Treacle has just come on heat and I was just messing around with Toby wearing my glasses again and as he sat happily wearing them, he suddenly reminded me that I need to get his annual eye check done. So first thing to do tomorrow after getting the children is to ring Westmoor Veterinary Hospital and get Toby booked in for a eye test this week.
Details of the litter we are hoping to breed from Toby and Treacle can be found on the website page Litters
I'm just getting the dinner cooked which tonight is the delicious French cheese and potato dish called Tartiflette, so a quick blog. As got to pick up oldest son from his last days beating of the Partridge shooting season around 7 pm (The shoot our son, Bert beats on is a small shoot run by Southern Partridges Ltd at Yarnscombe and every shoot, rather than stop up for lunch they 'eat on the hoof' and then give the guns and beaters a cooked supper together, after the days shooting is done. I'm friendly with the people who run the shoot and Bert has really enjoyed his first season ever beating. What's not to like with good banter, a tall story or two, good food, a tipple or two or three and he gets paid as well. It also is very good exercise for him and I get some free meat for the freezer) and then I have a date with my husband, David, a glass of wine and the stand up comedy DVD 'Kevin Bridges - A Whole Different Story' You might of guessed that this is the every other Sunday morning I'm not milking, so a chance to chill out and put my feet up for a hour or so with David and the dogs..
We have some good news and a little exciting. Treacle is on heat. I noticed she was losing a bit of blood yesterday evening. So we start the journey to our next litter of pups at Poundlane. The photos are from last night of Treacle on my lap and my husband, David trying to get a photo of Treacle and me both looking in the right direction at the same time. Will update as things progress, as I usually do. I must go now, before I have a burnt Tartiflette.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 started yesterday evening and last night my husband, David and I watched 'Children Saved from the Nazis: The Story of Sir Nicholas Winton' on BBC 1. It is the story of Sir Nicholas Winton who saved 669 Jewish children and the fact that no one knew, until fifty years after saving the children his wife in the loft stumbles across a scrap book containing details of what he had done. Tissues are a must watching this, which you can catch on BBCiPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06z95s1/children-saved-from-the-nazis-the-story-of-sir-nicholas-winton
The clip is the moment from 'That's Life' in 1988 the story comes to light and Nicholas Winton meets some of the children he saved and this is the moment watching it David and me looked at each other both suffering from some sort of eye irritation.
I find it hard to imagine harbouring such hatred for another living creature, let alone another human. The holocaust I find almost incomprehensible and sometimes I wonder if we really have learnt from it. Sadly Nicholas Winton passed away last year, but for me he leaves a legacy of hope, that people like him exist. We just need a whole load more of them.
A little while ago I blogged Picking up my five stones in 2016, which was a blog about the secondary school my children go to, introducing blazers and I took the advice of Laura and Stephanie's comments and wrote a letter to our local paper, North Devon Journal hoping that it would be published on their 'Letters' page. After reading my letter they contacted the school and myself, deciding that they would like to do an article on it, 'New uniform rules lead to argument over blazers at Chulmleigh Community College.'
I do feel my letter better expressed my side of the argument than is expressed in the article, so I have left a comment to give a bit more equality to the article.
I did not know this had been published until I picked the children up from school and my daughter, Florrie who is at secondary school told me her friends were all talking about the article and sharing it on Facebook.
I did notice something from the schools rhetoric in the article, a subtle change in language. They have kept telling me, "There are no other objections from parents about blazers," but the Headteacher tells the North Devon Journal "Every single parental response was considered by the board. There were very few registered objections." 'few registered objections' is not the same as "no other objections" and as the Board of Directors made the decision to make blazers a mandatory part of the uniform before any consultation with parents took place. How could any of the parents concerns of been considered by the Board when they made the decision. The supplier had also been chosen and instructed before any consultation with parents. The parents were not consulted. They were just told school blazers were being introduced and that was that.
As for Peer Parliament pushing for school blazers, that was because they thought them more fashionable and never concerned themselves in the expense for parents. The ballot they done was a show of hands, seems Peer Parliament does not understand Peer Pressure either. Only one of my three children were asked to vote in the ballot and he abstained. Telling me that he did not have enough information to make a decision (Chip off the old block, me thinks). When I asked for numbers of the ballot, they had none. The same happened when they kept telling us, "most parents want blazers" I say, "Give me numbers, proof," nothing!
The end of last week I received a lovely update email. It was for Lucy who is now nearly 9 years old. We re-homed Lucy nearly three years ago. Lucy is on The Girls page, under 'The Old Girls.' We got her as an adult dog, as someone was advertising her to re-home. She settled right in with us and produced two lovely litters of Cavapoos easily and just as we started to do her health tests to bred her third and last litter Judith and Tony contacted us about having a puppy from her. They visited us and meet Lucy and Reggie, but Lucy on having her annual heart examination over 5 years old by a cardiologist vet was heard to have a murmur. I contacted Judith and Tony to tell them we would not breed from her again and what snowballed from that was they would be very interested in having Lucy. They had Cavaliers before and understood the heart issues. My main reason for re-homing Lucy was that she had spent the early part of her life not living in a pack and although she fitted in well I thought she would probably be better suited to living out her adult into old age life in a home with less dogs. So nearly three years ago Lucy started her life with Judith and Tony.
"Hi Jane and the family
It is time to give you an update on dear Lucy. She is just fine, full of beans - she will be 9 years old in June and has now been with us for 3 years. She loves her toys, as you well know, and continues to sneak off with them and pile them all together but never puts them back!! No amount of training will persuade her, just like a child.
Unfortunately, we think she is deaf and we are not sure that it is selective hearing as we have carried out our little tests on her and the vet thinks the same. However, Lucy keeps an eye on us most of the time just in case there is food about as she cannot hear the kitchen noises anymore or the cake and biscuit tins being opened!!
Now Tony is retired she does not get that 7.00 am walk before work as Tony sleeps in a bit later (why not?) but unfortunately we have a new alarm - Lucy continually barking just to let us know it is time to get up. At least I still get to have an early cuppa in bed
Thanks Judith and Tony. Really great to hear from you and that Lucy is so well. The parcel arrived yesterday and thank you for seeing the tea towel and thinking of us and then so kindly taking the time to post it to us. It certainly will see a lot of use.
University of Oxford have researched 'Do online social media cut through the constraints that limit the size of offline social networks?' The answer simply is "No!" as Oxford University explains here 'How face-to-face still beats Facebook'
Noticed a couple spots of blood on the floor in the kitchen and thought maybe another bitch on heat, but noticed Dolly not traveling 100% and took a look at her paw to see a bit of blood and on further investigation could see that somehow she has ripped her toenail out. So a clean out with a bit of hydrogen peroxide and a phone call to David, to ask if he could borrow a squirt of Terramycin Wound Spray from the farmer he works for. Terramycin is an antibiotic spray ideal for this type of wound. Here in the UK this spray is only available through your vet. All stock farmers will have a spray like this on their farm at all times for foot problems or minor wounds to animals. Comes in handy sometimes working for farmers.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
Hello, I am Jane!