Newbottle Manor 2005
Write up by Debbie Zurick
My Journey started to Newbottle at 6am in the morning to deluge of rain, the roads were awful, thought we were going to be soaked all day. Pulled up at Newbottle and it stopped. Lovely stormy sky's but we stayed dry.
Nice turnout of Clumbers young and old with a guest appearance of a puppy on its way to Suffolk. Lord Gage was one of the guns that day and his friend Alex was kindly looking after young Phoebe his Clumber bitch, who coped with the day very well.
It is a rare treat to go to a shoot where the host says the dogs are more important then the guns, it's always a lovely social occasion and a rare chance to see so many Clumbers working. Eva and Kristina had come over from Sweden to see a selection of clumbers working and, also, for Kristina to collect her puppy from Jackie to take back to Sweden. It was a lovely opportunity for them to get out in the English countryside and squelsh through the mud.
Not often when sweeping through looking for two Cock runners do you come back with one runner and a dachshund (Liza) who had lost the beating team, and decided a lift from a picker up who would carry her was a far better option.
Rosie, John Townsend's Clumber bitch, was back on form after breaking her leg very badly; you would never guess anything had happened. She has quite a turn of speed!
Thank you to our host for another memorable day at Newbottle, one of our absolute favourite days in the calendar - We're already looking forward to next year
All the handlers outside Newbottle
Eva with Wooster and Hamish