Monday, 12 December 2016

Walk In Outwood in Surrey On Justin's Birthday

We parked up in Outwood Common car park opposite the windmill and followed the trail past the cricket pitch and into the woods.
You can find the link to the walk which takes you around the National Trust's Harewood Estate - Outwood Common walk

                                             Outwood Common

                                      View out of the car park

                                            Into the woods

                                            Secluded Pond

Ancient Oak Trees

Outwood Windmill

Afterwards we headed down to the Dog and Duck which is dog friendly for a spot of lunch.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Autumn Walks at Millbrook Clump, Ashdown Forest and Gravetye Estate

Autumn seems to have come later this year with many of the trees still fairly green at the end of October. We headed down from Millbrook East car park along the edge of Pippingford Park to try and spot some Fallow deer as Pippingford seems to be a favourite spot for them. Only managed to see a couple of females in the distance.
View across Pippingford Park with an old Beech tree in the foreground

We headed down through the trees to the stream at the bottom of the slope and crossed back over and back up the hill.

                                View back up the slope
                              View towards Nutley Windmill

Two weeks on and the Autumn colour was improving and we headed down to the Vowels Lane carpark on the Gravetye Estate which is managed by the Forestry Commission.

                                OMG, she's taking my photo again!

Just practicing my jumping!

                                            Please play with me

Monday, 17 October 2016

Agility and Edenbridge And Oxted Agricultural Show

The Bank Holiday started well with a trip to our favourite show, Jumping Jacks. We had a great day there on the Friday in the lovely sunshine with Jazz winning 3 of her 4 classes!
It also mean't that she won a Bronze Smart Dog Award for 5 wins at Jumping Jacks Shows

August Bank Holiday Monday we headed to Edenbridge and Oxted to Show. to help on the "Have -a-go Agility ring and take part in a couple of public demo's. The day went well and a few friends turned up and supported us which was lovely. And a good amount of money was raised for  Charity.

The Agility ring all set up and ready for action.

Below are a selection of sights around the show.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Kennel Club International Agility Festival and Rutland Water

On 10th August we headed to the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire for two days competing at the festival at Rockingham Castle and a day out in the area in between. Our base for the short break was Spanhoe Lodge which is in the small village of Laxton. The lodge is based where there was an American Airforce base in action during WW2  -  RAF Spanhoe. Our room was lovely and spacious and had a small outside sitting area and a sofa which mean't that we didn't need to sit on the bed while relaxing at the end of the day (Unlike some other places we have stayed before) We were greeted on arrival with a couple of slices of cake and some dog biscuits which was lovely. Nearly everyone staying at the time was competing at the festival and had a selection of dogs of different nationalities with them. The lodge was great value for money we felt and the breakfast was great. We also ate from the lite bites menu in the evening and after a tiring day competing we didn't feel we needed to go elsewhere.

View from outside Spanhoe Lodge

Day One 

Crufts Novice Cup Jumping Qualifier
Ist Run of the day. 10 faults but not too bad!

G3 Agility. Jazz was a little freaked out by the noise the seesaw made (They had to mend it afterwards) so although it was a clear round , the 2nd half of her run was very slow and we weren't in the placings.

Crufts Novice Cup Agility Qualifier.
We had 5 faults for missing a tunnel entry but we were only just outside the placings.

                               KCIAF International Ring

  On our 2nd day we headed to Rutland Water for a day out. The first few photos were taken on route.

Our first stop of the day was to the Lyndon Reserve which is the home of the Osprey Project and is also dog friendly. It is the smaller of the two reserves run by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. Dogs must be kept on leads but they were allowed in the hides dotted along the edge of the reservoir. In the furthest hides there were scopes on the Osprey's nest and volunteers to help answer any questions and to help spot the Osprey's. We were lucky enough to see all three of the youngsters raised this year on the nest with the cameras on.

Cormorant Perch

View towards the Osprey nest

Other spots of the day were a pair of Little Grebes and a Golden Eye

We then headed towards the other bigger reserve on the reservoir, Anglian Water Nature Reserve.
We only stopped for a short while as dogs aren't allowed on this site but we did manage to see a Marsh Harrier. It is also worth noting that you only have to pay one entrance fee which then gets you into both reserves.

Insect Hotel

Day 3
Back to the agility!

Combined 1 -3 Jumping.
Eliminated for going down the wrong end of tunnel. Entirely my fault. Good run otherwise!

G3 Jumping.  
26th place, would have been higher if it wasn't for her not seeing the tyre at the end and thinking she was finished!

I don't want to go home!!!