Sunday, 22 May 2022

Last week

Once again nothing much to report just my daily walks with Tilly. The other day I took her to the harbour and walking alongside the river where it meets the sea I admired an old looking dog and the owner without any prompting told me she was on her final walk. I asked how old she was and he replied she was fourteen and he was taking her later to be put to sleep as she had been having fits. He said she had always loved being taken to the beach. I could feel my eyes well up with tears and I said to her "sleep tight little girl" and the man thanked me. I walked ahead of them back to the car park but waited for him to pull away in his van and I waved goodbye to them still silently crying.

I took a few photos on the dunes walk we sometimes go on and noticed this lone red hot poker in the grass and wonder how that got there. I had some in my garden a couple of years ago but they didn't do very well although they should have done as apparently they do like coastal gardens and are long-lived.

Tilly likes to be on her extending lead to go mooching but not here as a few years ago I was fined for having my dog Annie off lead although she only ever walked by my side on the path. Our Council have restrictions on the length of dog lead allowed with it being a nature reserve and the lead cannot be more than two metres in length.

It's a very pretty area and even outside the nearby supermarket there are some wild flowers ,well at least I think they are growing wild.


Talking of supermarkets I called at Morrisons the other day to fill up with petrol as it's slightly cheaper or should I say less expensive than the supermarket by the dunes. I called instore for a few groceries and was thrilled to be given a pack of cornflower seeds when I payed at the till. They are being given away as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations as a symbol of hope and positivity, I hope mine do well when I scatter them in the raised bed in my garden as long as Tilly doesn't trample on them.



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  1. A sad little story about the dog, you just made me cry again :( I like the red hot poker, I wonder if any more will spring up nearby. I wonder if all Morrisons are giving out seeds - I don't go in ours very often but I might just have to make a trip there later :)

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    1. Sorry for making you cry again Eunice but it was such a sad meeting and I think the man needed to tell me he was taking her on her final walk. I think red hot pokers do self-seed but mine never came back. I do think all Morrisons stores are giving away seeds. It's a long long time since I've shopped there so it was a pleasant surprise to be handed the seeds, I'm glad I called in.

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  2. Oh bugger, you've got me crying now (but you knew that would happen). What a thoroughly decent bloke to take his pup for a final walk where she would be happy and then have the courage to do the right thing for her.

    I still remember my last walk with Daisy as if it were only a few hours ago. I am sure you have similar memories. xx 💚 🐾 💚

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    1. I wasn't sure whether to put it on my blog about the little dog on her last walk
      as I knew you would be as upset as I was. Of all the dogs i have loved and lost I do remember all those last days... but we have to remember all the good times we shared too xx

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  3. That is such a sad story, but it was a lovely gesture of the man to walk the dog in her favourite place for one final time, not an easy task I should imagine.
    The seeds are a lovely idea. Cornflowers are some of my favourite flowers but I found they were a little to tall for my garden. Xx

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    1. It was very sad Jules and obviously something the man needed to do for his little dog to make a lasting memory.
      I thought it was a lovely thing for Morrisons to do and I look forward to seeing mine grow in my raised bed, the sentiment is nice too, seeds of hope for the future, we all need that.

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  4. So sad when we have to say goodbye in that way & it brought a lump to my throat too. Those dune grasses are amazing & you must live in a very beautiful area. How lovely to receive a free packet of seeds and HOPE was my word for last year. Hope you get some pretty blooms from them once planted. Take care & hugs.

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    1. It was a very sad meeting Susan and I was surprised at how upset I felt for the man and his little dog. The summer dog restrictions are now in place on large parts of the beach so it's nice to walk at the harbour and through the dunes, it is a beautiful area, I like living here. Yes, I remember hope being your word of the year, hope for a better future is what we all need.

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  5. Aw, that story about the old dog being taken for a last walk before being put to sleep made me tear up, too. What a lovely thing to do.
    I wouldn't mind reading about your day to day life, Eileen, as that's what I blog about, too, and I don't even have a Tilly to take for walks! Dancer and I will occasionally go for a walk inside the house (he leads, I follow) and then, he gets a treat (cat grass) at the end of it! LOL.
    How nice to receive a free packet of cornflower seeds! I had one cornflower plant come up, last year, from a packet of wildflower seeds that we scattered and this year, two plants came up as it had self-seeded itself. I was hoping for more cornflower plants, actually, but, that's OK. Maybe next year, I'll buy a packet of seeds and see if I get more plants.
    Hope you have a good week, Eileen. :)

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    1. I totally understand that man taking his little dog there to a place she loved for one last time.
      Nothing much happens in my day to day life Bless and I smiled at your walks with Dancer. Oh yes, Tilly knows where her treat cupboard is and takes me there quite often :)
      It was nice to be given those seeds and I hope they will flower in my garden.
      Hope you have a good week too Bless.

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  6. I always loved walking through dune when I was younger and lived in Somerset, we had a local beach and dune, we would walk there often. Sadly here in our part of Hampshire we don't have any, just pebble beaches.

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    1. Yes it's very nice walking through the dunes. Our beach is very pebbly but the stones were put down deliberately as part of the sea defences. They are really hard to negotiate to get to the sandy beach.

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  7. That's a sad story but a lovely one ... a special final walk in her favourite place for a much loved dog.

    The dunes are the sort of place I like walking, although we don't have any at our nearest beaches.

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    1. I was very upset because it was such an unexpected conversation with the man and he had such a sweet old dog and they were walking in a place the dog loved for one last time before her final journey. Very sad but lovely as you say. The harbour and the dunes and places I love to walk too.

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  8. From Ann via Bloglovin'
    Reading about the 'final walk' made me cry too, glad that was in a favourite place though ❤️

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    1. Very sad Ann, I'm sorry it made you cry too xx

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