Well we had foggy, wet conditions driving to Hampshire and back this afternoon visiting Sarah and the wonderful Jester. It was worth every bit of hazardous driving. Sarah and her house looked magnificent and Jester was all grown up…..but was the lovely boy we still remembered him to be. I think he knew who we were in the end as he climbed into the car as if he thought he may be going home with us! What a fantastic visit before our departure from England. Thank you Sarah for your precious time….we love everything about Haughurst House!
We are visiting the gorgeous Sarah today over in Hampshire and we hope to see her Labrador, Jester; a beautiful, wonderful dog we used to look after many years ago. I wonder if he will remember us? I am so excited!
All those years ago and it was if it were yesterday! This is Jester on the left and the dear departed Indi in the lower fields at Haughurst House in Hampshire.
We heard some very sad news this week that one of the dear Labradors we looked after had passed away. Indi was a wonderful boy, and we loved him dearly. Hope you’re in peace now Indi, out of pain and resting quietly. We will remember you for ever……..what an amazing couple of years you gave us. The times we shared with you were ones we will treasure for ever.
I’m at it again, but came accross these lovely pictures today and I just had to post them
What are these two gorgeous boys up to now while I’m back in Australia? Hope you’re behaving, you two!
I suppose Jester the monkey boy is loving life as usual and giving Indi the old boy a hard time!
This innocent looking creature was up to no good again a few weeks ago. The lovely Sarah emailed me and gave me a rundown on the two Labradors. One night when Sarah let Indi and Jester out before bed, Indi decided he wanted to go ‘walkabout’ for the evening and didn’t come back when called. He was probably down in the woods following some bitches scent. Sarah said he could barely walk for a week afterwards! I think he covered a bit of ground that night! Naughty boy Indi!
I wonder if Jester the Labrador is allowed to visit the cottage again with his new carers? He is extremely well behaved when invited to come in and usually ends up sleeping on a foot or up against a leg or any other body part he can manage to get close to! We miss this monkey boy!
I know, I know, I should stop posting pictures of the two doggies I left behind in England but I can’t help it. They were such a huge part of my life for almost two and a half years……perhaps I gave too much of myself to these lovable two Labradors. It is so hard, if you are an animal lover, not to give love back to dogs that love you too. They were never my dogs to begin with so I really was setting myself up for a fall. Hope these two boys are behaving for their new carers.
The following tiny film is of Indi and Jester wrestling in the garden. This is one of many small films I made of these two gorgeous Labradors while living in beautiful rural Hampshire. Sarah, if you view this, sorry about the lavender bush!!
Sarah has emailed me a couple of times and by all accounts the two Labradors are doing fine. Although Sarah said Jester the naughty boy was chasing the little lambs in one of the fields the other morning! William put him in one of the stables for an hour! I think he would have learnt his lesson…..he hates being on his own….and won’t want this to happen again! Indi apparently caught a rabbit while on a walk and wouldn’t let go of it until he got back to his room!! Poor Tracey! Indi can be quite stubborn….
So, life goes on…..and I think about the two dogs I left behind every day. Hope they are behaving well for Tracey and Richard……..
This will have to go down as one of the hardest, heartbreaking tasks I will experience in my time on this earth……saying good bye to two wonderful dogs I have grown to love dearly as part of my job here in Hampshire, England. Although I am very excited about moving back to my homeland of Australia, I am deeply upset about saying farewell to my dear two boys, Indi and Jester the Labradors.
Part of my job here as housekeeper of the big house, has been to walk the dogs and take care of them when their owners are away…..a lot as they have a wonderful, active life which involves so much travelling, especially in the summer where they sail quite a bit around the Mediterranean.
So, it will be three weeks next Wednesday before I say good bye. Each day now, I have been talking to them telling them we are going to be leaving soon and even though we have loved looking after them and love them very much, it’s time for us to go……And I have told them we would love to come back and visit them one day. This is my way of working up to the final horrific moment. I thought perhaps if I start to grieve a little now, It would prevent me from falling into a heap when the time comes!……….to say those final words to the most two gorgeous, lovable dogs I have ever known. Thanks Indi and Jester for making my life a lot richer in mind and spirit. I will never forget you…….you will be with me forever, no matter where I am in this world…..
After Steve’s lovely cup of tea, I threw some clothes on, put on boots and grabbed the dog whistle. It was 6.45am but the sun was shining beautifully and as I looked through the back windows I could see an amazing haze of mist in the distance towards the woods, filtered by the sun determined to take over. I could tell the dogs were eager to get out and run and so was I!!
I love these sunny early mornings and this particular morning seemed cooler, a sign to me Summer will be definitely leaving us soon!
What a great start to the day….dogs are well and truly happy to be back from their beach holiday and love being back in the countryside they know and love so well. I missed them very much and love having them back too.
We invited Jester into the cottage again tonight as his owners are away sailing again and Steve thought he would like a pillow to be more comfortable! Like? he took to this pillow like a duck does to water and it stayed attached to his head for a few hours!! from now on this will be Jester’s ‘Cottage Doggy Pillow’, something for a treat for him when he spends the evenings with us while his owners are away…and this is a great deal these days!
Indi and Jester are leaving the big house to spend two weeks on the coast with their owners. They’ll have a lovely time swimming and playing with other dogs! Indi loves the sea but I’m not sure Jester is a big fan yet….he’ll have a wonderful time in any case. I’ll miss them terribly but will be pleased with some extra time on my hands!
What a magnificent morning that greeted the two dogs and I as we ventured out this morning at 7am. Dewy, very fresh and sunny with not a breath of any breeze in the air. Just gorgeous and an indication that the summer here in England is changing….can’t be for the worse, mind you!.
As soon as we left the formal big garden and before I could shut the gate into the first field, Indi and Jester were off like rockets, picking up every animal scent in the grassy, meadow field before them. “Come on Jenny! Catch up” said Jester. “Okay, okay! I’m coming” I answered, a little distracted by the horses in the next field. By the time I caught up to Jester he was already in the wooded area of the garden sussing out where and what Indi was up to.
I no time Indi appeared after rumerging around in the woods….”I’m thirsty, let’s go to the pond.” he said lazily. With those instructions, Jester followed Indi over to the pond and sunken garden for an early morning drink!
Well, another great start to the day…….if only the sun would shine more often in this country!
The last two days have produced some lovely sunny weather and Indi the Labrador has taken full advantage of this. It’s not unusual for him to make his own way down to the pool and swim a lap or just linger around in the shallow end. Jester is not as keen but enjoys watching the older Labrador.
We have full care of Jester and Indi the Labradors at the moment as their owners are away sailing for two weeks again. How lucky are these dogs? Extremely fortunate as we tend to spoil them a bit too much. Jester loves to come in to the Cottage with us of an evening to chew on a stick or a bone and lap up all the attention until he becomes so tired he ends up lying flat out on the rug, fast asleep. What a mess he leaves though! Indi is happy with his own company and likes to stay in his cosy bed in the dog’s room. Just as well as there wouldn’t be much room for him as well as Jester in our tiny Cottage!
I was working in the cottage doing some of my colouring work when Steve arrived back from the local shops. As the door opened he said, “The Lambs are out again!” Bloody hell, not again, I thought to myself!
We raced down to the field near the veg patch and there they were…the fattest lambs you have ever seen, munching on grass without a care in the world!
John the gardener had alerted Steve and helped us to herd them back into the field. No, I didn’t leave the gate open again. They pushed their way out through a hole in the wire fence. Can’t believe such fat animals could squeeze through such a small gap! John patched up the hole and I made a few phone calls to alert the owners. The fence needs some attention in the next day or two as there appears to be a few more holes where they could easily find another escape route! Another exciting afternoon in a quiet rural part of Hampshire.
I was in the big house doing some housekeeping work and had to put the dogs out into the garden while I hoovered and cleaned their room. I took a little sneak through the dining room windows to see what they were up to and found them sitting together happily surveying the landscape, just like lions…….checking out their kingdom! Such beautiful boys! Great guard dogs too! I must hurry up now……rain is on the way and doggies will get wet!