News 2019



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 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.

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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 and 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 enroute from a local friend.  (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 shortly.  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..(photo with permission from Keystone Miniature Schnauzers)


 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

happy new year 5R4J