A Day in Essex: Normidca dog show and
a walk in Maldon
31 March 2007
Henry in the adult handling class of the North Middlesex Canine Association (Normidca)
show in Basildon.
Lucy making sure Henry looks suitably beautiful
A slightly odd expression from Lucy, but she is clutching the third place
rosette and card.
Having then entered the Cavalier breed classes and won Best of Breed, Lucy and Henry
are in the line-up during judging of the
Lucy and Henry begin the lap of honour after winning the Toy Group, a great
achievement and our third Toy Group win.
Three of the Group winners, including Henry of course, in the Best in Show judging.
Keeping a close eye on Henry. Sadly we got nothing in Best in Show, but he did get a
very close look - perhaps a third place, if such were awarded, would have been
Henry's. But a very successful morning nonetheless for Henry, who is now nearing
his fifth birthday and winding down his main showing career. When he is seven he
might try some Veteran classes though!
Afterwards we drove a few miles across Essex to Basildon to Maldon, where we
parked by the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, where many boats are moored,
most rather more focussed on the sea than on the navigation itself.
The lock cottage by the sea lock.
Henry on the lock gates, enjoying the wind and sun
The Old Ship pub and its outdoor tables looks a delightful spot - though it was
very windy today.
Looking out into the estuary past the lock gates
We then took a walk along the sea wall, looking out over the lower reaches of
Not much water in front of the lock entrance.
Henry on the sea wall
Doesn't he look handsome?
The mud flats in front of the sea wall have become the last resting ground for
quite a few wooden vessels in various stages of decay.
More hulls of former boats
Lucy and Henry on the sea wall. Henry seems to be contorting himself into a
rather odd position here!
Wooden hulks on the mud flats, adding a certain romance, perhaps, or even
slightly reminiscent of Speedy, the boat from Arthur Ransome's 'Secret
The original intent had been to walk around a circuit, but it was very windy and
we were much later than arriving than originally planned due to Henry's success,
so when we reached the southernmost point of the path, we retraced our steps
past the lock.