Christmas (and a new arrival) is coming ….

by Helen on December 1, 2012

France Farm, Stokenham

Yesterday I got up quite early and loaded Ben into the back of the car …. then a short drive past the woods and over the hill to France Farm where “Auntie” Gillian runs his favourite kennels and where he was going to spend the day.

France Farm, Stokenham

The farm nestles in a sheltered valley overlooking Start Bay, and the lucky canine guests are housed in the old stone barn at the front of the picture (fully heated accomodation with individual pens, raised beds, and classical music played at bedtimes!).  As usual, Ben dashed inside with just the briefest wave of a paw in farewell and I set off on a long journey to a little village just north of Blandford Forum where I met …..


The beautiful, sweet-natured Astra and her five puppies.  I went fully intending to acquire a Landseer (black and white) puppy, but while I was there I totally fell in love with her single black puppy. (fourth from the left in the photograph)

She was a fat little butterball, the greediest in the litter, with a wonky tail and a white flash on her chest (I could be describing Amy!)… and with no home to go to, whilst people were queuing up to take home the Landseers.  It was meant to be … and so little black Daisy will be joining our family after Christmas.


Spot the extra puppy kitten!  Monique’s kittens were adorable too!

The long drive home went much faster as I began to think about all the fun we’d be having in the spring, new items that needed to be bought and how pleased I think Ben will be to have a baby sister at last.   This morning I hung my Baby Owls Advent Calendar in the hallway, and we started to count down the days to Christmas – and our new arrival!

Christmas is coming

Meanwhile, during December, as Christmas is a time for giving and to help pass the time until Daisy is ready to leave her mum, do be sure to check back here regularly as I’m planning a positive frenzy of Christmas giveaways this month….

And, to start the month in style,  please do head over to my friend Kim’s website and blog – Chatterbox Quilts – where you’ll discover her lovely free pattern “Flourishing Hearts” oh, and an interview with me too as well as lots more interesting stuff, well worth a visit!


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie December 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

Ah! so sweet.
Julie xxxxxxx


Dotty Red December 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

ahhhhh tooomuch cutness. I loved the little kitten getting in on the action. Oh the fun you will have…..


Valerie December 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Awww congratulations!


Linda B December 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

So sweet! I love the photo of Astra and her five puppies… plus one kitten! A tribute to her temperament! It will be delightful to see Daisy grow up under Ben’s tutelage! Congratulations!
X Linda


Amanda December 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

How exciting, I hope you’re starting to prepare Ben properly for his big brother role!


Jan G. December 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

That is so much fun, and Ben will be happy to have a little sis to play with!! Daisy looks sweet with all her kin, and she has a lovely Mum!! And a cute Kitty! Congrats to you and yours!

Merry Christmas!!


es December 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Oh~~~~my!!! So Ben will heep having fun even after Chrstmas.
Can’t wait to see their photos! Helen, did you enjoy a baby breath?


Tracy December 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Lucky you and lucky Ben, Daisy looks adorable. You must be so excited!


Claudia December 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Please tell me what kind of dog that is ?….( she looks like a Large Munsterlander)…….those little puppies are adorable. Love the little orange visitor there !!


Helen December 4, 2012 at 6:03 am

Hi Claudia, she is a Newfoundland dog. Xx


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