Coalhouse Fort Park, Tilbury

Been a while since we’ve been somewhere new. Today we visited the north side of the Thames and when to Coalhouse Fort. It’s a pity the Fort itself is locked up as I know the heritage there would interest people, but a nice bit of a walk all the same.

OK after wet weather – yes
Parking fee – no
Toilets – yes
Café – yes

Recent activity

Margate Jan 2022

We visited Margate a few months before the first lockdown and got back recently.

  • OK after wet weather – yes
  • Parking fee – yes, parked by the station for £1 for the day
  • Toilets – yes
  • Café – yes

Dachshund puppy

Man and puppy (1930)
photo: Jankovszky György
source: wikipedia

Riverside Country Park, Gillingham

For New Years 2021 we took a walk to the Riverside Country Park, near Gillingham. The car park was full but we didn’t have to wait long for someone to leave. While walking about we noticed another car park before you come to the park (driving from Gravesend) but you would have to turn off before the official entrance to get to it.

  • OK after wet weather – in most areas
  • Parking fee – no
  • Toilets – yes
  • Café – yes

Lovely marshy area with lots of bird life. Very popular but then it was New Years and nothing else is open. Lots of people with dogs.

Couscous Christmas 2020

I’d forgotten how much Couscous loves it when we open wrapped presents. She wants to inspect everything and clambers over you to get to things.

Click here for a short video of her playing with one of her new toys.

Christmas Day 2020

We’re in Tier 4 lockdown so shouldn’t leave Kent. It has been a lovely day, cold and sunny. As tomorrow there is a weather warning for wind we decided to head out today instead. We went to Haysden Country Park. Last visited about 6 years ago.

The parking fee is fine but I’m not sure how you pay without coins. Who has coins in these pandemic days! We both tried paying via the phone or via the app and we both failed. Matthew first tried the app a couple of times then when he tried the phone number was told his account had been suspended. So I tried the phone first but it didn’t like the way I said the car reg so the voice told me to text the details in response to a text I then received. Of course my text wouldn’t go through! I then got a text of the website details of my new account. I logged in and yes my personal details were there but whe I tried to add my car details I got an error message:

So we tried! I used to get all KCC parks for free as a Shorne Wood volunteer but I don’t know if that still applies. If we get a fine I will appeal.

We just went round Barden Lake this time. Couscous is 11 now so a lot slower and we don’t explore as much as we used to. No chasing of trains this time. There were a few people about. All the phone calls I overheard were about what people were having for Christmas dinner.

New car

We just got an electric car and the boot’s a lot bigger than I expected…


Walkies could become the law for German dog owners

Taking your dog for walks twice a day for at least an hour in total could soon become the law in Germany.

Image from GETTY. “Dachshunds would be among those benefiting from the legislation”
(Not sure why Dachshunds specifically will benefit but always good to see a sausage in the snow!)

There could also be a ban on keeping dogs chained for long periods.

Rules are also being devised to crack down on “puppy farms” by banning breeders from looking after more than three litters at any one time.

“Pets are not cuddly toys, their needs have to be taken into account,” Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner said about the planned changes.

Under the planned rules, dog owners:

  • will have to take their dogs for walks twice a day for a minimum of one hour in total
  • will not be allowed to keep their dogs chained for long periods of time
  • will not be allowed to leave dogs alone the whole day

Breeders will be restricted to looking after a maximum of three litters and puppies will have to spend a minimum of four hours a day in human company to ensure they get socialised.

Ms Klöckner said the changes were based on expert advice to ensure animal protection and welfare.

For the full article click here to go to the BBC News website.