Wednesday, 19 August 2009


Arabis has died................ or to be more accurate Neil Forbes was kind enough to come all the way over from Swindon to put her to sleep. She was so ill, Simon brought her back yesterday and she was far worse than when she went on Monday. She stayed in the office with me all night, we both had a tough night and in the morning we did the right thing. But its so hard..........

We have dug a grave in the wood, the bloody ground was like iron and it took hours. Someone said use the small digger that is here, but that would have been cheating. You have to dig the hole. We will bury her this evening with all honours, she is next to her aunt and other relations and Lupin, her mother is going to go with her.

Lupin died in South Carolina, and I buried her there, but I was damned if I was going to leave her alone in the US when we all came back, particularly not at the mercy of the people working on the site so I dug her up and brought her home. She was cremated to come home and has been waiting to go into the wood with the others, so now seems as good a time as any.

Arabis is lying in the cool in the hall, its a beautiful day, she has flowers and a piece of toast and the box with Lupin with her. The other dogs have been to say hello, and goodbye, and so have the staff, bless them. We will bury her after work this evening.

It was Arabis who when we buried Lupin came over to the grave just as we were finishing and for several moments pushed more soil onto the grave and pushed it down with her nose. It was also she who when she lost the puppies in the US carried a toy around for five days and then buried it. There is much we do not understand about our dogs. I will miss her.


Sharon said...

So sorry to read about Arabis. We had a lovely 'owl day' with you back in June and the dogs were lovely too!
(Sharon & Andrew)

snappy said...

I'm so sorry about Arabis, Mima.
With love,
Melissa (in SC)


I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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