Friday, 16 March 2018

A Week is a Long Time in Puppy-Licks

Well, we've had Isla a week now, and it seems like she's been with us forever.  It wasn't long before she'd sussed the layout of the house (and, more importantly, discovered the place where certain things had been hidden from her).  She's such a sweetheart, though, it's impossible to be cross when she turns up carrying a glove, slipper, shoe or one of Amber's toys!

It was lovely and warm this afternoon, so Isla spent some of the time in the garden playing and exploring.

In case you're wondering, relations with the cats have improved significantly since last week.  We've now progressed from "downright resentment" to "reluctant tolerance", which is a distinct step forward.

It's clear that Isla is growing too: 5kg today, compared to 4.3kg last Friday.  She certainly has a labrador's appetite.

Friday, 9 March 2018


After what seemed like an interminable wait, P-Day has finally arrived.  We collected Isla, our new puppy, from Suffolk early this morning, and she has spent much of the day exploring the house.  Pretty well all her experiences today have been new (car journeys, visit to the vet, sleeping on the sofa, meeting cats, etc.), and she's coped remarkably well.  OK, so we had a small number of "accidents", but that's only to be expected.

What a sweetie...

Having been used to sleeping on a pile of other puppies, it's clear that Isla loves the warmth and comfort of another living soul.  Issy's lap is particuarly comfortable, apparently.

Being a true labrador, Isla had no problem in tackling lunch in her new "Adnam's" bowl.

Our three cats are less than impressed with the new arrival, however.  All have spent the day in permanent "bog brush" mode, and Squirt couldn't quite work out why she wasn't allowed in the crate any more.

I'm sure they'll all be bosom buddies by tomorrow.  Maybe.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

New Member of the Family (almost)

Meet Eskriver Uigeadail, known to her friends as Isla, who will be joining the family in just under a fortnight's time.  It's felt like an interminable wait since Amber died at the end of October; but, finally, the end is in sight, and we visited our new pup for the first time this morning.  Needless to say she is absolutely adorable, and we cannot wait to get her home.  In the meantime, here are a few pictures from today.

Isla has been bred by Waterside Gundogs, who have been absolutely brilliant at providing all the essential health checks and keeping us up-to-date with progress (and, more recently, photos).  There are currently litters of both labradors and cocker spaniels, and two beds had been provided for them.  Needless to say, one of the beds was totally empty and every single pup was piled into the other.

Isla's mother, Ivy, has the most amazing eyes of any labrador I've ever met.

Courtesy of Issy, a final picture of me and my new best mate.

In case anyone is wondering, Isla is named after the whisky island - a place we love - but we have dropped the "y" to stop the uninitiated from calling her "Iz-Lay".  As for her kennel club name, Eskriver is Waterside's Kennel Club affix, and Uigeadail (pronounced "Oo-ge-dahl") is my favourite dram, produced by the Ardbeg distillery (on Islay, naturally).

Roll on March 9th...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Bath & Wells Show in Infra-Red

Frances, Christopher and I decided to have a Grand Day Out to the Royal Bath & Wells Show, which is held every year at a purpose-build showground near Shepton Mallet.  The weather forecast for the day was mixed; but, since the morning was sunny, I took the Infra-Red camera out again.

I fell in love with the alpacas, and it's clear that judging them is a very serious business.

Country shows are a great place for people watching, and the X-E2 is sufficiently discreet that I was able to wander around without attracting any attention.

The end of a very hard day...

Friday, 30 June 2017

Stowe Gardens in Infra-Red

On the way to an RPS meeting in Bath earlier in the month, I decided to take a day off work and visit Stowe Gardens near Buckingham.  Given the weather (intermittent sunshine and fluffy white clouds) I decided to leave the colour camera in the car and shoot entirely in Infra Red.  It was half term, so there were lots of families walking around and having picnics in the grounds.  Despite the number of people there, however, the gardens didn't feel in the slightest bit crowded.  A lovely place, and I'm sure I'll visit again while en route to either Bath or Bristol.  Any excuse for a day off work...

All pictures taken on an IR-converted Fuji X-E2 with 23/1.4 and 50-140/2.8 lenses, processed in Lightroom.