Our co-owned "Jolanthe vom Belauer See" aka. Zelda is supposed to have puppies this year. At least this is our plan since quite a while!
Zelda is one of the three stars at the horizon of Svenja and Sebastian. Now they would like to add a fourth star and keep a bitch puppy from Zelda's litter. Because of this many options of Sires of this litter were discussed. In the end the choice was a male of Kennel Calvdale in England. I met this boy 1 1/2 years ago when I visited the Kennel.
Now I would like to write a short story about this trip. Luckily everything went really well this time. We had other journeys before!
We started our trip with two cars and five dogs on Sunday, took the ferry from Calais and had a good nights rest near Canterbury just a few miles north of Dover. In the afternoon we had made our way towards the Clumber Park. A sign near the motorway shows that it is not very far from the motorway. Already on my last trip I wanted to pay the park a visit. Now it was time to do so! We took a nice walk with the dogs before we continued our ride up North.
In the afternoon I arrived at my accomodation. I had rented again a cottage in the South of the North York Moors in Ampleforth, close to Hemsley and Thirsk. I stayed there at my last visit, so it was a bit like coming home.
The following morning we had appointment with Nicola Calvert at Kennel Calvdale.
Will Svenja and Sebastian like the male? They had seen him only on photos and knew the pedigree. And most important; Will Zelda like him?
We have been very lucky and the purpose of our journey was fulfilled immediately. We all could relax!
After that I used the afternoon to prepare already my next breeding plans. I took the opportunity and visited Jill and Charles Holgate, Field Spaniel Kennel "Nadavin". They live in an old farmhouse, beautifully situated at the southern edge of the North York Dales on a hill. The view into the wide dale was marvellous.
It was a really nice afternoon together with my friendly hosts Jill and Charles. Many thanks for your time! I really appreciate it.
When I am traveling I usually take the opportunity to visit other breeders. That helps me to get a good overview about the breeds.
The following day I went together with Svenja and Sebastian on a trip to the North York Dales. As I have been there before I was able to show them some beautiful spots.
Following a few more photos of this incredible beautiful landscape...
After Zelda was mated a second time on Thursday morning I have a few more days before I had to go home.
This time the two Field Spaniel ladys "Sandscape Golden Girl At Belauer See" aka Dorothy and "Winterbourne Move On To Belauer See" aka Vicky were traveling with me.
Thursday and Friday I made two trips to the Moors. As I have been staying in the South of the Moors it was not too far away.
This year I am very happy that I was lucky to get a few shots of grouse. And you are actually able to identify them!
In case you remember the story about my trip 1 1/2 years ago to North Yorkshire you may remember that I enjoyed taking photos of the beautiful signs of many Pubs, Hotels and sometimes shops in England. This year I have been able to take photos of a few more signs. Here is my selection...
One evening I visited the famous and ancient city of York. Although it was later in the evening and all shops were closed there was a hustle and bustle downtown. York is worthwhile a visit!
When you are traveling and you really like a place time usually flies by. And it has been this week as well.
During my stay in North Yorkshire the famous Crufts started this year in Birmingham. A MUST for every breeder, especially of breeders whose breeds originate in Great Britain! This year the Gundog Day was on Sunday.
As I didn't want to get up too early Sunday morning I had booked a hotel room near Birmingham. Saturday morning I started my trip to Birmingham. On my way down there I visited the Peak District. Before I will show you some photos I took there I would like to show you some more from ....along my way. I think they are also beautiful.
My ride through the Peak District was also very nice. The scenery is not as rough as in the North. As it is closer to bigger cities there were a lot more tourists around. I took a walk around the lovely village Edale. Unfortunately the weather turned into a very rainy day. The dogs and I were totally wet in the end.
The following day I visited the Gundog Day at Crufts. It has been again a nice visit.
To me as breeder this Show is very important. It is possible to see lots of dogs compared to other Shows. I personally like to see so many dogs bred in the country of origin. A good place to search for interesting Stud dogs. This year I wanted to see some dogs I had read about. I have not been disappointed and think I have seen one or the other I might use in future.
It is also a great place for networking. This year I bumped into a Field Spaniel breeder from Australia I met last Spring in North Carolina at the Nationals of the Field Spaniel Society of America. The world became really small because of those events and thanks to Facebook!
I was really pleased that the grandmother of our princesses from the Noble-litter "Reedmace Sweetbriar Floss For Elgert" won the breed of Crufts 2018! Congratulations to Gretel Osborn from Kennel "Elgert".
Also the grandfather of our princesses won Crufts even twice. Maybe this is a good sign for my "Noble Alice vom Belauer See". Who knows. Maybe one day I get the opportunity to show her at Crufts. Well, even if I don't get the opportunity to show her there, I certainly will return and visit Crufts again!
After several weeks with rain and lots of mud everywhere last weekend has been some sunshine and frost! A good opportunity for a photo shooting with our princesses.
Meanwhile they are 4 1/2 months old and very lifely pups. They enjoyed the time out and especially the Dummys. They loved to search and fetch them.
You will find some more news and information about our Noble-litter here. I will close the website of this litter now and will continue to report about them here under "News". Alice will pretty soon get her own little website.
I hope you will enjoy the results of our last photo shooting!
Happy New Year!
We wish all our puppy buyers and friends a great 2018 and hopefully we will see again this year!