Sunday, 23 August 2020

Week off and Lumps

 Matt and I have had a great week off work apart from the weather which really wasn't on our side for the first half of the week! Unfortunately for Spark she started the week with a visit to the vets as I found a lump on her tail and wanted them to take a sample which they duly did. Yet again I'm kicking myself that we haven't changed vets as they have been useless at getting back to me with the results! They got the results on Thursday but its only a vet that can tell us and despite me ringing a couple of times he never rang back. I'm furious and worried! I'm hoping I will hear tomorrow and that it is good news 

This was her face post vets!

We spent some time in the garden despite the rain trying to clean up our was gross! We have got rid of so much stuff in there and found a big frog and a newt in the process...they will have more space now! 

We decided to do a 7 mile local walk on one of the wettest days which was so peaceful (no one else mad enough to be out walking!) and the doglets had a great time.

Toad got to be pub dog! He was shattered after such a long walk but was still bouncing along at the end despite being 13.5 years young!

On one of the nicer mornings we had a sheltie photoshoot with Bridget Davey who is an awesome dog photographer (she took the lovely bluebell photos last year) The theme was heather and ferns and the shelties just loved posing for her! Here is Brooke bean getting up close with the camera

A phone pic of the three of them ❤

Toad in the ferns!

Miss Sparkalina hates cameras so we took her for a separate walk and took a pic instead!

After that we spent the afternoon at Bru and Brookes breeder as she has a beautiful litter of pups (Bru's half siblings) I could have taken this little boy home! We also had a chat about future litter plans and I'm so excited about a pup hopefully next year fingers crossed! 

Auntie Bean always loves socialising the babies!

These are pics from one of our other local walks, Bru actually was brave enough to get his paws wet!

And Brooke was the pub dog!

Thanks to Amy for suggesting we grow rainbow chard, isn't it beautiful!

A special mention for my Aunt and Uncle who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary!! Huge congratulations to them! 🎉🎉🎉 My cousin had been super organised and got a cake with a wedding photo printed on it and some goodies and we surprised them with a family zoom call! 

The last two days of out week off were spent on agility camp, it was insanely hard stuff but so exciting to watch Matt and Bru trying the courses. I'm hoping the videos will post as blogger was a pain last time! I will give it a go, fingers crossed! Spark also got a go doing some course running!

Bru camp Day 1

Bru camp Day 2

Spark course running 

Here is Brooke having a play at my field this week

And Mr Toad playing hoopers in the garden!

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Thirty degrees plus!

It has been so hot over the last couple of days! I taught workshops at a friends field on Friday and it was 33 degrees in the afternoon so I'm thrilled that everyone was happy to start early. I have honestly never started teaching workshops at 7am before! The dogs and people were fantastic and game to have a go at trying new things. Today has been over 30 degrees as well so we are all tired and wilting in the heat! We are off to our first covid safe show tomorrow (will do a separate blog post) and it sounds so different and a little weird but I'm sure that the dogs will enjoy being at a party again! 

This week the number of coronavirus infections has risen again and a few places have imposed local closures and restrictions including Aberdeen and Preston. Some people definitely need a kick up the bum to remember that we are in the midst of a global pandemic! 

We went for a long early morning walk to beat the heat and did some blackberry picking

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Anyway onto my usual random selection of photos 😂 Did my second courgette cake during the week, it is such a good cake for hot weather as its quite refreshing (if a cake can be refreshing!) and moist sue to the courgette. It would probably be much healthier without the buttercream!!
These two had a coffee with me at the garden centre during the week, they are so photogenic!
My mostly purple petunias have now seemed to be mostly white! Some of them are all white!! They are still very pretty but I don't remember them doing this last year. The ones at the front are such a deep purple colour this photo doesn't do them justice.
We found a sunflower growing that we didn't plant and its turned out the biggest of the lot! The fence is 6ft and its not flowering yet so I think it will be bigger!
It has been so hot at night that the dogs have slept downstairs rather than in our room in crates. Bru is such a sensible boy and loves the cool mat
We went round to Matts Mums today and had a nice time pottering round the garden and having some fish and chips! 
This would have been a lovely photo if it wasn't for Brooke bean photobombing 💩😂
When we got home Spark was so tired that she went to bed and wouldn't move!
The shelties came out in the garden while we played molkky and Brooke had to stand in the box!
And Rupert found a tennis ball!
Matt sent me this during the week, Spark taking up two beds...she is so bad in the heat!
 We have done a bit of training in the garden this week on tunnel/weave work here are some of the doglets doing various exercises


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Bru - this was hard for him as he loves tunnels so we taught him to nose touch and then added the weave entry before progressing to the full set of weaves

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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Sunny walks and randoms

It has been glorious weather again over the last week, we had a lovely time on Sunday with a leisurely long walk first thing including some blackberry picking and yummy brunch when we got home! We made a crumble with our blackberries too!

Does this count as cheating for Brodies conditioning exercises?! 

And Spark joined in!

Miss goofy unladylike!

Bee visitor on the thistles in my field

Rupert is soooo cute!!

Mr and Mrs!

Hot weather paddling!

The tomato tree 😂

And I gave myself a lockdown haircut!! 

My new phone likes to classify the subject of photos haha!