Friday Flower Walk

•August 2, 2014 • 2 Comments

On Friday afternoon we went to Manswood for a walk. The horrid heat has gone and it was lovely and cool and cloudy so we could go out earlier than when the sun is shining and it’s baking hot. Here I am on the big chunk of tree where the footpaths all cross. Someone has stuck some feathers in it.. somewhere there’s a bird with no tail feathers.

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The combines have been out so I had lots of fun running in the stubble and trying to find the straw critters hiding in the piles of straw.

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This is an odd sticky dead tree that sits at the top of the hill.

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The sly was looking even greyer than it had been when we started out. We haven’t walked across this field before because it was full of oilseed rape before and when it’s really tall it’s not very nice to walk through.

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This is a view from the top of the hill.

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And another one a bit further over..

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and another…

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and the last one.

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I suppose you could be wondering where all the flowers are…. well, there were such a lot of different flowers that we’ve put them in a slideshow.

We weren’t too sure if the Flickr slideshow was going to work, but it did… so next time we’ll spend a bit more time doing it and find some less plink plonky music.

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On Thursday there was light…

•July 31, 2014 • 3 Comments

It all started on Wednesday when the men with the digger and the ‘trench digger’ arrived to dig a trench up through the field to the stables so that we could have electricity in the stables and lights for the winter.

So, to start at the beginning.. here is the digger unloading itself from the transport, with the help of a driver of course.

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The trench cutter arrived afterwards and I reckon the best way to show you a ‘trench cutter’ is to show you it in action!  It was a bit noisy for me so I didn’t watch up close, just examined the results afterwards.

it digs really neat, slim, deep trenches like this.

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Unfortunately it turned out that this field wasn’t just any field, this was a field with lots of sandstone under the ground. And trench cutters don’t like sandstone. So, it was taken back to the carpark ready to be loaded up to go home again.

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The digger had to take over afterwards… not quite as neat but it still did the job.

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Here is one of the rocks that came out of the ground… it’s no wonder the trench cutter didn’t like it much.

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When they got to the bottom of the hill the digger had to dig a trench across the road – it digs a nice deep trench but not as neatly as the trench cutter.

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Here it is being used to put the fence posts back again.

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And this is the field we dug the trench through… it’s a really steep slope.

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This is me examining the trench to make sure the electric cable and water pipe are far enough down in the ground.

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Another picture of the trench cutter in action, or perhaps it was just ‘resting’.

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So, after all that digging the electrician came today and fixed the big cable so that we could have electricity up in the stables. And that was about it.

Yes indeed folks, on the Thursday there was light in the darkness and it was wondrous.

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Flowers by Lola

•April 14, 2014 • 6 Comments

A little while ago I entered a competition run by one of my favourite doggy websites Chelsea Dogs and I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive a wonderful collar accessory from Lola.  She makes the loveliest flowers and bows that can be attached to collars and I chose the pink spotty flower.

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Isn’t that just the most gorgeous parcel? I can’t believe that any fashion conscious girl wouldn’t love to have the postman pop a bright pink jiffy bag through the letterbox – the presentation is perfect and they would make ideal presents for those special occasions! No need to worry about wrapping which is always difficult with paws. It’s been ages since I’ve done any modelling so I tried it on straight away.

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If I do say so myself, I do look rather gorgeous don’t I!

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And here I am outside in the garden.

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And again, sitting amongst the primroses.

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It’s very comfortable to wear, even with my long ears, it sits perfectly on the collar wherever you want it.

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I match the pink primulas and tulips.

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And just for fun, here’s a picture of me without a head!

If you’re a boy they have some fabulous bows for you too – although you could wear a flower if you want to.. in fact even though I’m a girl I quite like the bows, they’re very smart indeed. So, don’t forget to hop over to Lolas website to check them out, or you can also see them here at Chelsea Dogs.

Anyway, I would just like to say thank you very much to the lovely Theodore at Chelsea Dogs and also another big thank you to Lola. I shall be wearing my flower the next time I go out visiting and I’m sure I’ll be getting lots of compliments.

 

 

Ellie visits Jack and her brother Pip

•March 25, 2014 • 4 Comments

Today I had some peace and quiet – mum took Ellie over to Wool to visit her brother Pip and my pal Jack.

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Here’s Ellie safely locked in her crate in the back of our transport.

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And here is Ellie being welcomed by Pip and Jack… hmmm I think they’re being a bit too ‘familiar’, cheeky boys.

 

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Out in the garden with them for a good run around. Jack is standing around looking sensible while Ellie and Pip play chase.

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Young pups can run very fast.

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And they have no respect for things like flower beds.

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Ellie spent a lot of time on her back… what a tart.

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Jack and Pip were quite amused by Ellie’s antics.

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Woof woof

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Zoom zoom

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Oops, evicted from the kitchen.

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Whee let’s have a race…. hup

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And round and round again

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And back the other way

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And they’re neck and neck

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Quick circuit round the big kennel

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And then Ellie is back to being a tart again, showing off her bits. How on earth does she get her bottom that high off the ground?

 

 

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They’re puffed out now

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Auntie Maggie thinks they’re tired enough to come indoors again. This is Happy the parrot :)

 

 

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Ellie was quite intrigued by the parrot… and Happy gave her a peck on the nose when she was cheeky enough to stick it through the bars.

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A trio of pups

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Isn’t Pip handsome?

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Ellie’s got the ball! And yes, she’s on the sofa with Pip – sofas aren’t out of bounds.

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And this is Jack taking the tennis ball out of Ellie’s mouth.

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Snuggles with Auntie Maggie

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Ellie and Uncle Richard

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Pip in his bird watching position… on the back of the sofa.

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And then it was time to go home again… Jack and Pip came out to say goodbye to Ellie in her crate in the ‘Working Cocker Transport’.

Thank you very much Auntie Maggie and Uncle Richard – Ellie had a super time.

An Airfield Meet up

•February 20, 2014 • 4 Comments

Yesterday mum and me went out in the car to meet up with my pals Jack and Pip for a walk at the old Tarrant Rushton airfield. My sis Ellie-Mae wasn’t allowed to come with us because she’s all hormonal at the moment, you know, it’s ‘that time of the year’ for her. Not that I understand much about it because I’ve never had to go through it, but Ellie being Ellie has to be different. Anyway, it won’t be long before she’s packed off to the vet for her ‘op’ and then we won’t have to worry about it any more.

Her brother Pip is growing into a very handsome young fellow, we all had a good sniff and run around, though Jack and I did more sniffing than running. Pip made up for it by doing lots of running and jumping around.

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Me watching Pip sniffing out critters.

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Pip deciding whether to run or sniff…

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Pip looking a bit indecisive again while I get on with sniffing.

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A bit more sniffing – well, there really were some interesting sniffs, it was a good job there were three of us to check them out.

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Oh no, rain clouds coming… quick, run faster Pip.

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OK, who’s going to move first…. shall we move a little closer together?

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Me and Pip having a stand off. He’s trying to make me do some bonkers zoomies with him but I’m not having any of it. Get enough of that at home with Ellie.

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Jack and I were happy to sniff while Pip did the running around.

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Group sniffs – there are lots of little holes in the tufty grass so there must be a gazillion mice and moles and critters. Even now Pip is cantering along while us grownups take a more leisurely pace.

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Eventually Jack and Pip had to go home… Jack looked quite sad to be back in his crate ready for the journey home, but he doesn’t have to worry because as soon as Ellie is back to ‘normal’ (BOL whatever that is, I don’t think she’s ever been normal) we’re going to go over to visit them at their house.

Thank you Auntie Maggie for bringing the boys over to play.

The perils of playing with sticks

•January 28, 2014 • 5 Comments

They may be fun but they can also be very dangerous.

This is a blog post by Mrs Skeats about her dog Joe-Boy, who loved to play with sticks.

Don’t let another good dog die needlessly.

Balls are good but not quite the same as a good stick, so how about Safestix..

Safestix are a great alternative. 

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Holt Heath Walk

•January 26, 2014 • 10 Comments

Well, I’ve not managed to get the staff to do my blog for ages – dad was walking me and Ellie for over a month, while mum had her bad back, and he doesn’t take the camera to take lots of pictures. But mum’s walking okay now so the camera is out again and we have some new photos. And the sun’s been shining. When dad was walking us it was mostly raining and rainy pictures aren’t nice.

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This is one of our favourite water spots for having a sniff and a paddle. We don’t usually swim in this one but we do sometimes.

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This is another water hole and we do swim in this one.

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We can run wild and free without having to worry about bumping into anything or anyone!

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Well, sometimes we do bump into people. On Friday we met a nice man who was out walking his two dogs. They were both quite old and the big white shepherd, called Bear, was recovering from a poorly leg so wasn’t allowed to run around. We both said hello to him, even Ellie sniffed noses – he was absolutely ginormous!! The little dog looked a bit grumpy so we didn’t speak to him. The nice man was going home to make some flat pack furniture, I hope he didn’t have any bits left over! It’s funny what people get to talking about, us dogs have a quick sniff of each other and maybe a quick game of chase, but humans talk mostly about their furkids and then somehow get onto other random topics…. like flatpack furniture. Weird.

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There are some great holes on the sandy bits of the footpaths – at this spot there are about 4 or 5 holes and whenever we walk past we both stop and have a quick dig in each of the holes. I think lots of other dogs do the same thing because the holes are getting bigger!

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Ellie is more into water than I am. Even though she’s not got a big furry coat like me, she’s always first into the water for a paddle or a swim!

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We do a lot of running and chasing near the water. I like to try and get Ellie to fall over in the mud… because I’m the evil big sister.

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Sometimes I tell her I’m going in for a swim and then I don’t… leaving her to go in on her own. Tee hee, this photo makes it look like I’ve got a green tufty hat on.

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Is it cold? I always recommend dipping a toe in first to check.

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On one part of our walk the footpath goes through the trees and we can’t see people coming so Ellie has to go on her lead in case we meet a horse or a doggy that doesn’t want a silly puppy bouncing around in its face… you know, someone like me.

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When we get to the end of that bit of the path Ellie is allowed off her lead again and we get to walk along the boardwalk. Here I’m carrying a great big stick and Ellie hasn’t got one. She finds a little tiny one but doesn’t pick it up because it looks silly against my big one.

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This is me trying to hide the big stick. Honestly, how am I supposed to hide a stick when Ellie is ‘sneaking’ up behind me and mum is pointing the camera at me.

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She thinks I don’t know she’s watching, but I can hear her breathing.

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That little black blob in the water is Ellie swimming. She’s quite a good swimmer – took to it like a er, um,  spaniel?

 
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