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Monday, 20 April 2009

Mono Maniacs and Perth Show

To be a Mono Maniac you must visit Aileni to link.

A rusty old winch at Findhorn

You see these stone arrangements all over the place at Findhorn....don't folk have better things to do...I mean, don't they have a blog??!

Oops, I did it again :D

Daahling, you look maahvellous!

For an explanantion of this fella see below.


Yesterday we (Mum, Alfie & Gabbi) travelled down to Perth for a show, leaving early on a beautiful frosty morning. We met our giant friends at Aviemore and car-shared from there. (Thank you Mark for doing most of the driving and listening to Joanne and I talking dog's b****! Jane is missing you already and keeps saying "turn around when possible")

Mist rolling over the Dava moor at around 6.30am

There was a thick blanket over Lochindorb.

A different type of Cairn ;D

This sign signals the start of the Cairngorms National Park with snowy peaks in the distance.

'Scuse the windscreen....bugs WERE harmed on this journey!

This taken from Aviemore train station.

The dreaded but very beautiful A9....(see the sign Petey?)

Inside the show....

Pictured are some Dobies, Dachsies, Danes (well, Walter) some Hovawarts like Nessa and some Sibes but none as pretty as Snoop's princess ;D

Gabbi was unplaced in a large Beagle entry but I was delighted when Alfie won his class, then Best of Breed and went on to be placed 4th in the Hound Group. This gave him the last two points he needed for his Show Certificate of Merit (and I was jumping up and down in the ring while our friends did the same outside the ring!)

Relaxing in the sunshine after the show, Gabbi and Alfie, whose posh name is now Dialynne Ace of Spades at Dughallmor ShCM (subject to KC approval) Well done ma boy!

Our good news will soon appear here along with probably an embarrassing photo: Scottish Beagle Club news page I have also updated Alfie's page for anyone interested in the judges etc. Edit: Actually, the photo is already on there and it's a really nice shot, thanks Gary for airbrushing out my warts and wrinkles! There's also a slideshow if you go to the 2009 results page, click on Perthshire (the latest result) and then click to watch slideshow for more lovely shots from the show.

We had a lovely journey home....this guy greets all who pass through Carrbridge.

There are quite a few Chainsaw Sculptures in Carrbridge which hosts a sculpting contest each year, to read more click here. I couldn't get near the bridge for a photo as there was a coach party there.

It was such a beautiful day that I decided to take a detour around Lochindorb, it was very busy there too, people lapping up the sunshine, picnicking, fishing, having BBQs. It's so pretty here....the ruined Lochindorb Castle sits in the middle of the Loch and is only accessible by boat.

The Castle was once the home of Alexander Stewart, the 2nd Earl of Buchan, also known as the Wolf of Badenoch (who is apparently an ancestor of Craig's Dad, there are many Stewarts in these parts though!) Apparently he walked from here in a big old huff to set fire to Elgin Cathedral....talk about spitting the dummy out, that's miles!

44 sniffy tailwags:

Anonymous said...

Splendid monos - the first two especially.

Suzuki said...

ooooh the second photo is really cool!
Big licks to you

Anonymous said...

What super cool photos as usual!!!

WELL DONE ALFIE! That's great news!! I bet your mummy was so pleased!!!

Please come check out our bloggie, we has an award for you xxxxx

Momo said...

Alfie, congratulations on your achievement at the show!!

Another series of photos of impressively beautiful sceneries! Thanks for sharing them.

Jewels said...

YAY ALFIE! Congrats little buddy.

Beautiful scenery shots. Looks like spring is in full swing where you are. We are not so lucky... yet!

The OP Pack said...

Wow, more gorgeous pics - look at all of them!!!

Big congrats to Alfie - well done - hope you got to celebrate.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Regina said...

Hello Alfie..These are lovely shots.

Pamela, Kira and Scampi said...

Wooo! Alfie! Way to Go! We are very proud of you! I am sure your Mom is thrilled. My Mom loves all of these pictures of the Scottish scenery, she is a Henderson by birth and a Fleming by Marriage. She is obsessed with the Scottish stuff.
Puppy kisses to my Snoop!
- Kira -Snoop's Princess

Dot O said...

Congratulations, Alfie!!! You did mum proud!

Great photos. I love the chainsaw sculpture! How about those stones.... Obviously, those people are NOT bloggers!

I'm sure you are exhausted from the journey but I will be checking that link to see if there is a photo of you and Alfie!!

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

First of all Congratulations Alfie!

Secondly, aaaaaah! Ain't Scotland beautiful, even more beautiful when the sun shines!

Just taken a walk down in the village here, warm sunshine, people saying "hello" and our little Scottish town looking so pretty in the sunshine.

I missed it! Even the dreaded A9!

Saw many wonderful sights and had lots of Aussie Adventures though, and enjoyed every moment. Can't believe it is all done now!

lotsaluv, Jeannie xxxxxx

oh and Marvin xxxxxx who is sunbathing this morning in the garden!

Martha Basset said...

Congratulations to Alfie - glad it went well!!

Tina. said...

Congratulations Alfie! Lovely pics especially the mist across the moor! Have a great day!

TwoSpecialWires said...

Wow! Wonderful photographs. We almost could feel the dampness of the mist and could almost see the edge of the earth!

What a great way to start off our day!
Thanks and congrats!
Jake and Fergi

Hamish Westie said...

Alfie - very well done, what a star! All of you are stars in fact. And what a great views you had of the Cairngorms. Those photos make me wish my legs were still young enough to go Munro bagging!

Ludo van puppy said...

Woohoo!! Way to go Alfie!!!

Sherrie said...

Beautiful Photos and Dogs!!! Thanks for the taking us on the tour!! Have a great day!!


P.S. Congrats on the win!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the one with the tongue hanging out great shot!
mine is here

Gennasus said...

Great news, well done Alfie!! Ooops, sorry.....Alfie ShCM!

Love the Dava fog and the interesting history lesson. Walking from Lochindorb to Elgin - they were made of sterner stuff in those days! Besides, you know how bad the bus service is outwith the towns!

Had a look for Alfie's photo on SBC but can't seem to find it. Am I just thick?

The Army of Four said...

Way to go ALFIE!!! And Gabbi, too. Obviously she was robbed.
Great pictures - we especially like the black and white with the PINK tongue hanging out! :)
Tail wags

Pagan Sphinx said...

Wow, that is such a long post. I'm sorry I don't have time for the entire thing!

I LOVE that photograph of the stones arranged in a circular pattern. Really lovely. If the person who created the arrangement hadn't, we would not be treated to such a wonderful photo!

Sue said...

Congratulations on your big win.

Niamh said...

Wow Alfie!! A BOB and a Group Placement! Congratulations, you handsome guy. I am sure that the judge at the next show will recognize Gabbi's quality even if this one needed glasses.

That must have been a nice drive to the show through all that beautiful scenery.

Your friend,

Daryl said...


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh where to start?

Grrrreat pikhs!

Khongrats on the pawesome news!

Tank woo fur inkhluding ME in your pikhs!

I know woo made Kira The BeaWOOtiful's day...of khourse, she's grounded for life!


Maggie and Mitch said...

Congratulations, Alfie! Outstanding job!
That chainsaw sculpture is very cool and we love the black and white stone arrangement!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

L.E.W. said...


Stinkin' kisses from Alih & James

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Congrats Alfie boy, well done!

That sculpture is really cool.

Making pebble patterns indeed... not like blogging at all..lol

Anonymous said...

Oh boy! You guys sure had an adventure! I am happy you did well at the competition! I have never been to one since I'm a rescue mutt! I think you live in a very pretty place!


Agatha and Archie said...

Congratulations Alfie!! Archie wants to know if he can have your pawtograph for his book!! You guys sure live in a beautifull place!! Love A+A

Lorenza said...

Congratulations Alfie!
Good job!
All those pictures are beautiful!
Kisses and hugs

Joe Stains said...

We loved the view from the train station and the pink tongue pic :)

Paco....Milo and mom..Simona said...

GREAT Alfie!!!!!! Way to Go!!!!!!!!!! We are very proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!We known a celebrity!!!!YESSSSSS...we 're honored!!!!we're sure your Mom is thrilled!!!!!!!!!!
We love all of these pictures of the Scottish scenery...you live in a wonderful land....
wish were with you and discovery togheter these marvellous places!!!!!
Super shots as always...your blog is gorgeous and we love reading and watching your life and your adventures!!!!!!
Ahhhhhhhhhh...we love the pink tongue photo......super fun!!!!!!!!
Have a great week dear friends!!!!!!!
We love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!

TwoSpecialWires said...

Hehehehe! Barkdays'll sneak up on ya, won't they! Hey, we've had so much fun celebrating, the party hasn't ended yet! So, you're not late at all!

Those naps sure felt good today.... we'll probably be sleeping in the sun for day! Come on over! We'd love the company!

Jake and Fergi :))

happy said...

Great pictures as usual! You're very good with the camera!

domino said...

beautiful photos...congrats!!!

Life With Dogs said...

Love the sculptures. Why is the A9 dreaded?

Dennis the Vizsla said...

You've got the coolest stuff -- I wish we had ruined castles around here!

Anonymous said...

Scotland is GORGEOUS - your pics do it justice! helps when the sun shines too me thinks! Its so far from here though.....

Congrats on the show!

Big licks
NBP xxx

Eric said...

Looks fab in the sunshine! Thank dog we have the sun now too. And Alfie what a handsome boy , no wonder you won. I'm cheering for you! Wiry wags, Eric xx

The Devil Dog said...

Congrats to Alfie. That was an awesome win for him. Love all the photos, and the chainsaw sculptures. Mom especially loves the rock design.


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What beautiful pictures. We love the black and whites the best.

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Andrea said...

Such an interesting post...and wonderful photos as always. It is uncanny that we both had wooden carvings this week...great minds think alike! :)

Hero said...

Way to go, Alfie! You sure are one accomplished pup. My mom really loved your pictures in this post. The landscape of Scotland really reminds her of her home in Iceland, which she misses very much. You all are so very lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Wow-bow-wowie! Alfie is famous! What a cool looking dude he is. Congrats!
XOXO-BabyRD & Hootie