Saturday, 22 April 2017

A Lamb and a Bandana

How do you make lambs look even cuter? Why, put a bandana on them, of course! I've always liked dogs in bandanas and so recently I went a bit mad and bought a rainbow collection of bandanas for the dogs and lambs to share. Audrey was my test subject for one of the bandanas and one of the new halters I'd bought. The lane was lined with beautiful daffodils.

Audrey was very interested in nibbling the grass...

...and would prefer to walk on it.

Another nibble break.

Spring was starting to bloom all around us.

Audrey is in pink because she is such a little sweetheart.

...Yes, there are a lot of nibble breaks when you're walking sheep.

At the bottom of the lane where cars whizz by. Audrey wasn't too bothered by the cars.

After a few minutes at the bottom of the lane we headed back again.

Back the top there was (you guessed it) another nibble break.

Tell all of your friends - lambs wearing bandanas is very cute.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Candid Canines

One of my new year goals for this blog was to include the dogs more - ever since Blue Belle's arrival in June 2015, they've gradually faded into the background of a blog that is called The Dogs of Greenhill Farm. I've found recently that photographing my dogs and keeping it interesting and fresh has become quite difficult. There are no new locations to explore, there are no puppies (which is a good thing - I have enough grown-up puppies).

Because I set my photography standards quite high, and because I'm never happy with the results, I don't take the camera out on walks anymore.

So as an experiment I did just that, but I forbade myself from asking the dogs to pose for me. I treated them like I would treat my pony or sheep subjects.

It was a beautiful, sunny day and the stream offered some extra interest to my photos.

Remember, there was no posing. I didn't say the "stay" word.

One of my favourites from the day.

We crossed the stream to walk around the field.

By this stage the dogs were starting to get tired and pose for me.

Jess is a little annoyance sometimes.

Tired puppy.

So it was an interesting experiment, and I certainly enjoyed myself (the dogs did too) but still I seem to have lost my "mojo" when it comes to dog photography. Is this just in my head? Maybe. I'll keep trying.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Sandilands

Easter Saturday presented the perfect opportunity to visit to the beach. I hadn't visited this stretch of the beach before, but the title did sound promising...

Teddy getting photobombed. He's cool with it.

When we arrived at the shore, however, the tide was in and it was pouring rain. It looked like a nicer day over there so we went that way.

The clouds would occasionally clear for a pretty picture.

The sand of the Sandilands was covered by the sea, but there were more than enough pebbles to go around.

The changeable weather made for some dramatic skies.

Teddy and I had fun despite the weather.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Black & White Sunday #35 ::: Hello, My Name Is

What it means: graceful

Anita is named after a friend and fellow photography enthusiast of mine. In fact the very first thing I said to her upon hearing her name was, "Ooh, that's a nice name - I might steal it for a lamb one day."

What it means: noble, strong

Audrey is named after both the character from 24 and a friend of the family.

Robert (Bob)
What it means: famed, bright and shining

Bob is named after Bob Odenkirk of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and Mr Show fame.

What it means: sweet

Honey is named after the colour of her face - as simple as that!

Jessica (Jess)
What it means: rich

Jess was originally to be called Tessa, but then I thought the name was too similar to Teddy so Tessa became Jessica.

Margaret (Maggie)
What it means: pearl

One of those names that didn't require any thought at all - Maggie just looked like a Margaret to me!

Margot (Margo)
What it means: French variation of Margaret

Margo is named after the character from The Good Life - and I removed the T because I just prefer writing it that way.

Mildred (Millie)
What it means: gentle strength

My friend Emma had given Millie the name Missy, which for me was in the ballpark but not something I would name a sheep. I prefer traditional, feminine names for the ladies. It wasn't much of a leap from Missy to Millie.

Penelope (Penny)
What it means: bobbin

Penny is named after Sheldon Cooper's "Penny, Penny, Penny" from The Big Bang Theory.

Phillipa (Pip)
What it means: horses' friend

Pip is named after one of David Kennard's sheepdogs which featured in his documentary The Year of the Working Sheepdog.

Rosalie (Rosie)
What it means: rose

My granny's middle name is Rosalie and I've always wanted to use it for someone.

What it means: lamb that drinks a lot of milk (probably)

Suckie was originally called Sukie, but within a day the 10-year-old me's urge to make a pun was just too strong and the name stuck.

Edward (Teddy)
What it means: rich guard

Teddy is a name that has been shared by many fluffy, black and white Border Collies in my family's history so thought it was about time for another.

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