Town Raven

Town Raven
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Location Map

Location Map
This shows where we walk and meet the ravens
The yellow and pink squiggly lines are two walks we take. The yellow one is the one we usually do. The squigglyness indicates how Madame visits her several important sniffing check-points!
We stop several times to feed the ravens, and you can see where they come from.

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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

March 31st

Winter clothes were definitely needed this morning - it was perishing, with a gale blowing straight from the ice cap.
We left the house at 7.10 a.m., it was dark because of the racing clouds. 
And did I say it was cold? It was - as cold as in the depths of the deepest winter!

There were no raven calls, and we did not spy any sitting in the still bare treetops.
However, we had to cut our walk short, just managing to go up to the top of the big field and back immediately, because poor Miss Sophie was trembling - not just from the icy wind, but also because of the presence of the other dogs of whom she is scared.

Later, we went out to Pontcanna Fields, which was her choice. She was much happier, there were no dogs about because it was still blowing a gale, and because it was still lunchtime, sort of, at 1.30 p.m.

We did see two ravens on the ground, but they were too far away for me to see if I knew them. Also, the ravens have only seen me in Pontcanna Fields twice, a couple of months ago, so I don't think they'd expect to see me there.

If I can get to the ravens field without making Miss Sophie unhappy, I'll do so. Otherwise, getting her settled has to be my priority at the moment. If this means letting her go where she wants to, for the next week, then I'll not force her to go where she feels apprehensive all the time.

Sorry, ravens - we'll do our best to feed you somehow.


Anonymous said...

Hey {Yma} this is realwest - let me get this straight: you went out in the icy FREEZING cold and walked from 7:10AM to 1:30PM?!? Have I got that right? No wonder Miss Sophie was trembling = she was cold and TIRED. Heck, I'm tired just reading about it, LOL!
But - IMO, and for what it's worth, you need to take care of Miss Sophie BEFORE taking care of the Ravens - she ought not to be scared of other dogs so much, so get her settled and if need be take her to a dog behavioral study/training place. She's making you happy and will make you much happier in the future, you should try to get her to be unafraid of other dogs.
You could still blog about Miss Sophie and get back to The Ravens once she's alright!
Anyway, I do worry about you being out in such awfully cold weather and wish spring would, well, spring where you are and SOON too!

yma said...

Awww, realwest - we most certainly did not walk from 7.10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.!!!

I'm not totally off my trolley, not yet anyway!

No - we're out for about 45 minutes or so, I turn back when I see that Miss Sophie is getting stressed and too apprehensive to enjoy her walk.

It will take time to get her used to the other dogs - she's 'learning' her new surroundings, and she seem very slowly to accept Bas bouncing around her - he's the only dog so far she's a bit more comfortable with, after the initial apprehension.

I think this is a very good time to see where else the ravens spend their time, and what they get up to. Being so clever, I think they might start recognising me in other parts of the park, and at other times of the day.

But yes, Miss Sophie is, right now, my main concern.

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