Happy hedge laying !

Hello and apologies for not writing since New Year,

It has been nonstop here at Fisher HQ and I cannot believe I sit here pawing through the latest doggie blog and the calendar is reading Friday 1st March.

January saw us in the Lake District for a 4 day break walking and collecting reference photos for painting and sketching. The weather was dreadful on the first day with driving rain and wind, it was awful and it was a such a relief to get back to the hotel and the log fire to warm up and dry off. The next few days were glorious, as you can see from the photo below taken at Elterwater looking back to the Langdale Pikes.

My master has been kept super busy recently;

1. Writing articles for the Leisure Painter magazine
2. Busy planting lots of vegetable seeds ready for the new growing season ( I hope there are LOTS of carrots)
3. Dismantling and moving our small greenhouse to a new location in the back garden.
4. Laying a section of hedge at our field just outside the village and this forms the main news of this months blog.
5. Clearing a section in the field ready for next years poly tunnel and fencing it to keep the sheep out.

We have owned the field for quite a few years now, I had the honour of taking over from the legendary Purdey the Parson Jack Russell. There are many tales regarding Purdey and most of them include spending many, many happy hours digging in the black, sticky, smelly mud on the riverbank.
However I am totally different in that respect, mud is just not my forte, I would much sooner snuggle down and take time observing the humans at work.

The hedge alongside the roadside of the field has been neglected for many years and Tim has laid a couple of sections in previous years. There was a gap in the art calendar, so just over a week ago we all spent a few days tackling the mammoth job, me as chief foreman and doggy alert for the kettle boiling for a cuppa in the shed.
My mistress was in charge of dragging all the brash created into the field and piling it up ready for a big bonfire. They both worked extremely hard and villagers have commented on walking by, what a good job has been done.

The art demonstration and workshop season has begun which meant the computer was free today for me to write to you all.
There are some super workshops and holidays coming up, see the Tutoring in the UK page

I have posted some photos of the hedge laying, looking brilliant, very proud dog, I have clever owners xxx

See you next month,
Freyja xx