Friday, 23 May 2008


We're here. My bestest mind - a- boggling walk! It's just down the road from where I live. Going to wig your wag along with me? This is Royal Bushy Park. On of the Parks adjacent to Hampton Court Palace. Remember? The park was given to King Henry 8th by Cardinal Wolsey in 1529 and now belongs to the Queen. And her corgis. All of them. Emma, Linnet, Holly, Willow and three dorgis, Brandy, Cider and Berry. Plus Rush, Minnie and Monty who belonged to the late Queen Mother. That's a lot of poop to scoop for Mr. Sir. Vent on their walkies . . .

I'm going to tell you something bout the park as you cousins In A Merry Car might be interested 'cos it's got a bit of A Merry Can history. In World War II, part of the park became Camp Griffiss, which was the base camp for the US 8th Army Air Force, US Strategic Air Forces and then later on the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces. The most important person who lived on the base camp was General Eisenhower. He planned Operation Overlord. Overlord was the code name for the allied invasion of north-west Europe that began with the D-D landings. There are formal memorials to the USAAF and SHAEF in the north-east corner of the park so we will head over and sniff those out. I don't really know bout much of that but Mom says it's all about freedom and liberty for all creatures. So be free, those leads come off pals.

Now as this is a Royal Park, when I visit here, I use my full Aristocrat title. Mom says it's a bit of a mouthful when calling me but I insist. Besides it makes me giggle,it's so true . . .

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Most Noble and Honourable Eric the Radiant of Piddletrenthide on the Carpet
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

Don your crown, grab your sceptre and you girls throw on your ermine cloaks. My Lords. Ladies. Honourables. Let's give this park a Right Royal Going Over.

Pawfect. A red carpet put out for our visit. Don't forget to wave to the adoring crowds when you see them.

Now the entrance to the park entrance is a mile long, lined on each side with a row of towering chestnut trees. They are in full blooming lovely bloom right now.

Behind the Chestnut Trees on both sides are avenues of Lime trees.

Blimey. Sort of, umm, limey. Let's wag down the avenue and sneak a peak at the dear little deers.

These deers are the direct descendants of the ones King Henry put into the park all those years ago in the year 1529. Dog-a-blogging amazing. Now you! Yes! You! Gun Dogs! Show some respect boyzs. No taking pot shots at the deers. Remember they leave us such nice little presents. Lip smacking lovely. I'm very partial to a poop or two. Are you?

These are the little fallow deers.With astonishingly big ears.

The dear Moms hide their Bambi's in the ferns.

Tell me. Is this tree tall or is me so small?
Everywhere amazing space! The park is over 5 miles square with too much to wag over to today.There's fountains, streams, ponds, gardens, rabbits, stags and the magical white deers. I'll bring you here again in the summer.

Shall we ? Do a bit of bark in? Tee hee!

Or do some rock and roll?

Climb these big logs ?

Or goof around being dogs? Here's one of the adoring crowds (oh,this one's shy)

Noses to the ground. Let's sniff out these memorials.

Pawfect place for them. Do you agree?

Jeepers! Forgot we had transport laid on to get you all home.
Thanks for wagging with me, Eric Square Dog. Safe journey.


Gus said...

Blimey Eric! One of your best ever. Loved the photos of the park and the deer, and you gave an excellent commentary.

Thanks again


Dewey Dewster said...

Wow Eric...ya shoulda been a history teacher...that was an excellent lesson....brings ta mind a song from Gram and Pap's day....can ya hum a few bars? I'm Henry the 8th I am,
Henry the 8th I am, I am,
I got married to the widow next door,
She's been married 7 times before,
And every one was a Henry (Henry),
She wouldn't have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I'm her 8th old man I Henry,
Henry the 8th I am.........Hermans Hermits mate.
Lovely park in a lovely carpet 'n all...but who cleans up all the Royal doggie poo? Oh and are ya rollin' in the deer poo there?...we love ta do that..

Dewey Dewster here......

Lorenza said...

Hi, Eric!
Sure that park is very interesting! Thanks for the tour!
Kisses and hugs

Maggie & Mitch said...

What a gorgeous park! How many trees did you water, Eric?!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Noah the Airedale said...

Excellent post Eric mate. We dales love a history lesson. That is amazing about those deer being direct descendants of the deer Henry VIII put there...woweee. And those chestnut trees, they're gorgeous.
Willow is so excited that one of the Queens corgis is called Willow hee hee. Thanks for an enjoyable read!

Hugs & tail wags

Asta said...

That was a splendid walk!!! I love chestnut twees and Lime twees and those deews awe bootiful, but the most bootifullest of all is the sight of you my sweet squawe fwiend..if I wew next to you ,I wouldn't hide..I'd be vewy pwoud!!!

smoochie kisses

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Eric,
Thanks for the wonderful walkie. We really enjoyed it. We just love the Fallow Deer, they are way cool. Mama got to feed & pet some at a deer park in Wisconsin. Do you get to walkie in this park often? It is very bootiful. Have a great weekend!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Koobuss said...

Hi Eric!

What a beautiful place to go for a walk. I don't think it gets any better than that.

Terrific photos!! Great job, Eric, you little cutie!!

Love ya!
Koobuss Kisses,

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh man...good thing I read the Dewster's comment or ya woulda been treated to yet another round of I'm Henry the 8th I am, I am...

What a fab's Memorial Day weekend here...used to be called Decoration honors our war dead and our loved ones who are the thoughts of WW 2 are very timely, Eric...

Thank you for the was amazing...we have never seen so many deer in one place!!! And lime trees? Is it that warm there, that they don't freeze?????

Perhaps some key lime pie for Lacie????? MMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

You are such a good foxy wire to run off lead...we'd take OFF!!!!!

Educated barks!!!

Agatha and Archie said...

Well that was a fabulous tour....We thouroughly enjoyed it and everything looks so lush and green(except the little deer) We have a very important question for you...ARE YOU OFF LEAD???ARE YOU???WE DON"T SEE ONE>>Do you actually come when they call you?? If we were there with you, off lead,we would already be in Yorkshire...Man are we impressed little buddy!!!!!!!!! Love A+A(we are going to begin our Boston tours this week! Now that the weather is nice!!! )Love and smoochies A+A

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Your title sure is very royal. I like your crown. :)

~ Girl girl

Blue said...

I bow before you, as with such a title & a royal park to enjoy, I'm in awe!

Love seeing you free.
What a good WFT you are.
It was a lovely tour/post.
Horsechestnuts are my all time fav. tree - a face for every season.

Thanks for your kind email!
It was appreciated.

Love, pats & pets

happy said...

What great pictures! The park sounds really a fun place to be.

Blimey, that's one regal title you have there hehe!

Pacco de Mongrel said...

super great park....

Simba said...

Hello Eric, my name is Simba. We are in the gift exchange and you are the doggie I get to send stuff too. Please could you email me your address along with your likes and dislikes. Thank you.

Simba x

umekotyan said...

Good evening eric.
Thank you for meeting in the red carpet.
It is British imperial household's wonderful tradition there.
It is a monument of European Theater of Operations.
Deer's history in 1944 is interesting travel of the stroll.
I am a very happy stroll.
It agrees and I mysterious eric as for the feature in 1944. :)

from loved ume tyan

Jackson said...

Hey Eric, what a pawsome park. It's a bit more fancy than my local, I can tell you. Mind you, I do sometimes stroll around the Royal Pavilion gardens so I suppose that's quite posh, isn't it? J x

PS I see that Simba is buying your parcel exchange gift. He's one of my blogging pals, and is King of the Realm!

Gunner said...

Eric the Radiant what a beautiful park that is for you to lord over!


Chef said...

Thanks for the tour, Eric. What an interesting and beautiful place to take a walk. You sure know your history.It was very interesting. My Mama always wants to know the history of the places she goes to.

I went and got my aristocratic title too. I am now known as: Chef the Mellifluous of Dicken St. Charles! That's a mouthful. Can you imagine my Mama saying: Chef the Mellifluous of Dicken St. Charle, sit! I think I'll stick to Chef. And guess what my fortune cookie said? "It is time to open up your dream boxes." Hmmmm. Timely with the exchange going on!

By the way, my Mama love your face.

xoxo Chef

Toffee said...

Pheww! What a great walk that was; I am just exhausted from trying to keep up with you. Sorry about the "incident" when I started to chase after the deer - how embarrassing for you...sorry.

My mom told me that she was jealous that I got to go on the walk with you as she loves Hampton Court Palace grounds - she's been twice, most recently a year ago! I tried to tell her that we were NEAR the palace but not at the palace but she wouldn't listen..humans!

Ok, I must snooze after our long walkie!
see ya!

Asta said...

I mean, Most Noble and Honourable Eric the Radiant of Piddletrenthide on the Carpet .hope you've had a gweat day..I came home fwom the wondewful skating pawty to find that my Daddi is now sick, so It's been not much fun awound living in a stoopid hospital, so yestewday I stawted to thwow up just to keep up wif the west of the patiens,hehe
smoochie kisses

Maggie & Mitch said...

We call macaroni, oonies, Eric!
Mom just finished watching Oprah's puppy mill show and I think she went through a whole box of kleenex!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Toffee said...

I hope you have a great weekend full of wiry shenanigans!


Tony Pham said...

OMG the crown! It's beautiful! Please please please tell me where you bought the crown? I want one for my pomperian too!

Please please tell me where...I've been looking all over the places for MONTHS!


Happy the Pomeranian