t make sense. When there were fields galore for us to run, we were on the lead. When we were out of the park and on this road, I was allowed off lead to run. And we walked all the way to the house and we couldn’t go in. Hoomans do not make sense sometimes.
May’s comment: A short walk from the Acorn Inn, Melbury House near Evershot, Dorset has been the seat of the Strangways family of Dorset since 1500. It sits in the heart of the Ilchseter Estate – a 15,000 acre deer park.
I don’t know from where the dogs were allowed off lead but I wasn’t taking any chances with my two monkeys. Darcy off lead on her own would be fine but the minute the two of them run together, they egg each other on and they would race like wild hares. That would have been disastrous. They would have gone after the deer. They had acres to run!!! Wild animals!