Posts Tagged ‘dog’

Deer back in woodlands, after weeks away.

February 9, 2016

Up and out early today in the hopeful search of the deer that had lived all last year in the woodland fields, over the last week i had been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of two new stragglers that had been wondering around the field, these two were very nervous as soon as you caught sight of them from a distance and were gone as quick as lightening, giving me the proof i needed that they were not linked to the family that had lived throughout the previous year quite happily with myself and tilly-miss.

The morning started well as can be expected, in to the woods and i am looking for tell tale signs of where the deer had been laying, hoof marks, and any sign of poo !

On walking through the path my first sighting was the dad Thomas as i have named him, a wonderful creature that has been friendly for a couple of years, remember i saw Thomas born in the woods and left in the undergrowth while mother rested, and so my friendship began.

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Sadly the pictures are not that great as i was caught out and couldn’t focus properly, as time was against me should they decide to bolt, but i managed the best i could.

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I was delighted to see them all back safe and started calling them, mum started walking towards me followed by the other three, i knew then it was time to head back home to get apples and pears, as they adore either and they wolf them down very quickly.

It is evident that they remember me and tilly and when we returned later with dinner for them they had there eyes firmly fixed on us and they were watching as the bag was shaken, they knew feeding time was close.

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Tomorrow will be more apples and hopefully a few dozen golf balls, just like today !

Clearing more golf balls.

March 19, 2015

Hello to everyone, my apologies for a long absence from updating my page, things have been hectic in my life of late with illness of my wife and my time spent away working.

Hopefully i can start getting back to normal as can be and get ready to gear myself up for the late brighter nights and a hopeful increase in more people taking to the golf course.

Tilly has been in very good shape and as always my priority whether i am at home or away and i have so much fun, it would be unbearable to think of her not being here

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I love get a picture of her whenever i can but tilly being tilly is indeed very camera shy

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Even when she is stuck up a tree after chasing a squirrel.gmsnet2

We are still collecting golf balls and yesterday i packed 1000 golf balls to a new customer in Kent who found my details through this blog.

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Its also a coincidence  that i was contacted by phone from a very nice lady asking if we are interested in clearing 230 acre golf course of all the golf balls, so it can be turned back to farming, this i thought was a job far to big for me and tilly so i passed this on to the professional service of my trusted friend Daz from the north of England who has the manpower and tools to do a good job, he will have to camp out for a while as the golf course is in Kent.

We will be back with some more very soon, i just need to download some pictures that i took today, still i have problems getting used to this new phone, driving me mad !

The Deer have left the woods.

January 20, 2015

Sadly the deer no longer shelter through our fields adjacent to the wood and golf course, it is with sadness that 3 of our regular deer have been hunted and killed by some very nasty immigrants it seems who are not bothered where there next meal comes from.

For the last 5 years we have had young born and raised in the fields, last year nothing, which was very strange despite our young stud “Thomas” who roamed the fields and bedded down in wait for a mate to keep him company, oh how we miss the beauties on our walks and how Tilly misses the fun of the chase, we would spend hours sitting and watching them.

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Here s my beauty Tilly-Miss relaxing after a 2 hour walk and getting ready for a game or two.

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The last few months have seen a few changes to the landscape in the wooded area, due to an application being submitted to build a large property around the barn area, over time the developer has moved a couple of ton of high quality Peat and has pushed this away from the build in to the wood, there has to be 3/4 Tonne of quality fertilizer which is available should anyone want to make a donation.

If any garden centre wants to clear this they are welcome, the top layer of leaves and twigs need raking away and underneath that compost that will grow anything you desire excluding male or female humans….

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During my time away from keeping the blog running i have been very busy working with this fella doing xmas panto season, all good fun to say the least travelling the entire length of the UK hopefully i will be here more often as the weeks progress.

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Take Care from myself & tilly

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.

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…!

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.

Back to the woods.

August 16, 2013

It was so lovely to be back home with my wife and my best friend tilly, the welcome was amazing from tilly and the pooch has not left my side since walking through the door.

After a good nights sleep and endless cups of tea,we headed out in the sun to the woods with one purpose and that was to check on the young deer, hoping they were still in and around the woodland, it was only a few minutes before i caught my first glimpse of the young that were at full speed at the top of the field, the pace and speed is very frightening and they are still unsure of my presence but given time and patience they will get used to me.

Quite happy in the knowledge that the young deer were ok we soon started to collect the golf balls and it was not long before my arms were aching through the sheer weight of our findings.

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On the right of the pictures are some lovely Titleist Pro V Balls that will no doubt end up in our vending machines, they have to be great value at £1 compared to golf outlets charging anything up to £4 per ball, once i get them in the wash those Pro V Balls will look as good as new.

The top field was not as good as i thought things would be, we were lucky to have counted double figures which is strange? also the main field again hardly returned anything exceptional, so i put this down to either golfers running low on money? on holiday? or we have someone helping themselves to our stock? usually after a 2 week absence the field would return anything from 500 balls, so something has to be done and maybe it is time to turn on the electric fences ?

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Here are some logo balls we found yesterday, there were quite a few and i have more to add.

I done my good deed yesterday when i found an injured pheasant with a bad leg, the poor bird was first seen by tilly and the pheasant was wedged in thorns against a wired fence, so in i go and pick him up then let him down on grass and he managed 4 or 5 steps then collapsed so in the pouring rain i walk him to an animal sanctuary for them to check him out, hopefully everything is good and he makes a full recovery, when we walked back home and walked through the door we were soaked to the skin and my coat was still soaked this morning, i woke with a stinking cold and more aches and pains that i can think about….ooh happy days…..

What was in the woods today.

June 16, 2013

So nice to get back home after doing a lot of travelling in Europe for the last couple of weeks, after a goodnights sleep i was up and out with tilly-miss to the woodland in search of not only golf balls but hoping to catch a glimpse of the new arrival, sadly i found a stash of golf balls got so close to the mum in the field i could have actually stroked her, which was very odd as the last time she had just had the new arrival and she was acting very protective and had made her feelings known by chasing me and tilly up and down the field, today she was a different animal one that seemed to be very sad and dazed it was as if something had happened to the young one.

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I spent the day looking out for the arrival but to no avail i called the mum this afternoon in the field as i always do and within minutes she was up and watching me she then made her way slowly towards me still looking very upset, so before dark i am going to go back and look i am hoping it will be good news and the new arrival has been dropped somewhere safe in the growth out of harms way.

Golf balls today we have managed 82 from the nettles, not bad considering and some good ProV  and Calloway.