Not Snow again – Smudge

Smudge in front of the fire at our peak district cottages

Snow what Snow

I thought we had finished with the snow stuff at our (click here) months ago but it seems to be back.  Idiot brother is all excited but then he would be.  Me I think it is cold and wet – bring back the summer. I was happy lounging in the sun.  This cold stuff gets in your paws and is a real pain. Master wasn’t too impressed either. We all had to go out BEFORE breakfast to clear the drive.  There wasn’t too much snow so it didn’t take too long.  The cows didn’t look very happy. I don’t think I would either if I had to stay out in this weather – I would be straight down the RSPCA citing cruelty to dogs.

a visitor at our pet friendly holiday cottages

An intruder

We got abandoned on Tuesday while mistress and master went off to Sheffield for the day. Something about shopping at Makro. Idiot brother was annoyed that they had left us behind but I just settled down for a long encounter with my duvet.  It wasn’t too bad anyway as the handyman was still here and he took us for a walk at lunch time.  Everything was fine until idiot brother decided he would chase the migrating geese (idiot – he’s not going to catch them is he).  He was about six fields away before he stopped. He came back in the end but the handyman was not impressed and kept us in for the rest of the day.  Fine by me but again idiot brother seemed a bit annoyed. Serves him right. Anyhow when master and mistress returned we found that they had been shopping for us.  Big bags of dinner and lots of chews etc. Not a bad day after all.

Master’s New Car – Blue

Blue at our Peak District Cottages

Me in the good old 'Disco'

We have a new car at our (click here)! Well when I say new its a sort of old new car (master is too mean to buy a ‘new’ car – he is from Yorkshire you know). He has  been messing about trying to choose a new car since last January when the good old Discovery (Disco) died during the snow. I use to like the  Disco as I was allowed in it with muddy paws etc. Master just didn’t care as it was so old and dirty it just didn’t matter. The new car is a bit different. As it is newer (the Disco was dropping to bits) he has made me sit on cloths on the seat. Anyway I have got my driving position back. Its a lot better in a big 4*4 car than a normal car.  You can see so much better.  One problem we had was that the brakes needed looking at so we had to take it into the garage in the next village.  I went with him to make sure that they understood the problem. We normally walk back but this time we got a lift back which meant I had to sit on master’s lap all the way home as I wasn’t allowed on the seats.

View from near our peak district cottages

A view from the hill over looking Sheldon

The good news is that when the car was ready to pick up Smudge and I were taken for a walk over the fields to fetch it.  It was a bit misty but at times we were in bright sunshine.  I had a few problems getting across our land, due to the cows still been around, but by going the long way round I managed to avoid them.  The sheep in the ‘Mine Rake’ (a field near our picnic spot) were a bit uppity but Smudge sorted them out.  The biggest problem came when we approached the village. A young Bullock decided it didn’t like us (well the feeling was mutual).  He started chasing Smudge all over the field.  I was having none of that and very quickly jumped over the wall and was gone.  I think Smudge must have got away from him in the end as he seemed OK when he caught up with me in the village.  The car was ready and we had a pleasant drive back home. Even Smudge didn’t grumble too much about being in a car.

Passed the Test- Blue

Blue at our Dog friendly holiday cottages

Me having fun with the leaves

Master did a very sneaky thing the other night at our (click here). He left one of our favourite treats on the kitchen table all night. I spotted it straight away but luckily remembered that we are not allowed to take things from the table, so left it.  A few moments later Smudge came past and also spotted the treat. Now Smudge was in a real turmoil. He knew he would get into serious trouble if he took it, but it did look very inviting and you know what Smudge and food are like. Anyhow just in case I got the blame for Smudge eating it, I decided to sit guard over it until he had forgotten about it (which with Smudge doesn’t take long – goldfish brain comes to mind). Anyway thanks to me we passed the test and got a real fuss from master and a double helping of treats (so it was worth being good). Mistress had no faith in us.  She thought we would take it.

Blue at our Peak District Cottages

Me helping with car cleaning

Our en-suite seems to have come to a stand still. Something about master being busy with the cottages.  So how come he seems to be able to find time to finish off mistress’s laundry room. Although he hasn’t completely finished it, mistress has started using it. We were a bit dismayed to find we are not allowed in it – something about us shaking all over the laundry (as if we would). Smudge is devastated as he was looking forward to curling up on the floor which has underfloor heating – far better than the cold floor in our room.

A day out at Derwent Dams – Smudge

Smudge at Derwent Dam near our peak district cottages

Me with Derwent Dam in the background

At long last a  walk! We set of early from our cottages (click here) to make sure we got a parking space at the Derwent Dam car park. This of course meant going in the CAR. But as I knew we were going for a walk it wasn’t too bad. Master tells me that Derwent Dam  is where  the famous  ‘Dam Busters’ practiced and where the old film was made. But more importantly it is where we are let off our leads almost  immediately which means we can explore a lot more than normal.  It was a beautiful day so there were lots of squirrels and even better loads of grouse around on the moor. Grouse are funny as they make such a strange noise when they get excited.  We were taken all the way down Derwent reservoir then up on to the moor where you get spectacular views of Howden Dam and the Derwent reservoir. Lunch was a major disappointment – again. Nothing for us but we did manage to try and round up a few grouse.

Derwent dam near our peak district cottages

Derwent Dam from the car park

The walk took a lot longer than it should have because of course mistress did a lot of the ‘stopping to admire the view’ thing she does.  The climb up onto the moor seemed a bit slow as well. I think Master and Mistress are getting a bit out of shape. We sat at the top for ages waiting for them. Idiot brother got himself into a bit of a tizz on the way down. For some reason he just wouldn’t go through one of the gates. Master had to drag him through but as soon as he was released he went back under the gate. In the end master had to put him on his lead  and drag him through the gate and down the field. I don’t know what was the matter with him. There were no cows or anything else around that usually upsets him.  Anyhow in spite of idiot brother it was a very nice walk.

Howden Dam near our peak district pet friendly holiday cottages

Howden Dam

Yesterday was a bit traumatic. The electricians were back. I don’t like the electricians. Every time they come, lights go on and off and things beep. Idiot brother disappeared upstairs (we are not allowed upstairs) to hide so I followed him. This didn’t go down well and in the end we were banned to one of the cottages where our handyman was working. At least it was relatively peaceful and quiet there.

A traumatic day – Blue

Blue at our peak district cottages

Me amongst some of the floor coverings

What a day!  In fact what a week!  Mistress’s laundry area is nearing completion so it is the last push to get everything finished before Master starts work on our (click here) (again). Although we have had numerous people in and our doing things today was the worst. Last week we seemed to be dashing off over to the kitchen suppliers or electrical wholesalers every few hours. First we would need another cabinet door, then the electrician would need another thingy. So off me and Master would zip to get the required bit only to find when we go back that someone else needed something else.  I wasn’t complaining as it meant I could go out in the car. Great Fun.

Blue at our peak district cottages

Me just wandering through to see how things were going

Today was however a bad day. Loads of people all over the place (getting in our way) and worse still they turned all the electricity off for most of the day. Now in general I am not a timid dog but I do hate it when the electricity goes off and master’s computer things start beeping and generally getting angry. Smudge of course is just a basket case. He just can’t cope at all. Me  – I decided the best place to be was outside away from the general mayhem.

The Laundry area at our peak district cottages

The new Laundry area

That was OK till just after lunch time when it started to rain. So I decided I would spent the afternoon in the garage – far warmer and a safer spot than the house. Smudge just trailed around after mistress looking very sorry for himself.  Luckily the lights and everything came back on at about 3 pm so I decided I would see if it was safe to go back in doors.  It was and I settled into my favourite spot to watch master clearing up all the rubbish left over from the electricians etc. By 5 pm it was all back to normal and we now have light and heating in our en suite and Mistress has lights and power in her laundry. in fact she is now starting to use it although it still isn’t fully finished.