Collie wobbles

I always swore that I would never have a collie – “too much trouble” I would say. How we ended up with a pair of border collies and a border collie cross, I shall never know. OK, I admit that with familiarity and  understanding, they’re not so very bad – but you really cannot keep a collie unless somebody is at home all day. They need to work too. A collie must have work. Work need not mean handling sheep or other livestock – it can be play, or training. Agility, Obedience, Fly Ball – any of these in a collie’s routine are bound to produce a happy dog. The problems come when the dog decides for itself what its work is and becomes obsessive in a bad way.

Vacuuming in this household is becoming very difficult. Nell was nuisance enough when she was simply inviting  Dyson to play with her – she would lay her toys down in front of him and perform a play bow, nice and deep and woof a little… I was careful not to toss the toy for her only to go and retrieve it – I would pick it up and then hide it while she went to find a replacement and offer another invitation to play… This being a collie household there are of course umpteen toys lying around the place and she was never short of a replacement.

Nell has now learned that Dyson is never going to accept her polite invitations and so she has started to chivvy him along. Every time that I start his motor up she bites at the brush head and growls at him to get a move on and play with her. She pounces around and sheepdogs him, trying to steer him to where she wants him.

I need to give Nell more work to do and I think that we shall be returning to the training field. I just need to find my clicker and buy some treats and then we shall add a new (old) routine to her day. Dyson can stay indoors, his manners are already impeccable.

I haven’t got today’s 365 image taken yet. It is day 5 and I am thinking about Five Gold Rings – nothing much else springs to mind right now, though I could do any five objects that are to hand.. like these


Only this image will not do because the image must be taken today or it will not count. I could always set it up and do it again…

I have started a weight tracking spreadsheet. Oh, my. Let us be clear, there are NO New Year Resolutions involved. Nor any commitments. What will be, will be. I just have a few clothes that I should like to wear again instead of going to the expense of buying new ones.

Speaking of expense, there has been much talk recently of a new camera for me. I have arbitrated on this and talked Mr L down to a tripod. I really could do with a good tripod but as they are about as expensive as cameras, I’ll settle for one “a bit better” than the one that I have. I would like an Eric, but am more likely to be given a Vanguard. My pension comes in soon. I plan to consider a camera upgrade when I have my hands on my lump sum. That way, I can feel as though I did it all myself.

It will be my final camera so I really must research it well. Mr L was pushing me to a Nikon, or a Canon 7D but I’d like a Canon 6D, I think. It is very difficult to compare all the available models and to reach a decision. I’ll welcome any advice: Nikon or Canon? Full frame or cropped sensor? etc. or shall I keep the 3Ti/600D and get a toy like the Lytro instead?

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Petunias always make me think of Dinghies

Petunias always make me think of Dinghies

It has been a busy day, not much time for anything. We walked the dog this morning but I took no photographs until I decided to take a few potshots in the village on our way back.

It has been bugging me

It has been bugging me

Come for a nature walk in the French countryside with me and Nell – I apologise for the image-intensive post. … Continue readingIt has been bugging me

Recent movements of the: Two Snails

On yer bike!

On yer bike!

We have invested in a pair of folding bikes that can be carried in nessa’s luggage space.… Continue reading On yer bike!

Van Nessa : Her Leak

Van Nessa : Her Leak

Home from Melle, we set about cleaning the van in preparation for going out again. At the moment we are hoping to go out for at least one night every week in continuing efforts to break the cats in (or down!) Mr Snail was cleaning the bathroom. Although we haven’t used the shower we had… Continue reading Van Nessa : Her Leak


  1. spinninggill
    January 5, 2014

    I actually got Tan to chase a squeaky ball today! 🙂

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