Pentland Hill

I had to go up to our Deer Stalking Grounds in Scotland to move our caravan, the forestry have started working near where it is parked so we had a call saying move it or loose it Happy

625 miles round trip in the day was a bit long but we managed to get a short walk in whilst we were there.

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Ride to the Wall

Another glorious day for the 6th annual running of the “Ride to the Wall

This annual ride brings motorcyclists from near & far together to attend a memorial service on the steps of the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum on the first Saturday in October, in order to remember those who can no longer ride by our side. The event has also highlighted the immense generosity and kindness of the wider motorcycling community, and has gone a long way to bringing together motorcyclists and members of the wider community who share similar values, and as part of this experience has broken down barriers. It has also increase awareness of the National Memorial Arboretum to a larger audience, and in doing so has allowed those that may not have already done so, the opportunity to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

It was an excellent day, where I managed to meet up with some old comrades, it is hard to believe that this bunchh of old codgers was once a lean mean fighting machine.

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My oh so subtle Harley trying to blend in with the other bikes at the Leicester Forest East starting point.

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Trust the Parachute Regiment to have the most impressive memorial in the park Happy

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and if we go back 30 odd years we have …..

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Moreton in Marsh Show

We had a great day at the Moreton in Marsh Show.

The Moreton Show is a traditional one day Agricultural and Horse Show which is held on the first Saturday in September each year. It is one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the UK and attracts over 20,000 visitors each year.

The show is held in a parkland setting with no permanent buildings, so is built up in the traditional way with marquees and hurdle pens giving a true country atmosphere.

The standard and quality of the livestock and horses was exceptional.

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Teresa enjoying her lunch next to a small tractor Happy

14 Weeks old and training begins.

Bradaigh is now 14 weeks old and we have started doing some gentle training with him. It will all be just playing for the next few months as we work on his sit stay and recall, but he seems to know what to do with a dummy. There is a short clip of his mum, who is looking fabulous again after the litter, and finally Simon doing a little jumping.

Bradaigh Sketchley 20 08 13-HD 720p from Neil Rice on Vimeo.

Close encounters of a Strigiformes kind

I had a strange and interesting experience last night. A friend had lost 40 pheasant poults the night before when a fox had got into a pen, so I was out doing some "preventative maintenance". I set up a fox caller on top of one of the big bales that was in the field in front of the pen, then started scanning the horizon with the night-vision. After a few minutes a huge pair of eyes appeared heading directly towards the caller, the odd thing was they were about 20 feet above the ground! The owl swooped down on top of the bale, gave the plastic caller a kick, and headed off to find something that was a little more tasty.

It was a good night, saw a fabulous Roe Buck in the field, and a Muntjac when I was heading home. And Mrs Fox turned up at about 23:50