Here is my eighth weekly blog post to share with you all.
Dear cousin Arik,
We went away in the new motorhome last week. It took ages to get to the first campsite because there was an accident on the motorway. A big cattle or sheep transporter had crashed - the whole front and windscreen was all smashed in as if it had rolled over several times. Mummy was sad as she said the poor animals must have been injured or worse. Then she said maybe it was empty, but Daddy said no, the ramp that the animals walk down had been put out, so there probably were animals in it, poor things.
We eventually got to the site about 5pm. It was in a nice location, with a fishing lake and ducks.
As I was lying on my bed outside, getting some fresh air, a group of eight ducks came up to the van. Mummy laughed at my head moving around all over the place, and said I didn't know where to look first. They were all quacking and waddling about, and really, Arik, I didn't quite know what to do! But they soon realised they weren't going to be fed and waddled off again. That's the first time I've seen ducks up that close.
Then I scared Mummy by suddenly doing a GSOD. Daddy and Mummy both rushed to see what was wrong, but couldn't find anything. Daddy decided it must have been a touch of cramp because I was lying on my leg. I'm not sure I even know why I did it now, silly sausage aren't I?
We only stayed the one night there because Mummy didn't like the shower/toilet facilities. The showers were the push button ones, but it took about five minutes before any hot water came through, and then it was only warm, and none of the toilets flushed properly. So, we drove to another campsite called Luckshall Park. It's right on the river in Hereford. I liked that campsite, so did the hoomans. Mummy said the showers are hot and the toilets flush properly. I'm glad I don't have to worry about things like that! There's pretty flowers and bushes everywhere, nice green grass - with lots of sniffy things in it - and plenty of trees.
Mummy loves trees, she's got a lovely calm aura when she's around trees.
Mummy and Daddy went to the cafe for dinner on the first night. I was such a good girl. I laid down on my mat that Mummy takes when we go out, and I stayed there. I didn't beg at the table for food or anything, even though there were delicious smells wafting about.
On the second day, we went for a long walk. It took ages because I had to stop all the time to sniff weemails left by other dogs. We walked through a wooded part first, along a narrow path, which then led out to a path alongside the river, and then into a big field which was planted with different crops like beans, so we were only allowed to walk along a path through the middle of it, but I didn't care, there was so much to sniff.
In the evening, Mummy took me for a walk around the campsite, and we saw the most beautiful sunset. The orangey pink sky, low down on the horizon, was reflected in the river, it was quite magical. Mummy took lots of photos but they don't show it as it really was.
I wish you'd been there with us, Arik, your mummy would have loved it.
It must be a good campsite because we stayed for several days. We'd made friends with the hoomans and doggy in the motorhome beside us, so on the third day, they came over for a cuppa and a chat. Their little dog is sweet, even Mummy liked it, and she doesn't usually like small dogs. It's a Bichon, but not one of those yappy ones. It's really nicely behaved. When they'd gone, we went for another long walk. I didn't like it there though and kept wanting to go back.
It was across the road from the campsite, up a long narrow path, into the camp's private woods. Mummy took some photos as it was high up and there's a view out over Hereford, but we didn't walk too far as she knew I didn't like it for some reason.
Photograph copyright Derek Coles
In the evening a Facebook friend of Mummy's called Janice came to visit. She publishes our blog posts on her website each week, so your mummy knows her too. The hoomans all had a lovely chat, then Janice and Derek left, and we went to the cafe for dinner. It was very quiet, only two other couples were in there.
The next morning, it was raining, and Mummy wasn't very well - she forgot to bring her medication - so we came home. I like going away, but I must admit it's nice to be back on my own bed and the sofa again.