There were no Monday blues for me this week! After a solid week of job searches and trying to play catch up with daily chores, I decided I needed a day of mindfulness. I have been home with my two dogs since mid-March and have travelled very little this year due to Covid-19, and I was desperate for a fresh morning walk somewhere relaxing, regardless of the weather (and let me tell you it rained).
Travelling 2 hours with a dear friend of mine, we embarked on our morning journey to Windermere lake. First stop, McDonald’s for breakfast (obviously) and then we were off. Once we reached our destination, we decided to set off on a long walk, exploring the local area and taking in the beautiful views. After our brisk walk and mini photoshoot, we decided to head back to the car for lunch, where we were met with an outrageous queue of cars trying to find spaces. It was definitely home time.
Our adventure was short and sweet! I left feeling thankful for the ability to travel wherever I want (to an extent) and for having great company on a very spontaneous trip. The dogs enjoyed themselves too.
A little over 3 weeks ago I went on a family holiday to Zante, while there we decided to hire quad bikes and jeeps and explore the small island. We came across some stunning sights and some devastating after effects of bush fires that were present during our stay on the Greek Island due to an extreme heat wave. The photo below is of my younger brother in front of a live bush fire in the distance, while exploring the island on quad bikes the temperature was over 40 degrees celsius.
I definitely recommend for anyone planning on traveling to any of the Greek Islands to hire some form of transport and explore the culture, try new foods and explore new beautiful lands that differ from your home terrain. Exploring Zante was definitely the highlight of the holiday for myself and finding little secret beaches were the water is so blue it merges into the sky something that is hard to capture on camera.
Below are a few photographs captured during our exploration of Zakynthos island, all photos were taken on an iPhone 7 and are unedited.
This morning I woke up to the electricity going off, my phone was on only 5%, my Mac book 0% and no way of making my much needed morning coffee. I had my tantrum and then weighed up my options, luckily my boyfriends mum had a portiable charger, not enough for my Mac but more than enough for my phone. After spending the morning helping with the ducks, I decided to spend my spare time bird watching after I discovered a nest built amongst Ivy that crawls up the outbuildings walls. At first I thought the birds were Robins but after a second glance, a quick google and reading, ‘A Field Guide to the Birds of the British Isles’ I found the birds to be Wrens. Photos of the nest and chicks (undisturbed) coming soon.
Balmer, E. (2007). A Field Guide to the Birds of the British Isles. Oxford, United Kingdom: Parragon Books Ltd. (Page 180).
We have had Indian Runner Ducks since October 2016, sadly only three ducklings hatched and all were male which raised a few issues. We sold one of the males to a loving family who could provide him with a mate, so we currently have two adult male runner ducks and five newly hatched runner ducklings who we hope to be female (we are unsure of their sex as of yet). Ducks make really fun pets but I strongly feel that along with rabbits and other smaller animals, people often mistake them as being ‘easier’ to manager and cheaper to look after. This is not the case. I strongly believe all animals are a lot of work and responsibility but from experience (living with quails, pigeons, ducks, a rabbit and 4 dogs), dogs make easier pets. Dogs still have many requirements but overall they are easier to clean, feed, walk, and to kennel. Birds and small animals however, are not, they are much more complicated. I would even go as far to state that birds more so than other small animals and pets are very dirty, resulting in a lot of cleaning.
Below are some photographs I have recently taken of the Indian Runner Ducklings, they are just over 24-hours old.
I enjoy taking photo’s of remotely anything and everything, but there is something about capturing a photo of an animal whether it be a pet, wild animal or bug that exhilarates me. I love how natural it is, and the gratification I feel when I capture a good photo. It is even more amazing when it is of a pet as the smiles and enthusiastic response that I get from the owners is both heartwarming and stimulating. Below are a few photographs I have captured of people’s pets over the years.
Into the eyes of prey.
Photographing my own pets
When I have some free time I like to set up my own little photoshoots of my pets, I currently have two; one rabbit, Ethel and one rescue pup, Taz. Like many of my clients it can be very heartwarming to have high quality photos framed of your current or past pets.
The KGA visited the Sandringham Estate, North Norfolk, for the Sandringham Game and Country Show where we displayed the Korthals Griffons for the public, answered any questions people had about the breed, hunting and training practices.
Friday 9th September 2016
After a 4 hour drive to Norfolk we arrived to Sandringham Estate and although it was not raining we did experience a lot of wind, which is never good when you have a tent to put up, let alone a 12 man tent in the dark. Needless to say we managed to put the tent up before midnight with the help of a lovely lady named Paula, if it wasn’t for her help I’m not sure we would have had a tent left. Kindness from strangers at a time of need really is one of the best feelings.
Saturday 10th September 2016
We woke up early to heavy rain and a leaking tent, not the best thing to wake up too but we fixed what we needed and set up the KGA stand in the gun dog display tent and began to prepared ourselves for the day. Although it rained throughout the day the turn out was much better than expected and we managed to meet a lot of friendly people interested in the breed and the KGA.
Sunday 11th September 2016
The last day of the Sandringham Game and Country Show was glorious, the sun beamed all day and we were able to dry off all our wet clothes and even the tent. It was an extremely busy day with lots of people, activities and conversations. In our free time we managed to look at some of the other displays and buy some new gear for the dogs and ourselves for the KGA’s next event at Bowood. I managed to take a few nice photo’s for the KGA website thanks to the warm weather, making up for the lack of photos I had taken on the Saturday because of the rain. You can see some of the photo’s below: