Camber Sands Doodle Friends

January 2019 Blog by James Glover

January Doodle round-up – It’s been a busy month in Doodleland!
Some say January is a quiet month, when everyone tightens their belts from the Christmas excesses and stays
home to keep warm.
But us Camber Doodles need our exercise whatever our owners financial state, so it’s
been walks as usual for us! We had three meet-ups this month, the first was on New Year’s Day, then we had
our normal ‘first Sunday of the month’ meet and finally a new addition to the calendar, a Saturday morning
walk away from the beach.
A chilly New Year’s Day dawned with brilliant sunshine to herald in 2019, but for some reason many of the
humans weren’t as excited as the doodles and found it difficult to get out of bed and get down to the beach in
time for the start. Fortunately by the time we came to take the group photo there were thirty humans and at
least twenty doodles who joined in to blow the cobwebs away and welcome in the first day of 2019. As usual
the doodles excitedly dashed and splashed along the sands playing with each other, and having a great time.
There are two types of walks at Camber, the ‘tide-in’ walk and the ‘tide out’ walk. This time the tide was
well and truly out, so the doodles brought plenty of sand back to the car with less of a fragrance of ‘eau de
fishy doodle’ than if the tide is in! But wherever the tide had been it was a wonderful way to start the new
year. On the beach with friends and with our doodles!
The following Sunday was a different story.
In contrast to the New Year’s Day walk, the morning was cloudy and the tide was right up close to the dunes. Many doodles had
dressed appropriately and we saw Equafleeces in almost every colour the company make. This gave me an idea for the February walk, but
more of that another time.
It’s always lovely to meet new Doodles and their owners (we are heading close to 300 now), and it was particularly nice to meet friends from our neighbouring group, Kent Doodle Meets. We hope they enjoyed
spending time with us and we look forward to seeing them again. Perhaps they might show us some of their local Kent walks?
Since starting the walks in March 2018, we’ve heard people asking why the walks are always on a Sunday
and always at 10:30? Many have commitments at this time and find it hard to make either Sundays or early
morning. With this in mind we are starting a Saturday walk so that those Doodles that can’t make Sundays
still get the opportunity to doodle dash with their mates. We also took other comments into consideration
such as, why can’t we meet in other places, like the woods and please can we make sure we WALK rather
than stroll?! We are starting to arrange these other events, so please check out the events page on Facebook
for more details.
We knew there were doodles who drive from Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill to be with us on Camber, so
we arranged the first Saturday walk was at the Hastings Country Park. Sadly we don’t think the word got out soon enough because this meet was a very select affair, with only three Doodles attending, Bertie, Poppy and Dan! However what we lacked in numbers we made up for in doodle dashing and human conversation. In fact there was so much conversation that I forgot to take any photos until the very end! I must certainly do better next time!

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