Monday, 27 October 2008

Monday morning again but its half term



So after walking the dogs the family and I delivered the poppy collection tins to the town centre and headed off for a sporting afternoon courtesy of the West Kent Shooting School.




The plan was for Ben to get in some practice and English Skeet seems to be his thing!



As per usual Alex decided to have a go so bringing the 28, 20 and 12 bores along meant I had to be on my toes re ammo issued etc but it was a fun afternoon even though it was more expensive than the Tea Lady expected, Oops thats my fault!






Time for some more gratuitous gun play shots:

Saturday, 25 October 2008

More on gun control

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I suppose you could say that he got what he deserved allowing a child access to a loaded and cocked pistol. You could say that in line with many other middle eastern types he is simply planning an early take over of the family business.

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As pointed out by Mr Free Market Captain Kirk needs to check his shot placement, I suppose its not quite phasers set to Malky!

Racism, nah its comedy alive and kicking!

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Friday, 24 October 2008

Another lovely dawn stalk in the woods

Only marred by the only shootable deer walking into cover whilst the client and I struggled to wipe the rain from the lenses of our Binos.

On the way home I saw sadly a dead fallow doe on the roadside and whilst visiting another wood found that I had buggered up completely my undercarriage, the suspension rear linkage to be precise;


This is what happens when 5 years ago whilst trying to recover the car from a ditch you attach the tow rope to the only thing at hand and then bend it back after realising that it wasnt such a good idea after all!

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Where I should have been

Walking the dogs, instead I was playing where's wally over here:


At least that is over now and I can get back to surfin' t'web and shooting!

Saturday, 18 October 2008

The start of the season for us in Hampshire










This was the view as we cleared the cover at the end of the second drive, weather was too good and not many birds presented as they were out in the fields.



Badger, Summers black lab got on well with the 5 I took, a tiring and enjoyable day only marred by the fact that as I type Spartacus is in the night vets getting his bits stitched back together!

Looking onto Beech Hill wood where only 4 pheasants chose to hang around the pen where 200 were released! Typical birds.

The long look across to Beech Hill Wood from the Dairy coverstrip!

Friday, 17 October 2008

Makes you proud to be English!

The BBC has this little gem on its news website

Lost

You dont have to be, lets face it you couldnt be as lost as this chap was;

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Gun control?






How useless the lawmakers are, as if criminals have registered guns and then follow the law, they wouldnt be criminals would they?



A trip out to the woods to site a high seat meant watching 12 Fallow Does feeding, roll on the 1st of November;


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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Taking the pish



Quite literally as I had a drug screen to take today before sitting a safety course next week. It did mean however that I got to see somewhere I havent been for 19 years, admittedly labouring on Europes biggest building site was then acceptable for a white male native of this country, who'd have thought that they still wouldnt have finished it?

It was remedials cleaning up behind bricklayers on this wall! Still be nice when its finished eh?



Saturday, 11 October 2008

Today I have mainly been beating

And a thoroughly enjoyable day it was too, thanks to all on the Ashburnham shoot who made me welcome and I think I'll be saving my pennies for next season!
I took 6 dogs where 4 would do and that will be the plan there in future at least until Misty is mended (if ever) and is controllable enough to be out in public.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

It is with great sadness

That I have to report the loss of my Great Uncle Bill in Montreal Veterans Hospital early last month. I was unaware of this due to an incorrect e mail address being used.
Great Uncle Bill was the last of his generation, the oldest of 3 brothers who all enlisted in 1939 to save the empire from Tyranny again!
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William served with the Canadian Grenadier Guards throughout the second world war. He served in Britain, France, Belguim and Holland. Although Bill was'nt decorated for bravery he will always be the finest soldier I knew.

Monday, 6 October 2008

South of England Autumn Game and Country Show

Now holding a show on the opening weekend of the pheasant season isnt what most shooting folk would do but however with all the late starts planned to the season by many shoots it seems to have paid off.


Thanks to Nigel we borrowed a tent instead of our usual Marquee which this time I think was helpful given the gale force winds that stopped the hawks flying.

Dfor the dog did his stint collecting for the National Gamekeepers Organisation and were heard the rattle of small change when we put him to bed;

Well we didnt make a sale until noon on the saturday and from then until close of play it was non stop. The rain arrived at 4pm and brought with it howling gales until 4 the next day. The Tea Lady wanted to pack up on arriving at the stand on Sunday morning but we persevered, made some more money and it stopped raining at about an hour before closing.
To all those people who paid their money and saw only half the stands on sunday that were there on saturday, sorry and thankyou for visiting at least you saw the hounds and the gun dog displays.




Now for a train trip to London for another job interview.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Ploughing Match

Well not one of my usual haunts but the 65th Crowborough and District Ploughing match promised a dog show which eventually started, a gun dog scurry which didnt and lots of ploughing.
We arrived with lots of time in hand to set up;
The organisers of the scurry were too busy doing their own field trial and despite the weather holding till the last I dont think we'll bother again. If a decent all day scurry was run, well advertised with good prizes and we would help there then it would have been a different matter.

Still lots of ploughing;
And the engines to pull the rig along;


Our new addition Dfor;

was slightly put out by the competition;


Still all is not doom and gloom in the money markets, from every cloud?