So, Easter has been and gone, we’ve all eaten too much chocolate and now we are waiting for summer to arrive. It’s trying to do it’s bit, and here in Brixham we have had the odd lovely day interspersed with rainy, grey ones. There seem to have been a few tourists here over the Easter break, and, as annoying as they can be when you are trying get somewhere or do something, they are important to the local economy, so we just have to try and accept that; and hope they will come and spend some money with us.
The Framing Dept. has been as busy as ever, with the usual run of the mill framing requests, along with some slightly more challenging (and some might even say weird) requests.
Meanwhile, Fidget and I have been out and about doing what we do, me taking pictures, and him chasing balls and rolling in the mud … there is so much mud everywhere, please someone let it dry out; I’m running out of clean dog towels!
With a bit of luck my next blog will have puppies in it, and maybe even some “in the sea” shots if the weather warms up properly … we can but hope!
So, there we were all enjoying the first days of Spring – sunshine, blue skies, everything was good in Brixham …
… then WHAM!!!
Winter came back with a vengeance.
Snow and ice, howling gales … what is going on? We don’t get snow down here, then suddenly we get it twice in one year and, just to rub salt in the wound, in the middle of March. Hate to think what effect it will have on my tulips.
Still it meant another snow day, time to close the shop and go and enjoy the snow; and Fidget had a wonderful time.
Then, just as quickly as it arrived, we were back to sunshine and blue skies again.
British Summer Time starts tomorrow, so let’s hope the weather gods are listening; we all really need to dry out down here now.
Back in the shop, and lots of framing work has been going on – a few of the jobs have been slight challenges but more of that in a later blog. We’ve had very happy bunny owners pick up their framed print, and discussions are ongoing regarding more work there. Lots of enquiries about different bits and bobs, so hopefully some of them will turn into paying work as well.
The snow has all gone, the winds have dropped and it’s beginning to look a bit spring like in Brixham.
These days, in our house, one of the signs of spring is the annual “puppy party” for my little dog Fidget, and his siblings, who turn four later this week. Every March we meet up with his brother and three sisters, along with his Mum and Dad and a few guests, for what can only be described as slightly controlled mayhem and birthday cakes.
A great time is had by all, and it’s so lovely to see how they have all grown and how well they all get along.
Now we have to get back to working and we are hoping that the nicer spell of weather will motivate a few people to come and book their pets in for a nice portrait session, or an all action session running about on the beach.
In the meantime, Fidget and I are enjoying the lovely mornings and making the most of the town and it’s surroundings before it gets busy in the summer.
We also have to decide which exciting place to visit for Fidget’s birthday trip out; maybe the woods or maybe a much needed trip up on the moors – I’ll let you know what we decide in next weeks blog.
As well as our pet photography, we also have an in-house framing department, that not only frames our pet portraits, but also anything else you want to bring in.
Mel, our talented framer, has been making frames for longer than he cares to admit; with customers including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and several major football clubs.
All our frames are hand made to your specific requirements, mounts are hand cut, and every care is taken to provide you with a quality product at a reasonable price. As much care and attention goes into making a small frame as goes into making a very large one.
What can we frame? Well pretty much anything you like:
We were recently asked if we could help with the BBC’s DIYSOS programme when they needed some framing at very short notice. We were happy to help and managed to provide them with nineteen framed pieces of art of various sizes in just over a day.
So if you have something, no matter how weird and wonderful, that you want to hang on your wall, why not pop into the shop? We will be more than happy to advise you on the best way to frame your precious items, and provide you with a quality piece that you will be proud to hang over your fire place.
To welcome in Spring we hosted a combination of weather events, “The Beast From The East” and “Storm Emma”, that pretty much brought the country to a stand still. Down here in Brixham we do seem to have missed much of the snow, but the coastline was battered by gale to storm force winds causing a lot of damage.
As the snow came in on Thursday, we decided to close the shop and head off for a snowy game of ball. No blizzard conditions can stop Fidget from playing ball.
However, as we were playing things were getting just a little more windy, and the snow as beginning to settle more, and our trip back down the hill was becoming slightly more tricky; as I proved by doing some of the trip elegantly on my backside!
The following day, the snow had eased up but the wind had caused some deep drifts in places, and ice had formed in others. We were lucky as we were pretty much at home but many people got stuck in their cars, or caught out at work and unable to get home.
Fidget found it doesn’t take much snow to cause problems if you only have short legs.
The wind caused the most problems, combined with very high tides, and many businesses around the coast are still mopping up and having to face up to the damage that has been done; we hope they can all get back up and running before the quickly approaching Easter week-end. Brixham’s breakwater was doing a fine job of keeping the harbour safe, but in doing so has itself taken quite a lot of damage.
Weather-wise, we are all pretty much back to normal now; the wind as died down and it’s raining again.
Let’s hope we can start having Spring properly from now on.
So last Sunday, Shooting The Dog became Shooting The Bunny, as we were tasked with photographing some house rabbits.
“Yeah, sure” I had said confidently. after all, how hard could it be? Very hard is the answer,
I’m used to the dogs reacting when I say their names, or make a noise, or wave a tasty treat in the air – rabbits just ignore you, or glare at you as if you are totally insane and have no right to be in their space.
So it was a challenge, and a first for me, but a great experience working with a new subject matter, and they were rather cute. Patience paid off in the end and I managed to get some reasonable shots, and hopefully we managed to get something that the client is happy with. But I must do some research into Bunny Whispering before taking on any more!
Meanwhile, Fidget and I have been braving the VERY cold winds and having lots of nice walks.
And he has been having lots of fun with his friends, old and new.
I’ve been doing interviews with the nice people at Ruffle Snuffle that you can see here: An Interview With Shooting The Dog and Fidget has been finding internet fame in his little paw washing video, and you can see that here: Washing Paws.
Oh, and if you are very quick you could still be in with a chance of winning a free calendar; but the draw takes place tomorrow, so you really do need to be quick to sign up here: Competition Entry Form
That’s us blogged out for this week, we’re off to warm up our paws and dream of warmer weather.
As easterly winds bring a Siberian chill to Torbay, we realise that maybe spring is a bit further off than we were wanting to believe. It’s certainly very cold out there today. Still, as long as it stays dry then things aren’t too bad, we have had so much rain lately that everywhere suitable for a good game of ball with the dog is extremely muddy.
The cold weather doesn’t seem to put off Fidget from taking a paddle in the sea, especially if he has dropped his favourite ball off a rock.
And a frosty morning is no excuse for avoiding a game of ball in the park.
We are looking forward to some warmer weather in the not too distant future, and we have even started looking forward to a trip or two away in the tent soon.
We are off to dig out our shorts and t-shirts in a hope that this cold snap is not here too long.