Tuesday 9th February 1993

Settling Sam into Horning and combining free ranging sessions with time under close control. Then to Stalham for an abortive journey to collect a replacement stair banister ‘ball’ before back to Wroxham for food shopping.

Then enjoying fresh herrings after undertaking more ground clearance before a phone catch up with Di and Della later.

Sam was slow to settle last night but then slept through the night quite satisfactorily, waking a little early to mess in his run before I could get to him. It was another damp and misty day, with a light drizzle drifting around in the air and wetting everything all day. I took Sam for a controlled walk by the marina this morning; let him have a free-ranging run on the Crabbett's Marsh saw-dust road at lunchtime and then a lead-controlled pavement walk this evening.

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Monday 8th February 1993

After getting Della safely off to school, and liaising with gardener Bill, I made the journey back to Norfolk and settled Sam into his kennel there as I carried on clearing the Heronshaw gardens and stacking the fence panels and timber out of the way.

There was a fine mist in the air today which made you wet even though it was not raining, but our new Harnser was dry and comfortable and a joy to come back to

Della was up very late again last night but went to school alright this morning. I was awake early and did some clothes and food packing before breakfast that let me get away soon afterwards. Time for a chat to Bill who was a bit alarmed by the wildfowl blood down by the river; thinking it might have come from a human body that had an accident! The journey to Norfolk went without incident and Sam proved his worth in travelling well. he took a time to settle into his other kennel, but that may have been because I gave him quite short shrift, preferring to get cracking with the job of clearing the Heronshaw gardens and stacking the fence panels and timber out of the way. There was a fine mist in the air today which made you wet even though it was not raining, but our new Harnser was dry and comfortable and a joy to come back to.

Sunday 7th February 1993

Up earlier than the family on a much milder day than the recent wind and cold, taking Sam for the first of three walks after he had messed his run and, later, himself as well; tracking grey squirrel as well as even more muntjac deer.

With my new air rifle, making an impression on the local starling population and allowing the smaller and shyer birds to come to the bird table. Della seemed much more relaxed today

I had to get myself up this morning as the family were having a lay in and then took the dog out for a walk. I was only a few minutes later than usual attending to him but this was enough for him to have done his business in his run and start whining. This was a pity as he had been able to keep his run clear for three days until then. A long walk with the dog and spotted a grey squirrel as well as even more muntjac deer tracks than normal. The much milder weather seems to have got the animal kingdom moving again.

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Saturday 6th February 1993

A good morning walk with Sam, following to heel and then with Diana to The Happy Eater for lunch and then to watch some televised Rugby as a break.

Kippers for tea and then over to Nigel for an evening playing on his new snooker table after accepting a drink and signing his Firearm Certificate photograph application. Home quite late but still sat up and read the opening chapters of Nigel's new book on deer stalking in The Highlands.

Della was ill with a cold and could not join me as usual for Sam's Saturday morning walk and so I had my breakfast and then took him on my own. He learnt to walk much better on the lead today and so will almost walk to heel without it which is a big improvement. Took Diana and the girls to The Happy Eater for lunch but had to chase up the supervisor to get served properly. Poor Di is suffering from Diarrhoea at the moment and can spend up to an hour in the toilet at a time! Most of today spent on my paperwork, but I did sit down and watch the TV Rugby International between Wales and England.

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