Doggy Blog 2023

Hello and welcome to 2023, albeit a little late !

The owners have been extremely busy since the start of the New Year and that's my excuse as I need help switching on my I-Paw Pad to create my musings.

We had a break on Pembrokeshire for the Masters birthday, a beautiful lodge situated high up on the cliffs looking across Fishguard Bay. You could view the weather and the the ferries crossing to Ireland. The weather was mostly dry, but very windy and quite muddy underfoot. There were some stunning walks and then a lovely warm lodge to return to and settle down for the evening.

The humans decided to be a bit bonkers on the last day, which was at the time cold and quite breezy. They changed into swimming costumes, went outside and sat in this big tub of hot water with bubbles. It was most confusing as I sat in the warm watching them, even funnier when they decided to get out and back inside at great speed !!
I think we dogs are much more sensible, but I heard them saying it was an experience.

The latest book for Search Press is now complete and has gone to be printed and is for sale Summer 2023.

It is once again hedge laying time at our field and my owners have just completed a 63 foot section, reducing it from an overgrown tangle to a beautifully laid hedge. Here are the before and after photos.

Hedge beforeHedge after

There is also talk of once again hitching up the caravan for some more exploring. I do enjoy caravan life when we are all pitched up, I can assume position on the sofa watching the world go by and hopefully snoozing in a sunny spot.
We always go exploring and find nice walks and the chance for my Master to sketch and take photos for future paintings.

At home the squirrels and pigeons are still keeping me entertained, they love to make me bark at them through the window.
Talking of animals reminded me of the recent Chinese New Year which is the year of the Rabbit, so I decided to investigate.
I am a Monkey, my Master a Dog and my Mistress a Rabbit !!
Strange isn't it, a dog being a monkey ?

The things that go through a Parsons Jack Russell mind……

Anyway the fire has just been lit so I am off downstairs to snuggle up.

See you soon,

First Doggy Bloggy of 2022

Hello Readers and Hello 2022

Looking at the date today its unbelievable that its February, where did January go ??

It has been busy at Fisher HQ since I last put paw to keyboard, my owners have been super busy at our field completing another section of hedge. The hedge has been neglected for over 50 years and in places is about 20 to 30 feet high, for a small pup that's TALL.

My job is to sit patiently on my bed warmly wrapped up and view all that happens. Occasionally having to bark at any other canine companions that walk along the lane that runs by the field.
Its a skilled job and I have full admiration for my owners in rejuvenating the neglect. The previous years work on other parts of the boundary are now growing beautifully.
See the before and after photo below.

We have had problems with mice in the field the naughty creatures nibbled a hole in the poly tunnel and ate all the tops from the broad bean plants, my master was not happy and has had to replant new plants.

At the studio its still full steam ahead for the latest book for Search Press, I am still hopeful that there will be room in it for me. Still so very proud being the canine model for the animal portrait section of Beginners Guide to Oil Pastels, my claim to fame.

Early January saw us embarking on a trip to St Bees to celebrate my masters birthday and collect more reference material and sketches.
The journey normally takes about 4.5 hours, but due to an accident it took 8 hours
It was a nightmare with diversions and some selected words I have not come across before. Arriving at our destination it was bliss to crash out on the heated floor and recover from the journey.

The weather was relatively kind for January and we had some glorious walks on the beach, clifftops and inland, the Western Lake District is well worth a visit.
Lunch at the Pennington Hotel in Ravenglass was delicious and the Victoria at Drigg saw my human companions tuck into homemade lentil and bacon soup after a beach walk from Seascale.

The last day we walked inland from St Bees to Birkhams Quarry and followed the coastal path around St Bees Head to St Bees. It was a spectacular walk and you can see me on the photo below on the cliff looking back towards Whitehaven.
A detour to Fleswick Bay was also lovely, all the pebbles on the beach are washed shiny smooth. Tales of smugglers bringing contraband ashore and caves where the loot was hidden all add too the magic.

Well, I will sign off now, just been called for my afternoon walk and a check on those new broad bean plants !!

Best Wishes and Wags
Freyja x


Our adventures at The Fuselage

Hello and welcome to the November Freyjas Tails,

Waking up this morning to the first frost of the winter, brrr, good job my master has plenty of nice dry wood to keep me cosy in front of the log burner.

The Fisher household has been busy recently. Book number four for Search Press is being created in the studio. I pop in every so often to see that all is well, particularly if there’s a nice patch of sunshine to snooze in.
This time of year there is also the added bonus of the underfloor heating being nice and toasty. The master says he paints better with warm feet and that's one thing I am not going to argue over !!

Our house has a few nice “hot spots” that I patrol on a regular basis, just in case 40 (or more) winks are needed.
The humans also have a brilliant source of fleecy blankets, as you know “Terrier” means to burrow and I excel at this.

Due to the lockdowns, my owners had to twice cancel a Silver Wedding gift of a glamping trip to Gloucestershire.
Third time lucky in booking a date, we had this holiday a couple of weeks ago.

It was my mistresses birthday that weekend, so it was a double celebration and we had the most amazing time.

The Fuselage at Lypiatt Hill is situated 700 feet above sea level with views across Stroud to the Severn Estuary and beyond to the mountains of Wales…Stunning.

We arrived via a stop for a pub lunch at the
Butchers Arms at Sheepscome, which was delicious. Not quite sure my humans should have had a very steep walk straight after that meal though !!
Its a beautiful area of the country and the walk through the woods around Sheepscombe was lovely as we waited for the 4pm check in time.

Then we arrived at The Fuselage and unpacked our belongings for the three night stay.
It's an unusual design based on an aeroplane body, built of wood and aluminium and seems to float on the hillside.
There was an outdoor cooking area, kitchen and shower and toilet building.

Now you all are aware, I
love my comforts and can assure you that the heated floor and mini log burner were brilliant.
That coupled with an outside fire pit made my stay super cosy, especially when the fire pit cooked steak on Saturday night.

The walks in the area were nice, again, as around Sheepscome, they were very hilly in places… the owners looked a little bit red and glowing at times !

If you want a break away with fantastic views, stunning sunrises and sunsets, deer grazing, owls hooting as you sit outside and the feeling of escapism, then this is the place for you.
Thank you to Matt, Di and Archie for including me on the trip.

If any other holiday companies would like me to come and stay and write a review then please contact my agents.. Tim and Louise Fisher !

Well, I must take a break now from my I-Paw-Pad, its time for some breakfast and then check out one of those hot spots.

Love, Freyja.


Apawlogies from Freyja

Hello and Apawlogies for my lack of updates,

It has been a strange few months adapting to life once again starting come back to normal.

I will try to condense down what's happened at Fisher HQ since I last put paw to keyboard.

The master has taken time both at home and at our field growing fruit and vegetables, the carrots and sweetcorn have been thoroughly taste tested.

We have done some new fencing at home… something new for those pesky pigeons to sit on and tease me. Talking of teasing, the hazel tree next door has once again been stripped of all the nuts by a pair of cheeky squirrels. They are also responsible for their acrobatic skills at winding themselves around the bird feeders trying to eat the seed balls.

The caravan has once again taken to the road, to Derbyshire in June and a couple of weeks ago to North Norfolk. Its great sitting there watching my owners set up camp…there always seems to be something new to learn on a caravan trip. Occasionally its word uttered that young terriers shouldn't hear !!

My master recently held a solo exhibition at the Patchings Art Centre, he's really missed the last two Festivals being postponed and is looking forward to the 2022 date.

The small members of the family have been to stay and because I am not used to little ones, a stay at my mistresses parents was sorted. It is home from home, ginger nut on arrival, bed set up with all my favourite toys and a lovely garden to relax in. There is also my own personal chair set aside and its perfect for watching the world go by the window.

The field has seen two lodgers staying for the past few months, a grey horse called Harvey and a black pony called Nellie. They have done a marvellous job of keeping the grass short.

Next month sees us on the road to another Big Sky Art holiday, based at the White House near Burnham Market.
It is in the most idyllic rolling countryside, you wake up to the sound of horses hooves as they leave the stables to graze. The human accommodation is superb and I hear the food is delicious, you have breakfast, light lunch and evening meals all included in the art holiday price.
There is also much discussion about the canapés before dinner, I have not had a chance to taste test…. wonder if I could start having canapés at home ?

I will sign off now, the sun has just come out and my bed is in a lovely, sunny spot in the conservatory…… zzzzzzzzzz

Take care,
Freyja x

Welcome 2021 beginnings ?

Hello and a late welcome to 2021,

Looking back 12 months, it has been a strange year for both humans and pets alike. Hopefully better times are on the horizon.

The Fisher household has been kept busy with various jobs and here are a few of the achievements from the last year.

A new bespoke shed, handmade by the master, using recycled palettes and it stands where the old oil tank stood. I must admit it was a little worrying as it was being constructed, as it was starting to resemble a kennel! No, not possible I thought, surely they would not consider such a thing. Happily all manner of garden implements were installed and worries were over.

My master has been commissioned by Search Press to write book number 4 and paws crossed, hoping that maybe there will be room for me to appear. You may remember that the section in the oil pastel book features me for the animal portrait chapter. That painting is now proudly hung in the lounge so I can look at it whilst relaxing by the fire.

Much household decorating has been carried out by my mistress during the past year, the house is looking splendid.

Unfortunately our caravan has been sitting on the drive unused for the past 18 months. I am so looking forward to going away in it again. There nothing better than positioning yourself on the cushion at the front window, watching the world go by.

We have been getting out for a lot of walks from our village and finding footpaths that we did not know existed. It's amazing how much exploration can be done from your own doorstep.
I will be very pleased when the endless mud finally starts to dry up, the owners seem to find it very amusing to watch me negotiating muddy puddles. Well, its no fun when you are close to the ground !

Looking ahead to the future, I am looking forward to accompanying my owners to the Broadway Festival in June and returning to the White House, Norfolk for another Big Sky painting holiday in September.
It was really good fun in Norfolk last October, keeping my mistress company on long coastal walks during the day, whilst the master was teaching.

Finally there's a certain Parson Jack Russell (mentioning no names) who is feeling really pleased with herself.
A recent newspaper article stated that TALENTED dogs are able to learn the name of a new toy, after hearing it only a few times.
I cannot tell you how good that made me feel, here are the names of my cuddly toys, that I can be summoned to fetch on request. Now I know the list is rather large, but having a kind human family I am a bit spoilt…. are you ready ?

Sheepie ( must admit its now Sheep version number 3 after puppy destruction some years back)
Katie the carrot (sorry Aldi)
Santa (sorry again !!)
Eyeore (sorry Winnie !)

There were originally more, but during my puppy days some got destroyed and had to have a Valhalla burial.

Take care, stay safe all of you,
Freyja xx