At last the Deer are back Grazing.

August 12, 2014

I have been away for various long spells in the last few months and managed only a flying visit home which consisted of a couple of hours, but having finished our last stint of shows in the north of England at Car- Fest North i headed back home to see Tilly who as always gave me a wonderful welcome.

We headed straight to the woodland and scouted the woods from one end to the other, in which time managed a sighting of 4 deer in the heavy tree lined woods that has become over grown with blackberry bushes and thorns since my last visit, don’t get me started on the stinging nettles please !

Yesterday i was having a stroll in the field and to my surprise a large beautiful brown skinned  deer appeared to the side of the fence line my reaction was to call to her and even more surprised when she turned and looked and started gently walking to the side of me, in no hurry she trotted yards from me and stopping only to nibble on the grass, even tilly was surprised at seeing this beauty so near, it reminded me of the one we lost last year, that one would pose for pictures and walk the fence line without fear.

I was so happy to see the young one yesterday and it got me thinking if she is back to calf in the weeks ahead, as she looks a little heavy, i am hoping the other 4 will head back to the field and join them, i know Thomas the young one is still about and he is waiting in the field for the ladies to arrive, i last saw him a few weeks ago and he is a randy little bugger as he was serving all the ladies on his own before obviously the others in the wood got the scent.

Tilly has been in great form and looks the ideal dog in every shape, she is wearing me out with 4 wood walks a day, i  am also still feeding the fox and Sunday night what a surprise to have the mother followed by a young cub on the lawn, it was fantastic watching them eating and playing.

Been all over Europe and seen some great rock and roll bands on this tour and enjoyed great weather in Spain, Norway, Bratislava, Czech Republic, Dublin, Switzerland, Germany.

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All in all great times and scenery and lovely people, also a big thank you to everyone who have continued following tilly and our blog, we truly appreciate your visit……be back soon take care  !

Found The Deer at Long Last.

January 26, 2014

After a dam good soaking this morning and tilly looking as thou she had been dropped in a swimming pool we headed home to get some warmth and for me a good cup of tea, for tilly it was snuggle up in front of the fire with a treat.

As soon as the weather showed a sign of easing we took a different approach and headed through another route to the woods one that involved climbing barbed wire fencing for me but easy for tilly to slope under to get in where we wanted to be, the route was indeed a hard walk with lashings of rain soaked fields and some muddy paths, at this point we were more or less on the surrounds of the golf course but a long way from where we would usually be and at this stage i was only concerned of finding golf balls.

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I was walking in the middle of the course at this time in to a large waste area of quite long grass that bye now has become soaked and lifeless when out of the grass a few feet from tilly the two young deer emerged and took of across the course swerving at one point towards me, then with a lightening swerve changed course and headed to the woodland, it was all over within about 12 seconds and so fast and unexpected that i never had time to think of getting my camera out of my pocket, i was just so shocked to see them, but the view of them striding out of there resting place was great, they both looked an absolute picture of health and in perfect shape as they bolted to the quiet of the woods.

This is where i found them resting

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We never bothered to go and find them as i did not want to cause any upset just in case so we took a walk through the grass area and found all them golf balls above which was an added bonus and having those pro v balls made the day.

We walked towards home and through a route i wouldn’t usually take and came across these poor horses who looked starving hungry and were soaked to the skin, they were eating anything they could get at including some sharp prickle bushes, will have to find out who owns them as they look in distress to me and if they are not being looked after properly i will call the RSPCA to have a look

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Foxy arrived to his feast last night joined by a cat in the early hours and the food was cooked to perfection by my good self and presented on the lawn steaming hot, the cat was first to have a taste and the sight of the dog fox was enough to leave pussin cat a little bit scared and he was gone, got to do it all again later and this time it is sausages which i defrosted earlier……So thank you all for stopping bye and i will be back with another update on the deer soon hopefully.

Wild Deer Stampede The Woodlands.

January 25, 2014

I was shocked to see so much ground reduced to divots on the walk i take each day, it looks as thou there has been a mammoth orgy staged during the hour’s of darkness on just one stretch of our long walk

As i walked i took the time to count the droppings or poo and was surprised to end my count at 27 heaps, what has been going on in the hour’s of darkness? is it time for me to get the thick winter thermals on and my night lamp that would light the ground area far better than Wembley stadium? I am going to take my chances one of these nights in the hope of just catching a glimpse of who is responsible and would i be lucky enough to spot the young one’s that seem to have vanished out of sight.

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Would this little lot make good manure for the tomatoes i wonder? would you believe that much is possible from a couple roaming, each pile was varying in size and hoof marks had churned the normally flat ground in to a rugby pitch, i have never witnessed this before and i am convinced this was a orgy on a mass scale with a very tired stag or stags at the end of it all.

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We walked around late this afternoon to keep a check on things and the area is quiet and no sign of a deer, but another pile of poo was laying in wait very close to where my 2 young rest often, but sadly on further inspection there hiding place was empty without any sign of a recent visitor, so i have to keep walking until i can find them, they are very close and laying low and it is i hope only a matter of time before i see them again.

I keep busy picking up the golf balls as tilly heads away to try and climb a tree hoping to get her paws on the squirrel, these golf balls just keep dropping and we keep finding them and taking them back to the yard to be washed and cleaned before we send them to destination anywhere, we have been sending them to Albania….Dublin..Latvia and Scotland and all over the country, here are a few

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Every make of ball you can think of in them sacks.

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Make your choice and buy with confidence, we do not sell any rubbish or damaged golf ball, we have walked golf courses and woodlands far to long and we know a good ball when we see one, we take care and wash the old fashioned way by hand, yes every ball passes through my hands and is inspected far better than Morse would ever do, but my hands and fingers do take a beating.

Right have to go as it is time to sort out dinner for Scraggy Fox, not sure what i will put out tonight but something warm will do him good on this cold night, i will do him chicken and potatoes and cabbage and this will be warmed through about 01:30 as he has started arriving at this time in the last week and i will wait up until he has arrived then i will go to bed, but not before i feed him, he is a huge beast of a dog fox and you could saddle him and he has been coming for a couple of years at various times, but he is arriving in the early hour’s more now so he is obviously doing his rounds….Until next time take care and thanks for your visit…!

Early morning walk in woodlands.

January 21, 2014

Got up early this morning despite the weather conditions in search of the wild deer, the fog had formed across the woodland and golf course making viewing quite hard from my eyes, obviously a much different case for tilly who as always finds a new lease of life as soon as she gets in the woods.

I was expecting the morning to be very cold and made sure i was well wrapped for my visit with a couple of good layers of clothing, but strange as it seems the morning was walk was lovely and i soon had regret for adding the extra layers of clothes.

I was as happy as could be walking and watching the red kite sitting in the tree hoping that from somewhere a mighty feast would arrive, but this time i had to watch as i had taken no food for them this time around.

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If you look carefully at the third picture you will see the 2 red kite sitting perched high in the tree, they will not let you get to close, the other pictures are of the visibility that was on offer and tilly scanning the field in the hopeful event a rabbit or squirrel will provide a little entertainment before we head home.

Where else can you enjoy the peace and quiet away from it all, i can hear the traffic in the distance of people chasing fast and furious to get to work, putting up with the daily ritual and routine and then arriving late and having to do it all again when it is time to go home.

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Tilly loves her freedom and i wouldn’t change it for the world…!

Where are the Deer hiding.

January 19, 2014

I continue my search for the young deer and have been busy trying my best to find them without any success, they are leaving me lots of clues to where they have been as there foot prints and huge piles of deer poo are all around the place in the private grounds, which helps ease the worry that something has happened to them.

Yesterday whilst walking close to the barn i come across 3 heaps of deer poo a sign that they have probably been resting up in the barn area that i cleared a few months ago, i notice the hay has been tossed around and it is clear that they are taking shelter.

The long walk has been turned in to what seems like a rugby pitch with so many divots and feet marks from the deer that i think there has been an orgy during darkness, i have never ever seen so much poo on that stretch before and speaking to people about this it might be the theory that the climate has changed the breeding habits of some wildlife, i have been today watching red kites, and parakeets trying there best to mate and wonder if there is truth in the theory?

Golf Ball News

Had a gentleman call today and purchase 134 of my best selling ball the Pro V 1

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I also have a few colour balls to clear along with lots more brand names

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So far this week i have probably retrieved around 400 balls from the most unlikely places and would you believe whilst in the woods i actually found a dead fish? obviously been dropped from the jaws of a bird at a great height (imagine that landing on your head) but the fish was stinking and tilly wouldn’t go near it at all but was happy to start rolling in the leaves near to the fish, so most likely the hungry fox has been close.

Well i have just ordered my tea for the night and let me tell you i had some chilli chips along with curry and noodles, chilli chips are delicious !

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Anyway thank you for taking the time to visit and i hope to add more in a few days time, have a lovely week and enjoy each day.

Another day in the woodlands.

December 30, 2013

Despite the miserable weather I always make time for Tilly to go to the woods and this morning was no exception.

The rain lashed down and the wind was blowing like crazy which is always a worry as the woodland is dense with very old rotting trees that have lost there strength in the last few years and are ready to topple at any given time, so keeping my pooch close at hand is very important to me, to be there in case anything was to happen.

Tilly has never been on a lead and wouldn’t know how to walk with one she has always had the run of the woods and fields and people we meet whilst walking are always grateful with polite comments on her behaviour, here she is in the woods collecting golf balls.

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Trained from her first ever walk nearly 9 years now and can she find a golf ball in some unusual places….bless her !

Yesterday was a beautiful day and with the sun shining over and around us i took some pictures deep in the woodland.

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Can you imagine trying to find a ball in this overgrown fern

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Back to today and a couple of tilly on the golf course

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And  another visitor who made me very happy…!

The walk in the woods is a lonely one.

December 28, 2013

Apologies for the lack of recent postings, i spent a lot of time away touring and lots of time walking the woodlands with tilly-miss hunting out golf balls and trying my best to keep an eye on my Deer.

Whilst i was away it become apparent that the beautiful mum had been killed in a savage attack by poachers it seems, it was either shot and savaged by dogs and left over night before the carcass was removed for food for some horrible family and i just hope they choke and suffer a very painful end to life as the poor mum.

I arrived back home 2 days after the incident and you can imagine how upset i was to be told the news, the mum has left 2 young in the fields and they go missing now for days on end, i have covered the entire land and woodlands just to catch a glimpse and to make sure they are ok, my last sighting was 4 days ago and although nervous they knew who i was but kept a good distance.

Going back to mum who i have watched over the years and had gained her trust in many ways, watched her new-born and seen them grow and leave the woodlands on there new venture in life when they have found there own mate, it really saddens me and i keep thinking how things might have been different had i been there that fateful night?

Here are some pictures of mum, i hope you like them

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Such a beauty and sadly missed…….

 

Tilly still bringing in golf balls, and we were there on xmas day collecting as we always do 130 Pro V Balls are waiting for a good home once the weather turns in the new year.

I have been busy out on the road and had a nasty fall in Paris last month and here is a picture of my injured foot

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As you can see my foot is black and blue and i have an infection under the skin and despite 4000 mgs of tablets per day the bruising is still there and painful, but have had x ray today at last after nearly a month wait…..so wait and see if i will loose my foot ???? hahaha

Anyway i want to wish you all happiness in 2014 and hope it is better than this last horrible year, take care and stay safe.

Some sad news from the woods today.

October 5, 2013

As i walked in to the woods this morning i was called by Tim who runs a riding school close to the woodland, i thought straight away that there was probably something going on at the school which attracts lots of young children and maybe he wants help with something, but i just was not prepared for what i heard from him.

I have some bad news he said and i could see he was trying to keep his composure together….Riley has died after being kicked by a horse in the yard, it turns out a new arrival horse to the stable was grazing quite content when one of the stable girls was playing with Riley and a football was thrown and Riley took on the chase to retrieve it and it landed close to the horse which in turn was not used to Riley and lashed out, poor Riley took the full force to the head causing very distressful injuries.

Despite the efforts of the owner who was there on her own and without the support of Tim the long wait for a vet never helped the situation and which sadly  resulted in brain damage and convulsions and fits during this time, poor Riley put on a very brave fight to save his life and at 01:20 in the morning the vet called to say Riley had passed away despite there efforts to save him.

Riley Beast as i called him was a real funny little character, he had no idea on hunting and was only interested in trying to hump my tilly –miss who went under the knife years ago but Riley was not aware of that.

Riley was a young timid little terrier who was left to roam his 14 month life in a field, many times i wanted to take him home with me and to let him settle with us but the owners wouldn’t let him go.

Here are pictures of our dear little friend Riley who would follow me and tilly everywhere, he was learning as he grew day by day, but sadly he never learnt the most important lesson of the stable.

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Rest in Peace Riley Beast and thank you for being our friend in your 14 month life xx…….from tilly-miss xx

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Tilly-Miss will be always looking for you

It has been a very sad day to hear the news and then i had a call from another friend this afternoon telling me his 16 year old jack had just died….what a horrible few days it has been.

Deer watch and dog watch…what a week !

September 28, 2013

What a week of walking as usual and how nice to have company for tilly whilst i am left to search out golf balls whilst tilly has fun with her new best friend Riley.

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Riley has become part of the walking gang and each day i shout him at the gate or if i am lucky riley is there waiting, but what is peculiar on Thursday /Friday at around 03:00am i was woken to the sound of barking and this was followed by even louder barking which got me out of my bed and to the window, there outside was riley on my garden and on the road the biggest dog fox yapping away and getting ready to no doubt fight, i shouted and they both scampered away in very different  directions and i went back to my bed. I could not believe riley had walked to my home from his home which has to be navigated on a very busy dark road that has lots of fast night traffic and it is also a cut through to motorway and other hiding places for the local pond life that live in the outer areas, but he made it home safe and sound and joined us the next day.

Now then do you people know if these mushrooms are edible or are they poison? we have lots growing in the woods and the fields and they look lovely and make me think of a couple of slices of bacon and a couple of eggs, but very weary to poison myself at this moment in time

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Whilst walking through the leaves on the other side of the course i thought i would move some leaf mould from a small area and see what was there? goodness me i could believe that a near total of 40 balls were laid under the pile, how long had they been there? they were not really cold either, so i rescued them and got them home for a sort out

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which resulted in some very good pro v balls and a nice Ryder Cup ball

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What a week chasing round after the deer, they are running me mad, but could not imagine a day without them as the young get bigger and bolder and mum is also becoming a mischief chasing to one side of the fields to the other, but i caught her on the road this morning and she played me hell as i tried to coax her back in to the field.

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Up and down the road mum was jumping road to hedge then back, i had to stop two cars and warn them, then she comes trotting towards me and stands still and tilly-miss arrives and you then think who is going to chase who? but it was nothing to worry about and it passed peaceful thank goodness

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I could spend forever watching them they are all so pretty

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I hope you enjoy my pictures and my love of wildlife as much as i do, i will add more as and when something of interest catches my eye, until then stay safe and enjoy the woodlands and walkways wherever you are.

London?….Woods….and a new friend for Tilly.

September 23, 2013

I could never imagine having to live in London despite the fact that i couldn’t afford to rent a cardboard box on one of the less than swanky streets that seem to be paved with not gold but some very shady asylum seekers watching your every move and ready to pick your pocket at the first opportunity.

I was recently in town for the Radio 2 festival in the park doing some work for one of the groups playing and getting on and of the site was bombarded with you cannot come in this entrance and so on, but i get in and do what i need to do at a very early time in the morning as daylight is breaking, as i drove in the park i was confronted by lots of people like me who should be in there beds but they were there earning a few pound as litter pickers.

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Deciding to take a walk away from the park to find a bar in the back street i find an old pub after walking through a posse of police with machine guns who unknown to me are guarding an ex prime minister (say no more) who lives a few doors away? anyway the most expensive beer i have ever brought at £4:20 for a glass of the amber nectar…i wish i had gone to the weather-spoon pub instead, as i walked round looking at this and that which caught my eye i couldn’t believe hotel rooms for a single £95 and a double £150 my goodness me who can afford that? the mind boggles

I was amazed at how the likes of Kentucky and McDonalds was a magnet to foreigners begging and crowding in to the places to keep warm and to prey on easy targets, ladies camped outside begging on the floor and how many coloured faces out weighed a white face it was anything but a pleasure to get away from that horrible place and to get back home to the fresh fields with the mist rising

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and with the knowledge of knowing the only coloured thing i would see is a Deer or maybe the young as well.

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Tilly has a new friend in the woods you might guess another like her but a randy male who goes by the name of Riley but i call him hum per as he is only a young one but as randy as hell, but he wont get his way with tilly no matter how many kisses he gives to her.

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