We had a walk at Newmillerdam yesterday. It's a while since we've been but we were thinking of somewhere different to walk for a change and came up with this lovely park.
There's a central lake with a surfaced path around it, just under two miles in total. There's some gorgeous rhododendrons at the start of the walk.
As you walk you can see the lake to one side. Across the lake is the Boathouse which was built in the 1820's.
Woodland is to the other side.
Archie was a good boy, no jumping in the lake, but he couldn't resist a paddle to cool down.
It was a lovely day, rather warm but with a nice cooling breeze. The dappled shade that the woodland provides was very welcome.
We're half way around here, looking back to where we started out from.
There's always lots of wildlife on the lake. The park is designated as a local nature reserve and is managed for the benefit of wildlife and people. This family of greylag geese were out for a swim.
Everywhere is so lush at the moment. The rain we had recently, mixed with the warm weather, is making everything grow fast and trees and plants are so green.
I managed to get a couple of photos of Archie. Here you can see that his fur is growing back even though it was cut so short just four weeks ago. It'll need cutting again soon.
Here's Archie sitting down for a change, he doesn't often stand, or sit, still for two minutes when we're out and about so it makes taking photos of him very difficult.
Incidentally, I wrote A Sunday Morning Walk post about Newmillerdam back in 2010 just two months after we got Archie, just look what a little scrap he was then.
An abandoned nest. It's sad to see it lined with so much litter.
On closer inspection, there's an egg.
I think it may be a coot's egg as this little one was swimming around nearby with its parents and two siblings. Awww.
Archie had been for a run at the cricket pitch in the morning so he was worn out by the time we got home, it doesn't take much to tire him out these days.