In my lack of updates, there's not really a lot we have been doing - we attended the usual Norfolk show in October, gave the ABC qualifier a go... unfortunately not our kind of course set by John Gilbert, we were not quite on the same page this year and it all went a bit wrong! The ABC is not the only reason we go up there, its a nice show all the same. We weren't quite as lucky this year with the raffle, no weaves but we did win a box of choccies! Stayed in a nice local B&B with friends (though a different place to the other years!) even though I had a stinking cold. Kiah was spoiled - she is my princess, and got to come into the B&B, as long as we bring her snuggly bed she is always brilliantly behaved and just settles down for the night. Unlike me that was all stuffed up with my cold, so frustrating they always make you bunged up, get you down and keep you awake!! Unfortunately only a couple of weeks after we were back from the show, Alex came down with an awful cough too, and when he finally relented and went to the doctors (eventually, only took 3 weeks!) he was signed off for a week with a terrible chest infection and strong antibiotics.
The estate of my dad is still underway too, with a very efficient and friendly solicitor I am pleased to report, incredibly helpful and constantly on top of things, chasing them up and making sure the answers are received, so that's not been too stressful for us. Thankfully the house and the flat are now on the market, so even though we still need to continue emptying them, its a start. Its a lovely feeling when we are down there to spend an hour or two on the beach, so relaxing, fun for the dogs, fresh and a good place to just breathe, especially if its sunny blue skies.
We are both really busy at work, which is a shame to moan about as there has been so much redundancy this year for a lot of people, but it has been a hard graft all year, businesses wanting more and more from everyone. With the evenings getting so much shorter and the weather more miserable, its always a bit more of a struggle too, the dogs get less time outside, its been colder and most definitely wetter, there's so much more darkness and generally its more difficult to function and get up in the mornings!! Our dogs are very patient with us - more so in the winter, having to work all day, and though they get short walks every day, checked on at lunch time and their treat toys, playtime or training in the evenings (or in Kiah's case, cuddling with daddy on the sofa), mostly it is the weekends when we spend as much time as we can with them.
There were a couple of winter shows too both within an hour's drive but opposite directions, grim weather at both but Kiah enjoyed herself!! Two agility runs we just had refusals, a serious error on my part where I just need to commit a bit more, or follow things through, Kiah is just TOO responsive at times, thats not a bad thing but it gets me and my handling in trouble. Never any major errors, usually just me! The boys, though not entered in the shows had a good walk and then wander around the show, Risk especially befriending anyone and everyone, such a little socialite he loves everyone, though he does have his extra special favourites, and Davy just being his usual self - apart from a minor panicky meltdown losing where I was, while I was walking a course bless him!
A couple of months ago the dogs had their boosters at the vets, they were all really good and didn't flinch at all - its really nice to get a comment from the vet about how lovely our dogs are! I always worry about whether all the jabs are necessary, there's always a big debate about the pros and cons, but I think at least for a couple more years for all of them, otherwise I would just worry even more about them getting sick. As usual they conned the receptionists out of three bonio biscuits each!!
Of course there have been a couple of important people's birthdays to celebrate, no not the dogs' just yet, but mine and Alex's only 15 days apart, and both December - and then importantly miss Princess Kiah's too, she is 7 already - you wait all year and they all come around at once!! One of my gifts, was a trip up to London to watch the comedian Michael McIntyre, had a fantastic time, he was just brilliantly funny and excellent live. Another one of my presents was the most stunning framed picture of our three dogs, which I just adore. Most of Alex's presents are landrover related... boring to most but I think he likes the items that I pick - based on his wish list of course!
Last weekend we spent the Sunday early afternoon up at the forest with our three and their vizsla/pointer friends, we hadn't been up there for a long while and it was very enjoyable, wet and muddy underfoot, with puddles, bogs and clear overflowing ponds, but a clear and crisp sunny day - perfect for a two hour ramble, to get the heart pumping, and to catch up with a good friend, always makes you feel better.
Something I used to do when I was younger was to make (amateur) completely handmade cards from start to finish - usually for my parents or grandparents, normally done when I feel in a creative sort of mood, and a good way of relaxing for me. I felt the need and the want to do one this year, it took me a while but I created one for my grandparents and have not long sent it off, along with a completely homemade Christmas wreath to hang on their front door if they want to. This year and the last couple of years, (apart from our wedding of course!) has been a bit sad, so neither of us are feeling particularly festive or wanting to celebrate. So - we are spending four days away, going down to the West Country together with Kiah, Davy and Risk - to a dog friendly hotel - they have to be involved with our celebrations too; to sleep, relax, take long walks, and spend time on the beach. To whoever and all that reads this, I do wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a very happy New Year!