Sunday, 29 March 2009

It is with sadness that I have to report

The passing of my Father in Law, Anthony Aldrich, one of lifes characters and as hard working an eccentric Englishman as you could ever hope to meet, former National Service Sapper and Wosbie conversion to a regular commission he served in Gold Coast as the only European leading a complete squadron of Engineers in the Royal West African Frontier Force.
He made his own way in life and left his mark especially where his family was concerned, gone, missed but not to be forgotten!

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Walking to the station after a beer with the boss

At his hotel and this catches my eye;
How not to park a bus?
Suprisingly there was a scumbag (london cab) in here somewhere, sadly the throbber seemed to have survived;
Still London Buses are known for their insurance payouts (Not!)So smash and grab in Croydon again, a walk to the station and the tram stop punters all kicked off!







Monday, 23 March 2009

Back to arbeit again

Another weekend flies by, Friday the pink cords were in evidence again, so Rupert thinks they qualify as dress down?

Sunday was spent with the spaniels retrieving as many bunnies on the downs much to the consternation of the walkers;

More work ahead but hopefully a trip to see the Roebucks! Hopefully they wont move as fast as this;

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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Quite frankly Baamy!

Stark staring mad the lot of them!

Thursday, 19 March 2009

A manic rather than busy week

I should apologise for snoring in the lecture on British rifles of the Boer War but if you turn the lights out you find out why the wife doesnt take me to the cinema any more!

We saw this; And this;

And also a few from the period in question;


Last night saw a trip to count deer and generally thin out the furry population a little;

Although the only deer we saw were on neighbouring ground;

Monday, 16 March 2009

Suffering IT problems?

I have been recently and still am at work, damn them!
Still a nice day passed yesterday, 4 friends zeroing rifles in a wood;



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Foxing rigs such as Nigels Sako in 22-250 as above, Richards 6.5 swede below;

I successfully rezeroed my old favourite the CZ550FS for the Privi Partisan soft point I have in stock, been looking forward to this and out of the other two rifles it was 1/2 an inch left of the Federal Factory at 100 yards for both of the others.

After the zeroing of the rabbit rifles was achieved at 50 yards, some serious 100 yards testing was done

All in all a great way to spend a spring day, coupled with a course booking for stalker training later that day its all working out!

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Ironic, no

Just pissed off again.
This was sent to me by Stephen; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7939423.stm
If this is all that Auntie can come up with for all the money it collects in taxes then I will be getting rid of my television set next september when its due for renewal. The sattelite will have to go as well otherwise I will be taxed for paying a commercial organisation for watching tax payer funded propoganda.
What was the straw that broke the camels back?
Well its been a long loading of straw, ignorance diusplayed by Nicki Campbell over the biaised reporting in 2005 on 5 live for tail docking exemptions.
The persitant use of the "offensive" Phrase of blood sports, if thats a statement of fact then so is stating that black youths scare eldeerly white folk and are more likely to die in gun crime in cities.
The failure to accurately report the truth in its news proograms, something that has been going on since 1979 to my knowledge.
Jonothan Ross, need I explain?
Any drivel that passes for programming with "Celeb" in the title and finally the gravy train that is the BBC which is a self perpetuating beast constantly feeding on the tax payer.
Thats 1 less tax to pay next september which means the whole digital drivel will pass me by.
Will I miss television?
I dont think so, at least not for more than the 24 hours before it is put on the internet!

Well its been another long week

Lunch with Mr FM, a few lubrication meetings and last night finally the start up meeting for the Park Wood Syndicate. I didnt drink too much as I was probably part the way there already. A full turn out and some good questions asked. I must remember to ask Tony for his notes.


That said I was up again at 4 am to view another new wood. This time the stalking ground is the srea between the woods, good grazing land which is being trashed by Bambi, sadly the only approach available this morning was with the wind on our backs and we scared them off.



Hell of a view though;

In the morning after walking the dogs a trip to the woods for a zeroing session is in order.


Until then;




Sunday, 8 March 2009

Crufts 2009

This year unlike those before I fell for the propaganda about working dogs demonstrating how it should be done and how BASC would together with Gamekeepers prove that working gundogs were the best. All good in theory and in fact BASC asked that all dogs entered as working have a signed declaration from a Gamekeeper to the effect that this entrant had worked regularly on his or her shoot.

Well I suspect that some of these werent checked at all let alone closely. How can a dog blatantly of show stock which refused to pick up a dummy be honestly signed off as working for a shoot. Kennel Club judges programmed by years of show breed judging must have found it difficult to select working dogs over show stock and it showed when a dog so blatantly from show stock entered by a retired keeper who really should have known better refused the retrieve.

In the keepers ring there were just five entrants, only two were male and one was retired. At least the winner was a worker.

My bitch Sassy was selected as 3rd Best Bitch in the Working English Springer Spaniel class and I was so proud. here she is resting after her efforts;




All in all I think that BASC needs to look at how it is organised and promoted and to push the Kennel Club to allow Judging from those to whom a working breed isnt alien and also to the National Gamekeepers Organisation to find out why only 5 keepers turned up out of the 1400 registered as working in the UK!

Here are the boys practising before the show opened.

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The boys were ok and Ben with Spartacus received a fourth place, a reserve as did Sassy in their respective classes;
I'm pretty sure that we wont be going back which is a pity as it started out quite enjoyable but to be kept in until 4pm as exhibits just took the piss frankly. I wouldnt have minded but we had finished at about 11 am and having been up since 3 am was enough to fray my temper.
BASC could have been a little more organised but I suspect that they were tied to the Kennel Club rules which helped no one and did little to ensure that a good steady flow of working dogs was there for the public to see. The Any Variety classes should have been split further as they were oversubscribed and the last but I didnt like was the kennel Club rules and conditions didnt arrive until long after the money was paid and only days before the event.
If I was an uninformed member of tyhe public looking at the spaniels I would be hard to decide what was a good working spaniel as the judges certainly didnt help! At least we had lots of appreciative comments from those members of the public who could tell the difference.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Newark on Sunday

The shooting show was worth visiting despite the lack of rifles brought home, I certainly can see us in the dog section next year but I think some traders did really well and some had some expensive toys which may take some shiftiung, I'll post links to those I found interesting later;




This counts as a shiny and pricey toy, whilst the one below would be of far more practical use;



Driven along as it was by this:

Links to shiny toys to follow!