Tuesday’s Midland Musings from Jane
Now I know it may be no big deal to some of you but our trip to Scotland at the weekend was an awfully big adventure for us! We set off from Worcestershire at some unearthly time on Friday morning and having miss judged it totally we arrived outside Carlisle well before lunch time. We duly booked in to our hotel, we had been advised the room was small AND so it was, very small! The location was lovely, close to the River Esk and the dogs were soon enjoying a walk along the riverbank in the beautiful afternoon sunshine.
Tired we retreated back to our room before venturing down to the bar for a meal, we had been told the girls could join us and they behaved themselves impeccably. Needless to say as most Bedlingtons do, they caused quite a stir with all the usual comments about poodles/sheep etc. We were warned there was a wedding party ensconced in the hotel and a lively night was expected so Trevor and I headed off to bed at an early 10pm. It was at 1am we were first woken up by the merry revellers return to their rooms and so it continued until gone 3am!!!!
We rose at 5-30am for an early start to reach Edinburgh in plenty of time as we were first in the ring. Despite feeling quite shell shocked we arrived remarkably refreshed and set our selves up ready for our go in the big ring. The highlight of our day was to meet up with Thecla & Danny who own Rudi, our Archies brother. Although we last met them some 11 years ago when they collected their new boy, we have been in regular contact ever since. Theclas family has owned bedlingtons since the 1940,s, many from famous kennels but none she recons have been quite like Rudi,( oh dear we do like to produce originals!!! lol) John Holden was our judge for the day and he picked an interesting selection for his winners, well done to Yvonne and Julie for the top awards. We arrived back at our hotel and braced ourselves,as another wedding party was due to celebrate their impending nuptials, thankfully this celebration went off with far less exuberance and was a much more refined affair. Later we took the girls down to the bar for a meal,( us not them, though they did get a small share of our scampi and chips!) It was at this point Stella was propositioned , YES Stella! A rather worse for ware chap fell totally in love with her! He was totally besotted, staring into her eyes and declaring his love for her. He even offered £200 for her which he advanced to £300 when we told him we were sorry but she was not for sale at any price! After a far better nights sleep and an excellent big breakfast we set off back home. It had been a heck of a long journey but a great big adventure to boot! Till the next time, Jane
Thank you Jane definitely a weekend never to be forgotten. How fantastic to meet up with Thecla and Danny after all these years, although you have been in regular contact I expect lots of catching up to do! I bet you were pleased to get home and back into your own bed and I know Stella is very pleased that you totally love her! It was certainly a weekend to remember.