An early morning visitor was waiting outside the field gate even though there was no recognition of such from within other than Isabella sitting on the inside looking out. The Rug joined us for two walks before being collected by her master who told us she is a Houdini Dog.
The Early Walk was without dampness and the two girls had a good catch-up with plenty of girlstrous chasing and charging about.… Read the rest
Fido had me up in the night even though he’d been out at bedtime which, I must confess was quite early. I’d been watching an interesting documentary on The Battle of Britain which, unfortunately, didn’t prevent me from falling into a deep sleep. I put myself to bed after evicting Fido for a goodnight wee.
We left a little later this morning following a Sunday morning lie-in until 05:35.… Read the rest
Fido went walkabout at 04:30 which meant getting out of bed so I took the opportunity to visit the loo. I was knee-deep in cats on the way back but they were disappointed as I didn’t feed them but returned to bed instead. It wasn’t far off getting up time so I lay in my pit and chilled until the alarm sounded.… Read the rest
A quick look at WU assured me it wasn’t likely to rain so it was with increased vigour that I leapt from my pit to walk the doggies. There was a determined northerly wind so I had two hoods and a hat. My hands felt cold so I stuffed them in my pockets. Lots of flashing lights surrounded me as we strode down towards the rocks and over the causeway then up the beach towards the river with Plakaki in the distance.… Read the rest
Another 5mm rain fell between 22:00 and midnight then a few more mm during the early morning. There was light rain as we crossed the field in the direction of a soggy track and car park towards The Promontory. The moon was out as was Venus but a goodly layer of cloud perched over the eastern horizon so I suspected dawn might take a while.… Read the rest
The sound of a dog barking woke me and caused some commotion amongst the troops. I didn’t recognise it as Isabella and the others were in with me. It only dawned on me later.
I knew there was the possibility of rain so I spent five minutes checking the forecast before leaving my pit. At that point it was not raining.… Read the rest
A brief patter of rain awakened me around 05:00 but it was the briefest of brief. My swimming trunks which were on the line were still almost dry.
I went out in a coat but with no thick fleece underneath as the forecast was rain. I didn’t need either just to put up my hood against the stiff southwesterly breeze blowing across the sea which was trying to drive the sea over the causeway.… Read the rest
The night was not cold but it was fresh as we headed out for our walk. The moon is now almost overhead so it’s easy to see where you’re going most of the time without a torch. The Italian van which has been parked near the beach has disappeared leaving just a muddy patch in the centre of the car park as the only resident.… Read the rest
Even though it was Sunday morning, we were out at around the usual time. The sky was clear although Venus and the moon were a little watery. A lone Italian camper, which was scrutinised by the dogs, was at the beach end of the car park.
Plakaki is still unattainable without wet feet but there was time to admire the view before turning back.… Read the rest
I wanted to get out as I knew there would be a lot to do so wanted to get back as soon as possible. I got to test out the new transmitter very early on in the walk. Obi is incapable of disguising his enthusiasm if there’s a chase of any kind. There were flashing lights in all directions so I could see something was going on.… Read the rest
Fido wanted to go out at 04:00 which was pleasing as I’d chucked him out at bedtime. I impressed upon him the requirement to return quickly and he did.
The sky was cloudy and there were a couple of dampness events of a very minor nature lasting literally seconds. There were no tents, only one van from the Netherlands which the dogs ignored other than to sniff around it a little.… Read the rest
The rain which was forecast for earlier started to fall just as I was contemplating getting up. As a result, we didn’t get out until gone seven. I was wearing my new long, waterproof coat so wished to test it out. Little rain fell during the no-so-early walk but made up for it when I took Isabella a little later.… Read the rest
Fido wanted a wee at 03:00 but it was too early to be getting up and he took his time! I called him back in and he returned promptly so I had a couple more hours in my pit.
Our Early Walk was moonlit but a little watery as there was humidity so a hazy sky.… Read the rest
I had a phone call from Alain, the French guy who arrived with his wife the previous evening. He told me his wife was in Chania hospital and that they would not be coming back to the camping. He would come the following morning to collect their van then take it back to Chania to pick up his wife.… Read the rest
Thanks to Luis we were awake at 05:05 at which point I left my position of repose and donned some clobber. It was 05:30 as we wandered across the field with Venus staring us in the face from the clear and starry sky. There was a slight chill in the air, I had no scarf so put up my hood against the chilly breeze for the remainder of the walk.… Read the rest
I felt there was little point in leaping out of bed at 05:15 so I went back to sleep until 05:50 when I got up and dressed. We were out the gate around six-fifteen under some dark and menacing clouds. Initially, Venus was nowhere to be seen but she put in an appearance as dawn turned into sunrise.… Read the rest
More cloud this morning but Venus just about made it through. It was quite dark so it was handy having so many flashing dogs. I’m sure they stay nearer when they have lights and it’s much easier for me to keep track of them.
The river was still going strong not that it was easy to see as it was still quite dark despite dawn making a valiant effort to make a difference.… Read the rest
A little loafing until 05:30 had us out of the gate around 05:45 to a clear sky with Venus shining brightly in the east. It was not warm with a brisk northerly breeze which was definitely an eye-opener.
There were only two non-flashing dogs as Oskar was equipped with a clip-on cycle light which had new batteries so was very bright.… Read the rest
With things to do and the threat of wind later, we were charging out of the gate at 05:34 and heading towards Venus, hanging in the sky over Paleochora. There was a cold wind from the north so I soon had the hood up on my hoodie and my coat. We were quite quick with nearly all of the dogs turning up promptly at each collection point.… Read the rest
The combination of dark, cold, windy and rain was too much so I joined the dogs in their lack of enthusiasm for getting up to go out for a walk. In the end, it was dawn when we went out and the sun rose not that long after. It’s possible to get around much quicker when it’s light so we were back by around eight.… Read the rest
There was a little rain in the night but none at 05:15 so I was out of bed and we were on our way by 05:35. The morning was a little fresher and windier as the sea was running quite strongly from the southwest. We didn’t bother to cross the rocks on either visit.
The river is still transecting the beach however I noticed the islands are now more extensive than yesterday.… Read the rest
05:15 arrived unexpectedly for me but the dogs were soon moving around and sitting by the door. No point in delaying so I opened the door and let them out.
It was 05:35 as we walked through the gate on a mild, yet cloudy Monday morning devoid of most stars with Venus doing her best. The car from yesterday, which was parked behind some bushes, was there again but had disappeared by the time we walked past for the last time.… Read the rest
I was persuaded to quit my pit for a nice early walk, even on a Sunday. It wasn’t cold as I didn’t bother to do up my coat or put on a scarf. Venus was waiting as well as a goodly number of stars peeping through the clear sky.
With the first circuit out of the way, we marched up the beach towards the river which now has a series of small islands in the middle of the section just before the sea.… Read the rest
I lingered a little but the activity nearby indicated a desire to get out to go for a walk. I dressed quickly and saddled the dogs so we could get underway and out of the gate.
The sky was clear and Venus was well on the way. Still no sign of dawn, I think she must be on holiday.… Read the rest
Isabella requested to go out at 03:15 as her little fiend had decided to join us for a sleepover. I had to go to the gate to let her in whereupon she settled down on the blankets on the decking until morning.
It was raining at 05:15 so I went back to sleep. It was still raining at 06:00 but appeared to be stopping so I let the dogs out and started to get out of bed.… Read the rest
Rain pattered on the roof during the night so I spent some time exploring the weather forecasts and maps before arising at 05:30 to organise myself and then the dogs. We were out the gate around 05:50 for a somewhat shorter walk than usual although we did manage to cross the rocks with some careful timing.… Read the rest
The pessimism of the forecast was not borne out but actual events, fortunately, so we were able to complete most of our Early Walk in a reasonably dry state. From the outset, there were distant lightning flashes and then not-so-distant flashes accompanied by thunder. Not good Skinny weather as he gets a little stressed. At least Boris only became stressed when he was at the camping as, on a walk, he was too distracted by his ball, stick or other flying object.… Read the rest
There was no doggy activity until 05:30 whereupon I dragged myself out of my pit and prepared them for action. Then it rained a little and also quite hard. We were all set to go so, having rummaged through all the stuff from the kitchen unit to find the doggy controllers, we left.
The sky was very dark due to cloud but there was some light to the east with Venus rising, quite high today as we were out later.… Read the rest