It has been a beautiful week – a joy to be in the garden and walk the dogs, although that is a pleasure whatever the weather.

I spent a great weekend ( well Friday night home Saturday evening) in County Durham grouse pointing with Vita. It was too far for a day trip so I went up the night before. My first try at this aspect of working her and tests her ability to find game. She has to let me know where the bird is by pointing, then sitting as the bird takes off. This time we didn’t achieve a grading but Vita had a great time and it was a super day out on the moors for me. Peter stayed home with the other two dogs and took part in the end of season skittles final .The team lost by 3 points which was so close but there is always next year. My trip away made me very aware of how lucky we are to have such a wide range of beautiful countryside on our doorstep – rolling hills and pastureland, woods , rivers and moorland.

This week the weather has been in stark contrast to last week which is a shame as we had a friend staying! Didn’t dampen our enthusiasm just meant that on two days instead of country walks it was snowball fights!!! The dogs absolutely loved it and went wild. We still managed an afternoon at Arley Arboretum . I don’t know why we hadn’t been before and we will definitely visit again. A wonderful garden ranging from a  formal Italian style area with fountains to wildlife ponds.Lots and lots of beautiful trees both large and small. We had booked afternoon tea and were not disappointed fresh sandwiches, delicious cakes and an endless supply of tea. Maybe we should have eaten first and walked it off afterwards!

Enjoyed a very good meal at The Crown in Clunton before our friend went home. This pub has gone through a few ups and downs over the last year but I hope that the current tenants will gain support as they really deserve to. We all agreed that the dishes we chose were delicious so came home happy and content. Looking forwards to our next visitors so we can venture out and enjoy some more attractions and meals.

These are our LATE AVAILABILITIES for the next four weeks

THE BOTHY –   available from Sunday 16th June for 3 nights at £211. Then from Friday 28th June for a week at £350.

THE GATEHOUSE  available from Tuesday 25th June at £330 for 4 nights and again from Saturday 6th July for a full week at £472

KEEPER’S COTTAGE  available from Saturday 6th July at £427.

Here are some of the events that are on during 2019 in our area over the next few months

15th / 30th June Ludlow Fringe Festival ( arts festival)                                   15th June Vintage Vehicle and Steam Rally Oswestry
16th June Ludlow secret Gardens – a great opportunity to see behind the houses lining the streets of Ludlow not only the gardens but how the buildings all mesh together.
22nd/23rd June Clun Gardens Open                                                                   29th/30th June Shrewsbury Food Festival.

9th / 10th August Shrewsbury Flower Show

13th – 15th September Ludlow Food Festival

23rd/24th November Ludlow Christmas Fayre

Ludlow Races throughout the year January – May / October – December.
Details can be found on Clun, Shrewsbury and Ludlow’s own websites and also at Virtual Shropshire and Shropshire Tourism