Thursday, 30 June 2011

Poor lad




Well what is there to say, I broke the rules and am paying for it but nowhere nearly as much as Bluebeard my lovely cocker.


I dont care what everyone says, nice as they are I cant imagine him doing what his siblings will be doing next season in the same way.
We will find work he can do which isnt too much of a strain eventually, perhaps he still can be my stalking companion?

Friday, 24 June 2011

Day 2 in the big Fox trap

So we were called out again to the Metropolis, another cub in the big trap this time and he really trashed it;

Still he's not complaining now though!
Thats two in two days, not bad and I'm expecting a few more as the cubs start to explore.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Fox trapping in London

The last 2 weeks have seen a flurry of fox trapping business up in London. I put one in West London and one in Romford. Both traps activated within 24 hours although the west one got away with the bait! Called out today to the same trap showed a young vixen which we despatched. She was fairly clever girl having taken the bait. No pics I'm afraid as I sat on my camera climbing over a garden wall so out of pocket now as well!
Tomorrow morning I'll set a Larssen trap on the local golf course as the magpies are causing problems!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Parham Park day 2

Seen in the front of one of the caterers vans on arrival, obviously drowning out the day before was too much, later in the day he was back assuming the position;
Stick man was there as usual although later he was wearing a Philip Moss Leather jerkin;




Looking busier;


Spotted during the day's proceedings;


Keeping the Tea Lady out of here was hard work, admittedly they had some very nice stuff;



The crowds started to build up but it was really not as good as last year;
This pair of red strides arrived dressed for the day before;




He wasnt easy to get, I bagged him after legging it almost to the main arena, this red strides hunting is getting a little hard in the exertion stakes.







Maybe this is where Call Me Dave's Hug a Hoodie started?


All in all a much better day weather and customer wise but it still did little to lift the gloom of the previous day and the lack of customers. This event next year may be missed in favour of trying something new instead! Well somewhere new perhaps.










The last few weeks have been a real trial of strength, I have battled against the internet and its odd download speeds, stroppy agency recruiters and poor advertising and to top it all off we have lost a member of the Tea Lady's immediate family.





Here's hoping that this summer is a good one. I sincerely hope it doesnt get any worse.





Saturday, 18 June 2011

Sussex Game and Country fair Day 1 saturday in the rain

The site that greeted me after a night of heavy rain when I opened the stand, thats 240 litres for the French minded, 52 UK Gallons or 63 US gallons and I know this as I couldnt lift it over the frame and ended up using the 60 litre boxes to carry it out after a slash and repair job sorted the roof out;








An early start for the red trousers;










The stand looked almost normal in the brief spell of sunshine;










We took the three mature girls with us so they would have some time away from the pups, Sassy entered a scurry as well;









The big house looks really nice even in such dire weather;




Rainclouds;






More red strides with Mandatory black Lab even if no tweed jacket is seen;










One of the rarer dry moments;





Spotted at close of play again;






More on Day 2 later.


















Thursday, 16 June 2011

Help needed

No I dont want your money, well not at the moment, I'm looking for an easy to follow guide for tying a barley twist lanyard knot. You know the sort that decent whistles are hung from and also mean there is no knot at the back of your neck.

Any ideas or decent easy to folllow links that dont have blurry photo's or some eejit saying blah!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

where's wally

No prizes for guessing really just the joy of smug self satisfaction.


Monday, 13 June 2011

seen better days

This one has





Seen on the A22 today

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Light Infantry reunion weekend

so instead of drinking beer with the old if not so bold I set fox traps in west London and waited for the call to despatch the new residents.

So not even a pic to prove it then!

Monday, 6 June 2011

A busy weekend

So saturday dawns really early, in fact a good forty minutes earlier than the BBC Weather report stated, cheers auntie! Anyway I spent saturday morning with Hugh and Larry out looking for Roe Bucks. We had seen the does here before so the Bucks should be around. The pastures have been reseeded and starting to grow at last. here is Larry happy despite being unable to pick of a bunny with the .22lr;

We took a dog as usual and this time it was Sassy's turn, we saw one of may squirrels and this one I couldnt resist, its all good practice for Sassy:

Sadly ruined the meat on him, he was a lot closer than I normally shoot at Squirrels;

At least the tail was good and after a quick how to with Larry I popped the tail in the bag;

We caught up with Hugh at a high seat and out on the adjacent pasture was a herd of about a dozen Fallow does all over 250 yards away grazing quietly;
This is possibly the most productive grasslandd in the county in terms of deer numbers, a sure fire freezer filler;

The wind was in our favour so no need for whispers at this distance;






The afternoon was spent testing a rifle at the wood, I cant say much about it yet.

The next morning came with its forecast rain, I expect the fact that Steve had thoughtfully brought a ton of water for the pheasants helped;



In fact with a return trip that afternoon we managed to fill both ICBs and top of 3 of the 60 gallon drums, I think getting some more drums will be important;


Whilst we were filling the water and strimming the Rhodedendrons on drive 2 the Hardcore Fairy arrived;

Its panning out to be a good season ahead, a newish strain of birds, plenty of water and enough guns to make a difference.

Next work party will be later this month although should any shoot members decide they want to get stuck in there are plenty of beaters paths still in need of cutting and pegs that need clearing.