Ni­cola Bates,

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Miles walked this month: 94

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Footnotes -

So the har­vest is in full swing in the Shire at the mo­ment, and a hive of ac­tiv­ity on our walks with dusty skies, giant com­bines and an ev­er­chang­ing land­scape as the month rolls on. The fields once boun­ti­ful with crops have now flat­tened, with hares, rab­bits, pheas­ant and deer on full dis­play. This is much to the en­joy­ment of my Jack Rus­sell puppy Ruby, and Labrador Lola as far too great a temp­ta­tion for chas­ing! With the weather again be­ing warmer now, our walks tend to in­volve a won­der to the Wil­low Brook ford for the dogs to pad­dle, swim and cool down – and for me to wade and inevitably get far wet­ter than in­tended when the dogs try to use me as a towel! Note to self: This won’t be nearly as pleas­ant in au­tumn. Rel­ish it now – and re­mem­ber to bring a towel.

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