So we just got back on Friday from a a full week in Northumberland family dog friendly holiday over the New Year period. We first drove up from Whaley Bridge too Newcastle caught up with my dad, then we went too on holiday.
We were staying in England not far from Berwick Upon Tweed, just a few yards down the road was Scotland the Scottish Borders. So we did lots of walking, on New Years day we visited a beach in the Scottish Borders called Coldingham, did some massive long walk along the sea front too St Abbs Head and past that, it is a nature reserve lots of cliff faces, dramatic scenery. The craziest thing we saw something called the Loony Dook, once at coldingham bay we did not understand why swarms of people were arriving, we assumed it was because of it was New Years day till we got talking too someone then realised a lot of people were about too jump in the sea, in January! So we hung around it was great dogs were running about and much too my amazement 100s of people stripped off too beach attire and ran into the sea the North Sea in January !
We did lots of dog friendly walks, had very little problems with cattle, we did lots of walks in Paxton house, which was near our cottage, its a Georgian manor house, it was free too park this time of year with some beautiful grounds, riverside walks along the river tweed, and woodland. And the other big thing we did was drive too Edinburgh, I managed too come down with a horrible full of cold but I was dammed if I was going to let it rainy holiday so full of lemsip we drove too Edinburgh ! I have always wanted too take Scrappy there, as it has countryside walks a stone throw from the centre and I wanted too do the Greyfriars Bobby, anyway we did some massive walks around King Arthurs Seat and over too Calton Hill, superb views of the city centre, we visited grey Friars Bobby got a wonderful pic of Scrappy near his memorial statue, and onto a dog friendly pub ! By this stage haven’t walked the entire length of Edinburgh in the rain full of cold I was ready too sit down and eat ! I highly recommend http://www.theholyrood.co.uk the day before we had eaten in a pub in Bamburgh and the service was terrible but in Edinburgh the Holyrood 9a the staff were so friendly, we got some amazing burgers. My poor dog had decided he hated Edinburgh, I decided over a decade a go it was my spiritual home, had so many great trips there , however Scrappy was not a fan, I am not sure if he was cold or tired either way he dragged his feet he had to be carried, so once at the pub he was happy they brought him a clean water bowl and a little tray of dog treats so I was easily won over by this place. The last day on rout home we stopped at Holy island or lindesfarne, not been there in years we had a lovely long walk around the island, we saw deer running about, we visited the priory did some shopping in a gift shop then it was a long drive home too Derbyshire it took about 4.5 hours which is really good.
But yes had a lovely break and its back too work tomorrow, I have dog walking clients in Whaley Bridge, Chinley and Birch Vale tomorrow, I am walking 8 dogs over three one hour walks, too keep group numbers down, I am also toilet visiting puppy Pippa before and after the first walk, as she is too tiny too go for proper dog walks just yet ! Anyway Monday is steady day for me, Tuesdays are quieter with Wednesday and Thursday being the busiest days as a dog walker, we have dog clients also in Chapel-en-le-Frith and New Mills, cat sitting wise we have a few new bookings end of January and I now have two bookings for August as a small pet care business we are doing just fine.