Happy New Year

Dear Readers,

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2020 and yet again apawlogies are due for not posting since September.

I cannot believe where time goes, so once again I will try to tardis like condense all the happenings over the last few months.
Christmas in the Fisher household was a bit of a disaster, we saw no-one for the whole of the festive season due to my mistress being really poorly with the flu. The master wasn't so bad, he managed to keep things running and had a one man BBQ on Christmas Day with me on duty… just in case any stray chicken should happen to fall !

October was spent with art demonstrations and workshops, I was made very welcome at several venues thank you.
Our village had a couple of days of torrential rain resulting in flooding to parts of our village. This also unfortunately meant that the dog walks got very muddy and anyone that knows me well, is that I am a bit of a princess regarding mud and rain. Its a bit of a disgrace to my breed. I have heard many tales of the previous family dog Purdey, a dog who never minded being dirty and at her very happiest covered in thick black mud, especially when digging in the river bank.

November saw my chance to redeem myself when we drove up the A1 to stay for a week at Budle Bay in Northumberland. The previous week had seen rain but we were very lucky to have a dry week with glorious blue skies. The fields were still muddy so I gritted my teeth, determined to no longer being a princess. The humans had planned a circular walk from the village of Belford to St Cuthberts cave. There is a lot of history in this part of the UK. The master sketched and collected lots of photos to paint from
Things were going well till reaching a gateway with an ENORMOUS expanse of mud, steeling myself I decided a massive leap was the way forward and made it across relatively mud free.

We visited lots of castles, Holy Island was very nice and we found a lovely dog friendly pub and the National Trust shop lady even gave me a dog biscuit. The last day of the holiday we visited Craster, famous for its smokehouse and we walked to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.
Afterwards we were given a super doggie welcome at a lovely teashop in the Shoreline Cafe at Craster.

January is the month to celebrate the masters birthday so to make up for Christmas we stayed at Club Cottage in Derbyshire for a short break. Its our third visit and home from home, it ticks all the doggy boxes, central heating and a lovely cosy log burner. There are loads of walks from the cottage and a super dog friendly pub just down the road.
Unfortunately the night before the holiday I had some sort of allergic reaction, just like 18 months ago and turned into a doggy version of Frankenstein !!
My owners knew what to do on this occasion as its happened before, so after their care and attention and me patiently sitting with a cold compress on my face I looked loads better.

The holiday went well and we had some super walks and more photographic opportunities for painting subjects.

I promise not to leave it so long to post my adventures and below is a selection of photos from the past few months… including Frankenterrier .. not a pretty sight.

Don't forget to check out the tutoring pages if you want to book an art course or holiday, something to look forward to on these short winter days.

Love Freyja.


Apawlogies from Freyja

Dear Readers, huge apawlogies for the long delay since my last blog,

I cannot believe that it is June since my last blog was written, tardis like, time has moved from high summer, to the beginnings of autumn here at Fisher HQ.

The easiest way to travel through time and update you, is to condense all the happenings that have occurred since June.

  • The pigeons (now a gang of three) continue to make fun of me in the garden, swooping down just close enough to avoid contact and then sitting on the fence in defiance.
  • A pair of squirrels have made dawn raids on next doors hazel tree, taking all the nuts and throwing the shells on to our pond patio.
  • My Master had a cunning plan with our hazel nut trees down the field this year, he picked them early and ripened them off in the conservatory ! Master 1 Squirrels 0
  • June saw us take a last minute caravan break to Longnor in Derbyshire. It was lovely doing some great walks in the countryside and chilling out in the caravan later.Wildlife seems intent on following me around, as each night around dusk the most enormous rabbits use to come on to one of the nearby caravan pitches for a grass supper. My owners thought this was hilarious and named it bunny TV, with me, nose glued to the window watching. This site also had a boule I had to learn not to chase the boules.
  • July was the annual Patchings Festival and I spent a very relaxing few days at my second home being thoroughly spoilt.
  • The end of July we once again hitched up the caravan and headed for Greetham, this was a lovely break away and I tried my very first doggy ice cream ….. delicious
  • August arrived and we hitched up again and took the caravan to North Piddle in Worcestershire. This was a lovely small campsite, pitch black at night, so you could see the stars.With the wildlife theme quite prevalent for this blog, I saw my first muntjac and quite a few squirrels.The purpose of this August visit was for my Master to take part in the Great Broadway Paint Off. As you can see from the photo below the weather was good and many artists set up easels around the village of Broadway.
  • The photos also show that the caravan break was an excellent chance to learn the art of backgammon !
  • I also got the chance to catch up for a walk with my Schnauzer friend Yoshi.
  • The vegetable garden has done well again this year, sadly the sweetcorn is now all finished, but on a happier note there are still loads of carrots. We have had a good crop of fruit and you can see that has been put to good use as jam
  • I think we have caught up and I promise not to leave it as long before the next instalment of Freyjas Tails is published.

Keep the home fires burning ....

Hello and welcome to the June doggie blog,

Apologies for not blogging in May, its been really busy here at Fisher HQ and my assistant editor for my blog has been occupied with other jobs !

The vegetable garden is coming along nicely, both at the front garden potager, designed in the Piet Mondrian style (well it had to have an art theme) and the plot down our field.
Our conservatory became a large greenhouse for a few months, as the Master was waiting for the weather to warm up so all his plants, nurtured from seed could be planted out.
The heavy rain today should help the vegetables grow, especially looking forward to the sweetcorn crop in a few months time and lots of carrots have been sown too, so I am a lucky pup.

We have had a couple of incidents down the field where the mischievous lambs have managed to get through the fence twice and pulled up the rhubarb and trampled the carrot seedlings !!
They tend to get into little gangs and see how much mischief they can get up to, it sometimes involves trying to get through to the adjoining cricket field.

The pigeon saga continues, they now sit on the fence and have the cheek to do low passes across the lawn…just out of reach.
The Fishers have been very lucky this year in the garden, the new bird box built my Master last year has successfully had a brood of Great Tits. A pair of wrens are eyeing up another box on the fence and the house martins have once again returned to nest at the front and back of our house.

It is once again the build up and preparation for the annual Patchings Art, Craft and Design Festival, I am hoping for excellent sales of the Masters Oil Pastel book, especially as I feature on the Patchings T-shirts and a whole chapter in the book.

Now to explain the title of this months blog, to regular readers you will know that I am a girl who really appreciates the home comforts and extra specially the LOG BURNER.
A few weeks ago, we spent a few days down the field doing some chainsaw work to some rotten branches of a huge willow, that grows on the bank of the river running through the field.
It was all going well until a huge piece rolled into the river, now that was not going to be taken off to float away.
Quickly a plan was formulated involving a tow rope and the car, it was pulled up the bank and our firewood safe and sound.

I will sign off now, it's raining cats and dogs again and my warm, snuggly extra large blanket is calling me for forty winks.
Below are a few photos of the garden and field, spot my extra cute begging pose for a biscuit !

See you next month,
Freyja x


Wood Pigeons return...

Hello and welcome to the April Doggie Blog,

It is that time of the year again, the wood pigeons have returned to haunt me in the garden…. At least with the new pond layout and patio I have not fallen into the pond… yet !!
My favourite toy, a dragon named George did fall in yesterday, he is currently drying off in the greenhouse.
It has been super busy again at Fisher HQ, lots of jobs have been started down the field, fence building, digging and planting veggies. The hard work is exhausting, I have my own bed to watch the humans at work.

The Master has just returned from a four day painting holiday for Big Sky Art based near Burnham Market, North Norfolk. My five star accommodation at the parents house was just as good, ginger nuts on command, Stephen taking me for walks and a beautiful log fire burning all day. What more could a girl ask for?

Listening to the humans discussing the art holiday did make me a bit jealous, apparently my Mistress was seen with the resident Jack Russell named Mars on her knee !!! we will have to have words.
Here is the Freyja feedback following the recent trip;

Luxurious 5* accommodation at the White House for 4 nights.
Full use to all areas of the White House.
Honesty bar.
Superb selection at breakfast, I hear the Danish pastries were excellent.
Pre dinner canapes and two course dinner each night.
Big, spacious barn studio for exclusive during the holiday.
Close to both village and coastal locations to paint and sketch En Plein Air, lots of painting subjects in walking distance of the White House with farm land, stables and old buildings.
Free superfast WiFi

It sounds a super base for an art holiday and the Master is already booked for April and October next year, maybe I should go next time and meet Mars, or is the lure being totally spoilt at the parents house too much, hmmmm, decisions, decisions x

Hope you all have a super Easter, looks like the weather is improving.
Here are some photos from the Big Sky Art Holiday and a photo from this morning.. spot the terrier and the pigeon.

Love Freyja x

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Happy hedge laying !

Hello and apologies for not writing since New Year,

It has been nonstop here at Fisher HQ and I cannot believe I sit here pawing through the latest doggie blog and the calendar is reading Friday 1st March.

January saw us in the Lake District for a 4 day break walking and collecting reference photos for painting and sketching. The weather was dreadful on the first day with driving rain and wind, it was awful and it was a such a relief to get back to the hotel and the log fire to warm up and dry off. The next few days were glorious, as you can see from the photo below taken at Elterwater looking back to the Langdale Pikes.

My master has been kept super busy recently;

1. Writing articles for the Leisure Painter magazine
2. Busy planting lots of vegetable seeds ready for the new growing season ( I hope there are LOTS of carrots)
3. Dismantling and moving our small greenhouse to a new location in the back garden.
4. Laying a section of hedge at our field just outside the village and this forms the main news of this months blog.
5. Clearing a section in the field ready for next years poly tunnel and fencing it to keep the sheep out.

We have owned the field for quite a few years now, I had the honour of taking over from the legendary Purdey the Parson Jack Russell. There are many tales regarding Purdey and most of them include spending many, many happy hours digging in the black, sticky, smelly mud on the riverbank.
However I am totally different in that respect, mud is just not my forte, I would much sooner snuggle down and take time observing the humans at work.

The hedge alongside the roadside of the field has been neglected for many years and Tim has laid a couple of sections in previous years. There was a gap in the art calendar, so just over a week ago we all spent a few days tackling the mammoth job, me as chief foreman and doggy alert for the kettle boiling for a cuppa in the shed.
My mistress was in charge of dragging all the brash created into the field and piling it up ready for a big bonfire. They both worked extremely hard and villagers have commented on walking by, what a good job has been done.

The art demonstration and workshop season has begun which meant the computer was free today for me to write to you all.
There are some super workshops and holidays coming up, see the Tutoring in the UK page

I have posted some photos of the hedge laying, looking brilliant, very proud dog, I have clever owners xxx

See you next month,
Freyja xx