This weekend sees our last show of the season in the grounds of the wonderfully Downton-esque Breamore House on the edge of the New Forest near Fordingbridge in Hampshire. It’s the Cranborne Chase Woodfair, a gathering of craftsmen and artisans specialising in everything wood, from chain saw carving to building to logging using shire horses to stick making – and many other countryside pursuits.
We’re on at 1pm on both days in the main arena and we’ll be running our usual training clinic afterwards for members of the public and their errant pooches!
We’ve decided to travel each day to the site rather than stay overnight, as it’s not that far from us and the dogs will be more settled if they can sleep in their own beds! Any concerns? Not really, we have that end of term feeling and are quite relaxed. Ony the forecast of warm weather is a bit of a worry: the dogs go flat when it’s hot and we have to take gallons of water with us to pour over them before, during and after the demos.
And then it’ll be all systems go for the main shooting season! We’ve already had a day out on the partridges with Daisy and I was delighted with her levels of steadiness. By contrast, the older, more experienced and supposedly wiser Poppy seems to get frothed up with excitement much more easily nowadays: I will have to be careful that she doesn’t infect Daisy with this contagious condition!
But first it’s off to Breamore House, easily one of our favourite venues, to finish off what has been a really good season in the arena. Hope to see as many people there as last time. Entrance is very reasonably priced – part of the reason why it is always well attended.