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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

New Garage and Snow pups 2010

The builders left last week and our garage is nearly done. It still needs some finishing work but the weather has been so cold that they could not finish everything. Hopefully we will get a break from the cold so that they can come back sooner rather than later.

Here is the garage from the front. This is Dennis' part of the garage!

Getting this garage built has been a good start for us in the new house. We have plans for an extension and originally thought we would start on the extension next year. Now we have revised that and have decided to give ourselves a break next year and plan the extension for 2012. It would be nice to have a shiny new kitchen but it is more important that we just enjoy this beautiful house as it is for now. We are finishing off smaller projects right now and those really add up. A new front gate, a few new windows, finish fencing the agility paddock and new boiler are the next steps for this year and after that a well deserved rest.

We still need to finish off the fencing but we put some temporary fencing up so that I can do some lessons and also train my own dogs finally! Monday I actually went out and trained all three dogs for the first time in a long time. This was good timing as the snow started yesterday and has not stopped! Snow in November in England is very unusual; I don't think it has ever happened since we arrived in 2001.

This photo shows the garage from the bottom of the agility paddock. It is a nice distance from the house and now we have loads of parking.

This is my little "doggie room". I finally have my dog sink up and running which makes sheltie bathing less back breaking. I have a place to store my training bits and pieces and a place to make tea! I even have a toilet; what more could I want?

This is the view from my little doggie room.

I know it is not the indoor training venue that I would love but I am very happy with my little room and my lovely agility paddock. It is big enough to set up courses but not so big that mowing is impossible. The ground drains well and the grass/weeds seem to hold up to the dogs running. Hopefully I can continue to do some training during the winter barring anymore snow storms!

By the way, no one can say my husband doesn't know exactly what to get me for our anniversary....my new agility tyre! It was a difficult tyre to buy as they haven't used frame tyres in England for a long time. I wanted a frame tyre because that is what they use in other countries and I like to train my dogs on it right from the start.

After a cold snow day there is nothing better than a fire in our new woodburner! We love it!


Macfarlane Dogs said...

Oooo it all looks so cosy and lovely!! I can't wait to come and visit so that I can finally see it all! :) And the pups are just the cutest in the snow! Like a picture postcard :) x

Ann Marie said...

Nice garage Bernadette but how about some pictures of the house for those of us who don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of seeing it real and in person.

(I thought that phrase was quite appropriate considering your current weather conditions!)

Helen said...

I would looove to have a real doggy bathtub. Congratulations!! and SNOW..not so much.

Emma said...

What a lovely set-up, I am sooo jealous! Perfect for the perfect little shelties :-)

Christy said...

I am so jealous. What a great design and beautiful too. And of course, the shelties are adorable.

sassie said...

jealous of your doggie room!