Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Happy Christmas, and Daisy's first fell

Christmas blessings to all, I do hope that the holiday is whatever you want it to be.  I'm just delighted that Management and I eventually worked out that my computer problem wasn't an iMac hardware fault but the house ...

Some months ago we realised that despite a booster unit, the WiFi signal did not satisfactorily reach my study.  We reverted to the Devolo units which had served us well in Hampshire by routing the broadband through our electric mains.  This worked, sort of, but has been getting increasingly unreliable; unfortunately Bag End is not a simple building that doesn't have straightforward mains wiring.   Our holiday fix is 25m of Ethernet cable laid in best trip-hazard style through the house until we can get it fixed permanently and safely.  I now have a much speedier connection which is reliable and consistent!  Happy Day, maybe the 127 messages in my Inbox might actually get answered now?

But probably not today.  Christmas Day has been quiet and thoroughly satisfying so far.  A late start was followed by the decision to take Daisy on her first fell walk.  It was always going to be either Rannerdale or Sale Fell and suspect weather had us choose the nearer of the two hills.  Although it was murky and we had no views from the top the rain held off until we got back to the car.



A gentle walk, Daisy was a complete star and we felt able to let her off the lead for much of the time.  A small bag of kibble in my pocket meant she came back every time I called her, whether she was 10 yards away or 50. This is the first time she has been off the lead in an environment where things could have gone horribly wrong but our little dog behaved perfectly.  She ran around a bit, but at no time tried to streak off into the distance.  Such a joy - if she continues to be this good off-piste then walking her will be a delight.  There were no sheep on the fellside so we still have to find out if mobile lamb chops are going to be an issue but she's so smart, so eager to please and learns so quickly that fingers are crossed we won't have a problem.







We don't seem to have exhausted her but she's currently crashed out in her favourite evening place - as close to the woodburner as she can get.







12 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you, Bilbo, and to Management and Daisy.

    So glad to see that she's getting sleek and is behaving nicely.

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    1. Thanks FFG. Christmas wishes to you too. Daisy is putting on weight at a gentle pace, which I think is right, and seems to be enjoying her new life :}

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  2. With those ears she could paraglide away! But then she knows which side her bread is buttered on doesn't she.

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    1. You're right Sue, she's in no hurry to get too far away from Chief wood-burner technician and the supplier of regular meals!

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  3. Oh, your little girl is looking so much more svelte and sleek than when first she arrived. Glad you both enjoyed your outing. I'm sure it did you both a world of good. I'm sure you're looking forward to many more in future.

    Also glad you got the wifi sorted of, albeit temporarily. We don't get much Hobbit air time anymore and hope this will forestall further withdrawal.

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    1. Thanks Kris, Daisy is improving in leaps and bounds (and this little girl really CAN leap and bound!) and we all enjoyed our walk. Yes, looking forward to many more :}

      Internet connection now brilliant by comparison to previous difficulties, hope you got my email yesterday?

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  4. A belated Happy Christmas Bilbo ,,,, lovely to see you out on the fells with Daisy.

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    1. Morning Jill, we all enjoyed being "out there". Happy Christmas to you too :}

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  5. Oh dear, like you I'm so far behind. Being single again means my social life has taken a pleasant upturn and as a consequence I never seem to have time to sit and catch up :(

    Anyway, pleased to see the progress at Bag End and more so with Daisy. What a little star she's turning out to be!

    I see that you've already started on making good your resolutions... Let's hope that Daisy keeps dragging you out (when it's not filthy rain) to make you realise one of the reasons you upped sticks five years ago!

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    1. Hi James, delighted that your social life is going well {giggle}. Hope you will have time in your social whirl to pop over to Bag End sometime and meet Daisy.

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  6. It's great to see that Daisy now seems to have enough confidence that she doesn't need to be glued to your side all the time. You must have been glad to see her enjoying her walk too - in fact, you've probably already got the next one planned.

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    1. Thanks Sue, it was lovely to see Daisy relaxed and enjoying herself although constant vigilance is necessary - don't trust her not to run off if she saw a rabbit (of which there are many on the lower slopes of Sale).

      Next dozen walks are planned, weather not co-operating ... wind so strong last night I had trouble walking across the garden :{

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