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Mud and stuff

These are the last few photographs from my sister’s visit to Dorset, the weather ranges from wet and windy through misty and cold and on the last day – the sun came out. I thought I would try out the new WordPress slideshow option – quite nice.

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My #2 son arrived home on Friday for the weekend. I wanted to show him the fossils at Monmouth Beach so on Easter Sunday, we set out to visit Lyme Regis which was a VERY BAD IDEA. I drove us there at around 11.30am. We drove around and around but couldn’t find anywhere to park, Lyme Regis was full to bursting. We hadn’t reckoned on it being a) the first sunny day for a while and b) a holiday and c) lunchtime so we eventually gave up and headed for Charmouth instead. Same deal, only this time we ended up stuck in a traffic jam along a narrow lane leading down to the car park and the whole queue ended up having to reverse back down the lane to get out as there was no room to turn around at the bottom. Nightmare. So we came home :-(

We tried again the next day at 3.30 as it was Easter Monday and we figured most people would be setting off for home. It was still busy but much better and we had a great time walking along the beach with Milo. We found an area of rock on the beach known as the Ammonite Graveyard. (Click all images to enlarge)

It is quite astonishing and extends for a huge area of the beach.

This my son walking across it…

The cliffs along this stretch of beach are really unstable after the heavy rain we have had over the last few weeks and we could see water streaming off the clay and also watched large chunks of cliff falling onto the beach – which was a little disconcerting to say the least. I read in the local paper that 3 separate lots of children have had to rescued from the mud recently.

In the second image, if you click on it to enlarge it you can see an large ammonite lying amongst the rocks…

Of course all the muddy clay from the cliffs and the wet sandy rock pools were irresistible to Milo who had a whale of a time…

His day didn’t end quite so happily though, as soon as we arrived home he was dumped unceremoniously into the bath…

Have you ever seen a sorrier sight?

My son went back to London on Tuesday morning and Milo has been sulking ever since. He normally spends his days lying at my feet while I work but I am obviously a very poor substitute for his best friend, my son, and right now, he is lying downstairs on the sofa in the kitchen sighing and looks at me very dolefully when I walk in. Even a walk hasn’t cheered him up. Poor pooch.


26 responses to “Mud and stuff

  1. Daddy Papersurfer April 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Even I am beginning to feel sorry for Milo ……. I must be getting soft in my old age ……. mind you, pooches know exactly what they’re up to with those sad eyes …….

    Glad you managed to get into ammonite country eventually ……. fascinating …….

    • Diane April 8, 2010 at 10:12 am

      He actually doesn’t mind having a bath, he just looks such a drowned rat under all that fur.

      It didn’t help on the first attempt that I am rubbish at parking, I’m sure that a braver person would have squeeeeezed the car in somewhere. But then there were too many people in the town spoiling things, much better to go home and try again…

  2. Pay Click Services April 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Those pics are really nice, never seen a beach like that before. Poor Milo, I know how much pooches dislike getting soaked and those eyes are like …. sigh makes you sometimes feel kinda guilty but a doggy treat and they are right back on track, Seems like Milo is pretty attached to your son :)

    • Diane April 8, 2010 at 10:14 am


      He loves both my sons. As they only come home sporadically they make a huge fuss of him (which he loves) and it takes days for me to get him back to normal when they leave :-)

  3. strugglingwriter April 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Poor Milo. Wet doggies are so cute, though. :)

    Ammonite Graveyard looks very cool.


  4. barbara April 7, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    That’s the best photo of a wet dog I’ve ever seen. It says it all. Poor Milo.

  5. 70steen April 7, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    From happy (caked in mud) to way sad washed … I so know that pathetic dog look plus the sighs of ‘where did my best play friend go?’
    Does Milo after a bath run around the house like a loon? Layla does.. rubbing herself against the furniture (grr) to dry off and to catch her is near enough impossible !!! …

    • Diane April 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

      Yes he does! The instant I take the towel off him I have to dive out of the way as he shakes himself like crazy and then charges around the house. He also rubs his nose on the carpet as if it has soap in it but I am always careful not to get shampoo near his face. Silly mutt :-)

  6. Jonathan April 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    We have photos of exactly the same place, but at sunset, with the water just breaking over the ammonites. I really need to re-enable my Flickr Pro account to find it again :)

  7. cathryn miller April 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Must try to get to see the ammonites someday — one of my favourite fossils.

    And that is the best ever “wet dog” photo. :} Poor Milo!

    • Diane April 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

      If you haven’t been to my bit of Dorset coastline, you would love it. Especially Lyme Regis if you like ammonites.

      Milo had another ordeal this morning – a visit to the dog groomers. I will spare him the indignity of new photos on here until his his fur has grown out a bit. He looks like a shorn sheep…

  8. Becky April 12, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Ha ha ha, I don’t mean to make fun of your dog, but that wet dog picture really gave me a laugh! Poor puppy!

  9. Diane April 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Laugh away – we did! His fur was so matted with mud he has had to visit the groomers and is now practically bald but still with fluffy ears and tail. Even more ridiculous.

  10. RR April 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Congratulations for the beautiful beach photos that you take it.

  11. Teresa April 20, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Hey, no posting fun things while I’m away! ;) Luckily, you’ve shared a few of these on your photo blog, so I don’t feel so left out.

    That photo of Milo in his bath still cracks me up no matter how many times I’ve seen it. I’m sure he sorely misses that handsome son of yours!

    • Diane April 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

      Well, I’m hoping for pix of your trip!
      Milo has had to have a really severe haircut and looks like a shorn sheep (have you seen ‘Boundin’ ‘the Pixar short? ) I didn’t realise he had such long legs :-)

  12. Michelle | Calendar Printing April 21, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Awww.. I miss the beach and I miss my dog very much. These kind of pics sort of makes me nostalgic. I like it even if it is sad.

  13. Metal Wall Art April 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Wow. Nice pictures.. Cute dog. I’m planning in spending my vacation there in Dorset is the county in South West England on the English Channel coast, right? By the way, thanks. I’ve seen you made so much fun.

    • Diane April 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

      Glad you enjoyed. Yes, Dorset is on the south coast. You will have a great time here – loads to do and see. The weather here is gorgeous at the moment – hope it stays nice for you (and me!)

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