Virtual dog goes on a Virtual Walk

Virtual Dog has been coming along with me on my Actual Walks for over a month now. She’s been complaining that we have yet to go on a Virtual Walk. She has a point. Let’s go on one today. It’s raining, and there’s mud everywhere. We could do Jude’s challenge while we’re about it, Life in Colour: Brown, and look for brown in anything but mud.

We’ll start off by the village pond. There aren’t usually ducklings at this time of year, but on a Virtual Walk, anything goes. Down the lane towards Sleningford Hall we’ll pass a friendly goat. And a herd of cows. Now I know that this hike is a virtual one. We have no cows at all north of our village, and I’ve never seen a goat either.

We’ll head towards Musterfield, and this involves a walk through the woods, and my favourite ancient oak. Look at the size of it. How many kings and queens, wars and eras of social change has it lived through?

And we’re sure to find some interesting tree fungus too. And butterflies. I’m not good at butterflies. Some kind of skipper? Can anybody help?

There are always a few friendly horses glad enough to wander over and chat. This one has a foal though (Virtual Walk, remember?) and takes no notice of us.

If we’re passing through farmland, we’re near barns. And if there are some (brownish) geese, so much the better.

And finally, because this is a Virtual Walk, just before we turn for home, we’ll visit this tiny dwelling, a home surely to fairies or elves. It’s actually at Nidd Hall, 15 miles from here. But on a Virtual Walk, we can achieve anything.

PS. It IS a rainy day today. A Virtual Walk would be very welcome. But needs must. I will go out with Virtual Dog for an Actual Walk too. And Jo, do Virtual Walks count on Jo’s Monday Walk?

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

75 thoughts on “Virtual dog goes on a Virtual Walk”

  1. Why do I go on blogging? The answer is right here, Margaret. So many imaginative, wonderful friends, all set to put a smile on my face on a rainy morning. Thank you so much! This is delightful. Now off you go- and don’t get too wet! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      1. I have a confession to make. Hangs head in shame…. I meant kilometres! I’ve got so used to thinking in them now. Most days we do 10-12, it really does depend. Yesterday his Lordship didn’t feel like it and it was a glorious day. I think we only did 8 but I’ve stopped counting. Today is damp so… we’ll see. Might have to be a virtual one πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      1. Phew! I’m off the hook lightly πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I was just rolling about the settee chuckling at Mari’s post today. Good thing we can keep ourselves entertained, isn’t it?

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  2. Margaret, I can’t say how much I enjoyed this virtual walk with your virtual dog and yourself….. A grand idea, beautifully walked! But now I must go out and do some shopping or we won’t have anything on the table at lunch time. And that in REAL time measures. It’s also my only excercise, the weather is not terribly kind and it’s raining nonstop.


      1. oh I know, just the part you can cover…. I hugged a great number of those fab, fab trees in Devon, they will forever stay in my heart and mind.


  3. A thoroughly uplifting Virtual Walk for you and us. Thank you as right now THIS has all been going on for so long it feels as if we might soon be in need of a Virtual Life. Just one point, why is it that geese look so attractive and interesting in photographs, but not so much in reality?

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  4. I love the idea of a virtual walk! Most days we brave the miserable weather but every now and then we say ‘enough is enough’ and we allow ourselves a day inside. Next time that happens I will take a virtual walk for sure πŸ˜€ Meanwhile I enjoyed joining you on yours. That oak tree is amazing, and the little dwelling very appealing πŸ™‚

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  5. Haha… nice one Margaret, I have a huge grin on my face. I loved your virtual walk with the virtual dog! That cow has such a sweet face, I’m sure the ones around here are much more fierce looking. And the butterfly is a Ringlet. Though someone has probably told you that already as I am late to the party again. Blame it on the sun coming out and me getting caught up with some weeding! Why do weeds manage to survive the wet winters? Anyway, thank you for the last of the browns. Let’s hope next month’s colour takes you to some interesting places. 😁

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  6. Your posts are such a tonic, Margaret in that they are motivating and cheerful with reminders of how we loved the UK. What a great idea regarding the virtual walk. I have a photo of a treehouse from Sherwood Forest. A bit of fun aren’t they!


  7. I also so enjoyed this virtual walk – that pairing of the goat and the cow is perfect. You have made me view brown in new ways and each of these photos is very appealing.
    Do you remember that strange phrase ‘in a brown study’? I remember first seeing it as child captioning a black-and-white photo of somebody famous ‘in a brown study’, and me asking my dad how did they know that his study was brown? πŸ™‚

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    1. I’d forgotten that phrase. It’s an odd one isn’t it? Yes, I view brown in a fresh light now, though come to think of it, I have quite a few brown things. Shoes for a start.

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      1. Where would we be without brown shoes? Your photos definitely provided a fresh outlook on brown as a colour.
        I actually looked up ‘brown study’ and I gather that brown could mean something like gloomy – similar to feeling blue in more current times.


  8. Margaret, I’m all smiles reading your post .. a wonderful wistful virtual walk! I just hope you didn’t get too wet on your actual one! πŸ˜€ Ps. It’s great that virtual walks count with Jo! Hooray! πŸ˜€


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