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FRIDAY 5th Feb: 1st Great (doggie) Train Journey


Crinkly

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Cato:

Tara was BAD.  Very bad.  And then she was Naughty.

We went in the car to the station, then 2 trains.  At the first station we had a mini walk because Dad was worried that Tara hadn't had a wee and would go on the train.  I had weeed earlier, so I was good.  But then I had a poo.  Just in case.  Cos I am good.  This was a lump, with car tyres, next to a football pitch near the station.  It was odd.  So we all had to climb it. 

There was a man walking across the field and he asked wot kind of dogs we are.  So Dad said 'Shih Tzu' and the man thought he was swearing.  Then they had a laugh.

Then we got on the train. 

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The first train was horrible.  The floor was dirty and Tara ate something but no one knows what it was, even Tara.  And I hated it.  Tara whined and hid under the seat, and I crouched down under Mum's legs.  We were close to the doors, and I could see out, and into the next carriage, and everything was shaking around, and it was horrible.

Then we got off, at York Station.  It was busy, but cleaner, and we all had Burgerking.  This is when we were standing waiting for the burgers.  It was bustley, but better than the train.  And several people said 'hello', and 2 girls shrieked at how cute we were, and 3 children wanted to stroke us.  And Tara licked and licked a toddler, and the toddler's Mum laughed and said 'she tastes of icecream!

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The next train was better though.  It had a carpet, was less rattley and Tara and I could sit together and snuggle.  Mum and Dad carried us on and off the trains cos of the gap between the platform and the step.  It is scary, and I won't jump up because there are monsters under the train.

We arrived in Scarborough and Mum and Dad thought we should go on the beach before the hotel, so we could 'work off the stress' in 'familiar environment'.  This is when Tara got very, very BAD.

This is the beach:

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It is dark cos it WAS dark.  The light was going, and the clouds made it dark. 

Tara ran a long way away, and climbed these steps.  I only went that far to see she was ok.  She climbs EVERYTHING.

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But she climbed and climbed, and wouldn't get down.  And Mum said 'leave her, she will come back down if we walk off' but I had climbed a bit too.  And I was a bit stuck.  But she wouldn't come down.  And she was cheeky.  She just kept going higher, and it could have been a road up there.  So Dad had to come fetch us.

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And this is where she got REALLY bad.  She wouldn't let him catch her.  I only went up to help.  But she was dancing around and in the end Dad had to bring us both down the long way.

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This was our hotel.  Big, isn't it?  It is very old.  Even older than Mum and Dad's Mums and Dads. 

We went up the cliff to the hotel in the vertical train tram thing to the right of this picture.  It was weird, but Mum carried me, so it was OK.

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It is A Victorian Monstrosity, Mum says, with Vulgar PsudoVictorian Paintwork, but Dad loves the food, and the rooms are clean and warm.  And they allow us dogs in.  We all think it is a great hotel.

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Tara was Naughty-Bad in the hotel too.

 

Tara:

I was NOT naughty in the hotel.  I was doing my duty.  Just because Cato was tired and a slug, and I had to step up to guard duty, and barked when people went past, he says I was naughty.  But I wasn't.  I was protecting our Hotel Den and warning Mum and Dad that people might be trying to get in.  Besides there was another dog down the corridor, and he was barking too!  So really, I was beeing GOOD, wasn't I. Aunties?  It would have been irris- irres- pons- it would have been a bad thing if I hadn't protected us.  All evening.  And half the night.  Sitting by the door and sniffing under it.  Until Mum got up and tied me to the leg of her bed and built me a pen with the rucksacks and the chair.  And then we all went to sleep.

Anyway.  It isn't as if I have a LOUD bark, is it?

This is me and Dad and Cato on one of the teensy beds.  I am watching the door, in case we are attacked.

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Mum:

Sorry if this blog is a little less coherent than usual.  A bit sleep deprived.

Thought you might like this photo too. 

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It is from the wall at the back of the beach, Victorian, and must have (once upon a time) been a water fountain or drainage pipe from the cliff above.  I just loved the age of it, and the fact that, like all the best Victorian workmanship, it is still working - water was actually dribbling from the arch, and the green algae is proof that it works well! :roflmao:

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Not only was Tara cheeky........Mum got a picture of her, off-leash RIGHT under the "NO DOGS" sign.  giggle

That sounds like the kind of hotel room experience we usually have if try to stay overnight when we drive back and forth to Oregon.  It's an exhausting 13 hour trip.  If we stay somewhere, the dogs are worried, nosy, and antsy.  Up and down thru the night and we don't rest well.  We almost always just tough it out and arrive at the Oregon beach exhausted but comfortable in our own bed.

Loved hearing about your adventures and seeing the pictures.  The hotel looks like a fun place to stay!  You pups should have had your pics taken at the top of that staircase.........grand royalty coming down for tea.

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Haha!

You have reminded me!  There was a chubby pug called Winston staying there.  He and his Mum and Dad were sitting on the armchairs in the main entrance (at the bottom of those inredible stairs).  He was sitting, surveying the room, but got off his Mum's lap and came to say hello to my Dynamic Duo.

Isn't that a marvellous name for a Pug?

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We used to have a white English Bulldog that wandered around our neighborhood.......his name was Winston and I always thought it was perfect :-)

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What a grand old  Hotel ❤️❤️❤️Love It!

The old Victorian Fountain is so cool! Amazing workmanship back in those days...Just like the Romans they built things to last!

Now Tara...what's this about being naughty? Mom surely can't be talking about You can she? Just wait till she finds the Poop souvenir you brought back in her overnight case :shifty:

 :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:

 

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Missysmom

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Wow what a Great Train Escape! Cato I think you're right and a monster Was under that train, shaking it, I felt it shaking all the way Here! And oh my how scary was that when Tara wouldn't come back, good thing you were there to make sure she was Ok!

Love that hotel! But Cato you know there were a Lot of ghosts in those old Victorian places so it was a Real Good thing that Tara protected you guys all night- Good job Tara!! :thumb: But bet Mom's Real happy to see her bed where she Knows she's safe now and everyone can rest tonight!

Love all the pics and seeing that old fountain was an extra special treat! Thanks so much for taking us on the trip too, it was Great! :D

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Aha!  I hadn't thought of ghosts!

that explains EVERYTHING!  Shih Tzus are naturally very psychic, you know, on account of their ancestors living in Tibetan monasteries, with monks.  

Odd that Tara should be the one showing such delicacy of perception, though.  Quite unexpected! ;)

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Summerangel

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Such a beautiful staircase. Would make anyone feel like royalty coming down those...

I know how you guys feel. I never sleep well when I'm way from home. By the time I get used the my surroundings and the bed, it's time to come home... 

I thought it was quite funny when Tara made Daddy go and get her... Oops am I naughty ...? 

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I was showing hubby the Big Hotel and showing him your pictures ..( secretly dropping a ten ton Hint)   :cheezy:

He didn't know they allowed pets within and asked.....Are they allowed anywhere in the hotel or just certain floors Jo?

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It is The Grand Hotel, Scarborough.  You can find it on the Britannia Hotels website.

They charge £10/night/dog to a max of £25 per dog for the length of your stay.  They also charged a £50 deposit for potential dog cleanup, which we had refunded at the end of the stay.

Should warn you though, the food is... um... unusual.  Your hubby will understand when I say it is very 'school dinners'.  Stew and veg, and fish and chips, and sponge pudding and custard.  It is also self service, and stay away from the tea and coffee!  My Mr C adores it, because he has a huge appetite and can go up and have 3 spotted dicks with custard and no one (except me) raises an eyebrow.  Not sure what an American palette would make of it!!! lol

We have been going to Britannia hotels for a while and always wait for a special offer on their email circulars.  Bosworth is our favourite.  beautiful house, and the best food of all the hotels in the chain.  The Grand at Scarborough is a unique experience though - just remember there are other places in the town where you can get good coffee. lol.

Don't know about whether they restrict dogs to certain rooms.  We were on the 3rd floor, and both mutts were very brave and confident about the lift.

- oh, and be careful when you book.  Make sure you get a room with a window.  The windowless ones are cheaper, and on the lower floors.  The hotel is built on the side of a cliff, so there are lower floor rooms facing outward with windows, and a few facing inwards without windows.  We had one once.  They had a pretend windowframe on one wall! :roflmao: and ventilation so you had fresh air.  It was a bizarre experience, but I remember it fondly.  Oh, and they had fitted the room with a bath with bubbly jets, in an effort to compensate for the lack of daylight. :clap:

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Geez sounds like they haven't changed since Queen Victoria days. I'll certainly pass all this onto him tonight...

I'll put up with just about anything just to get out this house...Stir Crazy from all the rain 

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Summerangel

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47 minutes ago, PipsMom said:

Geez sounds like they haven't changed since Queen Victoria days. I'll certainly pass all this onto him tonight...

I'll put up with just about anything just to get out this house...Stir Crazy from all the rain 

I know the feeling Crystal... We did manage a walk this morning before it rained  again. Spring can't come quick enough. 

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You be careful .....80 mph gales coming ashore tonight with torrential rain.....sorry Donte and Lacey, no walkies tomarrow either.

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Oh no!  The shed roof!!!!  There is now more tape on it than roofing felt.  Every time we tape it, corners lift.

We are going to have to give up and get it properly re-laid soon.  Just too miserly to do it now - after spending so much on the tape. :roflmao::roflmao:

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9 minutes ago, Crinkly said:

.  Just too miserly to do it now - after spending so much on the tape. :roflmao::roflmao:

LOLROTF

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I will post you a pic in tomorrow's blog.

You will see what I mean.

The neighbours must be finding it hilarious.  Every day we are out there.  Mr C tottering up the stepladder sticking on tape.  Me standing on the cross brace to steady the ladder, cutting lengths of tape and trying to pass them to him before they stick to themselves in the wind...

Its a laugh a bloomin' minute :(

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Rofl.....Blog heck! We'd line up and pay to see a motion picture showing that :hysterical::hysterical::hysterical:

P/S.....get more tape Mr. C....radar...Right now! It's already started :hysterical:

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Summerangel

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@Crinkly @PipsMom you two crack me up :roflmao: 

i wish you two were both my neighbours. A laugh a minute, I can picture it now. Although Crystal we'll have our own stepladders up, to take the photos of Mr and Mrs C with their sticky tape...  :roflmao:  hehe 

 

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