Sunday, 18 October 2009

Sheltie training with Eleanor

Wish & Klaus and the little tri is Trouble with Sophie
Wish and her sister Lola

Today I was kindly invited to Pachesham agility club run by Eleanor Balchin, to take part in a puppy sheltie training day with Wishes relations, Heidi ran Klaus & Sophie ran Trouble (Wishes Brother's). Sadly Aaron with Lola the sister was not well enough to attend. Linda ran Rocky who is a half brother.

I am really pleased with how Wish is coming on, just have to sort out my timing with running a small dog for the first time. On the jumping sequence you can see me attempt to collect her then I assume I have got her, I look up and run onto the next bit, without working her over the fence, she did all what I asked of her so I carried on not wanting her to pick up on my handling error. The next time we did it, I paused collected her and clicked her for coming into my collecting hand, then sent over the jump into the tunnel. Clever girlie.

Wish channel weaving

Thank you for a great day.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Lovely walk with Angela and all the pooches

We met up and went for a 3 mile walk around Shoreham woods with the dogs. You park in a lovely wooded area, next to the rangers hut, we picked up the map leaflets from outside, you have a choice of 1-3-or 4 mile. We walked the dogs across the bridge over the A21/M25.
The walk starts of in a short wood which then opens up to meadow land, the dogs where running around mad with all the new scents, oh! and lots of free bunny beans. ewwwww!

You then come to this which takes you in to a large wooded area,

Then along the bottom of the valley.

Back into the woods, faced with the mother of all hills to climb with Large railway sleeper steps to go up.............
calf muscle abuse!!
we made it to the top, to only go back down the other side LOL, we ended up back in the first field which we then knew our way back.
Great walk, weather was lovely, amazinly we only met one other dog, :-)
Nice picnic areas dotted about, would be great in the warmer weather.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Friday, 9 October 2009

B&B at Norfolk

After the monsoon last October in a trailer tent, Caroline and I decided that we would treat our self at the end of the year to a night in B&B rather than risk it again. Really glad we did as the wind this time was very very strong Friday night and all day Saturday.

The start of our weekend: I drop call Caroline on her mobile (yes she has one but it is always off) !! she only turns it on to get my drop call when I pay at the toll, this works really well normally, but this time I get "unable to connect you" try later....... :-( OMG what now I was thinking that Caroline had arrived early and was in a out of signal area not knowing I was going into the tunnel. I tried and tried and tried but same thing, I was now on the M11 when thankfully she flashed her lights to let me know she had caught up. Tip for the day: Charge your mobile battery before long journey's! LOL

The showground was really nice, two rings inside, three rings outside sadly lacking grass as it has been so dry, it was a bit bumpy to run on, the show organisers had done a really good job filling in some holes.
Onto the B&B Saturday night: I done the postcode on TomTom which thankfully took us straight to the door in just over 10 minutes. We had already walked the dogs so we fed them in the van while we signed in with the land lady Dawn. Dawn showed us to our room and recommended the Pub across the road for an evening meal, we arranged with her to have breakfast at 7:15am on Sunday. After a quick freshen up we headed for Dinner which was lovely and very reasonably priced.

Pansthorne Bed & Breakfast ( ) is situated in the idyllic Norfolk village of South Lopham. Our unique ground floor cottage rooms have been sympathetically converted from old farm outbuildings with individual entrances onto a courtyard. All four rooms are spacious with en-suite shower rooms, complimentary beverage trays and individual heating. We offer the combination of high quality accommodation and a relaxing and informal stay in this lovely part of South Norfolk.

Sunday: We got up and fed the dogs at 5:30am so we could leave them before their walk, then had a nice cup of Tea in our room. The walk that Dawn suggested to us was next door, you just went through the gate and kept walking and walking, the moon was still out when we went out, the sun was coming up as we walked back, the dogs had a fab time.

As we settled the dogs back in the vans, Dawn asked fried or poached eggs with your full English, what a way to start the day all washed down with fresh coffee or a pot of Tea.
Thank you Dawn for a great stay. Hope the show goes a head again next year as we will definitely be back.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Inca is a star @ Norfolk

He not only qualified the ABC semi 2010. He won grade 6 jumping at the Norfolk show making him 1/4 advanced/grade 7, I could not believe that he stayed in first place.
Meme held her own in her first taste of grade 4, sadly the ground was just like concrete with no grass to be seen, she seemed to run a little careful gaining many clear rounds. It was a nice change to walk only two grade courses.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Wish is SMALL

Wish was measured last weekend and has had her record book all signed, I am really pleased to have her measured into small with her sister Lola and brother Trouble, but Klaus bless him is medium, well a least he will fit in with the other blue Merle's in that height. LOL