Today I am going shooting with Jeff which will be a welcome diversion because no matter how relaxed the visitors are you are always slightly on edge and permanently on duty so to speak making sure everyone has what they need. Then over the week end I will get everything sorted out and the laundry done. I also need to get out into the garden and plant my garlic and onions if I am to have a good crop next year. According to the forecast the weekend looks like good weather and should be ideal.
I bought myself a book on how to train a "pet" gun dog which recognises the fact that it is so much more difficult than training a kennelled dog and if you really want to make thing even more difficult have other dogs as well. It made me feel much better to read this and also quite proud that I have achieved as much as I have with Basso. It has felt like pretty hard work at times but perseverance and consistency are the order of the day.
The photo is one I took through the window, of a red admiral sitting on the verbena bonariensis. I tried to get outside to take a better shot but the minute I moved the butterfly was gone........