Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Oh to be beside the sea

At times like this we all day dream of being in different places. I love the sea. These photo remind me of the last time I was there with my friend Susan .She lives on the coast so she likes to come in land . To be truthful I think we should all be grateful we are just well and ok and about to be at home.

I know a lot of my guests at the bed and breakfast like to come to stay with us . They like  the countryside views rather than looking out to sea , the wild birds singing rather than seagulls squawking. We dont have fog horns and sea frets. We have beautiful sunrising and sunsets.  We have wonderful restaurants and eating places even places thats serve up amazing fish and chips and sea food dishes...

 but I will continue to dream about going to the seaside Whitby the Magpie ... and eating fish that tastes as if it has just jumped out of the sea.  My last supper at the seaside when I chatting with Ian Robson and we put the world to rights.  I do hope we will meet up again before too long maybe Ian will venture over here into our territory and we will eat simple country food.
To eat with friends is the best thing in the world and what I miss the most. I eat with my best friend ever day but we both look forward to sharing our table with friends.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Afternoon exercise ///all together now

Afternoon exercise /// all together

We are lucky to have a field in front of the house so we can take the dogs straight out. Here you see them out with Tom for their afternoon walk about. You will see he has his blue gloves on with instructions not to touch the fence and stiles where unfortunately we have a right of way over the field and walkers come trooping across ,all grabbing hold of the style. The other day I tried to get over it without touching any part of it . It was more a balance act than I thought and I am getting too old in being a contortionist. What we are finding too is that walkers tend to leave the west gate open which is maddening. More work to have to go down to shut it that we dont need at the moment. As you can imagine the dogs see it open and dive through fortunately when called they come running back. Not like a few years ago when they gate was left open the we had the male sheep waiting patiently until it was the right time to turn them in to mate with the ewes. Some kind soul had left the gate open and these male members of the flock took it upon themselves to climb 2 steps and walk across the gangway and down 3 steps at the other side to get to the females. That year we had some very early lambs. So there is the saying where there is a will there is a way and these sheep certainly had a will.
`Despite all of this , we are very lucky to live where we do and look forward to sharing it with you all again when this is over.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Nice to receive this news this morning

Dear Jack and Anna, 

We got our dog from you in summer 2018  . We wrote to you a little while ago to let you know he had been accepted to train as an assistance dog. We thought it would be nice to send you an update - he has passed all three assessments and completed his training in less than a year! He is now a fully qualified ADUK registered assistance dog. Attached are some photos of him in his new jacket, looking very proud of himself. He's a really great dog - friendly, clever, and learns new things so quickly. Thank
you for bringing such joy and independence to us in the form of this dog. Feel free to share the photos on social media if you would like. 

When the time comes to train his replacement, we know we will be coming back to you for another pup. Should you ever decide to stop breeding, please could we have a black boy from your last litter? We have to succession plan as part of our commitment to ADUK, and wouldn't want a dog from anyone else.

We'll continue to send you the odd update of his adventures!

Best wishes, 

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Thank you

Just to say thank you to everyone who has sent their good wishes while Jack has been in hospital recently.

The doctor at Malton Hospital out of hours was brilliant .He rushed Jack straight through to Ward 24 at York Hospital.  However poorly he stubbornly refused to get in a wheel chair and looked like one very drunk person with a water bottle in his had swigging it as he went along . He was burning up and at this stage didn't realise when was actually as ill as what he was. He was dis- oriented and was falling over as the poison spread all over his body.

He was persuaded by some very pretty nurses to stay the night ..thank goodness for their patience .He moaned it was too hot and he wouldn't be able to sleep and would come back the next day. If he had come home, he would not have been here now. As it was, he was on oxygen, had to have a fan to regulate his temperature and 3 drips in this arm.

He had sepsis and had IV drips of doses of what the doctor could only describe as like Domestos blasting his system.  There has been umpteen  blood tests to find the cause  which the results are still coming back negative. The doctors seemed quite excited that they had a patient who to date they cant find the cause and is still breathing . Not just breathing but is at home now after 8 days in hospital . Of course he has a long way to go and soon tires but is planning to be out and about working his dogs next week.

It has been a week of many challenges and one of those was Jack having to wear pyjamas . Makes training a young dog child's play.

We will be ever thankful for the staff of York Hospital and Malton for what they did for Jack