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  1. Neal

    Best part of uk to live

    I was born in a large town in South Hampshire but spent a few years (in my late teens and early twenties) in Cornwall and Cumbria before "accidentally" moving back to South Hampshire. Long story! My wife and I would love to move to Devon (where we spend every spare moment we can) as I feel more "at home" there. However, she has a single family commitment which makes that impossible. But, thinking more generally, I did enjoy life in Cornwall too. I really felt as though I was in a slightly different country. I know that sounds odd but when you watched the national news etc you had the feeling it was something that didn't effect you and the pace of life was slower. I have a cousin who spent a few years in Eire and she says that was similar (not the "slightly" different country bit though). My other choice would be the Wye Valley.
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    Kelpie x

    I've only had one kelpie/collie x greyhound so can't really comment on them in that respect. However, I've had four pure kelpies and, of my current two, one will catch (but his natural tendency is more to point and flush or herd) but the other loves getting hold of stuff. She's coming up for eleven and caught a pair of rats in the garden this week then, when my neighbour spotted another in hers the next day, she popped round to borrow her while I was at work. She said that, although she was impressed at how she pointed, flushed and killed it, she was more amazed at how she then simply dropped it and walked off "Job done: got any biscuits?"
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    Day off on Dartmoor

    Yep...we found that too and I used to get the "holiday dog food" there...until I discovered the amazing butcher across the other side of the car park! We don't get archaic shops like butchers where I live any more. Completely agree re the livestock training. It always amazes me when you see programmes like Countryfile and the like with everybody walking their dogs in the "countryside" and they've all got leads on. I'd swear some people don't even let them off in their local park as they can't trust them. Anyway, back to the stunning photos and the most beautiful place on the planet...
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    Day off on Dartmoor

    Beautiful spot! I only get to work the dogs here once a year (though after each visit my lovely wife is coming round more and more to the idea of moving) but it's the highlight of my calendar. Old Rusty (the kelpie in my avatar) had his ashes scattered about half an hours walk from where the earlier photos were taken and we honeymooned here thirteen years ago. We usually go in October half term but we're going in May this year...hopefully so that the wife and kids can see it sometimes rains less! She's posher than me so the fact that there's a Waitrose close by is helping to persuade her too!
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    Border collie stud dogs

    It was more his general build I liked...but now you mention it! The spot I was thinking of was on the road from Ambleside to Coniston but closer to the latter. If memory serves me well, it was just south of the only bit straight enough for vehicles to overtake and near a man made tarn. Come to think of it, when I say "near Tarn Hows" that may not be geographically correct as I walked everywhere and that was just the nearest stretch of road so, without checking on a map, it could be further away than I recall...it was about twenty six years ago that I lived in Coniston. That makes me feel old.
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    Border collie stud dogs

    Blackdog92, is that second photo taken just to the east of Coniston? It's been a long time since I lived there but it looks like the bend in the road where you can take a footpath off to Tarn Hows. Stunning looking dog by the way.
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    Harris hawk "lost"

    That's a coincidence: I came on to put up a post to say I spotted one sitting in a tree beside the Eastern Road in Portsmouth this afternoon. I too thought it was a buzzard at first until I noticed the colour was too uniform and the head/beak shape was a tad different. It's the second time I've seen one in the city but the previous one was about fifteen years ago and was sitting on a balcony near the city centre eyeing up the pigeons.
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    Border collie

    I'm on the side of all the above who say you need a little shot of sighthound if you're after game. Mine are all pure sheep/cattle dogs but that's simply because I prefer their temperament...they certainly don't catch enough to keep most of the people on this site happy but they make me smile.
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    Snowflake Teacher Resigns After 1 Term.........

    I've known it to take more than two years WILF. Both my wife and I have post-grad educations but we both firmly believe that it's not the be all and end all of a happy life. My wife often tells my son that "people always need plumbers, electricians etc" and I'd much rather that he was a happy bin man than a miserable merchant banker. My daughter's going to be a faerie princess!
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    I completely agree. I know there are probably a lot of completely safe games out there that won't effect my kids negatively but the flip side of the coin is that I've taught a six year old girl who uses the f word because she's allowed to play Grand Theft Auto. Last week my son asked if he could have "one of those things that you can play games on which all the other kids in my class have got?" I pointed out that, while he could argue he was missing out in that department, he could also say he's the only kid in his class with his own knife and catapult.
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    Snowflake Teacher Resigns After 1 Term.........

    I'm in my twenty first year as a primary school teacher. Each year gets harder as the expectations are constantly changed and the work load becomes increasingly ridiculous. It's only down to the support of other staff, positive kids and the amazing feedback I get from some of my parents that I put up with it. I could tell you that we don't actually get all that holiday to lay on a beach and that we don't actually only work from 9 until 3:30...but I'm afraid some people are beyond recognizing the benefits of a great education and can only complain and blame everything on everybody else. As for them "only being a class of eight year olds" I've known four year olds to hit pregnant staff in the stomach thanks to well meaning parents telling them that they don't have to pay attention to us and can do what they like. I'll keep doing it...for the kids and parents who appreciate me and what I do.
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    Suffolk blue pastoral dog info

    When I first read this thread a couple of days ago I was fairly sure I'd never heard of a Suffolk Blue. Since then I've done some research in all my pastoral dog books (of which, being a bit of an Inspector Morse type book reading nerd, I've got quite a few) and I still can't find a trace of it! The only thing I did find was a reference to Galloway shepherds etc relocating to Suffolk to such an extent that it was sometimes referred to as The Lowlands, which fits with the above comment about beardie blood.
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    Waterproof Pants

    Thanks WILF.
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    Waterproof Pants

    Wow: that's a brilliant word! I do love odd words (hence Noggin) but I've tried to find that on bing and nothing came up other than scrawny (which aptly describes me too). What does it mean?
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    How Much Collie Is To Much

    . That's same fa me John a great post a man that sees the positives in a old traditional types qualities.atb bunnys Quite right billhardy: I agree too, though in my case I've never been in the position to be part of the numbers game...apart from those rare occasions when I nearly made it into double figures! Like a lot of choices in life, you can write a list of requirements and do all the sums and, as a result, you might work out which breed, mobile phone, house, job, wife etc are "right" for you but often there's something else you can't quantify that helps you make your decision. Like collies: we can't all be the same.