Sometimes I wonder that when we go out Couscous gets bored or lonely, but then when Matt got home the other night this is how he found her… so maybe she’s OK after all.
The weather has been fabulous this week so I took CC off to Whitstable yesterday morning. Note to self: get there before midday or there’ll be no parking, even during the week.
The National Pinetum is a botanical garden/collection of conifers and sits on the largest site in the world for such a collection. There are over 12,000 trees and shrubs (including 1,800 different species) from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered. It is very popular with cyclists but the Pinetum path does not allow bikes so is good for dogs, although as usual some families think their kids are excluded from such rules! There are grassy hilly areas where we let CC off the lead and she bounced around in the grass. You don’t have to walk up the hills as the main path is generally flat and wide to allow wheelchairs. It was a beautiful day when we went and lots of shady areas and places to have a picnic. The parking fee is a little steep for only a couple of people so we won’t visit to often but I’d like to see it in winter.
We have been here before but not for some time. One of the fields was covered in buttercups which Couscous loved running through. Across the road from the park is St Leonard’s Tower and here are a couple of photos of that:
We finally got across the river to visit Tilbury Fort. (Maybe next time we’ll take the ferry.) It’s described as one of the finest surviving 17th century forts in England. It’s an English Heritage site and dogs are allowed. The staff fussed over Couscous and she loved the grassy lawns so it was a success. There are good views of the surrounding marsh lands.
We visited this village a couple of weeks ago. The town has a duck pond in the centre of the roundabout, in the centre of the village. They have a model of the solar system in the main rec field (free parking by the field) but we only came across Jupiter – a football match was on so we didn’t bother looking on the other side of the field. There are the remains of a palatial residence that once rivalled Hampton Court and there is nice walk from the church to the train station.