Friday, 23 June 2017

Family Visitors



This week we have had more visitors. Stamford, who is one of Pip's puppies, has come to stay for 10 days with his new big brother Raffles ( who is really his uncle BOL).


                        Here are Stamford (in the front) and Raffles in our back garden.


                         Here are some of us affens keeping an eye on the schnauzers :-)


                                         This is my Uncle Raven with Raffles posing!


                   And little Stamford coming to see what Frida has found in the grass.


                                             A little  robin dropped by to say hello too.


                                     Here is Crybbe enjoying a quiet rest in the long grass,


Stamford is a sweet boy - he is still only 14 weeks old and likes to rest on the sofa after some fun games in the garden with me...and with Raffles.


                                 Raffles is a lovely schnauzer too - he is Pip's brother :-)


                                                         Stamford looking pensive :-)

I am looking forward to more fun times with our house guests over the weekend too!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Bramham Horse Trials


Yesterday, Judith and Leigh took me to the Bramham Horse Trials Cross Country which was being held in a huge park near to where we live. It was very exciting with lots of peeps and their dogs as well as so many horses. The horses and riders have to follow a long course around the park, up and down hills and over jumps and through water...and we followed the course safely alongside but out of the way of the horses!


When we first arrived it was raining and very muddy underfoot so it was wellies for the peeps and an equafleece jacket for me to keep me warm and dry.


There were lots of fun jumps...at least fun to look at BOL I don't know whether the horses thought they were fun although they did seem to love the excitement and they were lovely to watch!


These cows were part of the ice cream jump!


And this jump had little doggies hiding in their kennels BOL


Once we had walked for quite a while, the rain stopped and we could enjoy the walk even more.


We were even able to sit down for a rest and watch the horses at the water jumps.






                                           And then it was time for some ice cream :-)


That was very tasty nom nom...


                       Then it was back on the course to watch some more of the jumping.





But we were getting quite tired by this time so decided to say goodbye to the horse riding...


And a quick stop off at the Waggy Tails Store for a purchase of treats to take home.


                                                So many yummy delights to choose from!



The perfect end to a wonderful day :-)




Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Room on the Broom


Sadly I missed taking part in Louis' Blogville May Challenge about favourite stories but today I would like to share some photos of a trip to Anglers' Country Park last week where we found lots of fun carvings of the characters from 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. It is a fun story about a witch who agrees to give a lot of different creatures a ride on her broom after they have helped her to find things that have blown away - her hat, her bow, her wand....When the broom breaks under the weight of all the creatures it looks like disaster but everything turns out well in the end!


This is the start of our walk around the lake. As you can see, Crybbe came too, and the puppies in the buggy and Magic as well as some other doggies who enjoyed the morning walk.


 This was the first carving - the dog who found the witch's hat when it blew away.


                                And this is the parrot who found the witch's hair bow.


And here is the frog who found the witch's wand. The puppies wanted to pose by this one and I am just telling them about the story so they know why the frog has a wand!


             This is the dragon that tried to eat the witch! He looks a bit drunk here BOL



And the best one of all - the witch and her cat on her broom with her cauldron..and me!


Of course, being a country park, there was plenty of other good things to see so here are a few more pictures of the lake and the geese and flowers we saw there..as well as the dogs having fun.


Irises beside the lake.


                                                    Canada geese with their goslings.


Magic


Lottie


Lottie by the lake


Magic in the dandelions


The puppies enjoying the view


Crybbe (and Lottie's head!)


It was a lovely sunny morning and we all had a great time finding the carvings and having a run by the lake. I hope we can go back there another day.





Thursday, 25 May 2017

A Trip to the Coast and a Show




Last weekend, I went all the way up to Scotland with my brother Danny and Judith for a Championship Show in Edinburgh. I have not been to many shows and I am still trying to make up my mind if I enjoy them or not. Danny loves strutting round the ring and meeting people and he gained second place in Puppy Dog class ( which qualifies him to go to Crufts next year).



                                               This is Danny looking just a bit smug BOL
I came away with Reserve which is 4th but we both have lovely rosettes to remind us of the day.




Anyway, as it was a long journey to Edinburgh for the show, we stayed with a friend in Newcastle upon Tyne on the way there and on the way back. While we were staying there, we had a day out at Newbiggin by the Sea and enjoyed a run about and explore of the coast.





The beach was quite stony but there were lots of interesting smells and some pretty flowers.


                                                  There was even a dog friendly cafĂ© :-)


                           We had a fun time all round but we were happy to get back home too.