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. 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, it’s 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.
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.
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.
I couldn’t resist uploading this action shot of Ben! Do you like Springtime? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.