2015 French Brittany Field Trials

 

It’s that time of year again!

Last year, Wheat and I attended the 12th Annual French Brittany Field Trials in Quincy, Florida just to take it all in.  We didn’t have a dog in the fight, so to speak, but it’s magic to watch those pretty little dogs work, so we didn’t mind.

This year (last weekend), our little Juin competed in the Puppy Division!  We are so proud of that little bit.

A bit of background: This field trial began in 2003 when a handful of friends, (namely my dad’s great friend, Galt) got together to have a Puppy Trial.  Every year since, the event has grown as did the circle of friends with French Britts.  Now, there are nearly 30 dogs in the trials, a catered BBQ lunch, trophies, and afternoon hunts. We are so grateful to be included!

This year, we began at 7:45 or so with donuts from Reynolds Donuts in Quincy (some of the best donuts you’ll ever have).

Reynolds Donuts at 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Our Louie competed in the Old Timer’s Division right off the bat.  At 14 and a half, he was the oldest Britt there!  I couldn’t get a good picture of it… but despite his poor eye sight, lack of hearing, and a long-gone sense of smell, Louie did great.  And by great, I mean he walked around for a few minutes, flushed a couple quail by accident, and got carried back to the quail buggy.

Next up were the puppies!  Juin competed against 7 other puppies, and she did so, so well.  We were proud puppy parents!  Prepare to be overwhelmed by pictures of Juin hunting.  And also other dogs hunting.  Having a French Brittany means you are obsessed with all French Brittanys.

Juin, 7 months, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Juin also made some new friends. :)

2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

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Wheat and June, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat and June, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat and June, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

After Juin, we watched all the other dogs give it a go.  I love seeing all the dogs each year!

Baby, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

My dad was the designated shooter again this year.

2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Juin got called back for another round, and this time I was able to get some much better pictures of her in action.  A French Brittany on point is one of the prettiest things you will see in the woods.

2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Juin On Point, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Juin on Point, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Juin on Point, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Juin on Point, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Juin, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat has been working with Juin so much since we brought her home, and he was awfully proud of how well she did… we both were!

Wheat and Juin, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

And then I managed to get one picture with my mom before the awards ceremony and lunch.

Natalie and Lisa Jo, 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Where Juin came in FIRST in the Puppy Division and Second Overall!  We were about to burst.

Juin, Best Puppy and Second Best Overall at 2015 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

2015 is off to a great start!  Here’s to hoping the rest of it lives up to January.

Until Next Time

Back to Reality

Normally I would be super bummed to be back to reality, but I’m pretty glad to come back to some semblance of a routine.  Kinda.  If you haven’t been following along on Instagram, let me get you up to speed:

 I’ve been attempting to detox from two to three weeks of boozing and celebrating, catch up on sleep and work, and settle into a less hectic schedule.  So far, so good.  I’ve eaten lots of salads, drank tons of water, been doing yoga every day, walking more (love my fitbit!), and drinking lots of juices.  I even spent a day drinking nothing but juices. That’s about as far as I can get on a cleanse.

I’ve been eating clean, which to me includes one slice of whole wheat bread a day, either turned into avocado toast or almond butter toast with pomegranate.

Almond Butter Toast with Pomegranate | Oysters & Pearls

We’ve dined on shrimp skewers with onions and tomatoes, sautéed baby bok choy, and grilled baby eggplant.

Shrimp Skewers and Veggies  | Oysters & Pearls

And I’ve eaten a lot of delicious salads from Grassroots while working in Thomasville.  They can’t be beat.

Salad from Grassroots Coffee Shop in Downtown Thomasville | Oysters & Pearls

And that cleanse I mentioned?  I drank juice all day long on Saturday.  And then I roasted a chicken when I got home from the Shop.  I feel better – I really do!  Find the recipe for the perfect roasted chicken from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc At Home here.

Ad Hoc at Home Roast Chicken | Oysters & Pearls

Another clean thing we’ve been eating: MORE PHO.  Pho real.  With pho real pictures, too!

Faux Pho at Home | Oysters & Pearls

We basically wanted nothing but broth and vegetables when we got back from wedding-stravaganza, so pho it was.

Shitaake Mushrooms and a Heartwood Forge Knife | Oysters & Pearls Sliced Radishes, Tiny Eggplant, Limes, and Thai Basil for Pho at Home | Oysters & Pearls Quick Pickled Onions and Bok Choy | Oysters & Pearls Pho Ingredients | Oysters & Pearls

Make your own faux pho – here’s how I make my pho.

It’s amazing what a week of yoga, walking, and eating healthy and not drinking will do!  That being said, I had a glass or two of wine last night for my mother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s birthdays Sunday night. ;)

I gave a presentation to the Lady Banks Garden Club of Thomasville Friday morning on backyard beekeeping.  It was the first time I had given a presentation on bees, and the first time in a long time in general!  I think there are a few more bee-lovers in Thomas County now.

Pictured: Top left: a worker bee (female), top right: a drone (male bee), and bottom is a Queen Bee.

Bee Diagram | Oysters & Pearls

Bee Diagram nabbed from Instagram @girlnextdoorhoney

I also shared a little tidbit I learned from @girlnextdoorhoney (one of my favorite instagram accounts) with the group.  Rather than paraphrase, I’ll just share the screenshot.  Just more proof that bees are divine little creatures.

Girl Next Door Honey Bee Facts | Oysters & Pearls

Amazing, no?

I haven’t been knitting much lately, sadly.  I’ve just been too busy!  I did finish up a hat for Fuzzy Goat as a sample.  It’s the Tin Can Knits Barley hat pattern in Swan’s Island yarn from Fuzzy Goat.

Tin Can Knits Barley Hat in Swan's Island Yarn | Oysters & Pearls

Just before Christmas, I took the plunge and ordered myself my own yarn ball winder!  I got some yarn for Christmas, too, so Sunday I got it out and figured out how to use it and got winding.  I wound up my Malabrigo Rasta and Sweet Georgia (in English Ivy) and look forward to winding center-pull balls for years to come. Malabrigo Rasta and Sweet Georgia in English Ivy, Wound at Home | Oysters & Pearls

Yarn Winding at Home | Oysters & Pearls

I made a sad attempt to start the Ishbel Shawl with that Sweet Georgia yarn (green), but my oh MY it might be over my head.  It begins with a Garter Tab cast on, which is precisely as far as I got.

Garter Tab Cast On for the Ishbel Shawl | Oysters & Pearls

Pure talent right there… le sigh.  Maybe by next Christmas I’ll have a shawl?  HALP.

And that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to!  Cooking more this week, but it’s pretty much been oldies but goodies.  Pho, Quinoa Pilaf, and plans for a venison pot roast this week.  What are y’all cooking?  I need some (healthy) inspiration!

Until Next Time

 

Wedding Season

Oh my word.  I can’t describe this holiday season without simply calling it Wedding Season.

I can’t complain – we celebrated with practically every friend we had this holiday/wedding season.  A season that lasted one whirlwind of a week!  We started out with Christmas.  We celebrated early with all our Bainbridge family, then headed to Bristol to my parents’ house Wednesday evening after I closed up the Shop.  We spent late nights and long days getting ready for my little sisters’ wedding on Saturday!  Our family friend, Ben Walden, did all the flowers, and they were gorgeous!

My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

 We took a little break for Christmas.  We had a light lunch and some delicious refreshments.  Clearly.

Christmas 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Bloody Mary for Christmas 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

 Back to wedding fun.  We worked hard, but at least we had plenty of those refreshments. ;)

My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

The wedding was beautiful and sweet and perfect for the happy couple.  For those of you who don’t know, my sister married Marc of Southern Restoration Furniture. :)  We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Marc and Cullen and Maggie into our family this Christmas!

Have I mentioned I like to knit a lot?  It was a hand knit Christmas this year, thanks to the Fuzzy Goat. 

A blaze orange beanie for the good Doctor…

Hand Knit Blaze Orange Beanie  | Oysters & Pearls

Pumpkin and purple wool beanies for the kiddos…

Hand Knit Christmas Hats | Oysters & Pearls Hand Knit Christmas Hats | Oysters & Pearls

And a tweed beanie for Marc, which he promptly put right to work in his shop!

Hand Knit Christmas Hat on Marc Ventry of Southern Restoration Furniture | Oysters & Pearls

 All the knitting deets are on my Ravelry page, btdubs.  Be my friend?

That giant wood slice became their gorgeous wedding cake stand, by the way.

Wedding Cake by Katie's Cakes in Havana, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

In addition to delicious food we had catered by Monica Brinkley and friends and the cake by Katie’s Cakes in Havana, Marc brought souse from Jones’ Meats, and I put together a cheese table with cheeses and meats from Sweet Grass Dairy.  Ben Hall, the photographer, took some far better pictures than I – you can find a sneak peak here!  I threw together this chalkboard sign for the souse table.  Never thought I’d see the day I wrote a chalkboard sign that said this:

Souse Table Sign for Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

There was a Steel Magnolia’s-style groom’s cake… red velvet armadillo in all its glory:

Armadillo Groom's Cake at My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

Red Velvet Armadillo Groom's Cake - Ventry To Be Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

A pretty bride…

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A dapper groom (decked out in Gang Warily leather suspenders from Maiden South, natch)…

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Lifelong friends…

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And lots of family!

Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

So happy for Marc and Anna Jo.  Congrats, loves!

Then we moved on to wedding number two in Ponte Vedra.  The rehearsal dinner was on NYE, so we celebrated accordingly.

NYE 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

NYE bathroom selfie to show off my new hair, since you couldn’t really see it in AJ’s wedding pics.  Thanks, Sister, for my new do!  You can find her at Haute Headz in Tallahassee, if you want one fo yo own self.

NYE 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Long time man friends, just taking a few pulls from a Fireball bottle in a parking lot…  Just like old times, I’m sure.  Or new times.

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd NYE | Oysters & Pearls

The festive groom:

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd NYE | Oysters & Pearls

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd NYE | Oysters & Pearls

Then on to the wedding.

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd | Oysters & Pearls

And the newly married couple!  Congrats Jon and Rachel!

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd | Oysters & Pearls

And thennnnnn we went to wedding number three in Amelia Island!  1) It was gorgeous, 2) I want to live in the Amelia Island Ritz.  Just sayin’.

Ready to see one of our very best girl friends walk down the aisle!

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

One stunner of a bride, if I do say so!

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

They’re hitched!

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

Super romantic wedding reception that we were sad to see end.

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

 But we wrapped up with a late night fireside catching up.  It was a wonderful end to a most wonderful week!  SO glad we got to spend so much time with so many cherished friends.

See also though: I’m le tired.

I’ll be spending the foreseeable future nursing some wounds (some old, some new), chugging water, and detoxing. ;)

I hope everyone had just as merry of a holiday as we did!

Until Next Time