What a language English is. How can four little
words possibly sum up the last year!
An explanation - Regular visitors to this website
will know of my determination to breed dual purpose English Springer
Spaniels. I have a passion for the breed, the whole breed, and all
aspects of the breed. One sees many examples of beautiful ESS who
have no working ability, and fantastic working dogs that hardly
conform to any part of the breed standard. My aim, particularly
since starting to work with Poppet all those years ago, has been
to try to breed the complete ESS. Good conformation, adherence to
the breed standard, with brains and good health. That is the goal.
I was becoming increasingly disillusioned with
living in the UK. The negative attitude to dogs as a whole, and
hunting dogs in particular. When fox hunting was banned and I was
no longer able to hunt with my horses I knew that the writing was
on the wall. When the ban on docking was muted, and several other
pieces of intrusive dog legislation it was time to go. I wanted
a country life, the peace and quiet to be able to enjoy my animals.
I had been looking at Normandy or Brittany, being
an easy commute to the UK, but Thierry pointed out that the weather
there was atrocious, and it was much warmer here in the Dordogne/Lot
et Garonne region. It is almost a year to the day that I made my
first house hunting trip, and I am sitting in my farmhouse at Segalas,
with my dogs in the garden, and my horses at the back door. Calm,
quiet and a warm Sunday afternoon.
So for everyone who has emailed me asking how
we are and how we are getting on, over 500 emails when I finally
regained my system, here are some piccies for you.