A day in the life of Alfie
Alfie the Labrador wakes instantly from a good night’s sleep with one ear already on the door. Having excellent hearing, he is already appraised of my approach several minutes before the door actually opens, anticipating the start of his day. He piles out with all his friends and relations in a furore of paws and tails and we all set off to greet the morning. As far as he is concerned, every day is a good day.
In Alfie’s view, there is something entirely reassuring and relaxing about routine. There are lots of new scents to explore, familiar people to greet and foraging to be done as they all make their way across the large field in front of the Castle. I’m on my bicycle and the dogs know that there is a set route to follow and that they all, at least vaguely, need to keep to it. We pass by the car parking team and Alfie slips off to say hello, slide into visitor reception and sample Iona’s sandwich lunch. With this snack on board, he skips out to join his friends again and, passing through the wide brown wooden gates, we all head down Lime Avenue. There is something so peaceful about the closely planted trees reaching upwards to glimpse the white studded skies.
We trundle along to the end, turn round and return via the Wood of Goodwill. I push my bike along a narrow, overgrown path, removing stray roots which clasp themselves around the bike chains as I go. The dogs have no such problem and dash through the next gate and into the arboretum with its many inviting paths. At this point, I like to abandon the bike, undo the yoga mat on my back, turn the phone on to Mozart and spend a little time stretching. Alfie, ever loving, takes the opportunity to lick my hands and feet taking little notice of protestations, convinced I need a bit of a wash and brush up. That done, he then lies down glued to one side of me whilst Stella takes up position on the other side. With the spaniels occupying the top of the mat, Yoga starts to become even more challenging and they are despatched to join Scooby-doo inspecting an old tree stump.
A little later we are nearly back to the south side of the castle, Alfie padding quite close to me, the others strung out. Passing by the tearooms and Luis’s bar, I pause to greet those who are there and Alfie seizes the moment. He leads them all astray. Unseen dropped cakes, sandwiches and other delicacies are swiftly located whilst bin lids inadequately battened down offer swift rewards. Sally’s gift shop door is usually open and he often gets lucky in there although the ladies have learnt through experience to hide their lunches out of reach.
At this time of day, Maggie is often in the middle of preparing the horses’ food and Alfie remains convinced that he should at least get to taste it. His final port of call is the Beaters’ room which at the moment is full of gift shop deliveries. Finding something delicious behind the door, he unfortunately closes it and shuts himself in. There could be worse places however and he makes good use of his time until I guess where he might be.
It is now time for his official breakfast which he eats very delicately and much enjoys followed by a period of rest and digestion.
Later on in the morning, I take them out again into another field where, come rain or shine, it’s time for a bath. There is a handy water trough here and, although Stella is usually the first in, Alfie is always quick to follow. They don’t really both fit so half in and half out, he pushes her away and properly submerges himself. Jumping out again, after a quick shake and maybe a roll, he is good to go. Labradors have amazing coats, built in two layers with plenty of oil which waterproofs it. Alfie’s coat is a beautiful red foxy colour – his mother Bella was very pale but his father a fox red Labrador.
Before you know it, it is time for tea before a nap with his brother Scooby-doo and perhaps a brush of his coat at tea time. There is a last walk round the garden in the evening and a chance to check out Luis’s bar again or to bark at a few pigeons as he potters around checking all is as it should be.
A final bedtime outing as I happily stargaze. It is eternally peaceful and quiet, except for Stella who always seems to have rather a lot to say for herself. The darkness reveals all the stars and constellations, the skies are always beautiful and it’s a lovely way to end the day. Alfie inevitably has a last late-night bin inspection, feigning instant deafness before Geordie kindly goes out to find him. With a look of injured innocence, he skids back inside past Geordie trying to avoid any exasperated words.
A last handful of biscuits and time to sleep, perchance to dream…of tomorrow’s snacks.
Dear Lady Carnarvon! Your humor just started my Monday in the jolliest way! Thank you. Getting ready with my “girls” to go for a walk . New puppy in the pack so it’s been a lot of unexpected every day. Lucky us! Yours, smiling broadly, Elizabeth
Lovely. Your dogs certainly keep you fit.
Love your articles!
Lady Carnarvon, This story has touched me to the very core of my being. Your written word is like I am write there with him. He has a wonderful routine and life and for sure enjoys his days. Love you Alfie. Best Wishes To All, Cheryl
Love this glimpse into your day, and theirs. Life is good.
What a wonderful article to start the morning with! Thank you. A great read as I am preparing here in Illinois to start back to my first day of work since the schools were closed down March 13. It was Friday the Thirteenth – I’ll never forget
With all best wishes for your new start. I assume you teach? What do you teach?
A lovely post! I especially enjoyed your comment “As far as he is concerned, every day is a good day.” We should all learn from our dogs, eh?
When I die I want to come back as one of Lady Carnarvons dogs.
Great story to start off Monday with! Thank you so much for sharing. Love hearing about you and your animals. What a wonderful life they have! Always look forward to your posts.
Scarlett in Florida
Brings back memories of my beloved Brad the Lab!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
This brings a smile to my face as my two romp about my feet, still full of vigor after our morning walk. The joy of wagging tails and pups on a scent is a pleasure to behold each day. If they are lucky the extra treat of finding the chickens loose means a game of tag! It is a lovely way to start each day. Soon we shall have frost on the lawn to be followed by the first snowfall, this is extra fun for them and leaves me laughing as nose down they plow through the white powder and toss it high to romp around in a powdery shower. Dogs ground us and help us appreciate the World from a different vantage point. I am looking forward to my next visit to Highclere, and perchance to share a tea biscuit. Cheers to all. Doc
I very much hope to see you here – always on for tea!
Absolutely delightful. I was with you all day on those adventures. Thank you.
Such a fun Blog to read on Monday morn to start the week. Made my day start with a smile. Thanks
Well, Alfie has the best life. . . . as do his buddies. Lovely story about your pups day.
Dogs are the best!
I couldn’t love this more. What joy it brought me.
Or less unfit !
Thank you for sharing those delightful daily experiences. Do try and get a bigger bath.
Hope your blog readers /visitors buy one of your fluffy Labrador toys as a memento of the visit.
And some gin of course. I plan to buy 4 toys as raffle prizes. The larger versions I bought, are now located in Eastbourne and Shoreham by Sea, with the christmas cards you signed last year. Not a gin drinker but there may be the odd bottle of cider that would be appropriate.
Not opened the Highclere Map puzzle yet. The other one is very demanding with the risk of a playful cat around. Hope to see some of the locations you mention within the map puzzle.
Oct 10th getting closer.
Best wishes to all at Carry on Highclere.
Thank you !!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Delightful blog today! I found myself following along at Alfie’s eye level. Such talent you have. Would you possibly think to turn it into a children’s book?
Good morning Lady Carnarvon! I have a 9 pound mini wire-haired dachshund who waits for me in the mornings not making a peep of noise if my partner gets to the kitchen first BUT she knows when I am up and coming down the stairs to start her day. She will be 12 next March and had back surgery last year. However, she is doing well and is with me every step of the way. She waits for me to eat my breakfast and then we have a routine for her to be checked over, getting the bits of kibble stuck to each side of her mouth removed with a wet J cloth and she helps me by rolling over to clean her, then I check her ‘eyeballs’ and clean them, then I clean her “whiskies” and lastly I brush her ‘teefees’ with a soft brush saying “last one” for the last bit. She then pops up for her biscuit which I hold up high and drop it into my lap for her. A nice cuddle and her day has officially started. You can tell how much I love this dear dog, Abbey. I enjoy your blogs each Monday so much as others do. Diane
Wow that is a great routine!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Alfie and your dogs are truly adorable, and your description of their behaviour is so Labrador! True foodies, and the bestest of friends. Their expressions are super bonding, my lab Hudson has what we call “dobby ears”, when he is either particularly pleased with himself or desperately asking for forgiveness for chewing up something he shouldn’t have, he curls out his ears and shuts his eyes. Instant forgiveness, every time.
What a fabulous daily routine you have Alfie… You definitely need those calories for such a busy day. My puss Maddie’s believes in eat..sleep..exercise but in moderation of course. Animals are wonderful companions.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Alfie sounds as thought he is quite the scamp. Our furry children steal our hearts quite easily. We adopted our girl Emma two days after we lost our boy to canine bone cancer.
We felt his loss keenly as he was very young and I was not sure if I could adopt another so soon. We did and I think it took all of 24 hours for her to steal my heart.
Your post this morning, with the lovely photos of the happy brood, was a joy. Thank you.
Reading your words puts such a smile on our face! I’m reminded how our lives become so intertwined with our pets lives. Everyday is an adventure no matter how routine. I repeat to myself daily the words I read recently on someone’s post. It may have been a Highclere post. “Yesterday is history tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present” Sir Winston Churchill.
Thank you for reminding us all that everyday is a gift!
It is – it’s a present
That has made my day. Thank you. A tale of an ordinary day for an extraordinary dog and his pals. Really touching. Made me smile, made me laugh, (trough)made me wistful for my own dear departed dog. Loved the pictures. Beautifully written. Even a shooting star at the close. Thank you
This is one of my favorite topics of your blog. So happy to read and then re-read. I’m a dog lover through and through! I enlarge the photo on my screen monitor to better see your dogs in all their beauty in your special corner of our world. Time to head out for my walk with – in my mum’s words – “sweet old Sir Riley”. Mum is in skilled nursing on the other side of the USA. Just got news that she is “shut-in” again, due to someone getting COVID-19 there. Thursday is her 92nd birthday! I’m flying back there in a couple weeks to “see” mum through a window. Loved hearing about “A Day in the Life of Alfie”. It brought a smile to my face. Dogs can teach us so much. Live in the moment. Every day is a good day. Thank you Lady Carnarvon!
I wish I could have one of your Labrador. Great looking and well behaved dogs.
Lady, Canarvon, I have my very own Alfie! He is half border collie, half lab, and even has webbed toes. He would love to take part in your Alfie’s day, except for the water play. As far as my pup is concerned, water is strictly for drinking. Everything else you can do with it, and in it, is not his “cup of tea”. He would think that your pups are a bit crazy for voluntarily getting wet! He and I both agree that your pups lead wonderful lives, full of love and adventure!
I got up at 6 this morning and watched the sunrise over Austin, Texas while attending to my pack. I had three American Eskimo Dogs for 16 years and lost my last one in May. We quickly acquired a new crew comprised of a therapy dog Great Golden ( Golden Retrievers/ Great Pyrenees) named Waffles, a long coat chihuahua named Besos (Spanish for Kisses and my spoiled baby) and our first kitten named Sugar (after Queen Elizabeth’s Corgi) who thinks he is a dog.It’s a menagerie, but I can’t imagine a home without a pack of animals.
Thank you for your story this morning. Life is so much more fun with wet noses and furry kisses.
It is more fun and helps me walk into every day
If reincarnation exists, let me come back as a dog (a Labrador, of course)
What a fun story to read first thing Monday morning! Your gift with words make me feel as if I am there with you and how I wish I was! My girl, Brandy, has already had her morning walk, but is waiting patiently as I told her we had to do some errands and then we’re going to the dog park. And now, we’re off for our round of errands! Cheers to another happy day, Alfie and Company! Sandi Heidorn, St. Louis, Missouri
In my next life, I’m coming back as a dog! The expression, “It’s a dog’s life” is certainly very evident at Highclere!
Today our Colorado granddaughters have two hours of their first day of school. It a gradual start and mid week they will go the full day wearing their masks. I have reminded them that their Father-Mother God goes with them. Your blog is such a joy that I will send it to them. They have two very loved golden retrievers.
Ha ha very good I have just acquired a new Labrador called Henry Not quite 2 I always said l didn’t want a yellow Labrador or one from a working line Guess what l have got? He was owned by a young couple who both worked full time and lived in a flat Thankfully they realised it was not the best environment for him So as l have a 13 year old chocolate female he is bit of a step change for me as he hasn’t been socialised much He had a trip in Chester city centre yesterday then slept solidly for 90 minutes Overwhelmed by people and noises as we would be if we weren’t used to it. He is the same shade as lighter dogs in the pictures. Ive cancelled the gym membership something tells l won’t be needing it for a while
I know that my dogs are not used to towns but I don’t think we need to go.
Would love to read a book about Alfie and his adventures with the “ghost dogs” and other animals in Highclere’s history!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
“A Day in the Life of Alfie” tells of his life of love, care and affection. He seems to have a day-long smorgasbord, as the Swedes would call it. Or, as referred to here in certain parts of the USA, an all-you-can-eat buffet! A lucky chap indeed.
Our animals gain comfort and security in a predictable routine, and I think in many ways, so do we. Our world has been set with much uncertainty, and as a result, some routines have been upended. Yet I find solace in the simple routines of exercise, working in the garden, home care, cleaning out clutter and going through old photos and documents. Finding gratitude amid the monotony, much like Alfie sorting through the lawn and bins, I find surprises and unexpected treats!
Thank you for another wonderful glimpse into life in and around Highclere. I so look forward to my Monday morning read. And of course, the Highclere Cocktail Parties!
I hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well.
Charlotte Merriam Cole
Another wonderful and fun ‘mind view’ of cool mornings in the beautiful grounds at the Castle. Except for our cool mornings, we call typical hot and muggy days here in North Carolina “dog days” where even Alfie, Stella and Scooby-doo might be a bit lazy! Are August days at Highclere ever hot and muggy?
My husband and I had a Welsh Springer spaniel named “Chester” (after Admiral Chester Nimitz, WW II) who was our cherished, funny, prancing little “boy” in a dog suit. We miss him so much. Thanks for doggy memories!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for sharing your beautiful pups and their routines. We have an English black Labrador, Lord Cooper Earl of Brookridge – Cooper for short) and he is the most gentle dog with a great sense of humor. He loves to take personal items, never destroys them, but places them under his paws and chin until you realize you’re missing them. If for some reason you haven’t noticed in a reasonable amount of time, he’ll whine until you do. We love him dearly even when he takes up most of the bed at night. He would fit in well with your pack – curious, friendly and full of joy.
Enjoy today with all your pups,
Thank you – Stella and Freya still destroy things … not too often
Good morning. I thought I’d sit down and have a morning meditation to start my day. But reading this is all I need….your writing is beautiful and inspiring. Thank you.
What a beautiful way of life for your doggies.
Your writing is lovely as always, and your story of Alfie and the other dear companions was refreshing on this Monday morning. In these surreal times, it is so comforting to read of Alfie’s life as routine in your beautiful setting. Thank you.
Routines, walking the walk ..
This one made my day! Thanks so much!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for starting my Monday with the delightful start of yours. The cats first, then coffee (a must) then out to feed the horse- back in for breakfast- get ready to can the huckleberries for Christmas gifts of jam. Yoga stretch- Prepare lunch for hubby, and cats, then to the computer to practice a little law. Although I now live full time in Montana- I still practice law in California. This morning however, I started at the computer to read your blog!
Again, thank you for beginning my week with your cheerful and detailed of your days events with those amazing dogs!
I don’t know what meant more to me today: reading about the happy daily life of the lab (sadly I am lab-less at this time) or your walk through the beautiful trees (I am pained by the loss of the redwoods near my old residence in California.) So a little prayer for all those in Northern California. Thank you and have a lovely week!
I thank you and all my thoughts are with those in loss from the fires.
I loved reading about Alfie and his self-appointed rounds. The dogs learn where the food and pets are dont they? Working at the ski resort my dog had a set route in the mornings on the way to the locker room; ticket office for a cookie, admin for a cookie and scratches, ski shop to bark at her arch nemesis on the other side of the closed glass door, ski school to see who’s working today and do they carry dog cookies, clinic always good for a cookie, locker room for morning meeting and to get dressed for the day and maybe another cookie.
You will have to keep us updated on Alfie & the pack. Thanks for this lovely story.
Alfie’s day is just like Trader’s day. Except we don’t live in a castle, and no one drops tea cakes. But the joy of each new day, the exciting smells, the encounters with nature’s other creatures reminds us to try to be more like our dogs and live fully in each new day. Thank you from Colorado, USA
I don’t think Alfie worries too much and glosses over any rebukes from nicking sandwiches..
Absolutely love that blog.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for such a wonderful read, and it’s such a beautiful place for the dogs to go walking, plenty of mischief for them to get into! Loved the photo of them getting into the trough.
Have a wonderful week.
I enjoy my moments by a trough – I then lift Rosie up – not with her approval – for her drink, moments to pause
What a beautiful story about these beautiful creatures. I almost felt I was going through the day with them and you. Thank you for sharing in these unpredictable times.
Ah, for the life of a dog!
As your story hit my email address I’m watching Downton Abbey!
Thank you for your nice story!
Thank you for your wonderful insight to your dogs world. They are truly magnificent brilliant animals. I don’t think I have ever been without a dog in my life. They come and stay until they go, leaving a special place in our hearts.
Companionship, love and food
Dear Lady Carnarvon, what a wonderful life you give your dogs! I am inspired by your yoga location under the big tree which looks very peaceful! That would be a dream location for me! Thank you for sharing!
I am going to share your wonderful, image filled post with my dog loving partner. He is a dog lover to the depths of his being, and this will fill him with joy.
We had the opportunity to visit your beautiful home this past October, and loved every single moment of our time there. Unfortunately, we did not get to see/meet any members of your four legged family. Perhaps another time!
Thank you – last October seems a world away!!!
I enjoyed reading that and wanted to tell you how much my husband and I enjoyed our visit to Highclere Castle last Tuesday – it is absolutely stunning!
During our stay in Newbury we successfully climbed Beacon’s Hill to visit the 5th Earl of Carnarvon’s grave – quite a challenge! We got caught in a torrential downpour at the top of the hill and coming back down was rather slippery.
My husband treated me to your book ‘Lady Catherine and the real Downton Abbey’ as I enjoyed the one you wrote about Lady Almina very much.
Thank you to everyone who made this visit so memorable for us – all the people who work at Highclere were so kind, friendly and informative.
Thank you so much!
Dear lady carnarvon. A dog has more value than a diamond always their for you a pleasure to be with and they get you out in all weather’s I used to have 2black labs 20years ago but I have a just over eleven year old Pomeranian a little bit slower like her owner ha ha best wishes alice
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
A great article! Life with our dogs is always a wonderful blessings. They all provide lots of entertainment with love. Do they say “hello” to visitors that our touring the castle? What fun.
I hope to be there sometime next year. Have a wonderful week.
Bolingbrook, IL USA
I look forward to seeing you at some point in 2021
Sounds like a pack of chuckleheads all together! We have a Golden, and it is amazing how deaf they become once there may be a biscuit or a crumb to be found. But life would certainly not be the same, nor really any good without our 4 legged friends to make us laugh.
Doggies are the light to our souls! You must read “Racing in the Rain”. Hope to purchase some more from your incredible gift shop. Seems I recall someone had a treat drawer in their office – Sally?Please pray that our wildfires be contained. First Covid kept us in, now the bad air quality. Your blog is my saving grace on Monday mornings!
We are hoping the fires will be contained – so sorry for you all bearing more challenges on top of everything else
Dear Lady Carnarvon, oh my goodness…I love the way you love your dogs…brings such joy to know you and I share that wonderful gift. I believe they make us better people by showing love and loyalty no matter what!!!
Thank you for all your joy and love of all things Highclere Castle and residents.
God bless you.
What a wonderful, beautiful, “magical” life your beloved Alfie lives. Oh how I wish I were a labrador living at Highclere! I lived each moment as I read your wonderful story. Had myself believing I was right there with Alfie and his friends. I do believe this is “Dog Heaven”. And when I “come back” I pray I will be a buddy to Alfie and enjoy this wonderful life. So sad that the world is in such terrible shape. If we could all just understand and enjoy life the way your Alfie and his friends do. At this time, having a dog, or cat, can bring such comfort – always at your side, always faithful and loving. Unfortunately, my beloved cat (the last of 4) Blackie, died a few months ago. Life is so terribly lonely without him. I am a widow – he was my dear friend – so life is so empty for me now.
Thank you so much for making my day. Give Alfie a hug from me.
I am so sorry he died- perhaps you might find a rescue kitten or cat?
We have no grandchildren, but adore our granddog, Farley. He is a rescue labrodoodle with the temperament of a lab. Big mystery: How could anyone have given him up? He adores my daughter so much and expects her return after work by 5:30. If not there for him at that time, his precious snout tries so hard to talk, “I need to go home. She may be waiting for me.” He is a spinner and such joy is roundly expressed once she comes for him.
We fully understand your love for these treasures. Thanks for sharing.
Lady Carnarvon, Alfie and Scooby-doo are beautiful looking Labs. Your beloved Bella and Dad both must have been strikingly fine looking. It shows in both Alfie and Scooby-doo. Cheryl
It is so nice to know that there is a “normal” out there. Animals keep our lives in perspective. I think that you have written about this before, but how are your furry friends related?
I began with one Labrador Percy when my son was two years old. Rosie the older Spaniel arrived on Christmas Day in a basket with ribbon for my son and husband. Rosie has children and a grand-daughter. From Percy, Bella both of whom have sadly died but then her sons and granddaughters are in th photos. Hopeless at choosing I kept more than one from each litter!!!
Wonderful! Thankyou for that lovely read. Labs are the most wonderful dogs- we only have the one yellow boy but I imagine the more the merrier. Did any of your dogs ‘act’ in Downton playing Isis or the new puppy? I hope to visit one day.
This was such a fun post to ready, especially in these times. Thanks for sharing about your dogs!
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
What a great story. Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your non-working life and that of your “pampered pets”. Perhaps a book is on the horizon?
Here in Michigan, we are experiencing the “dog days of Summer”. The idea of taking a dip after a long and tiring day sounds relaxing.
With the prolonged COVID-19 situation, moving fitness classes outdoors has become the weather-permitting norm. The shade of an out-stretched elm or mighty oak has made the transition appealing and tolerable.
Until next Monday, all the best you and everyone at the Castle.
P.S. My Chinese zodiac sign is the dog.
What a wonderful life Alfie and Stella enjoy! Thanks for sharing their adventures and bringing sunshine on a grey, overcast Monday here in Virginia. Thank you for brightening our day, Sandra.
Yesterday I received an internet advertisement from Orvis titled “Moment of Chill. It features wonderful dog photos and especially one with a little boy playing is a pile of leaves with his puppy.This company specialized in wonderful clothing and dog needs i.e.beds Of course you can Google the company and speak with a customer specialist who will send you the photos. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
Pismo Beach CA USA
thank you I know Orvis – it is over her too!!! Fun
Hello Lady Carnarvon
What a wonderful picture you painted with your story of Alfie and your start to the day. We had Kelpie sheepdogs on the farm but one in particular, Sam, was the champion trough “swimmer”. She could not resist water of any kind and when out and about with my husband every trough had to be investigated, sometimes twice.
A more loyal friend you could not have had and when my husband had a fall in the shearing shed and could not get up, Sammy came down to the house and barked outside my back door until I followed her and found my darling man with a broken ankle. Ever the angel she was I had to tie her up to prevent her following the ambulance to town.
Now Sam is in doggie heaven and I can picture her full of life and investigating the troughs up there. Happy splashing Sam 🙂
I can’t imagine my life without my dogs…….glad to see you are the same. The best to you all!
How wonderful. As you so rightly say, every day is a good day for a Labrador whatever their colour. They are never grumpy but always ready to greet you with that wagging tail. We should think every time we wake, today will be another good day although 2020 hasn’t been the best year but I’m sure the last few months of 2020 will improve, ready for a much better 2021. May you and your family remain safe and well.
Wonderful to hear about Alfie and his happy buddies. Dogs need just food, love, a good ramble and a warm bed and they are happy. Perhaps we could all learn from them.
Delightful! You are truly gifted in the ability to describe with flair what might have been a mundane day if described by another person.
A joy to read your blog Lady Carnarvon (also your books), you are a gifted writer. I look forward to Tuesday morning when it reaches my inbox in Qld Australia!
Dear Lady Carnarvon-
My Monday routine now is to read your blog in the morning and try to stay transported to Highclere Castle until the end of the day.
Thank you again for another delightful blog. It is a gift that dogs bring so much joy and unconditional love to us humans. Please consider giving Alfie an extra biscuit on behalf of his admirers, including our Westie, in Williamsburg.
Warm wishes and continued prayers for successful advances in reopening.
Steve and Robin Schroffel
Thank you so much Steve and Robin, just to let you know we welcomed 80 NHS workers and their families (as our guests) here for a day out last month – I cannot remember whether I mentioned it but I know how generous you both are too.. The wether was lovely and it was a small way of recognising their hard work
What a delightful and active life these lucky dogs live and how well you describe it. Having an adorable blue-roan cocker in an urban environment I’m worried that when she has opportunities to run free that she’ll get into trouble. I’ve often mused on how dogs who romp on large estates stay safe from wildlife, murky ponds and poisonous plants etc. Thank you for your fabulous blogs.
Experience and sometimes listening to me!!!
Dear Lady Carnarvon and our Monday Family,
It has been another one of ‘those days’. This is the first opportunity I have had to read my mail.
We, too are dog lovers. Now that we are older we have found it easier for us to manage small dogs. We currently have 2 Yorkshire Terriers. One of them is a rescue from Alaska and weighs 4.5 pounds. The other one weighs 7 pounds. They are such loves. They are very good listeners, too. I’ve cried into their necks at times of sadness. I’ve shared frustrations with them and they never judge me. They are always ready to offer kisses at just the time I need them. We also have 2 Granddogs up in Ohio. They are British Cream Golden Retrievers. They are so beautiful. Almost pure white coats. Very, very smart and sweet. I had never heard of that breed until our Daughter got them. I am curious if you are familiar with them?
Thank you for sharing this wonderful glimpse into “a day in the life of a Carnarvon dog”!
I have of course heard of Yorkshire terriers! They are cute and all dogs seem to me to be good listeners..
I have of course heard of Yorkshire terriers! They are cute and all dogs seem to me to be good listeners..
Love hearing all about the dogs, ive never had one so enjoy your stories more. I was wondering what your dogs made of Isis, the dog is Downton. I take it he was a trained animal? Did they ever mix?
Lady Carnarvon, My wishes were granted yesterday. I was so hoping you would write about your dogs again. I have re-read your blog and it gets better every time. The photos are superb! Continue to stay well and safe. Cheryl
This is hilarious! Now that is how a day is meant to be spent in a pandemic!
I do think you could become the next James Herriot ( without the vet experience) as you both have a delightful way of telling a story. I will expect to see your new book of Dog Tails ( tales) on the shelf in the bookstores next year!
Delray Beach, Florida
“THE DOG” BY OGDEN NASH
The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state that the dog is full of love.
I’ve also found, by actual test,
A wet dog is the lovingest.
That is too cute
I love Alfie’s playful innocence. I was laughing so much with his cuteness. I love your stories about your dog’s, they are so funny..
Thank you for an enjoyable day. Although my health club is back open with shorter hours, their abbreviated class schedule does not have a yoga class I can easily attend so I have started doing a yoga exercise of 10-15 minutes before bedtime each night. Much like Alfie, my siamese cat, Mr. Kitty, has also decided he likes doing yoga with me and will often rub my hands or wind up on his back purring, paws up, next to me while I am doing something similar. However, he has not figured out the end, when I sit cross legged and tell him Namaste and so far, has not returned my salutation. I’ll keep working on it.
Hurray for Alfie and Stella! What a life. It’s Tuesday and I’m prepping for another #Hurricane experience. #Laura is serious and my dogs are calm because I’m calm. Your day sounds like Heaven to me.
Time to get on w/prep! Boiling eggs & filling water bottles- another day in #disasterZone.
Stay well; truly anticipating 2021 and traveling to enjoy respite from all events of #2020.
In my next life I am coming back as a dog at Highclere Castle, lol. So much beauty to romp in.
Great dog, good post. This dog has a fur color much like the walls of Highclere. Note on that final night picture that the new comet is in it. Look above and slightly to the right of Highclere’s tallest central tower. Very pretty. Do you take these pictures or some one else? Frank
I took them all part forms eh one at night which Paul Mac took on a camera not a phone! But thank you
LOVE your sense of humor, and all the dogs. They are ADORABLE and are SO LUCKY to be your pets!!!
Lady Carnarvon, your books on Finse, are they available in book shops in Canada, as well on your online gift shop. I must be a kid at heart but I know I would enjoy reading it just like Beatrice Potter books. I believe it would be a joy to read. Cheryl
I think the books are just through our web site or Viking Cruises
I love so much that you have a dog named Scooby-Doo. You have made my day! Thanks for the great post, from a fan in Brooklyn, NY.
Your stories are such a delight. I look forward to each and every one of them. We visited you last July. We came from South Carolina, USA. Unfortunately we did not get to see you or the dogs. But it was a visit of a lifetime. We hope to get back to see you again some day. And maybe share some tea and biscuits when we do.
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share in your life.
Thank you for being part of this Monday Club!
Lady Carnarvon, the two photos of Highclere Castle and the rainbow, on your Instagram are incredible as well as your words. Perfect angles and light. Brilliant! Continuous good health to you, your family and staff. Cheryl
You are the kindest
This story brings me such joy. As I lay in my bed recovering from chemotherapy and my third year battling Cancer I watch Downton and dream of taking a walk with your beautiful dogs on the grounds. I hope someday to visit but if life runs out before then I shall take great joy in reading your blogs and living the life through your stories. Thank you kindly.
I hope so too!
My mum and I came to visit Yesterday and had a glorious day, The weather was perfect ! The house is beautiful and the gardens are marvellous!
On our arrival to the car park we encountered a lady at the edge of the large field in front of the castle with 7 or 8 spaniels and Labrador’s with a trug basket in hand and a yoga mat on her shoulder, I waited to let her and her beautiful dogs pass and cheerily waved and was greeted back with the same. Little did I know at that moment we were starting our visit by meeting actual Lady Carnarvon!!