30th September 2015
Well so long has passed since updates so many apologies for that. Sometimes life is just too busy for sitting down at the PC to write about stuff and let's face it, Facebook has taken over a lot in that respect. It is much quicker and easier to just say a few words on there as it is instant and to the point. Still a great shame I feel if websites are to be left behind in favour of Facebook, so I have finally dragged myself to write some stuff about the last couple of months.
The first thing to mention is our trip to Sweden in July. It seems a distant but still wonderful memory. We so enjoyed judging at the Springer Klubben Club Show where we were thrilled to have an entry of 136 Springers. I was to judge the males and Dave the bitches. We found some beautiful dogs :o) After the show we were able to spend some time with our dear friends, Helene and David, and also saw a little more of Sweden, finally. Here is a link to some photos ... hopefully it will work :o) https://www.facebook.com/jacky.mitchell.5/media_set?set=a.10206096597687555.1073741835.1640913799&type=3 ... Hmmm, well that is the link, if you copy that into your browser, it will take you to the photos from our trip :o)
So on to show news. Following our return from Sweden our first show was National Gundog for the opinion of Joanna Jaggers. We took several dogs and it was a good day, with lovely warm weather as I recall. Kye won Veteran Dog and finished the day BVIB as well as taking the RCC. Pepe was Best Puppy In Breed too. Tansy, who has had a really good summer, won the Junior Bitch Class. Zoe's Annie (P Luna at Zawspring) was also there and won Post Grad bitch, following on from her success at East of England where she won the same class.
Next was Bournemouth for judge Bob Sillence. We had entered four but only managed the two boys in the end. It was a scorching hot day but Rafferty didn't care in the slightest and took the CC. Pepe won his class and Best Puppy Dog.
Welsh Kennel Club for Sue King next and we took the same group of dogs. This time Raff was awarded the RCC and yet again Pepe was Best Puppy Dog and Tansy, first in Junior Bitch.
City of Birmingham and Lee Cox brought Rafferty his tenth CC and Richmond with David Shields at the helm, another RCC for Millie and another BPD for the 'Pepster'. The long trek up to Darlington for John Palmer who awarded RCC's to both Rafferty and Millie with another first in JB for Tansy.
So that was it ... the show news in double quick time. However, other dogs of our breeding have also had some lovely wins along the way. Annie, (P Luna at Zawspring) went BOB and G1 at Suffolk way back in July, and at Sheringham, BOB and G2 earlier this month. Hope (Ch Heaven Sent at Lordsett) gained her International Champion title at Druskininka, so congratulations to both :o) Alfie (P Nemesis at Jonabar) has been going from strength to strength following the recent hip replacement operation of his owner. He was BOB at Lunesdale Agricultural Show in August and only last weekend, went BOB, G1 and Best In Show at Lancaster Open Show. Very well done and we hope that things are very much on the up for Jack and Alfie now xxx Tasha (P Nettle) has also been out and about at shows in France and elsewhere with owner Alice and doing well, with the RCACIB at Portugalette, RCACIB in Luxembourg and the CACIB at Pampelune. Big congrats from us both xxx
Other big news is the arrival of 'Tulip' - proper pedigree name is Barecho Happens All The Time at Peasblossom. This time not a Springer but a beautiful black Cocker Spaniel puppy. When I finally master the art of trimming her, she will make an appearance in the show ring here but that could be a while :o( Still for now she is at home with us, enjoying life as a puppy and is already much loved.
More puppy news :o) Kate finally blessed us with a litter of puppies to Struie, Sh Ch Lochindorb Chief O'The Clan. Three boys, born on 8th September. Mother and babies are doing just great. For the future, Halle has been mated to Rafferty so in a few weeks, we will have her scanned to see if there might be a Peasblossom R litter to come. Plans too are afoot to mate Millie and a decision has been made on that. Details on the Planned Litters page but we are feeling a tad excited.
A few photos below :)