Friday, 12 February 2016

A pig in a poke?

Tilly had an encounter she really wasn't too sure about earlier and it had to do with one of her favourite food groups... sausages! Oh yes dear reader we really do love a nice sausage, especially those of the pork variety. So anyway we were walking along enjoying some all too rare sunshine when we came across this lady sunbathing in her wallow.

Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
At first sight Tilly was somewhat less than impressed, but the very mention of Old Spot sausages soon gained her attention! There was a wire fence between us and the pig, which Tilly poked her nose though to get a better sniff of this slumbering lady. I suggested to her she may want to move back, but no... Tilly had a little growl at which point Pepper Pig woke up and did a little 'growling' of her own.

I'm awake, but you can't see my piggy-eyes
The snuffly growl followed by a couple of loud grunts soon had Tilly running for cover... well you can't really blame her, Pepper Pig was at least 50 times Tilly's size. I have to say if I'd had a length of rope I might have been tempted to take Old Spotty for walkies... straight into my backyard where I'd unleash my Great Uncle Sid's pig-sticker... after all, I like pork sausages too!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Doing the doggy-paddle

The sun shone for a while yesterday so Tilly took me for a walk down one of her favourite farm tracks... this track runs beside two reens and gives access to farm land between Magor and Redwick and Tilly usually loves it because there is always plenty to sniff and small rodents to chase.

Usually a favourite walk

Poor Tilly didn't so much walk as 'doggy-paddle' along the mile long track. She still managed to enjoy herself, but the expression on her little face when she realised the track was water covered was so sad...
It's going to take a while to dry out!
And of course the sunshine didn't exactly last long although we did manage to get home again before the rain started. Still it's dry again right now so we'll be going out for another 'paddle' shortly!

Think we'll give this track a miss today

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Walking through the 'Rain Window'

It stopped raining this morning, the clouds parted and for a brief period the sun shone so I donned my boots and hit the roads for a six mile pre-lunch walk. Sadly the sunshine didn't last too long and there were a couple of showers, but for most of my walk it remained dry.

I considered branching out and crossing the fields though the deep mud and amount of water laying on the grass convinced me to stick to the tarmac. Even the roads were pretty wet in places and I ended up having a paddle on a couple of occasions. The worst flood I had to negotiate was through the hamlet of St. Brides on my route back toward Magor.

Flood Water at St Brides
No problem getting through this, especially if you happen to be driving a 4 x 4 or a truck. You need to be a little careful walking though if you don't want the water overflowing into your boots.

Bubbling Water
We've had so much rain the drains and sewers simply can't cope with the extra water flow... some of the excess water bubbles up through the manholes adding to the rainfall already laying on the roads.

Leaky Manholes
I wonder if the ducks approve of the extra thoroughfares? None around to ask today.

This is a Road not a Canal!