Breed Notes, 14th June 2017

SKC saw Moray Armstrong judging an entry of 21 with 3 absent he found his Dog CC & BOB in Gr Ch & Am Ch Pennywise On The Road Again (Derrydown Schooner's Keep Up Appearances ex Pennywise Cut To The Chase) a mustard owned by Beverly Deacon and Judy Hill bred by the late Cathy Nelson, this was his 3rd CC in 3 straight shows giving him his title, he then went onto Group 4 under Tom Mather. His 1st CC was won at Midland Counties '16 judge Stuart Plane, 2nd Birmingham National '17 Martin Phillips. BCC went to the well known Ch Hawkesmill Jenny for Wimit JW ShCM (Cloverwood Driving Force ex Ch Aus Ch Jollygaze Hopeless Romantic for Hawkesmill) owned by Barbara Milton and bred by Graham & Margaret Russell this was her 14th. RCCs went to Bardolynns O'Leary in dogs owned Margaret Russell & Emma Greenway bred by Mr Bosch and RBCC went to Dryfevalley Miss Muffet who was also BP owned and bred by Angie Miller.

Bath had classes but no CCs Mark Cocozza had an entry of 9 with 3 abs he found his BD & BOB in Ir Ch Xenon Z Roburku Sun at Millerim owned by Les & Anna Milliner bred by Zoja Shejbalova. BB was Cloverwood Duchess May owned by Liz Jacka Slater bred by Glen Tinsley. Reserves went to Dainty Dandies Royal Dutch Emma for Lenacourt and Dainty Dandies River Mersey at Lenacourt who was also BP they are owned by Vera Harcourt Morris and bred by Conja Bell.

What a fantastic few days we had at the Dandie Dinmont Festival you will have seen the reports so I will give my own personal view of events, arriving at Dryburgh Abby Hotel everyone was made very welcome. Even the Dandies had a bag of gravy bones in the rooms. A meet and greet was held Thursday evening where every introduced themselves and a run through the itinerary. The glass models of Old Pepper and Old Ginger, which are individually made so no two are exactly the same, were collected - a beautiful memento of the event. I'm sure further models will be available to order from Paul Keevil in the future. Friday morning saw us at Lochcarron of Scotland Waverley Mill where we were taken on a tour of the mill, known for weaving tartans including the black and white tartan of the Dandie clan it was amazing to watch the very fine yarn being woven and the operators threading yarn back onto the needles and the quality of the tartan. They provide tartan for all the top designers and did the very fine tartan for the Princess of Wales. We then split into two groups, one group went to Abbotsford the home of Sir Walter Scott, tours were taken of the house which to me is very atmospheric standing by Sir Walters desk in the study where he actually wrote Guy Mannering and his many other books, the tour of the beautiful gardens is breathtaking with everything in bloom and beautifully kept, visitors could then enjoy a meal in the restaurant and visit the discovery centre, the Trustees of the estate are doing an excellent job and are to be congratulated.

The second group went to Oxnam Kirk to visit the grave of James Davidson thought to be the inspiration for the character Dandie Dinmont in the book Guy Mannering. A short service was held, with a recorded rendition of The Lay of the Dandie was played with the minister singing the second verse. A direct decedent of James Davidson, Doug Davidson gave an insight into his family and Dandies saying the Dandies way back were tools of the trade and were highly prized but were never kept as pets they earned their keep. Simon Rishton also spoke about the Dandie and its history and then a wreath was laid. The Dandie tradition of a photograph taken of a group of Dandies sitting on the tombstone was taken and Simon Rishton had his drone taking video from above the Kirk which was spectacular. Some of this group then headed to Born In The Borders where lunch was had and then there was a Gin Tasting Tour and a Beer Tasting.

Back to the hotel to attend the Barking Plaid fashion show in the evening in conjunction with Angela Lauder of Scotch Tweed it was hosted by Dandie Dinmont himself AKA John Nichols who kept us all entertained until the models some of whom looked very familiar as they were the staff from the hotel who had "volunteered" along with the Dandies to show the collection. It all went down very well and visitors were able to buy or order garments in the Dandie Dinmont Tweed including collars leads dog coats and tam o'shanters. The second and third day I will cover next week. As you can see they were very full days.

 

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