Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Remember the old rose?

Today was the first day of Autumn for me. I changed on to my Autumn working hours which are from 8:30 instead of 8:00 to 5:00 instead of 5:30 so that means I work an hour less than summer time.

I don't know if you can remember but in July I cut down an old rose by the potting shed door that had all it's growth and flowers high up on the side of the potting shed. I had tried over the years to encourage it to put out new growth from the base but it didn't want to so this prompted me to cut it right down almost to ground level. Well I have good news, new growth has now appeared in abundance - see the picture below.

If you want to see what it looked like before the drastic pruning click [here].

 Gail asked how I calm Tess after she gets excited. I have to confess that short of putting her under a cushion and sitting on her I've had little success in controling her excitement. Usually after flyball she is ready for a lie down she does however have loads of energy and whilst I can make her lie down and stay for a certain amount of time she doesn't relax and is looking for any excuse to move and do something. She is strong willed and will try and get away with things like for instance she knows perfectly well how to walk to heel but she will try it on with you in the hope you will let her run free. The other problem is that whereas Tommy has always been with me therefore the rules have always been consistant so he know what he can and can't get away with, Tess has three handlers some of whom let her get away with more than others do which is unfair on her. This is not to say that she is badly behaved, I think she is pretty good for a puppy but we definately need to watch her or she will rule the roost and that will be no good for man nor beast.

Did anyone try the link to the TV show that I posted as I would be interested to know if it worked for you okay. If so I can look out for things that might interest you in the future.


An English Shepherd said...

Border Collies never seem to chill out ;-)

Beth said...

I tried the link and it was not accessible to me. It stated 'for UK residents only.'

Hopefully Tess will respond better as she grows older.

ellen abbott said...

I imagine her energy level will decline as she gets grown. but you are right, three masters with three levels of obedience can be confusing for a puppy.

Gail said...

I love that...short of putting her under a cushion and sitting on her!

Ki is that way...stock dogs are certainly energized. Our Borders are like your Tommy, they have been around enough to listen and chill.

I think, sometimes, I expect too much of Ki being used to dogs who listens ALL the time. In another Ki and Tess will be as settled as your Tommy and our Maggie.

MadPriest said...

From The Press Association:

The Queen's estate in Scotland is advertising for a head gardener. The successful applicant will be expected to "supervise the maintenance" of all garden areas at Balmoral Castle, according to the job advert.

Are you going for it? Or do you think Tess might not get on with those snobby corgis?