Mirror, Mirror on the wall ....


Hello and welcome to the October Doggy Blog,

It has been busy once again at the Fishers household, very varied, with a family wedding and the Master looking very dapper as Father of the Groom.

On the garden front, Project Pond is now complete with the installation of a garden mirror.
Now, to a Parson Jack Russell (with a bit of Beagle) a mirror is a very strange concept. To me it seems that another canine intruder has appeared in the garden and constant searching fails to find it !!
The humans seem to find it quite amusing, but I don’t agree.

A few weeks ago the Master took to the skies in a glider, as his birthday treat from the children and partners.
I stayed at home, but was treated to lunch at our local pub The Bell Inn afterwards.
Listening to the conversation, it seems the Master was launched via a winch line into the skies for a couple of flights, rather him than me !!

The middle of September saw us taking our new caravan for its maiden voyage to a lovely site, not far from home with nice walks and a very doggy friendly pub. All seems well with the new caravan, the sofa is comfortable for viewing the passers by and the panoramic front window is a doggy delight. It also has some smashing blown air heating, as I have heard talk of a November trip, it will definitely be needed then.

Due to the hot summer the owners have had a very good crop of chillies and the Master has this year grown the especially hot variety Naga.
The task of converting them to this years supply of chilli jam fell upon the Mistress, bearing in mind she does not like hot spices, this was quite a challenge ! Armed with a pair of safety glasses, rubber gloves and all windows open, she made the firey concoction and it is all bottled up. Now Mr Tim Fisher has always maintained a love of hot spicy food and even this batch of chilli jam can only eaten by him in tiny amounts.
Terriers are allegedly renowned for being curious, so I decided to investigate the science of chilli heat.
1. Scoville scale measures the concentration of Capsaicin, noted as SHU`s
2. Sweet Bell Pepper 100 SHU`s
3. Jalapeno 8000 SHU`s
4. Naga 1382118
5. Police Grade Pepper Spray 5300000
Conclusion ~ if you are ever at our house and get offered cheese and biscuits…. BEWARE


Finally for this blog….
BIG drum roll… the new Oil Pastel books have arrived at the publishers and our orders will be here next week.
Don’t forget the first 50 copies we sell are numbered and signed, with a complimentary
FREE DVD.
If you would like copy please
get in touch, there is a very good chapter on painting a very good looking Parson Jack Russell (with a bit of Beagle) No prizes for guessing who that may be and I am still trying to figure out if I will be allowed to paw print the first 50 copies too.

All the best till next time, I am off to see if my “twin” mirror image is still lurking in the garden.

I leave you with a few images from the last few weeks.

Freyja x

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Garden makeover

Hello and Welcome to a soggy September Dog Blog,

I am just recovering from getting soaked walking with my neighbour Olive ( Choc Labrador ) it`s a bit of a shock to the system getting used to more inclement weather and being bundled up for a bath after coming home. After a lovely snooze under my rather large fleece blanket, which I have learnt to roll and twist into a nice warm parcel, now feel ready to show willing and write this months offering.
It's been really busy in the Fisher household, the owners have taken a break from the world of art and turned into garden landscapers and I must say have made a really nice job.
The pond area was badly in need of a revamp, two attempts at wooden decking proving unsuccessful as its a shady area and just gets wet and rotten.

The humans spent some time deliberating and decided to remove the old pond ( there since 1994 ) replace it and design a new patio area. Readers may remember from my previous posts that due to the pesky pigeons I have ended up falling in a few times ! Well, they have departed now and in their place is a very cheeky squirrel that keeps coming to steal the neighbours hazel nuts. He just nips along our adjoining fence, totally ignoring me and then disappearing with his feast.

Back to the garden, it's been a very hot summer and I did feel sorry for all the hard work digging, moving rubble, brick building and movement of tonnes of sand, ballast and the new patio. It was a real struggle lying in the shade watching it all happen.
There are a selection of photos showing how the work progressed and its nice now to potter outside to a very tidy garden Alan Titchmarsh would be proud of !

Art started again at the beginning of September with a trip to Ledbury for an art demonstration, the Master is busy today tutoring a workshop, so I thought it would show willing by writing my blog.

The advance copy of the new Oil Pastel book has arrived from Search Press and it looks AMAZING…. so proud of my Master. If you would like to be one of the first 50 to receive a signed copy of the book and a FREE Oil Pastel DVD email and we can reserve a copy. Just thinking I need to sign a pawprint in the book too, as I feature in the portrait section of the publication.. need to work on that.

See you next month,
Freyja xx




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Feeling sorry for myself ...

Hello and welcome to my July blog,

July has been another record breaking month weather wise, my owners have very wisely been getting up early to take me for a walk before the sunshine gets too hot.
The Patchings Festival went very well mid July, I sensibly stayed with my owners parents and spent a happy few days being spoilt with the occasional ginger nut !

The school holidays are also now upon us and the grandson has been staying, so I have a super playmate to have adventures and cuddles with and paddles in the river.

My Master took a few days off following the Patchings Festival, he has mended his log splitter and made a beautiful new wooden pastel box.
I am most pleased about the log splitter, as already thinking ahead to the winter months and lying by the log burner toasting my paws.

Readers may be wondering as you read my blog as to this months title…well let me begin.
Firstly, I must congratulate myself for writing this blog today after the consequences of the last 24 hours.

It began yesterday afternoon, when my owners noticed that my face was starting to swell, it felt a bit weird so I snuggled on the sofa for a nap.
At bedtime my face was really swollen and parts of my body too, my Mistress called our super vet on call number and Giles answered. He suggested it may be a reaction to a bite and to use an ice pack during the night and call back if any worse.
I have the most amazing Mistress, she stayed up all night with me holding an ice pack of frozen peas to my swollen face and making sure there was plenty to drink.
Morning arrived and I was dispatched to Melton Vets, Charlotte examined me and after two injections i went back home, pleased to say it`s starting to respond.

Heres a photo of what I should look like and one from last night…not a pretty sight and certainly not like my beautiful portrait from the Masters forthcoming Oil Pastel Book. What a trouper I am.. feel rubbish today and can still find the motivation to promote my owner/artist/author !!

Well I am signing off till next time, Charlotte said the injections could make me sleepy (thats my excuse, as there is a warm spot available on the conservatory sofa)

Freyja x


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Long Hot June

Hello and welcome to the July Doggie blog,

Well its been a scorcher hasn't it ? certainly not the weather for dogs, or my owners for that matter. Last weekends hot weather saw them deciding to re landscape the pond area of the garden, the Master digging trenches, mixing concrete and disc cutting brick walls !!
The new pond has arrived, hopefully I wont fall into that one once it is installed. The pigeon saga is still ongoing, they seem to delight landing close by and then taking off just as I manage to get near. The mistress has been recalling her childhood days watching Dastardley & Muttley and the theme song "Stop the pigeon"

The Patchings Festival preparations have stepped up this week, the Master spending a whole day "refreshing " his pastels, sounds like hard work to me. It seems like it will be a fantastic 25th Anniversary Festival this year, lots to see and do for all the family and dog friendly too.
The Mistress has designed the promotional T-shirts they will be wearing to Patchings and I feature on the back…fame at last. At least I will be at there in some form, as due to my behaviour last year I'm not allowed to visit this year.

The new Oil Pastel book has changed its release date and now will be available from the end of October, I have to say again how excited I am to be featured in the new book.
As they say Terriers are quick to learn, so I though that you lovely readers would like to learn some printing terms…
Editor ~ a person who assists the author with producing the book and layout, in my Masters case for the Oil Pastel book it was Beth, at times a little confusing as the Masters daughter is also Beth !
Proof Reading ~ time the Master spent reading through the book layout checking spelling, colours and queries from Beth
Blads ~ a promotional leaflet with the book front cover, price, publication date and snippets from the book, I am featured on the third page of the blad..more fame.
ISBN ~ International Standard Book Number, a unique number for a book, for your information the Masters new book is 9781782215509

For a bit of fun for this months blog, I pondered as a new supermodel of the canine world for featuring in the Masters new book, what doggie supermodel names could I dream of ?
This is the list that came to and apologies to the real life models x If you think of anymore please email in, it would be fun to compare names.

Cindy Crawford as Cindy Pawford
Naomi Campbell as Naomi Campbone
Yasmin le Bon as Yasmin le Bonio
Claudia Schiffer as Claudia Sniffer
Christy Turlington as Christy Bedlington Terrier
Tyra Banks as Tyra Barks

Here are some photos from last month, sorry about the demise of the duck toy, it only lasted 10 minutes !

See you next time,
Freyja xx


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Caravan life

Hello and welcome to the May dog blog,

It has been a lovely month so far and I was treated to a long Bank Holiday break in the caravan. Its great just like a big dog kennel on wheels, there is nothing better than sitting at the front window watching the world go by. We had beautiful weather and managed two big walks on the Friday and Saturday before the sun was too hot to walk in and it was more sensible to sit in the shade.
On Sunday morning we got up early and had a wander around Stamford, as my Master wanted to do some sketching and there was also an art exhibition that was nice to wander around.

The Bank Holiday Monday forecast was hot and sunny, so again an early start was needed, our destination was only in the next village to an Open Day at "Rocks by Rail" It is a railway museum, workshop, cafe and railway track dedicated to the ironstone trains that operated from the quarry on the site many years ago. It is well worth a day out and if you are reading this months blog Mr David Wright, it was fab !
We had a ride on the Rutlander steam train and sampled delicious bacon rolls and cake in the cafe.

My Master was busy over the holiday writing his latest article for the Leisure Painter magazine.. such dedication I must tell his Editor Ingrid, you can see him hard at work in the caravan awning on the photo below.

Talking of Editors the Master has been very busy recently with his Search Press Editor Beth, finalising the last parts of the forthcoming oil pastel book. You may have read in previous blogs how excited I am to see this book when its released in December.
The very latest exciting news is that the book is also going to be published as a Chinese edition… I wonder how you say Freyja in Chinese !!

Well; I must sign off now, its time for a snooze, as I had a very energetic walk this morning with my new neighbour Olive, a chocolate labrador puppy.


See you next month when all the news will be of the preparations for the Patchings Art, Craft and Design Festival held from July 12 to 15, see the Patching page for more details.
Enjoy the photos below of our holiday.

Freyja x







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