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.