When we go to bed at night, we never know what the next day holds for us. Getting the car out gives us no clue, as we could be going to the park for walkies or sometimes further afield. But when Mum starts suitcase packing. we know we are going away, tho never where.
On Sunday, the suitcase appeared. Maybe we were off to the beach.... "oh please, let it be the beach." Or could we be going to see Freddie and Mabel? No! Our destination was to be Sheffield, SouthYorkshire. Mum has an old friend living there and as she has not been well recently, Mum decided a "let's cheer Janet up" visit was required. A hotel was booked and we were on our way in our trusty limo.
Janet has always said she is not a doggy person, so we were a bit scared, but when she saw us, she changed and in an instant hugged and made a fuss of us, and let us play in her garden. She was fascinated as we hunted for wild animals and spent a lot of time behind her shed where there was a real smell of wild tiger, tho we didn't find one!
A couple of hours or so later, we left for our hotel. Top marks to the Mercure, Sheffield Parkway, they were so welcoming, and made a huge fuss of us.
It was a lovely quiet hotel and our huge room had everything we needed. Mum had a really comfy bed and we too were very cosy there, and had a good night's sleep, but not before an inspection of the grounds, which included a lovely grassy area, bounded by some very secure fencing. We felt very safe there.
After a good night's sleep we went to visit a little dachshund friend of ours, but en route it was decided that some retail therapy at Boundary mill was required. We don't have this store in our area, so when we see one on our travels Mum can't resist the temptation to go in. It was a cool morning, and we hadn't much time so we stopped in the car until Mum came back, triumphantly brandishing some new bone china dishes for us! They are so posh.... kind of classy, being pure white.
Finally, we got to see our little friend, a chocolate mini-smooth who was a little nervous, so we didn't spook her by demanding photos. However, Mum had some wonderful cuddles before we left for The Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, to have some lunch.
This is a really special place, and we were sure we would see Robin Hood and his Merry Men, but no, they made no appearance. Their website describes the Centre. "The legendary stomping-ground of Robin Hood, this 450 acre country park is now part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and home to a fascinating ecosystem. The forest has 900 veteran oak trees including England's Tree of the Year 2014, The Major Oak"
We would have loved a walk there, but being at the start of the annual Seasonal Canine Illness outbreak, we felt it safer not to. However, to give you an idea of their resources, we are showing a map downloaded from their website.
Since walkies was out, we decided to buy Mum some lunch, but we were not alone! Oh no! You can imagine how excited we were to see that a special friend of ours had also arrived at the Centre at just about the same time as us! Yes it was Andy our newest Editor! Well, in such wonderful company as Andy and his Mum and Dad, Irene and Terry, we had the perfect ending to our visit up North! For those of you who do not know, Andy is also the Dachshund Rescue Mascot. Wow, is he one special boy? Yes he is.
Sadly, we had to bid Andy and his hoomans a fond farewell, and set off for home. En route, we stopped off for a cuppa and cake at our favourite Bistro, The Abbey Park Farm Shop, East Heckington, so watch out for our further review on their new facilities. Honstly, it is worth the wait..... it is great and they love Dachshunds!
Emma & Dolly Teckel
HQ Editorial Team
14th August 2017