Theo discovered a secret door on his walk today. We were driving down a lane in a local town, looking for somewhere to walk and couldn’t resist seeing what was on the other side.
Built as a palace by the Archbishops of Canterbury, gifted to Henry VIII, remodelled by the Sackville family, Knole is one of England’s most important and complete historic houses and the National Trust is committed to its survival.
It was through this door that we found our way into Knole Park in our local town of Sevenoaks. It’s an amazing place that covers 1,000 acres and holds various deer herds about 600 strong. Theo was like a kid in a candy store. There was so much to sniff, to pee on and to watch *reeallly closely*. That said, he was very well behaved and we had a good couple of hours practicing walking to heel, sitting, lying down and looking away and looking to me when the deer trotted past (yep, the squeezy cheese helped!)
There is one thing that made me wonder. No dog bins anywhere in 1,000 acres (that I could see). Ok, I understand that if they have 600 deer living and doing what comes naturally all over the park, then dogs can do what they do. The thing is that Knole Park doesn’t just have woods, it has a beautiful house that thousands of families visit. So, amongst the families and the picnics, nature took its course. Yep, the ginger ninja squatted down front and centre right in front of the visitor centre. I did what any responsible dog owner would do and used the poop-bags. Then I had to carry it for about an hour and a half until we left the park. I spent time thinking through the logistics, the park is owned by the National Trust, and as a charity they rely on volunteers and yes, there would be a cost for waste collection. But hey, some bins would have been nice 🙂
I’ve used my new photoshop skills to illustrate the exact spot that Theo made his deposit. Ahem.
Deer photo by Bohpix