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Mabel enjoying Bridford Woods

Mabel & Louise’s Perfect Weekend

My wonderful husband purchased me a weekend break away at Bowerland for my birthday with one of our dogs, our one year old Cockapoo Mabel. The weekend was booked for March. My main concern was whether the weather would be kind to us as March can be a little unpredictable. What I had not bargained on was the arrival of Coronavirus to the United Kingdom. Thankfully my weekend break still went ahead, the last weekend before Lockdown started. Of course, it meant that Social Isolating was in place.

Bridford Woods

Being an outdoors person Mabel and I headed off early on Saturday morning and found Bridford Woods. What a find it was, the perfect place for some social isolating. The sun shone, the birds were singing and the sky was blue. Mabel and I enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the woods with the sounds of the River Teign flowing alongside us. Mabel had a great time exploring the woodland and splashing about in the little stream near the entrance to the woods. Never one to miss an opportunity for a bit of training we practiced some “Paws On” on the ancient mossy rocks and protruding tree roots. After a couple of hours, we headed back to the car and took the short drive to Fingle Bridge.

Fingle Bridge

Fingle Bridge was very busy with people all trying to get some fresh air and socially isolate. Thankfully the area is quite big which made relatively easy to do. Mabel and I took a short walk through the woods, once again with the River Teign flowing beside us. By lunchtime we were both ready for a snack so headed back to The Annexe at Bowerlands where we were staying.

The Annexe

The Annexe was just perfect for an afternoon of relaxation, a real sunspot. With the sun shining and Mabel chilled I spent a delightful afternoon reading my book sat in the garden enjoying the warmth of the sun.

121 Training with Michelle

Mabel and I had two training sessions booked with Michelle which were both informative and fun. We learnt some new games to play both at home and on our walks. We have three dogs, all of which have their own little “issues” Michelle was great at talking through them and devising games that I could take away and use for all three of them.

Meldon Reservoir


Mabel at Meldon Reservoir

We took a short journey on Sunday to Meldon Reservoir for our morning walk. Stunning is the word I would use to describe this wonderful location. We walked across the damn and took the path to the right, not as steep as the paths to the left. Once again, we saw no one. We found a picnic bench ideally situated with amazing views across the reservoir. The warmth of the sun was so relaxing, even Mabel enjoyed just sitting and admiring the view (or was it the two Canada Geese swimming by!).

My stay at Bowerlands was just the tonic I needed. It was relaxing and cosy and the perfect place for some social isolation. Bliss!

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