Summer is getting here – Blue

Looks a bit viscous to me

Looks a bit viscous to me

Its been quite warm here at our cottages (see website) for the last few weeks so we have tended to find a shady spot and snooze through the day. Unless of course I am called upon to help master. He has been hacking down all sorts of trees and bushes which is great fun although I don’t think mistress is too happy. Master gets a bit ‘saw happy’ once he gets going and anything standing in his way just gets hacked down. Never mind I am sure things will grow back.

We have been having quite a lot of problems with cows (when don’t we have problems with cows). Last week a couple managed to get into the front field where we were working so we tried to get them back into their proper field. Of course being cows they wouldn’t do as they were told, so we left them were they were. Unfortunately the handyman didn’t shut the gate properly. The next thing I noticed was that the entire set of hooligans were coming through the gate. Well that was it I was off to a safer location behind a fence. It was quite funny watching master and the handyman try and get them back into the field.

More Well Dressings

More Well Dressings

They gave up in the end and called the farmer who came up later that evening and helped us to get them back. Only 1/2 hour later and 3 of the idiots had jumped out of the field again. We left them there for the night. The next morning the farmer and master put them back where they should have been and put out an electric fence to keep them away from the wall they kept jumping over. That sorted them out.

Of course the well dressings are now on so we are getting dragged round each of those as they are opened. It really is quite boring but mistress enjoys them.

We went on a walk over at Matlock the other week which was quite exciting. The only problem was a footbridge we had to go over had a very very steep set of steps to get down from it. Now in general I don’t mind steps but these were just a bit too steep and high. I sat there hoping master would help but of course there was no chance there. Then I looked at mistress hoping she would take pity on me but no. All I got was “Come on Blue you are a Collie you can easily manage these. Look Smudge didn’t have a problem.”

Scary Steps

Scary Steps

Well of course Smudge didn’t find them a problem he is too stupid to realise how scary they were. It just shows the concern everyone has for my well being when everyone just started walking off, leaving me terrified, perched on top of a flight of steps I couldn’t get down. Well of course in the end I had to just grit my teeth and go for it or I would have been left behind. Thanks a bunch for all the help.

Smudge got shut inside a cottage again the other day. He had been doing his usual rounds of inspection (to check for food) when the door must have closed behind him. When the lady came back from taking her dogs for a walk there was Smudge sitting inside the cottage looking out the door. Serves him right.

Talk of my retirement – Smudge

Retirement in deed!!

Retirement indeed!!

What a cheek. Here I am in the prime of my life and THEY are talking about retiring me from my cow herding duties. Come on I may be ten years old but I am still very young at heart. OK I did find it a bit of a struggle getting back home after the last round up session. That was because the cows were harder work than normal. As it was such a nice evening they wanted to stay out, so I had to do more rounding up than normal. And I might sleep just a bit more than I use to. But doesn’t mean I have to be retired.

If I am to be retired does it mean I get a biscuit pension? Is it a final biscuit Pension? Is it index linked? Do I get my bus pass? Can I exchange my bus pass for biscuits? Is idiot brother to be retired from his security job? These are all important questions that need answering. But as usual no one will listen.

My best side.

My best side.

We got dragged round Tissington well dressings on Sunday. I suppose that means the Well dressing season has started and we will get dragged round all the rest of them. I don’t mind too much but I do wish we could get round a bit quicker. All this ‘viewing’ bit is all very boring.

Our fields are currently nearly full with cows, which of course idiot brother hates, as we are all waiting for silaging to start. He is almost confined to the front garden as he refuses to go in any field where there are cows. In reality there is half our front field without cows and of course our paddock area but he is so worried, he wont go in either without master or mistress (just in case). The fields at the back of us are a bit of a problem for us as the grass is now so high we can’t see where we are going. The good thing is that master can’t see where we are and we can explore without the constant nagging. It is a bit hard to get around in that length of grass though, especially if we need to chase something. Oh well hopefully it will be cut shortly and the cows can be let loose in more fields.

Me overlooking Lathkill Dale

Me overlooking Lathkill Dale