Splashing Fun

Energetic Fun With Poppy

These photos are from a few weeks ago, before winter started to take hold. I’d visited one of my old childhood playground haunts while out walking, and Poppy just couldn’t resist having a splash in the water. I’m sure she was born with webbed feet!

The photos were taken at the River Keekle, at Mill Hill farm. The water is generally quite shallow, but the ford crossing has caught numerous people out over the years, when stupidity has overpowered common sense. I’ve been one such victim, and survived my misjudgement with embarrassment and wet feet. I’m still reminded from time to time that I drove my Dad’s car through the water, and that it had to be towed away. Oops!

Splashing Fun
Splashing Fun

A few years ago, my sister and her husband witnessed the true power of the river as a car drove through flood water. The car was swept down stream, under a footbridge. While my sister called emergency services, my brother-in-law was running after the car trying to rescue those inside. Sheer luck prevented a disaster, when the car collided with an overhanging tree. The occupants scrambled out through an open window.

Poppy Jump
Poppy Jumping

During calm, clear weather, the riverside used to be a brilliant playground, but it can also be incredibly dangerous. Thinking about it, I’m surprised I survived my childhood – but it’s all part of growing up, and I wouldn’t change a thing about my past – it all moulded me into who I am today. A barking mad lunatic πŸ˜‚



  1. When I had my black spaniel I lived in Spain and she would run down the beach and dive into the waves and swim underwater . It was the same when she came back to England on the beaches here there was no stopping her it was the call of the sea. Great photos Sean 😊

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      1. That was so lovely it brought a tear to my eyes 😒 Missy loved chasing the birds and digging in the sand too. She maybe still alive I don’t know because she went with my ex husband 😊

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      2. Emotions can get pretty complicated in grief, but know that the overwhelming sadness is also a sign of how much that you loved, and were loved. It’s hard, but pain will ease over time.

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      1. I see. You need one of those crazy tall, jacked up four wheel drive trucks. People use them here in the desert and high up in our mountain ranges.

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