News 2015

 NEWS FOR THE YEAR

2015

DECEMBER

26th My Xmas Day for me this year was on Boxing Day and a Family gathering at my Brothers in Nottingham. Very enjoyable and of course my Great Nephew Alex and sister Nettie were the stars yet again pulling a huge cracker.

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19th Evening trip over to Breedon on the Hill, Derbyshire for my Great Nephews 3rd Birthday. Lovely meal and so much fun playing with his toys.   But the icing on the cake was Not the Birthday Car Cake but Alex decided he wanted the whole chunk of Cheddar Cheese at the end of the meal – and this is the shot as it went towards his mouth ….

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19th My two hillbillies (Acer & Silva)  are getting bigger and bigger and naughtier and naughtier as the weeks go by.   This is the first time ever they have actually laid together in the same bed without continuously play fighting.  They are now l7 weeks old.

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18th Nice morning at Ritas in Nottingham – Bocharo Miniature Schnauzers who had a lovely litter of puppies that were just over 6 weeks old.  Photo of the girls who kept sliding down each time we sat them up.

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16th Lunch today was at The Severn Mile Inn – Fabulous Christmas Carvery with Sylvia who also shows English Setters, but the icing on the cake was the pudding.  I have never ever tasted anything as good before.  Of course the main ingredient was Baileys Sundae with Ice Cream, chocolate chips, chunks Caramel Fudge. Caramel Sauce and topped with a Flake and the most scrummy chewy chocolate chip home made cookies shown on the right. ….   out of this world.

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14th Not been much news recently as the Ingella Hillbillies (Acer & Silva) take up a lot of time.  However, this is a week of out for Christmas Lunches with friends.    Today was the Greyhound at Higham with Viv my Cocker spaniel friend,  always excellent value and a lovely meal.    Viv dropped me off at home and continued to a Doctors appointment nothing untowards, until they sent her to the Hospital,  next thing I know she texts from the Hospital where she was admitted for surgery later on.

 

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NOVEMBER

23rd Linda came over for the morning from Nottingham who is the Breeder of my two Wansleydale puppies Acer and Silva and brought with her their sister Alice. .   We tried to tire them out running round the grass area to no avail so unfortunately no photos.

11th Made a nice change to get out with a friend for a few hours to have a lovely afternoon tea – Smoked Salmon and cream cheese hot bagel, scrummy cakes, hot chocolate at The Southwell Garden Centre East Nottinghamshire.   Certainly not going to help the Weight Watchers diet.

10th Another attempt to photograph the hooligans, having attempted to give their ears a semi trim.  30 photos later this was the best results.

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OCTOBER

21st Wansleydale  Ace of Hearts (Acer) on the left an Orange Dog  and Wansleydale Silver Ribbons (Silva on the right ) a Tri colour Bitch  have finally arrived at The Nook.

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20th   Making the most of today as my last day of freedom before my new English Setter PUPPIES arrive.   Out for Afternoon Tea with a friend at Alfreton Hall, but it did include Sparkling Wine as well.   That’s it the work then starts and bedlam commences.

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18th Over to Nottingham to Judge Ilkeston & Dist. Riding club Fun Dog Show.   Cold but some lovely dogs and great to watch the horses as well.    From left to right the Winners of each class:-  Prettiest Dog, Halloween Fancy Dress, Prettiest Bitch, Best Puppy, Dog the Judge would like to take Home, Best Veteran who was l3.  The final winners was Best in Show   (Halloween Fancy Dress Class winner )      Res. Best in Show   (Winner of the Puppy Class)

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SEPTEMBER

29th A sneaky preview of  Scarlet (Mum) with her litter of  Wansleydale English Setter puppies . I have no idea which will be mine, and I will be bringing him or her home towards end of  October.  Just stunning.    4 Orange, 1 Blue and 1 Tri-colour.

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14th Arranged to meet Sylvia for lunch at The Seven Mile Inn to celebrate her first Champion – “Yoda”  her English Setter is now Sh. Ch. Sorbus Jedi Master . Took the camera and yet again I had left the memory card in the computer.   However, all is not lost it has taken me an hour to find out how to save a picture from Google Images street map of the pub.

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12th Had a visit today from Debbie and her very very chilled out black/tan puppy Coonhound “Pumpkin” who took everything in her stride, loved the Mini girls and not bothered about the size of William.  So totally Laid back.

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6th Early start this morning 7.l5 a.m. left to pick up a friend from Nottingham who was showing her English Setter Lizzy at the City Birmingham Champ Show at Stoneleigh.  Took my camera only to find out I had left the memory card stuck in my laptop at home.    Really annoyed as no photos from the show or any of Lindas litter of English Setter puppies she has at home.

5th Spent a lovely day when Don, Bev and Rio  came for the afternoon and chatted about their move to France next year, which got me thinking !!! Had a mini pizzas, chocolate chip cookies before trimming Rio who hadn’t been done for quite some time.     He looked really nice when he was finished.    Photo showing both sides with his lovely eye patch.

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AUGUST

28th My website rarely contains an up to date photo of me so I decided for once – although it has been a sad day in itself, to take a selfie when I returned home and my garden looked nice,  before I got changed back into my normal doggy gear.

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22nd Wonderful morning with Debbie who lives locally when we went to collect her 9 week old black/tan Coonhoud bitch puppy who will be called “PUMPKIN” from the “Scentaway Kennels”  a breed I have never seen.  They have very long ears, and males are around 27″, females 25″ tall.  How fascinating and interesting it was, learning about the Breed Standard, seeing the first ever litter black/tan puppies born in the UK.  Mum is an Import from the States.  What a credit the puppies were to their Breeders Estella, Phil & Antonio – so outgoing, laid back, and beautifully reared.  It was obvious they had the best care, attention,  food and love.  Just stunning puppies and feel so privileged to have seen them all together.

 

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21st Weight Watchers went out the window today – lunch with my Cocker Spaniel friend Viv at the Greyhound Inn again at Higham.    Absolutely fantastic – couldn’t fault it this time..   Main course of Rump Steak,  Melt in the Middle chocolate pudding with Ice Cream and paid extra for Cream, followed by Cappucinno “The Cat that got the Cream”

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15th Its that time of the month again when Lynn,  Bill & Tequila came down from Yorkshire for a visit, but of course it was extra special as this time they brought with them Pearly Whirly. Had a lovely day outside in the garden..

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From left to Right –  Tequila, William, Pearl.   Below again Tequila (Williams daughter)

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2nd Early start 6.30 a.m. with Linda and her two English Setters and GSP to Three counties showground at Malvern Hills for National Gundog championship Dog Show.  Had a thoroughly enjoyable day sitting in the sunshine watching all the judging.  (Exhibitors getting ready for judging)

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1ST Nice surprise this morning with an unexpected visit from Karl, Lynne and l4 week old Fidget who live very local to me.   He is just as nice as I remember him and lovely to see him again.    He is a beautiful chunky, outgoing and well socialised puppy and just so laid back..    Loved playing with his mum (Brit-Vic) and aunt (Crumble) .

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JULY

28th Had a lovely surprise visit from Kate, Phil and their new English Setter puppy Sweep (5 months old) who they got from  a friend of mine – Tawneymeade English Setters at 8 weeks old.    I used to trim their previous old boy Rupert who went to rainbow bridge and they wanted to show me their new boy.    Sweep had a very quick ear and throat trim – just for starters. Then spent the time chasing the two mini girls.

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25th Another very pleasant day out again this time spectating at Leeds championship Dog Shows, Harewood House driven there courtesy of Linda, who took with her Whisper (English Setter) and Lottie (German shorthaired Pointer)  and  I sat with a mug of hot chocolate, topped up with Baileys and watched  the English Setter Judging and took some photos.   Whisper  had a fantastic day and won the Res. Bitch Challenge Certificate.  Two friends below I hadn’t seen for some time and they just looked so funny seated next to each other – Bill (and Sue of Chezsett English Setters) and Roy on the right (Wollensett English Setters) I said to them they look like Little & Large hence the laughter.

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22nd Something a bit different today lunch with another doggy friend Debbie who owns Miniature Longhaired Dachunds and a wander around Shipley Garden Centre. I was actually looking to buy another Perennial Physostegia (no idea how it is pronounced)  I already have a really nice bushy pink/white one which looks really  “country garden”  and wondered if they do it in different colours.  They do and I bought another two.

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21st Pearl has now been in her new home in Yorkshire for nearly 2 weeks and this morning I received a beautiful photo of the “Girls”  Tequila (Williams daughter)  and Pearl on their morning walk to the Newsagents.  Patiently waiting for Bill.

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19th Over to Rutland near Oakham, Leics. this morning 1 hr. 20 mins drive for 62 miles each way but its across country. Hadn’t been for quite some time and both Harvey who is 11 and Saga (Ingella Never ending saga) who is 6 needed a really good trim.    So annoyed with myself as forgot the camera and wanted a picture of Val, Peter, Harvey, Saga and their latest addition a lovely young Irish Setter bitch. So instead a photo of Saga taken in Jan 2013.

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14th I don’t go out that often but when I do it seems to be to eat !!!  So much for Weight Watchers. Another great lunch at the Greyhound in Higham with Viv my Cocker Spaniel friend.   Bit of a long wait for the main course to arrive of 40 mins. however, they redeemed themselves by giving us full choice of Sweets free of charge. So all in all we had Main Course, drinks and puddings for £5 each. Excellent Value for money.

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12th Had a fabulous day out – not been to a Dog show for a long time so went off with Linda from Nottingham and Arras at 8.30 a.m. to Market Harborough for the English Setter Association Open show.  Took loads of photos, never stopped laughing and causing chaos and stuffed my face with three huge pieces of chocolate gateau.

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  Me enjoying the Chocolate Gateaux                    The Girls behaving badly (Linda & Sylvia)

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Linda with Arras who she owns in partnership with Nigel Naylor

9th Lynn, Bill & Tequila (Williams daughter) came down from Yorkshire for the day which they tend to do once a month.   Weather lovely & sunny,  Tequila & Pearl played together, William was asleep inside, and the mini girls on the patio with us whilst we sat eating Freshly made sarnies and cakes from Greggs. Unfortunately Pearls Hip Score from the Kennel Club have come back as too high to be bred from and so Lynn & Bill had asked before they visited could they possibly have Pearl as they were so disappointed they would no longer be able to have a puppy from her.  She was going no where, but as they are very good friends, they have known Pearl since 8 weeks old, I see them regularly, email regularly and already trim Tequila – they left with my Pearly Whirly Girly. About 30 mins After they left there was a knock at the door and a delivery man with a huge M & S Box with a card from Tequila thanking me for her new buddy. They called me that evening to say both Pearl & Tequila were racing around their house like a race track – I somehow don’t think she missed me.!! I know she wont want for anything and I will still be able to see her regularly as I do Tequila who in fact I bred. (Photo Lynn and Brit-Vic)

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So many flowers I had to split into 2 vases plus the box of Swiss Chocolates M & S of course

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7th Just back from Honeymoon and my youngest Nephew Josh started his first Job in Reading on the 6th having recently Graduated, his new wife Sarah-Rose is having a photo shoot with the David Beckham.

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4th This must be a first to actually manage a photo of Pearl with one of the Mini Schnauzers “Crumble” – she is normally lifting them up by their tails or grabbing their beards, but at last she has now learnt to accept them. Then this afternoon we had the lovely Lulu (English Setter)  join us for a trim owned by Andrew & his wife from near Chesterfield.   After the trim I turned on the hose and they played in a shaded grass area for about 30 minutes until I had to stop them – they were absolutely soaked. Forgot to take a photo.

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JUNE

26th Day of the Wedding – My youngest Nephew Josh married Sarah in Ely, Cambs.  ………. Everything went according to plan, glorious sunshine, no rain,  beautiful venue, fabulous meal, great company and the Bride & Groom looked stunning together. Only downside the journey home took a total of none stop 3 hours driving and i arrived home just after 11 p.m.  Photos below – they will enlarge if you click on them.

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Sarah & Josh – The Bride & Groom –  “Young”  forever

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All the above photos are The ‘Young’ Family.  (Excuse the pink tissues my Great Nephew & Niece decided to pop on their heads for the photo).  me with my middle Nephew Dominic , and Great Niece Nettie by the yellow Rolls.

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Above is the Hotel,   Marquee and outside Grounds

25th Bit of a change from the Doggy scene –  everything ready – nails, tan, new Wedding Oufit etc. as off to Ely, Cambs this afternoon, staying at the Travelodge in Ely ready to attend  my youngest Nephew Joshua’s wedding  to Sarah on Friday 26th.  The Church Service is at Downham Market at 1.30 0p.m., followed by the Reception 26 miles away at The Old Hall Hotel, Stuntney in Ely. (A Jacobean Manor House, with lakes and Marquees) Returning home Friday night after the Reception – decided not to stay for the evening do – I would probably drop off to sleep exhausted plus I think the music would be a little too loud.

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20th/21st This is the weekend all the puppies have gone off to their new homes, some local and others as far as Kent and Herts. No I am not sad at all, but pleased my hard work paid of in the form of healthy, friendly, outgoing, cuddly puppies.  The 8 weeks I found very exhausting but also so very rewarding, and I am very lucky my two Mini girls Crumble and Brit-Vic produced such stunning, chunky beautiful puppies. Would love to have kept one but just not the right time for me at present. The Flower names are all Brit-Vics puppies and ‘T’ Crumbles . Wasn’t easy holding a puppy with one hand and taking the photo with the other but not too bad.

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17th I know all the Mini puppies that are leaving their nest this weekend are absolutely beautiful, but had I been keeping one which would have been a bitch – this is the one – and luckily for me she is going locally to Derby.     Meet Ingella Twinkle Star. (Hettie)

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14th a friend put this on Facebook and I thought it was just lovely – However, they look more like the American Breeding and not quite the same as those from the UK.. All three colours of English setters, Blue Belton, Orange Belton and Blue Belton & Tan (Tri colour).   CHEERS !

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9th Puppies had their first car journey approx. 15 miles each way to have their Eyes Tested for Junior catarachts and they all have a clear Certificate.   A friend Debbie kindly took me so we could use her show trolley which has two partitions to wheel them into the vets.    Not one puppy cried or was sick all the way there or back.

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8th A friend Fay,  who in fact has Ingella Lone Ranger (the one and only puppy) from Brit-Vics litter last year, came over to have a puppy fix and has a very very upmarket expensive camera.   These are Just three of her fantastic shots – does make a difference as the colour is soooo true.

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6th First time I have ever had two litters together. Its usually one litter a year if that. Last year 2014 just one puppy in total.   Anyway here we have 10 pups. There is always one that has to ruin it and go walkabouts and I know exactly which little Madam it is ….   Ingella Orange Blossom.

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4th A few days ago I thought I was hearing noises – it turns out one of my neighbours had decided to get themselves 4 baby 14 weeks old sheep and 4 Pigmy goats, a cockerel, hens.  Its like living in the countryside – absolutely wonderful. So today with the glorious sunshine I went round to view the stock.  Ann just called the sheep and they all came trotting up beside her.  All tagged with DEFRA paperwork.  Makes a change from dogs.

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3rd Busy day now the pups are almost 6 weeks old, demolishing the large whelping box and joining both litters together (and then there was 10) in their new enlarged pen and hi-wear bed. Warm Goats milk before bedtime.  This is about the 5th change of area and housing since they were born.  They have also been outside for a litter longer today in the sunshine. .

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MAY

29th Today I treated myself –  A Pampering Full Body Massage and Facial – not had a full massage before and cant wait for 4.30 p.m. to arrive. All Crumbles pups have now had their head and ears trimmed and been playing out of their pen. Just another 3 days and they are all being microchipped and then hopefully within a few days both Crumble and Brit-vic’s pups can join up together in one pen and hopefully outside on the patio in the sunshine during the daytime.

26th Crumbles pups are nearly 5 weeks old so time to go into the outside play area for half an hour to start to get acclimatised to the outside world.  Carrying 5 up steps to the top of the garden is no fun, so I decided to pop them into the ‘old’ wheelbarrow and it worked a treat.   Even better when I have the two litters together and the wheelbarrow will then come into its own I think.

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23rd Crumbles Mini puppies were starting to yip and play and Pearl decided time to investigate by popping her head over the top to have a peek at them.

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21st Another trip over to Wansleydale English Setters to see Linda in Nottingham, chat, cuppa tea,  chocolate chip cookies and a few hours with the setter babies  7 weeks old tomorrow..   Took a load of photos and then sat watching them playing in the sunshine. Decided to wait for the next litter .

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18th Second year running invited by Sue (who took her pedigree rare cat) to go to the  School of Veterinary Medicine & Science(University of Nottingham) at Sutton Bonington, Leics.  We missed the pre tea and biscuits as the M1 was at a standstill J26 to J25 so a detour.  Arrived for the first session at 9.20 a.m. , left home at 7.45 a.m.    5 separate groups (approx. 9 in each group) of one year Vet Students and the idea is to give them an insight into what a client expects from their Vet.  We all have a different criteria – me being a Hobby Breeder and show, some were Rescue dogs, others cross breeds, other owned one pet dog (I think in total there were about 10 dogs, one cat and two tiny animals in a cage not sure what they were. Good spectrum of different owners. I arranged to take both William and Pearl but unfortunately Pearl decided yesterday to come into season.   Shame as I wanted to show them a 9 year old castrated dog and a year old bitch that was as mad as a hatter who is also a different colour to William.   Anyway really enjoyed myself. Amazed only a couple actually knew what breed William was  –  I suggested to my last Group pictured below with William  that they logged into my website which gives a lot of interesting information on English Setters and Miniature Schnauzers.   They said they would add the link for the other students to also see.  I am sure if they ever work at my Vets – they will remember me !!!!!  William had been showered, conditioned,blown dry and look beautiful and felt soooo silky. We were given a goodie bag before we left, tea and biscuits.

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7th Exciting day went to see the litter of Wansleydale English Setter puppies today in Nottingham.  1 dog and 6 Bitches all orange with the exception of one bitch who appears to be a tri-colour.  No idea yet if I will have one or not,  as still looking for another show puppy. Few photos below but always difficult when they are not quite 5 weeks old and orange never get their colour until they are a little older.    One of the cats “Mango”  decided it wasn’t to be left out of the photo shoot.

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4 of the puppies – not easy getting them to sit still – love the paw in the air

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26th bit of a stressful day hoping that Brit-Vic would have her litter today and not tomorrow when they were officially due, as I am at the vet tomorrow with Crumble and her pups for the dew claws removed.   Anyway absolutely amazing birth – she started contractions around 7 p.m. and from 7.45 p.m. had a puppy every half hour on the dot and the last one being 10.l5 p.m. tonight  3 girls and 3 boys.(unfortunately one of the little boys  only survived 24 hours )Back at the vet on Wednesday for their dew claws removed.  Three days old.

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23rd Crumble gave birth to a lovely healthy litter of 5 puppies early this morning. Photo 3 days old. One got stuck on its back and spent ages rolling from side to side and couldn’t get up the right way !

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16th I am back on track for possibly having another English Setter puppy.   6 Bitches and 1 dog were born about a week ago and I have 2nd pick of the girls or the boy.  As they are reasonably local hope to be able to pop and have a look in about 4-5 weeks time.  No idea what colour they are as yet – not that it matters.

11th Have a none runner for the Grand National today –  my favourite tipple Baileys Concerto wont be running,  I received a refund and in his place I  backed Night in Milan –  sounded relaxing.  Good news I won 3rd with Monbec Dude and a 5th place with Shutthefrontdoor.    I got a return on the 3rd of £22.   (So I got back the £20 I paid out to back the 4 horses plus £2 profit) Bet Mike Tindall and Princess Anne are celebrating that placing. Glad I forgot to watch as there were once again too many incidents – wish they would lower the fences.

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2nd Debbie returned today at 2 p.m. as the Mini girls were nearly 6 weeks preggars –  to take more Scans/photos and give herself some more practise and check they hadn’t reabsorbed. Pups look obviously bigger and easier to see. Just one picture of Britvic who is 5 weeks and 3 days – showing three puppies on the one side.   To thank Debbie this time I bought an Easter  Rabbit  planter and some flower.

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2nd Time to pick my Winners for the Aintree Grand National 11th April 2015.  I googled just the names and the first one was SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR that appealed for whatever reason.  I told a friend who is currently in Hospital that I will be thinking of her when it wins – so she too will watching him no doubt. I believe she is quite knowledgeable about the Horse Racing scene so when she reads this there will possibly be some odd comments. (The thing is the horse is actually grinning in the photo if you click to enlarge !)   The odds are 7-1 one of the favourites, ridden by McCoy a respected jockey who is retiring after this race.  Then I chose MONBEG DUDE owned by Mike Tindall & Princes Anne who I backed last year with no luck. My third pick was BAILEY’S CONCERTO – no guessing why I chose that one, and lastly was FIRST LIEUTENANT which was the rank my father was when he married my mum and seemed appropriate. He is being ridden by a female jockey Nina Carberry who wants to be the first female to win the Grand National. I backed all four each way so anywhere between 1st and 4th I win some money.  Although the last three mentioned are outsiders. My total stake being £20.  Watch this space !

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  1ST Good start to the month spent the afternoon having high tea at Alfreton Hall.    Sparkling Wine for starters,  lovely pot of proper tea with the tea strainer as well,  cake stand full of scrumptious assorted triangular sarnies with the crusts removed,  cakes, scones, jam and cream and Viv and I between us ate the lot.  Very enjoyable all courtesy of a 50%  Groupon Voucher I purchased at Christmas.

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MARCH 30th March received a photo of Lottie (Ingella Jelly Tots) who is the daughter of my very first mini Nellie (Nenevale Fiddlesticks of Ingella)   who is the grand old age of  l4 years old and owned by Tina,  and will be the Great, Great, Great Grandmother on the Mothers side of both the litters of mini puppies due to be born in April.   She now rides around in style in her chariot when they go off on a walking holiday.

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27th Up with the larks this morning and left at 8.l5 a.m.  to visit Sheree “Tawneymeade” English Setters, East Coast of Lincolnshire who has a litter of 7 week old puppies and en route collected Linda  from Nottingham  the owner of the “Wansleydale” stud dog. All 8 puppies were an absolute credit to their Breeder – fabulous bone, chunky puppies. Unfortunately I had originally booked a bitch but for varying reasons preferred the one that was already spoken for, but there was the most scrummy orange boy and had he not be sold I would have brought him home with me today.

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24th Both mini girls scanned today at home and much better than having to drive  them to be scanned.  Crumble was  32 days and Brit-Vic 29 .  Debbie a friend who lives locally has purchased a very expensive veterinary Scanner and is now setting up in business to do Home visits within a 20 mile radius of postcode DE55 which is Nott/Derbys so this gave her an ideal opportunity. They are both pregnant with what hopefully will be descent sized litters. Below is a scan of Crumble showing 4 of the puppies.  I am so lucky that 4 of the families on the waiting list already own Ingella Minis.

 

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 6th Spent a lovely evening at the Crufts after show Party hosted by  Lynne & Bob (Kerrimere English & Irish Setters) at their home in Northants, with loads of other setter friends, including  friends from Poland – Zibby & a colleague (Z Orszaku Chrobrego English/Irish Setters) who weere staying with them.  Finally got home around 1 a.m. having had a lift from Nottingham with David & Linda (Wansleydale).  I had a rosette specially made for Lynne to depict Crufts .  

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26th Yet another canine member has been added to the Young family.   My Brother lost his lab Sam a few years ago and today collected the new addition  a lovely 7 month old Lab from Lincolnshire who will be called Bailey. 

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23rd Back to Derby again early this morning for Progestrone tests on Brit-Vic (Ingella Brit-Vic). Results confirmed ready to mate so 6.00 p.m.  we had the first mating and a second successful mating on Wednesday 24th.   

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20th and 22nd Two Successful matings took place today of Crumble (Ingella Gooseberry Crumble) with Sonjay Star Struck. more details on the Puppies for sale page

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19th Another early start to the other side of Derby with Crumble again (because of the traffic at rush hour it takes well over an hour for a 20 min journey) – hoping this is third time lucky, and we get a phone call at 3.30 p.m. to say “ready to mate”. Have to get there early as the blood is collect just before 10 a.m and then taken by courier to a laboratory up north to be tested for progestrone levels. Well the tests are positive and needs to be mated tomorrow morning, then back again Sunday morning. Here’s hoping for a successful mating. Whilst there today booked Brit-Vic in for Monday 23rd Feb and off we go again.

17th Finally finished painting the last two walls – thats the whole house painted from top to bottom as they say including paint work. Then as I was getting the dogs out of the car from their walk Interflora arrived. Out comes a glass vase full of flowers with a card and my name – ohhh ohhh i said – thats not all he said – back in the van and a box of chocolates – OMG i said – thats not it – back in the van black Wine bottle holdall. So much he had to help me carry them in the house. All from some very good friends who know at present i have been a bit down and the card said – Hope this helps to cheer you up !!! What a lovely gesture and very very much appreciated. The chocolates have already been eaten, i have had one glass of vino which was absolutely delicious, the flowers are displayed in the lounge. Thanks Bev & Don

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16th Off to the Vets yet again with Crumble to check on progestrone levels, but in the meantime yesterday Brit-Vic has also come in season so that will be even more visits for blood tests the following week. If they both get successfully mated and get pregnant, they could end up whelping on the same day !!!!! Results come back still not ready. 

13th Off to the vets 7.45 a.m. this morning (horrible journey with traffic jams to the other side of Derby) to have Progestrone blood tests done on Crumble who is in season and I hope to mate. Got to get the date of mating right this time. So a trim, bath, and blow dry.

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12th Lynn, Bill & Tequila (Williams daughter) came over from Yorkshire for lunch today and as usual laden with gifts for the dogs. Pearl and Tequila got on really well and played together, William just chilled out by himself and the mini girls were whizzing about like clockwork toys. Photo Bill with Pearl.

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11TH My possible new English Setter puppy that I have booked from Sheree in Lincolnshire, was born on the 5th February – mum Elkie produced 6 boys and 2 girls all plump and healthy . Photo below pups 3 days old. No idea if there will be a bitch with show potential as i wont have a choice,  so fingers crossed. 

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5th Had an email from Denise & Gerard who now live in the Pyrenees Mountains in France with “The Mighty Finn” and have 18″ of snow – how lovely is that. Finn is really well and although they havent yet moved to their new house which is being renovated, they take Finn there for a gallop as they bought it with him in mind as it has 2 acres so he can play with his friends a Gordon and English Setter that are neighbours. Alright for some isnt it !!

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2nd Trimmed and bathed both the mini girls today – as wanted to take some new photos of them. Getting a descent shot is almost impossible – they will not keep their heads still. After over 100 attempts !! just one came out worthy of putting on here and that’s Crumble

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1st Setting off at just before 8 a.m.to the Kennel Club building at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire to the Midland English Setter Society Championship Show where Pearl is entered in her last Minor Puppy Class. Judging starts for bitches at 9.45 a.m. We ended up sitting right next to the Exit and it was absolutely freezing and draughty and the wind blowing through everytime it opened. So at the lunch break we then headed home. Results will as usual be on her own page.

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28th Lovely Chinese Meal at The Lotus Lounge with 4 doggy friends. Miss Piggy who might be very endearing, just isn’t the right word to describe how much i ate. They must have replenished the starters for us three times, then the main dishes, and then Banana Fritter plus ice cream. I weighed in at Weight Watchers an hour before the meal and had lost l lb. !!!! I hate to think how many points I consumed during the meal.

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24th Well I have just heard that we have the addition of a new breed to the Young family. My eldest Nephew and his wife have bought an apricot Cockerpoo for their daughter Nettie who she has called ‘Timmy’ who is 8 weeks old.

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23rd Still got lovely snow this morning on our usual walk through the Pine forest at Silverhills country Park which is about l2 miles away. Such a lovely safe place apart from frozen lakes at this time of year.

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21st Still waiting for the Mini Schnauzer girls Brit-Vic and Crumble to come into season so I can mate them, but on this occasion I wont be keeping a puppy. The reason being, I have booked myself yet another English Setter Puppy Bitch due to be born in about 3 weeks time beginning of February if there is one that appeals. Not bothered what colour . 

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18th 8.30 a.m. Weather cold, frosty and a little foggy this morning on the way to Manchester championship Dog show held at the Staffordshire country Show Ground in Stafford with Pearl. Pleased to get placed. Back home in the warmth 2 p.m.

13th Out for lunch with my Cocker Spaniel friend Viv and we tend to try out different pubs. Today was the Devonshire Arms in south Normanton. Traditional Pub and all the food is freshly Home Cooked by the Landlady – very local and excellent value. £5.96 for 2 courses. Night time photo courtesy of their website.

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12th Its a year in February since the new knee which was my target for being as normal as possible, and thrilled that today for the first time in 7 years I managed to walk for 1 1/2 hours in torrential rain around Silverhills Country Park. I had no pain, no limp, no swelling when i got home and walked at a good moderate pace. Would i ever have the other done !!!!!!! Probably not.!!!

lst January 2015 From all of us to all of you.

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