1 January 2011

A Year of Green Hills: 2010

2011 is now upon us, so it’s time to look back over last year…



I met Rua, a dog who was to become very important to us over the course of the year…



Ben the Sprollie arrived, our first ever brown dog, and son of Rua.



I turned 15 and I started a blog charting the adventures of my puppy Ben and his friends. I got a new camera and used it to take some really cute pictures.



I visit a friend’s house and took a lot of photos, while meeting Shane too.



The Sheepdog Sisters turned four!



My Dad and I made a Shepherd’s Pie (a training ring for the dogs).



Ben and Sheila spent many happy days playing in the garden.
Sheila and Ben



Ben spent his first day at the beach.
Ben at the Seaside



I got a new puppy, Pip, daughter of Rua.



Pip’s ears went all sticky-uppy.
Pip's ears!



The worst snowfall in 25 years hit Northern Ireland.
Sheep in snow



We had our first lamb, Lucky.

So that’s our year. I hope you had a good one too, and an even better one in 2011! Happy New Year!

PS: Today’s the day that we also celebrate the birthdays of Fly and Jack because even though we know what years they were born in, we don’t know the exact date, so…

Happy birthday, Jack (9-years-old today)!

And happy brithday Fly (a whopping 18-years-old today)!

Fly Update: Lots of coaxing and a vet visit later, Fly is finally on the mend! She’s slowly being weaned back onto her usual food. She’s still a bit under the weather bust she should be better soon! Thank goodness! Thanks for your well wishes, Fly got lots of hugs today!



  1. What a lovely chronicle of your year! Pip and Ben are growing so fast! Happy New Year

  2. Great round up of last year!
    I was going to ask you how Fly was doing, and am glad to hear that she is doing better. That is an amazing age for a border collie, give her a nice gentle massage from me:)

  3. Great pictures! Happy New Year

  4. Thank you for taking us through 2010. We only met you towards the end of the year and so missed much of the excitement.

    We would like to wish Fly and Jack all the best on their Birthdays! May the year be kind to them, and to all of you!

    From everyone at
    The Poupounette

  5. Happy Birthday to Fly and Jack! Sounds like you had a great year. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures in 2011. Wishing you the best to come. :)

  6. Ruth, thanks for taking us back through 2010 in lovely pictures. You have a real talent for photography which I'm sure will become even more pronounced as you get older. Happy New Year to all of you, and a special Happy Birthday to Fly. She reminds Mom of her childhood border collie, Missy, who lived to be seventeen. Fly looks great for her age, and her teeth are so sparkly white. Is she raw fed?

  7. Fly is 18, truly? our boscoe is 15 1/2 and doing well, but on various medications (including insulin). but 18. wow.

    your pictures are great i've said it before, but it bears repeating. happy new year!

  8. Happy New Year! Fly still spry at 18 gives me hope for my 12-year old border collie. Cold days aggravate her arthritis, and her vision is not what it was, but she still has great spirit.

    Best wishes for the year ahead. Keep up your great work.

  9. What a great post. You all have a safe and Happy New Year....

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  10. Love the 2010 review! Well wishes for Fly! And Happy Birthday to both Fly and Jack. You have a wonderful pack! I too am curious about your dogs diet...please share.
    Happy New year to you and your family!

  11. Hi All, (furry ones and human ones) - I'm loving your piccies and reading your blog. My parents went to Ireland in 2002 and they still RAVE about it. One of their bestest trips they tell me. Happy New Year, Tail Wuggles, Rubie.

  12. A beautiful and interesting round up of year 2010. It let us feel that we have known you better too.
    Happy Birthday to Jack and Fly!!! Both of them are wonderful!

  13. What a great year-end wrap up! Happy Birthday Fly and Jack! Happy New Year to you and you family!

    Your pal, BIG Pip

  14. We love looking at your beautiful pictures of your dogs and countryside! Nice year wrap up!

    Kirby and his mom

  15. It sure has been a great year for you guys!
    Happy Birthday to Jack and Fly!

    Keep us updated on the lamb too, would you? Such a cutie! :)