When I dropped Julie off to meet her friend last week, I decided to take Ollie back to Gravesend, and give him a long walk around Jeskyns Country Park. We went there last year, and Ollie enjoyed all the new smells, as well as meeting some of the many dogs that are walked there.
The park is managed by the Forestry Commission, and offers structured walks, nature trails, activities for children, a tree nursery, and natural lake. There is also a handy cafe, and for a flat fee of £1.50 in the car park, you can stay for as long as you want. Despite the careful attention to detail from the Forestry Commission, the area feels a little hemmed in. On one side is the high-speed rail link for Eurostar, and on the other, the busy M2 motorway to the coast.
Ollie was oblivious to all this, and just enjoyed himself.
Just to our right was this imposing pylon. In dull weather, it looked a little sinister, and reminded me of something from a science-fiction film.
I was just about to take a photo of Ollie in front of the lake, when he ran off. I heard a splash, and he was in!
We were there for three hours, and managed to see it all in that time. Ollie thoroughly enjoyed his visit, and when we left to collect Julie from Bluewater, he settled down on his bed in the back of the car,.