Tuesday, 24 March 2015

spring on Dartmoor

That's the funny thing about March - some days you know it's spring and other days... well, other days you can't even remember a time it wasn't cold, wet and miserable.

I have several books of Dartmoor walks and outside the warmth and comfort of home I haven't troubled their pages nearly enough.  So a few days ago I packed up my rucksack, stuck my map in my pocket and put Tuuli in her harness in preparation for a 4-or-5-hour hike over part of the mid- moor starting from Widecombe in the Moor.

Even though it's only 30 minutes from where I live, and it is famous and quite the most touristy of all atmospheric Dartmoor villages, I had never been there before.  Or perhaps those are the reasons I had never been there before.  But isn't it beautiful!

You'll just have to take my word for that, though, I'm afraid.  Or go ahead and Google it. Or have a look here on TripAdvisor where they have a nice selection of photos.   At any rate, I have no lovely photos to share because when I got there it looked rather like this.

And like this.

Not exactly the sort of weather one prefers for stomping around on Dartmoor, particularly on unfamiliar territory.  And particularly when it's easy enough to get lost on Dartmoor even in glorious weather.

So rather than risk the humiliation of having to be rescued 10 foggy minutes from civilisation, I turned tail and headed back down the moor to my old stomping ground, Pullabrook Woods in the Bovey Valley near Lustleigh.

I could do that walk with my eyes closed, so the weather didn't deter me in the slightest.  And at any rate, it was considerably pleasanter down there by the river than up on exposed ground with the ponies.

So here are a few pictures of Tuuli on that walk.  Some of the spots look a bit familiar?  As I said, I've done this walk more than once or twice, so there are plenty of photos around of it. 

She is willing to pose, but refuses to look at the camera

Obligatory river shot

Lappy on a rock

And now I'm off to look into the acquisition of a tent.  And a rucksack.  And other paraphernalia that will come in handy for a 2-or-3-day hike.  Yep, that's my plan all right.  Just as soon as the weather improves.  If it ever does.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Crufts 2015

A couple of weekends ago I loaded 3 dogs into the car and made the annual pilgrimage to the Birmingham NEC for the mad day that is Crufts.

I got there just in time to get stuck in the dire traffic queuing to get in which meant that I got into the venue just in time to get the dogs brushed before judging started.  More or less. 

First up for the Infindigo gang were Ukko with me and Kuura with Jane in Postgraduate dog followed by Rauhan who placed 2nd in Limit Dog.  Luckily Mark Treasure was there with his ever-ready camera because without him I would have had no photos at all.

Ukko was such a good boy, considering he doesn't exactly go to shows regularly

Gorgeous Kuura

Rauhan standing like a little star

Next up was Talvi, VHC in Junior Bitch and then Kiittaa who placed 3rd in Postgraduate Bitch and Emmi Reserve in Limit Bitch.

Ian & Talvi

Kiittaa & Lexi looked rather shocked about something

Jane with Emmi the little pro

Finally there was Neka.  It was 2 weeks before her 11th birthday, her 10th and final Crufts.  As usual, she had an absolute blast.  Not only that, but she also qualified for her 11th Crufts by placing 3rd in Veteran Bitch.  So proud of my old girl.

My sweet Neka, the old pro

Look how happy she is!

Monday, 2 March 2015

pups at home

All the puppies have settled into their new homes now and have started their socialisation regime (I hope...!)  They are all well into the training, house training and nipping.  Big thanks to all their owners for keeping me up-to-date with cute photos.

Tux with his big brother (& great uncle) Karhu

Eevi in her new garden

Malaki with his donkey

Kaija in her chair ... er, Mason's chair

Niko on his chair.