LATEST NEWS 2019
13th Bit of a rough few days what with silvas, C section and problems she still has 2 very healthy boys, a friend kindly took Toffee in the midst of all this to Leek to be mated Monday and she was returned after her 2nd mating on Wed. Acer still thinks she is in season so very very vocal day and night !!!!! then to top it all the workmen started early this morning with 3 of them with chainsaws, plus the noisy shredder machine lowering all the huge row of fir trees at the top of the garden.
9th Silva produced a very small litter of only 3 puppies by C section which was a little sad. One Bitch and two Dogs but still early days. This will be my last litter of English Setters. If it goes to plan I will be keeping the Bitch. Unfortunately my little girl didnt make it – so very disappointed – but out of pain.
30th One tired and chilled Yummy Mummy – Silva – not long to go now before she produces her puppies..
28th Normally a Rogues Gallery photo – however, I just had to mention Ingella Peter Pickle (Percy) who was from Crumbles last litter and the Sire was Baeur (Nikisan Chuppa chuka) – who has been hand stripped, and it really does make the coat look fabulous. What a stunning boy he has turned out to be. Owned by the Chesters family and this is their 3rd Ingella mini Schnauzer. I gather they may also consider showing Percy. (Top photo Percy – underneath his dad Baeur)
27th Out for one of the best meals ever . Converted from a former Mill House on The Weir in June 2018 – Soi Kitchen is in Milford Derbyshire.Even has its own Tuk Tuk. Eat as much as you like – the most fantastic hot display of food i have ever seen.Japanese Gyoza, Chinese stir fries, Moroccan Tagines, Mexican Tacos, Malaysian Mie Goren, Mediterranean pizza and pastas and Greek Mezze. and much much more and the Sweets were out of this world. Strawberries, Marshmallows, Hot chocolate Fountain and on it went. Beautiful setting beside the River, spacious and relaxing. I needed a chill out before next week when not only is Silva due to give birth, but also Toffee (Mini) came in season early and at some stage during next 2 weeks needs blood testing and mating.
15th Visited a friend today who has a stunning 10 week old litter of Cavalliers. So couldnt resist a photo of them.
10th Pleased to say Silva (on the left) who has been mated to Darlow, is definitely pregnant and due early July.
22nd I really am getting into this Dog photography and so enjoy taking photos – albeit still learning. Been over to a friends (Debbie) who has a gorgeous litter of 7 week old Miniature Black/Tan Shorthaired Dachshunds – this is just one of the photos I took today of Mum with Miss Orange.
17th About 7 weeks ago Acer had a repeat mating to Bess (owned by Alison & Mark) and it is hoped there will be puppies born beginning of June. Bess produced a fabulous litter of stunning English Setter puppies 2 years ago. The previous litter can be see on Acers page.
12th First attempt at a 360 degree still shot of the garden,. Just love photography but no idea what i am doing really.
11th Still getting to grips with the new camera. Sun semi shining and garden always looks lovely at this time of year. Toffee just happened to be standing in an ideal spot.
27th Acer the day after the show – what a difference one day makes.
26th Today Acer, Silva and I joined Linda (their Breeder) along with their sister Alice, and another English whispa to attend the WELKS Championship show at Malvern. Not an easy drive on a Friday morning but luckily we were 2nd in the ring after spaniels so didnt leave Nottingham until 9.30 a.m. Acer had 11 in his class and got a 3rd and Silva had 17 in her class (was shortlisted) but unfortunately didnt get placed, but her sister Alice won the class and then got top Bitch. I finally got home at 8.30 p.m. having collected Toffee en route from a local friend. Acer below.
(Alice left, Silva Middle and Acer Right)
21st April Met up with Kerry and a friend of hers at The Farmhouse in Mackworth, Derby where I arranged to meet Noah a Miniature Schnauzer who they brought along, as I will be using him on Toffee when she comes into season around August 2019. What a beautiful boy he is and delightful temperament. . “Noah” … South African Champion Keystone Noah is currently visiting in the UK and also only one CC away from being a UK Champion..
14th Just Silva and I went off to the English Setter Association Champ Show at the Kennel Club Building Stoneleigh. Really enjoyed it and she was an absolute delight to show not having been in the ring for nearly 2 years. She won a respectable 3rd out of 7.
5th Still getting to grips with this camera – want to be good by the time Toffee has a litter which is a while to go yet. Acer again doing what he does naturally – in fact he is chilling out ready for his BIG DAY on Monday when Bess is returning for a repeat mating of her 2017 litter.
23rd Sun shining so had another session with the new camera – but still not that good.. Acer & Silva (siblings)
14th Something a bit different and probably just up my street – Afternoon tea with a friend at Madhatters Tea Room in Kimberley. courtesy of a Groupon Deal I purchased a few months ago.
7th Gundog Day at Crufts has been and gone for another year – Had a reasonable day Acer got a VHC (5th) out of 11 – so at least in the cards as they say. An additional photo on Acers own page, but this one of him being Judged in the ring thanks to Kacper an overseas friend for taking it.
25th This is so hidden away in the corner of the hall I decided to give it a good clean today. It’s a life size Fire Screen decoupage of Sh Ch Bellesett Campbell of Ingella made by a friend and signed with her name “Vix 1991” on the back. I never knew until the day I collected it that she had carefully hidden a piece of Campbell tartan and a Rosette within the Screen. I bet even if you have visited me you probably never noticed it.
19th Just received my Passes for CRUFTS 2019. Gundogs are there Thursday 7th March. If anyone wants to pop and say Hello to me or Acer then we are in Hall 1, Ring 6 and my Bench no. is 240.
14th exactly 3 weeks to go before CRUFTS DOG SHOW AT THE NEC. Friends are coming from Yorkshire to doggy sit those left at home. I rarely go with any Expectations as I personally just love being able to show and run Acer round that big Green carpeted Breed ring. I think what with the baileys, crowds, Crufts, adrenaline I am on a high and really enjoy it as I think Acer does as well. Hopefully after a very long break from the show ring, Silva is also back out again in a couple of months time..
7th Just couldnt resist taking this photo of Sleeping Beauty “Silva”
4th Midland English setter society ch show – Stoneleigh, Warwicks just under an hours drive.. Lovely day out as collected a friend en route who hadnt been to a show for a long time. So bacon butties and a cuppa Acer wasnt in until after lunch and got a 2nd and only beaten in his class by the dog that was the Best Dog at the Show. Again a lovely write up from the Judge.
31st Well this has to be a first Toffee actually sitting with Acer and for once he isnt duffing her up.
19th Fabulous start to the New Year for Acers first show of the season at Stafford, first time in the Limit Class and wins a lst. I also came home with a litre of Baileys courtesy of a friend for helping her sell her puppies. The only downside I had a couple of lovely photos taken with my camera of Acer today and for some unknown reason it downloaded 195 photos – from an old file and not one of Acer..So disappointed. The good news a lovely Critique from the Judge is on Acers page.
1st The New year for me starts off mid January with a Champ Show at Stafford for Acer. In about 4 months time Silva hopefully will have a new coat, and be back in the ring. We may even manage a short trip to the coast for a Run on the Beach at some stage, and right at the end of the year will be mating Toffee (Mini Schnauzer) and maybe Silva (English Setter) and mid year Acer may be used at stud again. Also received good news that Glitter from Silvas litter (who i parted with at l5 weeks old due to circumstances) has settled well and she is now known as “Holly”. Still miss her as she was sooooo very sweet and pretty.