May 14, 2013
Out in the rain we headed in to the woodlands, then crossed soaking wet fields that soaked my legs above my wellington boots, tilly was like a drowned rat bless her and all this because tilly loves her freedom and i just love the open air and the view of the mist rising across the fields early morning is fabulous and there cannot ever be a reason why you would not want to experience this.
05:30 and it is just breaking light and how different the fields and woods feel, there is a sense of hollow and often you get the feeling you have company watching somewhere what we are doing and usually this could be the late returning fox who has been on a hike for some sumptuous food from one of the posh hotels nearby that gladly offer a room and breakfast for an average £250 and guess what, the breakfast is not that great, you would do better to go to the other posh place a mile down the road and get a fantastic deal with a bed for less than £100……but enough of that
What we can guarantee is an experience of seeing wildlife and none better than my close friendly deer who pop up anywhere.
This gorgeous one stands tall and you can see the damage to her coat obviously caught on barbed wire and the very thick thorn bushes that they try and hide in or escape from for a manner of all reason.
I enjoyed taking these pictures earlier today, i was between fields and the two love birds were getting homesick being apart, Romeo on the right was doing his best to get across to the other field but the fence was in his way and he had not worked out that the gate was open just 10 yards away, but they re-united in a matter of minutes and were happy and content it seems Mmmmm true love !
Arriving back home and towelling tilly down i thought a nice cup of tea and a rest, you have to be joking, here is what happened
Tilly wanting to play with a golf ball, all because she had not found one today !
And a new home for our sweet machine, full of everybody’s favourite sweeties
Make your mouth water !
May 13, 2013
The fast growing of bluebell’s and stinging nettles has taken its toll and we are now having to use our x-ray vision to hunt out the golf balls that drop daily in all areas, believe me this is hard work.
And on top of all this we then have more disruption having to deal with the likes of this friendly deer who now pop’s up frequently as we walk round,sometimes without warning the huge beast lets me know it is there and is more than happy that i get quite close for a picture.
You really do have to see the size of this beauty to be really scared, it is huge but has a good character and is obviously happy.
That is not all that has taken to resting in the wood, the ducks who visit every year to my door for regular feeding were taking a rest in the field
I am hoping they survived the night and the naughty fox did not get to them.
Here is tilly enjoying her rest after a long day and so much walking, but she is the correct weight 8kg for her age and bang on what she should be, as told by the vet? but do we believe everything they say because most of the time it will cost us money?
And what about postage charges? my goodness i sent 9 golf balls to a client and could not believe the cost £5:64p who is kidding who?
How can anyone afford to pay that much, I will have to consider whether it is worth offering to sell small amounts or do i just concentrate on the bigger volumes to make a few pounds to keep tilly in good condition?
May 8, 2013
Young Romeo is certainly standing out amongst the rest of the family in the woodlands
He is shedding his coat and looks as lovely as ever
Last night before dark we had our usual walk round the field to keep check on the animals before bedtime and was confronted by the mum who came trotting out of the thick thorn bushes and gave me quite a fright as well as tilly, it was getting dark and the sheer size of her poking her head out of the bushes was enough to frighten anyone, but was she bothered by me and tilly, not at all and as calm as you like ambled on her way to the open field, here are a couple of the pictures i quickly managed to snap whilst being a little frightened as i was not sure what was there at the time.
Look at the sheer size of the beauty, would you be scared seeing that walk out towards you….lol !
Anyway no harm done and we are all safe !
May 7, 2013
Another hot and sunny day and were back in the woods and here is a pretty bit of our bluebell woodland stretch.
Whilst out and about finding these
We were lucky to see our friendly “Mother Deer” enjoying herself alone without the other young to bother her.
I always enjoy our walks and it never surprises me where i will meet the deer, but they always allow me time to get a quick picture before they head away.
Look at this Pro V Ball it looks good to me
Until we turn it over and find it has been caught with the lawnmower
Look at the different core colours, anyone know why this is?
And here is my beauty…
Surveying the open field hoping a rabbit just might show
May 5, 2013
On our travels we had another good afternoon with a return of 43 balls, not all were good enough to keep and have been discarded to the rubbish bin but with a few nice Pro V Balls it was a good walk.
And as you can see just some of our logo findings
From the estate of the famous spender Lord Brocket the man with no lining in his pockets an endless amount of wealth.
And this from the lovely Stoke Park Hotel which was the setting for quite a few film locations, if you ever have the chance to visit grab the opportunity and enjoy the grounds and its marvellous settings.
And this from another very good hotel where money pours like water
May 5, 2013
Goodness me Tilly has been very busy whilst on our travels this week, we have retrieved so many golf balls, it is now time to start offering these for sale.
Titleist Pro V Balls have been retrieved in good numbers, Calloway have also been very good and we have high numbers on Nike along with a huge increase in Dunlop Sport being found at not one but 4 golf courses.
And not forgetting our sweet vending machines that are doing far better than i could imagine, we are adding a new range of sweets to keep pace with demand with new lines becoming available from Haribo and Rowntree that include Smarties that are selling as fast as we add them
Where do i get the time to keep on top of everything, i just do not know ?
May 1, 2013
Such a beautiful day and have we been busy, we headed to the woodland this morning and had a haul of 27 Titleist Pro V Balls just as a starter, then back to the field and retrieved 100 brand name balls and as you can probably guess another 10 Pro V amongst them.
I took our ball retriever with me as this makes very light work of picking up a ball without the strain of having to keep bending or having to keep telling tilly to drop, very surprised to find it actually holds 100 golf balls and bearing in mind we done three trips, so a very good day so far as we have only walked one half of the course so far.
The weather has been a little to hot for Tilly bless her, yesterday was her annual trip to the vet for her booster and Stronghold Flea Treatment at a cost of £93 :36 (at least Dick Turpin wore a mask) it is no wonder animals are being neglected and badly treated when you see the charges these vets think they are entitled to, remember a lot of the big companies in animal health are only to happy to give there products free of charge to vet’s surgeries as a sort of enticement for future sales. My friend took his dog for a small scale on his leg, vet shaved it and applied a tiny bit of cream, thank you £55 and yesterday my son had to have his Staff put down at 8 years of age due to some awful womb infection they had been treating?…cost £500 how can this be justified in these days of austerity, the mind boggles with sadness,how do these vet’s sleep at night when they tell you how they care so much? high time they were reported to the local Ombudsman and that is exactly what i intend doing.
Above our first haul of Pro V Balls this morning.
Anyone out there know Elaine? “Put me down i belong to Elaine” written on this ball, come on Elaine come and get your precious ball back, promise to wash and clean it for you !
April 25, 2013
Another favour done for the poor bunny who was put out of his misery by tilly this morning, the dreadful mixi infection leaves poor rabbits blind and vulnerable, could you imagine living like that
The overflow field is looking healthy for a lot of stray golf balls, had a walk through this morning but was in no fit state to be picking up any golf balls after a very heavy birthday celebration with my son’s and friends last night, god my head is just clearing after all that time, what a session Sambuca…jack Daniels…and endless pints of that amber nectar…why do we do it ??????
Anyway waiting for my grand children to arrive and were heading to the woods to find more golf balls and to let them see the Deer so hopefully some pictures when we return.
April 24, 2013
Were out picking them all up like a hoover
Not bad for a week i suppose and guess what, we have another lot just like that to keep us busy, just washing a lot of Taylor-Made & Bridgestone for repeat orders.
ProV Balls are coming in thick and fast landing everywhere in the fields and woodlands, be quick if you want to secure some very cheap balls, we have every make available at low prices.
April 24, 2013
Have not been able to use my desktop PC and have struggled to get mail through my phone? blamed and shouted at BT accused there engineers of being utterly useless bas****s and gave there service in India a hard time…how wrong could i be?
It turns out my lovely wife had been playing with her kindle looking for wallpaper and paints to decorate our bedroom and by sheer accident wiped all and everything from the home hub? a simple thing that caused so much trouble and loss of work all because my wife has no idea on how to turn the kindle on let alone do anything positive with it but all sorted now until her next brainstorming venture.
So here are some things we found recently in the woods
Obviously one lady golfer will not be smelling very sweet after an 18 hole walk or had she intentions of have a bath in the pond at the 18th ?…mmmm the mind boggles at the thought…lol.
Have you seen golf balls like these before
And this one
And what about this very handy golf ball collector given to me by a lovely lady near the golf course, what a fancy bit of kit
I should imagine it will hold 50 golf balls, no wonder tilly-miss is guarding it for me.
As you can see the Deer are making themselves at home quite nicely in the top fields now and Romeo is busy courting his new mate and they are together constantly, romeo spends most days sleeping under the tree trying to keep his strength up for the night shift it seems.
Anyway it is my birthday today and i am heading to the pub for a session that will leave me worse for wear in the morning, so until then take care for now.