Unpredictable Irish Days

Summer has arrived and with it a sense of delight as the garden responds in a rainbow of colours.


The hot days mean my best buddy Bob potters rather than walks about

ippand is quick to retreat to his or in this case her kennel at the mention of food or ice-cream.


My other canine buddy has learnt that the water is not always cold which means her swimming in the river sessions are more silent. (Ellie tends to grumble as she swims).


A good days work

Working means many things to many people. But in the world of dogs (as in my two) work means the following:

For Ellie, – collecting sticks while out walking

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Hisilicon K3

Bob sitting


Ellie finding lost tennis balls.


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Hisilicon K3

Getting mucky while finding the smallest trace of scent hidden in the weirdest of places. Today was weird it was a pipe buried in the ground.

Bob – sitting.

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I think you get the idea there is a pattern here all pointing to one thing – Bob likes to sit and be sociable while Ellie loves to work.

Getting back to work

We (Ellie and I) have been busy getting back to the serious job of working/training for S&R. There has been a lot of walking, obedience, river work, scent work  however,  it is not all work and no play as you can see from the photos

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We were waiting a long time and

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Hisilicon K3

in the end we had to go in search of our missing companion.

Yes – he had gone home for a snooze.

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Hisilicon K3

Holidays and stuff.

I apologize to all I follow for my lack of attention to your blog pages.

I was lucky to have a holiday in Scotland last week. We spent some days in Conan Bridge north of Inverness and we loved it. The people were amazing, the food great and the entertainment second to none.

Here are a few pictures of an amazing place.



Go hug a tree he said, so I did.


A shy Dolphin


At Dunrobin Castle we spent an entire day. And made some unusual friends


Scotland has castles at every turn in the road.

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Bob’s Diary: Fun on the river

Ellie had fun on the river and I thought you might like to see the photographs.

Remember the boat?

ipp It is still afloat.

But it is used for a variety of things, mainly

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though it is used as a ball catcher by you-know-who. But it does pose a few challenges to her.


Though the result is always the same – She wants more.


Bob’s Diary: Are we going or are we staying?

It was Sunny, an event in itself. We were told to get in the car Maria was getting ready.

I knew what this meant.

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Time for a snooze

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And a good roll around.


And Ellie? She was afraid M would go without us.

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She is not very trusting is she?

She didn’t want to miss seeing her pals.

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Hisilicon K3


Maria’s Stuff: Life is stranger than Fiction

The proof is in this true story.

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Niall’s legs felt like lead as he walked the short distance to collect his car which he had left parked at his sister’s house. Two days of work with only travel time between jobs left him feeling as grey as the sky overhead.

Lost in this hazy greyness he failed to notice the tiny woman until she spoke to him. “Good afternoon.” Her soft voice had an authoritative air to it which made him stop before her.

He noted her pastel pink coat, soft nude coloured shoes and pink hat thinking, she is dressed like the Queen of England. Niall noted the package she carried was square, wrapped in a crimson glossy paper and sitting on top of it a perfectly formed golden bow. He looked around him and couldn’t see how she had arrived at this old house on the top of the hill. He wondered if she was an angel.

“I’ve been invited to tea.” Her crisp words brought a smile to his face.

Niall opened the gate and she, to his surprise, walked through. He followed and they walked towards his car.

“You must work here. Are you the gardener?” She stared at him closely. “I have come to have tea with Lady Louise.”

He wondered in what parallel universe did gardeners wear nifty suits and white shirts. But she reminded him of his grandmother, whom he missed, so he made no caustic comment.

“No, I don’t work here. I left my car with my sister who is minding the house while the owner is away and I have come to collect it. I don’t think there is anyone here.” He waited for her to digest this information.

“So I am at the wrong house. I should try the other big house on the far side.” She said with a nod which sent a ripple waving across her silver hair.

He opened the passenger door intending to leave his jacket on the seat when, to his astonishment she neatly slipped into the seat.

Her blue eyes flashed at him as she said, “That is good you have your car. It won’t take a minute.”

Niall smiled while inside he groaned. He had thirty minutes to get to Dublin for his last appointment, then it would be home for food and sleep. He opened his mouth then thought better of speaking. He shut the door carefully and got into the driver’s seat.

The house in question was a mere four hundred yards away. He drove slower than normal and arrived before the large electronic entrance gate.

“It’s shut.” His passenger said. “I’ll wait.”

Lucky for all concerned the gate opened and he drove through, straight to the front door.

Then without thinking he got out, raced around to the passenger door, opened it and when she alighted Niall gave a slight nod.

With a nod in his direction she sailed sweetly past him carrying her gift.

Niall didn’t linger. Tiredness evaporated as he got back into his seat, gunned the engine and got out of there before he was snared again. “I am not up to dealing with a double dose of silver-haired trouble today.” He said with a sigh of relief as he noted his passenger had gone inside.

Bob’s Diary: Summer – Irish Style.

It is no wonder Irish people spend many hours talking or lamenting the weather.












In the past few days we have gone from this:






to this, (the vertical lines are large drips of rain falling from the roof)


which means