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TAKEN FROM MY WEB THINGY

Todays walk was almost going to be a family outing, we where all going to go to Ross sands for the day, rucksack was packed, extra gear was throw in, nice tasty food was added, more bottles of water I felt like I was going to have a hernia when I picked up the full ruck sack, Yvonne of course didn’t carry anything but kept on insisting that we needed to take this and needed to take that “just in case”.(all very well for her as she wasn’t carrying it.)

The Boys where going hyper as normal, they somehow knew that they were out for the day and couldn’t wait to start.

Eventually we all jumped into the car and off we went, parking wasn’t a problem simply because of the time of the year, there aren’t many tourists so there was plenty of spaces on the roadside parking just before the small hamlet of Ross, in fact it’s very hard to go any further by the road due to the massive overkill of private & no entry signs, then if you somehow miss all the signs there are the barriers that will stop you.

I don’t know what the history is behind all the signs and barriers but they certainly have gone overboard with it all now. And whilst I am having a moan about the signs they didn’t stop there, every track / drive that you walk past had a sign on it letting you know that’s its private and keep out, some of these just went into a grass field, someone has a serious bee in there bonnet about something ……………or is it the local land owners / farmers just don’t want people there?.

Even on the footpath there was signs telling you to keep on the footpath, no bikes etc. etc. what a miserable bunch of so and so”s, anyway that’s enough moaning for today.

Parked up , the boys where read the riot act and put on leads , I nearly broke my back shrugging on the rucksack , Yvonne did err! Not really sure what she did, then off we went, starting off walking though the small hamlet of Ross, Then I realised that I had made a huge mistake, I had forgotten that we had to walk through two fields before we entered the sand dunes, normally not a problem but today I had three young pups with me and two fields full of cattle, just to make matters worse there was some young ones with them. Fortunately the footpath runs alongside the fence so if the cattle started to get worked up we could lift the pups onto the other side of the fence and climb through ourselves , not the best way of doing things but at least the pups would be safe , I figured that as the path was well used the cattle must be use to dog walkers and might not get so worked up but I didn’t want to take any chances ,then Yvonne came up with a brain wave ( big shock news Yvonne has a brain) why not pick the pups up and carry them , that way the cattle might not see them and if there is any bother it would save time just to drop them onto the other side , as it was the cattle wasn’t bothered in the slightest and even though we hugged the fence line we didn’t get a second look.

Cont at :-

http://www.onefootinnorthumberland.co.uk/RSWF.htm

a few photos

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Thanks for looking.

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Hi Mick,

As always great pictures. A change of pace walking along the shore.

A math question if you please. Two humans, three dogs and one back pack. How many dogs can the man carry at once? What will the pack wearer weight before the trip and then after the trip?

Last inquiry - I was wondering if you wear anything to help keep sand out of the foot/ankle parts? Knee sock or such? Was it even a problem?

Have a great day.

Jane

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Hi Jane,

The math question is easy , I only carry Munchy after a couple of miles , then if he see anything he wants down straight away , weight loss that is something I dream about , no matter how much exercising I do or how much I watch what I eat I can’t shift the extra pounds that I have put on . And I really could do with dropping a few pounds. :ohmy:

As a rule I tend to stick my arty foot in a plastic carrier bag , this has two advantages it helps me slip into my boot a bit easier and it helps stop any dirt or water from getting into the foot shell, it doesn’t really look nice but that’s the least of my problems , if I do get a lot of sand /mud into the foot shell I simply turn it upside down stick a garden hose in the shell and give it all a good wash out then stand it upside down someplace warm for the water to run out and the sock and shell dry .

Cheers ………….mick

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Another beautiful account and set of photos - thank you Mick! And then as if that weren't enough, some good advice too.Perfect...

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Beautiful hills, beautiful shoreline...you live in paradise, Mick!

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Thanks for the comments.

Cheryl I certainly wouldn’t call Northumberland a paradise, most of the time is dull damp and grey but most of it is unspoilt so it’s not too bad.

Kate I certainly wouldn’t call my foot in a bag good advice, but it works for me so I will stick with it, I expect that every amputee has his or her own little tricks that make daily life that little bit easer and what works for one person might not work for another

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Hi Mick,

As said before your travels reports are great to hear!

As to the foot comfort - I thought I was the only one with a Mom who had us use bread wrappers to keep our feet dry. Would this technique work with canines? Certainly not with felines!

The fact you fared well and are still up and about speaks volumes.

Enjoy you walk a-bouts. We all enjoy your reporting!

Jane

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