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Kentish bitch or bitch of Kent ... in the bluebells

We have just spent five days in Kent looking after our grandchildren while our son was whisked away by his wife for his 40th birthday celebration in Rome. We had one day to ourselves while the children were at school and we visited Teston Bridge Country Park near Maidstone. This is situated alongside the River Medway and as we walked along the banks we found Lexy's owner sitting on a bench in the middle of a display of bluebells. We asked if she minded us taking some pix of Lexy and she replied that she was happy for us to do so and said that the dog liked having her picture taken. This I can believe as I swear she is smiling at me in this shot!



To explain the title of this post to those who are unfamiliar with the folk lore of Kent - it is said those who are born to the east of the River Medway are Men of Kent and those to the west are Kentish men. We met Lexy on the west of the river, so I guess (for the day at least) she was a Kentish bitch. She could, in fact, have truly been a bitch of Kent, as I forgot to ask the owner of her origins!

To ensure that Lexy can hold her head high in the canine world, here is a rather more sophisticated pic of her -



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Re: Kentish bitch or bitch of Kent ... in the bluebells

lovely image and interesting "colloquial" expression
I have heard that before some years ago ...
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Re: Kentish bitch or bitch of Kent ... in the bluebells

A lovely dog, she really does appear to be smiling in No 1.
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Re: Kentish bitch or bitch of Kent ... in the bluebells

which ever you decide on she looks a "Happy Bitch" in the first shot - what a lovely "doggie grin"

(I'm a Kentish Man by the way )
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Re: Kentish bitch or bitch of Kent ... in the bluebells

She looks more composed in the second shot. Thank you for that brief bit of folk lore - I shall try to remember it. I recall going to the "Old Man of Kent" a few times, I suppose it should have been the "Old Kentish Man" as it was west of the river.
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Re: Kentish bitch or bitch of Kent ... in the bluebells

Ha Anne - being the refined lady you are I guessed the title must have had something to do with folklore.

Even Lexy has an air of well bred refinement about her, and in a bed of Bluebells what a picture she poses! I agree, in the first she is absolutely saying "b e-e-e f" for the camera.

Coincidentally, my daughter owns a whippet named Lexy.
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Re: Kentish bitch or bitch of Kent ... in the bluebells

Thanks all for looking in and commenting. I am sure Lexy would be appreciative!

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