Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Photo Diary | Rufford Abbey Country Park With Ben.

Rufford Abbey Country Park.
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
Spring is my favourite time of the year. A hive of activity; flowers bursting into bloom, wildlife emerging and undertaking preparations and warmer, sunnier days. One of my favourite poets John Clare sums up Spring in his sonnet; On a Lane in Spring:

"A Little Lane, the brook runs close beside
And spangles in the sunshine while the fish glide swiftly by
And hedges leafing with the green spring tide
From out their greenery the old birds fly
And chirp and whistle in the morning sun
The pilewort glitters 'neath the pale blue sky
The little robin has its nest begun
And grass green linnets round the bushes fly
How Mild the Spring Comes in; the daisy buds
Lift up their golden blossoms to the sky
How lovely are the pingles and the woods
Here a beetle runs; and there a fly
Rests on the Arum leaf in bottle green
And all the Spring in this Sweet lane is seen."
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
Ben enjoys walks, for him the longer; the better! In fact, he needs very little rest and can be ready for another walk moments after you've taken your wellingtons off. So with the Spring sunshine beckoning, I decided to take Ben on a walk at the beautiful Rufford Abbey country park. Set in the heart of Robin Hood country, Rufford Abbey offers native woodland, a glorious lake and gardens and best of all; delicious cake! Pulling on my Rydale tweed Megan jacket, Malham leather boots and armed with my camera; Ben and I were ready to go.

I love being in the countryside. For me, its a sense of freedom, fresh air, the picturesque views and the peace and quiet. Rufford Abbey was full of families and dog-walkers alike. We walked around the old Abbey itself, through the gardens and onto the vast lawns.
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
After numerous people fussing Ben, taking lots of photos; it was time for a rest (and tea and cake!) Ben had his water and a few of his homemade breakfast bites which are the perfect snack for your dog when on the go and I had a deliciously moist carrot cake; although I was tempted by the big, chewy cookies. The Coach House Café offers a lovely range of refreshments, hot and cold food and a wonderful display of sweet treats. Dogs are not allowed inside the Coach House Café but there is an outside seating area with huge picnic tables and views of the Abbey.
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
We then walked around The Orangery and followed the path around the gardens. A regal male pheasant walked by but Ben was too busy sniffing daffodils to notice. It was a lovely day with my four-legged friend with the sun shining, birds chirping and the aroma of spring flowers.
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
Rufford Abbey Country Park - Elizabeth Anne
I couldn't resist uploading this action shot of Ben! Do you like Springtime? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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2 comments

  1. Ben is just adorable! I love Spring time, it's so nice to be out in the sunshine and feel the fresh air. I need to make more time to go out and enjoy it this year!

    Corrie | Corrie Arnold

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  2. Thank you! I look forward to reading your adventures on your blog! Do you have anywhere in particular you like to go during Spring? Lizzie x

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