4Paws in the Park – Job Vacancy

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4Paws in the Park – Job Vacancy

4 Paws in the park (www.4pawsinthepark.com)

4 Paws in the park (www.4pawsinthepark.com)

Background

4 Paws in the Park is a Premier dog walking & pet service business based in East Sheen, established for 4-5 years.
We hold all the necessary insurances and are registered with NARPs (National association of pet sitters) & a member of APDW (www.apdw.co.uk – Association of professional dog walkers).

Services offered:

  • Dog walking
  • Doggie daycare
  • Boarding
  • Dog & cat feeding

Areas covered:

  • Mortlake
  • Barnes
  • East sheen
  • Putney
  • Richmond
  • Kew

4 Paws in the park (www.4pawsinthepark.com)

Vacancy

Due to popularity of our  dog walking, we are looking for someone to join the team.
If you have a massive passion for animals, experience of working with them, and want to earn money doing something you love, then this could be the position for you.
  • You need to be a genuine animal lover and have plenty of experience being around animals
  • You must be fit and healthy as it can be an active job
  • You must be  honest, trustworthy and reliable
  • You must have excellent presentation and communication skills
  • You will need to provide a current Police background check and two outstanding written references
  • You will need to own your own vehicle

If you feel that you meet this criteria, then we would love to hear from you. please send your details with attached references to: jobs@4pawsinthepark.com. if you have any questions, please call 07570309763.

If you wish to find out more about us please visit our website:- 4 Paws in the Park 

4Paws in the Park

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Richmond Park, murky to Springlike with some fun added in!

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Murky Richmond Park V Spring Richmond Park ~ a collection of visual delight!

Murky version

During the February Half Term I decided to pack a rucksack, full of water & snacks, very necessary of course, don’t you think?  We also donned some waterproofs and walking boots to explore Richmond Park that seems to have grown lakes in it that were not there 18 months ago, some you will see in the pictures.  It just goes to show exactly how much water has fallen over the last few months.

There is such an abundance of things to do in Richmond Park, this post not only is predominantly visual, but with this hopefully highlights the ‘natural’ experiences that especially children can have.  Why go to a playground on concrete to play when you can go to Richmond Park?

It is for me a visual delight, but for children there are dens to find, bugs and crawlies to hunt.  There are birds to learn about, nesting and water life plus as you can see further down, fun to be had in trees. Trees are for climbing surely?

There is wood cut to make dens out of, or better still what about the King Trees as I call them at the top of Bone Copse.  I have made up many stories of adventure in this area of Richmond Park.  There are so many magnificent and majestic trees in this area, all standing like a proud army.

Around them are scattered dens, points to make hideouts, to strike against the army around.  Children just have such a great imagination. Mind you I will warn there is a ditch running right across the grass as you will see in some pics.

At the time of walking it was pretty horrendous for someone like me, with a dodgy back and not willing to fall in the quagmire of mud.  However the children saw it as a challenge and loved it, got completely covered, Teddy however was having none of it and walked with me to a ‘safe place’ to cross, hehe. Some pics of our adventures!

Now we are in Richmond Park at the Roehampton Gate end…..a water adventure awaits us….

Up, up and over the hill and a few ditches we go!

Finally we are up where the ‘army of trees’ are, time to play, feast and relax a little!

The Kingdom of Trees is soon to be a distant but fun memory as we head our way back home…a little way to go yet though ~

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The Spring Version (if you scroll over the pictures with your mouse you will see captions!)

On this little adventure we traversed from Palewell Common, roadside towards the Sheen Gate entrance of Richmond Park.  As you can see the blossoming Spring was sneaking up its pretty little head even on the roadside.  The photos were edited and posted on my Eclectic odds n sods blog, hence the name on some piccies.

Now we have a little fun, my eldest spotted a face within a tree.  It has ginger hair, can you see?  I certainly would not have spotted anything like that.  Why not see if you can go and find the “Tree with the smiling face” in it. (if you can’t find it and want another try, just ask me in my comments section, I might give you a clue)

So we are fully in Richmond Park now and work our way down by the lake, back through Roehampton Gate to go through Palewell Common and back home. Some visual delights await you!

A little bit of shadow play never hurt anyone.  Why not try some yourself?  Who is that shadow watching the burly man on the log, looks a bit scary, the shadow or the man? 😀  (he is my husband so I am allowed to say that!)

I love these photos, one of my son standing on the tree that has proved to be such great fun for them over the years as one can climb in and up, they are a bit big now to get up the hollow branches but they can certainly stand on them.  The other picture just a little dreamy don’t you think?

Home time!

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Swirling coffee & how to keep in touch

Lets keep in touch!

Have you discovered some secret hiding dens, or special trees with faces in Richmond Park that I have not mentioned?  Some tales to tell, if so please do stay and chat or air some views! Thank you for reading as always x

Lazy Sundays & Wimbledon Common – what would you do?

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What do you do on a Sunday?

I got asked that question recently, perhaps it should say, what would you ‘like’ to do on a Sunday?

Well for me, with having 2 children, the desire to be incredibly lazy and lounge around isn’t often possible,  not unless there is some random solar movement that calms my offspring down.  If I lie  on the sofa usually one of the small beasts asks me to play monopoly.  This in itself though enjoyable can be a recipe for disaster.  Who has ever played monopoly without the competitiveness ending up in a tirade of arguments and tears?  So I usually need at least a weeks notice of intention to play this game so I can psyche myself up!

So we end up going for a walk, to one of our favorites, Wimbledon Common.

Why is it one of our favourites?

Quite simply because it is easy, nature provides plenty of things for the children to do (photographic evidence provided) and personally I find it easy on the eye and relaxing.

We usually take the same course, because yes you really can get lost, it’s 1,140 acres, so get to know your way around.  The area is split up between Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common.

Facilities include a 18 hole Golf Course, cricket pitches, horse riding, the Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields which cover 48 acres where soccer and rugby takes place in the winter switching then to provide for athletics in the Summer.  I nearly forgot to mention there is a large pavilion which provides the changing facilities for the sportsmen and women.

Buildings on site include staff cottages, a Cafe, Pavilion (as mentioned), Maintenance Centre, The Ranger’s Office, Stables, Information Centre and the Windmill now a museum.

Pit stops & emergencies, we start our stroll

The car park this weekend was absolutely chocca as was the cafe.  However, this is a great little pit stop, especially for little ones who suddenly remember they did not use the loo before they left!  The Windmill is near the car park if anyone wishes a quick detour.

Where do we go?
Yum yum

nice bottom

After the dogs have usually said their hellos to various other furry four legged creatures and enjoying the freedom of being off a lead, we usually head straight down the obvious path that descends in to the forest, at the bottom of which is the lake.  This lake is a source of attraction for children of course, having been there at different seasons, I can vouch for the little fishing nets, collecting tadpoles and quiet whispers around the nesting birds.

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There are swans, ducks and moorhens, probably a few more varieties but my avian knowledge is not up to scratch!

There are various paths snaking away from the lake to different areas, hence you need to know your way around unless you have lots of time to explore. We take our safe options, head up to the golf course then head home, or to the Pembroke Lodge (to follow in another post 🙂

Some pictures for viewing pleasure

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Waiting to go home

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Irksome homework, clay & headaches

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An odd title?

Not really…I promise, there is some relevance rather than blatant trickery trying to lure you in to a post merely by its title. It was the weekend, we decided to go for a walk, perpetuated by the need to get clay, yes clay.  Why? I hear you ask.  Well the reason is because of irksome homework.  Don’t you love it when your child’s school sets them a project of mammoth effort and size, then tell you to take photographic evidence, keep said monstrosity at home and keep it there.  Yes you got it right, spend weeks sweating blood and tears over a project and it doesn’t see the light of day in the school.  So what are we meant to do with it?  Put it on the coffee table as an artifact? So the challenge this time, to create a caste in 3D, basically build it.  My son is creating a Mott & Bailey Castle, example below:

Motte & Bailey Castle

Motte & Bailey Castle

What has this all got to do with husbands.  Well I have a husband.  Right now that sounds like it is an accessory, not like a bag which complements oneself, is useful, carries ones things and generally looks pleasing, oh no, more like “I have a headache”, a pain,   I won’t say anymore, it’s one of those days or weeks.

When homework comes up and I might upon the odd occasion ask for some input, support or otherwise on your average English assignment, do you see the headache for dust.  Oh no, no interest whatsoever and has the most amazing vanishing effect ever. However, this is a creation, something of substance and my ‘headache’ I can only assume gets on the competitive head, or is it creative head?  I don’t know, I can’t get in the mind of the opposite sex to really know, but that is how it appears to me.

What happens?  My ‘headache’ suddenly appears with enough building materials to make ‘Bob the Builder’ pass out, I suppose the fact he is a builder it really shouldn’t surprise me but it does.  You see I have sockets, skirting’s etc that have been in need off attention for six months or so, do the building materials come in for that, oh no, but within a matter of not days, but literally minutes the tool box arrives.   So in a period of a few days, the building materials have constructed the framework as you will see…it is then we need to go for a walk, to collect clay to cover said frame, after a hugely messy affair of papier-mâché is applied, yes all completed in unnervingly fast time.

Are you jealous Bob the Builder?

Are you jealous Bob the Builder?

The creation comes alive

The creation comes alive

So now it was time to collect clay.  Wellies were donned, dogs leashed up, bucket ready and shovel, yes not trowel nor spade but a great big shovel.  The dogs were keen, well at least one was, the other our old gentlemen wasn’t so sure especially when he saw the quagmire that Palewell is at the moment.

What is it about dogs and poles, as you will see our youngest, the dog that is, decided to urinate upon a “no dumping sign”, very apt.  He seemed to be having a bladder problem this day and proceeded in urinating on anything upright he could find.

We trundled in to the forest upon which the children after having found their favorite den exclaimed that the clay was in the open space of the common between the two fields, so off we went.  I must say I felt rather like a criminal, my senses very nervous about digging up a public area.

 I was convinced a Parks person would of course on that day decide to do the rounds and give us a thorough telling off, perhaps a fine?  Time in the slammer?  Alright I am getting a bit carried away now. Clay was found and dug.  I kept saying “hurry up, get it over and done with, hurry hurry” in anxious voice.  It was done plus a worm added to the mixture.

Then a meander down between the allotments, one of my favorite places. Then a wander home. The clay is still outside the house. I wonder if superman headache will decide to paste what seems to be ‘his’ rather than my eldest’s creation with said mucky material! Watch this space, I might just update this post with the ongoing antics of castle building.

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My first proper walk in 2014 in East Sheen

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My First Proper Walk of the Year 2014 – East Sheen – Jan

Yes, I have to confess due to various reasons and reasonable ones, today I took my first proper walk of 2014, it was of course in East Sheen being my home place and it would only be honorary to take my first steps here, in the vicinity of Palewell Common.

I’ve been sheltering indoors hiding from the rain, the thought of coming home with sodden feet and dripping layers too much.  I must be a fair weather walker, not entirely but it’s all a state of mind and that is where mine has been of late.

But this morning the sun was shining like a bright spring day, its rays luring me with beckoning fingers to go bask in its gloriousness. I got reeled in and took the bait, donned my new trainers, scarf, gillet and fingerless mitts, not forgetting of course Iphone with entrusted selection of appropriate music and sunnies.

I will say, I overdressed, scarf came off by the end of the walk as did gloves and yes a horrible dribble of sweat ensued down my back taunting me the silent words of “Miss sweaty might become Miss stinky now”

It was bliss to walk past the budding magnolia trees.  This tree became an obsession of mine last year, determined to get one in my front garden.  There is one down the street where I live which literally makes me stop walking every time, once in full bloom, just to take in its radiant pinks and silken looking petals.

A little further Palewell Common was looking rather like a mud quagmire but did this stop the dog walkers?  Indeed not, they were out in full force, I would say  more professional walkers than otherwise judging by the amount of dogs per person, unless East Sheen has taken to owning 7 dogs per household.  I shudder to think of the smells and chaos that would create, I have two and that is certainly enough to make a pungent house of doggy smells.

I had to smile seeing a small gathering of nursery children out on the grass, the activity seemingly being to run from one adult to another, I did rather question how long they would stay upright running on such wet mud strewn ground.  I expect lots of dirty knees and if not faces would have been had by the end of it had I not moved on.  It doesn’t really pay in this day and age to stand and watch children, much as a joy it is, it can gather you odd looks if you are on your own.

The allotments seemed uncharacteristically quiet; I enjoy seeing how these develop over the weeks so many visual treats to come.

Last year I started to forage, yes forage.  You might raise your eyebrows and think alright, time to stop reading now; this is a very nerdy woman.  But I will have you know that this hobby is becoming increasingly popular, so much so there are organised walks for people to learn about foraging and books in numerous quantities on the subject.

Apart from this there is a wealth of You Tube clips on what to do with these wondrous berries, leaves etc that one has spent hours picking, leaping to get, scratching oneself to bits to acquire.  Suffice to say, I probably had one success in about 10 attempts of trying to make jellies, jams, pickles and chutneys.  Will I give it another go this year, probably, yes, but I have enough experience to know what I definitely won’t try again.  Will I tell you what that is?  Hell, no (grins), that’s part of the fun to find out for yourself!

More on foraging another time.  Do I hear a yay?

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