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Holiday in Cornwall

After a trip to Wales earlier this year Silke and I visited Cornwall, another beautiful part of Britain, in the past week. Silke had rented us a nice cottage in the hills near the south coast.

Considering that it was early November we actually had very good weather. We took advantage of that and went on long walks with our dog Vader. He loved all the new locations full of exciting smells. He was constantly running up and down the hills and must have made at least twice our mileage.

We also visited the fishing ports in Polperro (very nice fish and chips in The Wheelhouse) and Looe (excellent Cornish Pasties in The Pasty Shop).

Back in our Cottage we enjoyed relaxing evenings in front of the fireplace.

Our week in Cornwall seemed to go by much too quickly. But at least we returned home happy and very relaxed.

A real Cambridge Cocker

Our Cocker Spaniel puppy Vader has grown so much since we got him almost three month ago. He is now taller than even fully grown Cocker Spaniel bitches. We also managed to house train him in record time. And mostly thanks to Silke’s continuous efforts Vader does not only come when being called but also obeys other useful commands and walks well with or without a lead.

Last Friday Chris suggested to take advantage of the brilliant weather and go on a punting trip. As this sounded like an excellent idea we decided to join in and take Vader with us, while Silke also used it as an excuse to try a new Muffin recipe.

The following day we met with Chris and Jeremy at the Mill Pond in Cambridge and hired a punt. It was a really lovely day and the city centre was densely packed. After enjoying the sunshine for about half an hour in a nearby park we could board our punt. Vader was a bit nervous at the beginning because being on a boat was a new experience for him.

But after a while he really started to enjoy the trip.

Thanks to Chris’s and Jeremy’s formidable skills in handling a punt we made it all the way to the Byron’s Pool where a weir divides the river Cam. When we got off the boat we met Islay, an eight month old Labrador puppy, and her owners. Vader had a lot of fun playing with Islay and the two dogs zipped around us like bats out of hell.

After all that excitement and exercise Vader got very tired on the way back to Cambridge. After a few minutes he was sound asleep in the punt.

Overall we all had a really great day. Vader handled his first punting trip very well and enjoyed it like the rest of us.

If you want to see more pictures of our expedition please have a look at Chris’s blog posting.