Chinese Year of the Dog 2018

Hello and welcome to the latest doggy blog,

Well I am not sure where to start this month, it’s been hectic here in the Fisher household.

I chose today to update my blog as it is the celebration of Chinese New Year today and the Year of the DOG….. do we get presents like at Christmas? Or do I get treated extra special for a whole year?
But mustn't complain, as already this year there have been several breaks away and I was included on two of them.

The master has been sorting the last of his Editors queries for the new oil pastel book, shouldn’t be long now till it’s published.
The mistress will let you all know when its available to purchase and put all the details on the website. I think she's getting nearly as good as me with this website updating.

At the end of January we had a walking break in the Lake District, so my master could capture images and sketches of this amazing countryside.
It was my first time to this area of the UK and we did some really long walks and encountered a lot of different weather. Not too keen on hail though, caught me off guard, it’s no fun when the owners are wrapped up in coats and they forget mine !!
A compensation for all the Lake District walks is that all the local pubs are dog friendly and most have lovely log fires. I am particularly fond of an open fire.
We encountered lots of signs outside pubs and cafes saying " Muddy boots and dogs welcome" it was much appreciated by us all, well done Lake District.
There seems to be a doggy phenomenon called Max and Paddy, a pair of spaniels from the Lake District, they were even on The One Show a couple of weeks ago !! I have noticed that my mistress even follows them on Facebook !!

My next trip was a two night sleepover at the mistresses parents, it’s great there... ginger nut biscuits, a roaring open fire and loads of snuggles... doggy heaven.

On a last note I have been interested in the origin of my name, owners were inspired by watching all the series of The Vikings (not the one with Kirk Douglas) hence my name Freyja is Viking.
Pawing through the internet heres what I found out…. Really like the idea of driving a cart pulled by two cats..mmm.. wonder if next doors cats would oblige me?

"Freyja ("lady sovereign/supreme") is one of the major goddesses of Norse Mythology. She is second only to Frigg and the mightiest of the Vanir. Freyja is the goddess of love, war, death and seidr. Freyja is in many aspects the feminine counterpart of Odin.
Her brother is Freyr.
She is the primal völva and the one that taught Odin the art of seidr, and is also the leader of the Valkyries. Half of the dead taken by the valkyries belong to her and she receives the dead noble women and shield maidens.
She has many ways of travelling. Sometimes she rides a cart driven by her two cats or rides her great boar. She also takes the shape of a falcon, a shape she may lend to any one. Freyja is the most beautiful of the goddesses and desired by both gods, giants and dwarfs.
Lagertha invokes her when she tries to cleanse Ragnar's wound and when training her shield maidens. When Porunn disappears, Aslaug tells her to turn to Freyja for guidance."

Time to sign off now, dinner awaits, will it be Chinese inspired tonight? Heres a photo to end this blog of my time in the Lake District and some smashing open fires.

Freyja x


Freyja`s Tails

Hello and welcome to the first Freyjas Tails of 2018.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year, the Fisher household hosted quite a few family members over the holiday and I spent Boxing Day with my canine Sprocker pal Poppy. We had a good run across the fields in the morning which blew the cobwebs away, however there is no way I will ever be able to keep up with Poppy !!

January 4th saw the owners pack up rucksacks and suitcases and alerted me to the fact there may be an adventure looming, I was correct, the mistress had planned a Birthday surprise for the master and I was lucky enough to be included.
A short journey in the car saw us arrive a very cosy cottage in the village of Biggin by Hartington,Derbyshire.
It is a lovely cottage owned by John and Vanessa and we stayed there a year ago, I am particularly fond of the log burner in the lounge and spent a happy week asleep in front of it.
If any of you lovely readers want a preview of the cottage just visit Postcard Cottages, there is also a smashing converted barn in Brassington that Poppy stayed in with her owners.

The Masters birthday was a milestone event and the children, partners and grandchildren all surprised him on the Friday and stayed for two nights. I was pleased as Poppy came too.
The morning of the birthday saw a mound of bacon butties and then the grand present opening, the Master was presented with a glider flight and I am very much hoping I will be included too !!
Just need to order my Biggles goggles and then I am ready for take off…

The visitors all went home and we spent the last three days walking the glorious Derbyshire countryside.
The picture below shows me enjoying the Pioneer log burner.

The world of Tim Fisher Artist has been busy over the past month, the last part of the new book has been sent to the publishers, Leisure Painter articles written and lots of long walks capturing view of the countryside.
I am looking forward to seeing the new Oil Pastel book when its published later on this year as I appear in the dog Pawtrait section.

See you soon,
Freyja xx


Freyja`s Tails

Hello and welcome to the December doggy blog,

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in the Fisher home, that log burner looks so inviting its hard for me to concentrate on the latest update…

As usual I have been causing mischief in the Fisher household, I can usually get away with it by rolling on my back and looking remorseful !
During time with my owners, certain household and art materials seem to have mysteriously ended up in my paws and sadly come to a sticky end.

To celebrate Christmas I thought it would be nice to rewrite a popular carol as a tribute to all the items that have been lost.

“The Twelve Day’s of Freyja’s Tails”

On the first day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
One set of fairy lights, chewed, useless now for the Christmas tree

On the second day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Two Sennelier oil pastel sticks, should have been for the masters new book

On the third day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Three pairs of Crocs, two the masters and one belonging to the mistress

On the fourth day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Four Faber Castell Pitt Pens, the black ink went all over the carpet

On the fifth day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Five assorted Derwent pencils, nothing sketchy about her actions here

On the sixth day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Six erasers, no rubbing out now, they are in a thousand pieces

On the seventh day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Seven Pedigree Dentastix, her weekly gum health allowance

On the eighth day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Eight cardboard boxes, as a puppy this was the most favourite toy

On the ninth day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Nine assorted cushions, not her fault, apparently they exploded by accident

On the tenth day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Ten cuddly dog toys, the sheep being her favourite, she’s had three

On the eleventh day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Eleven juicy carrots, she’s upgrading her night vision

On the twelfth day of Christmas my Parson Jack Russell destroyed for me
Twelve logs from the log basket, her favourite activity when the humans are not at home

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you in 2018

Freyja xx

( some of the items in the carol may have been slightly exaggerated, authors pawrogative !! )


Freyja`s Tails

Hello and welcome to the November doggy blog Freyja`s Tails,

November has been very busy in the Fisher household, the house has been busy with workmen converting the house from oil to gas central heating. I am looking forward to a warm toasty house this winter.

The master has been extra busy creating oil pastel paintings for the new Oil Pastel book and doing his author duties.
Last week I waved him off to drive down to Tunbridge Wells to do his 3 day photo shoot for Search Press. On his return I overheard him telling the mistress about the photographer and the high tech camera he was using. I am afraid I got into a bit of trouble as the camera was so sophisticated it kept showing my dog hairs up on my masters paintings and attached to his oil pastel sticks ! Oh well, I had to send a little bit of myself along to be included in the book.

After eavesdropping on my owners I can reveal exclusively to readers of this blog that I do appear in the book…. My master does a "Pawtrait" of me in the painting animals section, I am so thrilled and will of course be on paw to sign any books you good people out there wish to purchase.

On the home front, today sees my master doing some Sunday DIY and later on I have been promised a nice long walk.
Right I must sign off for now, the log burner isn't alight yet, so I must seek out the big furry fleece blanket and burrow down for a quick forty winks.

See you all next month,
Freyja x

Freyja's Tails

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