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2016 Annual Allee French Brittany Field Trials

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Wheat and I (and Juin!) were fortunate enough to attend the Ali family’s Annual French Brittany Field Trials yet again this year.  We always have the very best time watching these little bird dogs show off their stuff, and this year was no exception.  It was a GORGEOUS cool (but not cold) day in the woods.  I mostly just have pictures of Juin, but hope to have a few more pictures to share once everyone who was there gets around to sharing them.

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and Bobby Lee

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and Bobby Lee

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and my Dad, the good Doctor and designated Shooter of the day

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Bobby Lee and Dick

We are lucky enough to have multiple amazing photographers in attendance every year, and this year those ranks included none other than Dale Spartas.  He’s a good friend of Dr. Ali, and he quickly becomes a friend to anyone he meets… especially people who love the same things he does: bird dogs and hunting and the outdoors.

Dale Spartas Photography, 2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Dale Spartas, Photographer

Juin went up against Bobby Lee in the first round of the young adult dogs this year.  She’s 1.5 years old now!  Hard to believe how small and young she was at the Field Trials last year.

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin on Point

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin on Point

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin in action

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Doc and Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Doc and Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Bobby Lee, Retrieving

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and Bobby Lee

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Doc and Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin Backing Bobby Lee

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin on Point

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin, ready to hunt

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin, on point

Juin got called back for another go at it, this time with her half-sister, Ivy, and Bobby Lee again.

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and Ivy

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Flushed Bobwhite Quail and Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and Ivy

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Ivy on Point

Ivy is such a pretty girl, and she retrieves, too!  Not all French Brittanys will retrieve, and it’s considered a real bonus if they do.  Her mama, Rhonda, was proud, I know. :)

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Bobby Lee and Ivy, Retrieving

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Rhonda and Ivy, Retrieving

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Rhonda and Ivy – Puppy Love

At lunch time, we headed back to the barn for a feast and awards, but not before I snapped a few more pictures of Wheat and Juin.

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Wheat and Juin

Wheat and Juin, 2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Wheat and Juin

We are so happy to participate in these friendly field trials each year, and we have the very best time seeing everyone and watching these little dogs strut their stuff.  It’s all in good fun, but we’re awfully proud that Juin tied Ivy, her half-sis, for second best in the young adult division, and she won Second Best Overall this year!  That little pup brings so much chaos, fur, laughs and love into our little house and we are thrilled that she is such a good little bird dog, too.

Thank you SO much to Galt and Francine Allee, who host this wonderful event each January.  I’ve been coming to the field trials since I was a little girl, and it’s an event I hope to continue to attend for many, many years to come… hopefully with a little boy or girl in tow before too long!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

2014 French Brittany Field Trials & Scenes from My Weekend

Happy Monday!

As you may have deduced from my Instagram account (if you’re not following me, you should be!), Wheat and I spent our Saturday morning watching field trials.  The bloodline that my family’s French Brittany Spaniels are from has a field trial each year, and it’s so much fun to see all the different dogs and watch them hunt.  I thought I’d share (quite) a few pictures with y’all this morning!

I managed to get a couple pictures of a couple different quail.  Catching them is difficult, so I was pretty surprised this one turned out fairly decently.Eastern Bobwhite Quail | Oysters & Pearls

The field trials started with the puppy division, which consisted of a single puppy this year: Ivy.  Now Wheat and I both have a serious case of puppy French Britt puppy fever!  But can you blame us?

Ivy, French Brittany Puppy | Oysters & Pearls

Ivy was absolutely precious and was pointing already!

Next up were the old timers.  Our dog, Louie, who turns 14 this summer, was the oldest of the entire group.

Louie, a nearly 14-year old French Brittany Spaniel | Oysters & Pearls

French Brittanys on Point | Oysters & Pearls

He did okay, but he is moving awfully slow these days.  He had to catch a ride back to the Gator.

Daddy and Louie | Oysters & Pearls

Then we watched all the other Britts hunt.

French Brittany, On The Run | Oysters & Pearls

Champ Backing Lizzie | Oysters & Pearls

Quail Wagon | Oysters & Pearls

French Brittanys, Ready to Hunt | Oysters & Pearls

This pretty pup is actually our Bubba’s brother, Pick!  The resemblance is crazy to me.Pick, A French Brittany | Oysters & Pearls

Natalie and Wheat, 2014 Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

Natalie and Doc, 2014 Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls

After the field trials were over, lunch was waiting on us.

2014 French Brittany Field Trial Lunch | Oysters & Pearls

It was awesome.  Wings, smoked onions, sausage, broccoli, baked beans, cole slaw, yeast rolls… I definitely overfilled my plate.

After lunch, most everyone went back out and hunted the rest of the afternoon, but Wheat and I had a birthday party to attend!  Wheat’s grandmother turned 87 on Friday, so we met all Wheat’s dad’s family in Tallahassee for a birthday celebration at Z. Bardhi’s Italian Cuisine.  It was amazing!

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Mary Cate and I split a Caprese salad at first, then she liked it so much she ordered her own!

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In her defense, it was really good. :)  Then I had a seafood lasagna with goat cheese instead of ricotta.  It was divine!

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It was also REALLY dark in there!

Sunday I came into possession of a great deal of canning supplies and an old wooden shoe organizing shelf.  I put the two together, and I now have a very clean and organized canning cabinet!

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It was a complete disaster zone before, so I was really excited to whip it into shape.  Now I wish it didn’t have doors because I could stare at this all day long!

That’s basically what I was up to all weekend.  What were y’all doing?

Until Next Time

Thanksgiving Quail Hunt

I took so many pictures that I couldn’t bear not share that I decided our quail hunt (let’s be real: mainly all our dogs) deserved its own post.  So Happy Friday!  I wish every weekend could be as full of friends, family, food, dogs, and fun (they couldn’t all start with “F”) as this Thanksgiving was!

Thomas Mill Branch | Oysters & Pearls Bubba the Lap French Brittany | Oysters & Pearls Old Jeep Wrangler | Oysters & Pearls Natalie's Browning Citori | Oysters & PearlsGoat Skulls | Oysters & PearlsBilly Goat Skull | Oysters & Pearls

Redneck Vase | Oysters & Pearls

We have a natural honey bee hive!  Anyone have any recommended reading for me?  I would love to move them (in the spring, I’m told) into a bee box and become a bee keeper, despite my dad’s and husband’s extended eye rolling at my bee keeping aspirations.Natural Bee Hive | Oysters & PearlsHoney Bees | Oysters & PearlsHoney Bee at Thomas Mill Branch | Oysters & Pearls

My dad prepping the beer-butt chicken, or “drunk chicken,” as Wheat calls it.  These two nekkid chicks went into the smoker, along with two racks of pork ribs, to cook all afternoon while we hunted.  Beer Butt - Drunk Chickens | Oysters & Pearls

She’s ready to go!Pick Me! Bird Dog Ready to Hunt | Oysters & Pearls Bird Dog Excitement | Oysters & Pearls

Sadly, Louie is too old to hunt now.  But he gets to ride with us anyway for this hunt.
Louie, 13 Year Old French Brittany | Oysters & Pearls

And sadly, as much as we want Bubba to hunt… he just won’t.  He’d rather be up on the Gator riding with us.But I Just Want to Ride Up Here With You | Oysters & Pearls

Buster, Truman’s beautiful new Springer Spaniel, does ride on the Gator with us.  He’s a great flusher and retriever, but still very much a puppy.  Makes me want one!
Buster, Spring Spaniel | Oysters & Pearls

Finally, we actually do some hunting.  I would have taken more pictures if I hadn’t actually hunted the entire time myself.  But you’re probably grateful for that!
Quail Hunting | Oysters & Pearls On Point | Oysters & Pearls Under the Power Lines | Oysters & PearlsGood Shot | Oysters & Pearls Good Boy | Oysters & Pearls They're Over Here! | Oysters & Pearls Spring Spaniel Flushing Quail | Oysters & Pearls

Sunset catches up with us, and we head back to the barn.Sunset in the Piney Woods | Oysters & PearlsThe Ride Home | Oysters & Pearls

A fire is built, birds are cleaned (20 in all; I proudly got 4 of those), and drunk chickens and ribs are pulled from the smoker.  And the sleepiest dogs seem to be the ones who didn’t even hunt. Put Your Feet Up | Oysters & Pearls Just a Buddy | Oysters & Pearls Smoked Ribs at the Barn | Oysters & Pearls Beer Butt Chicken, Drunk Chickens | Oysters & PearlsBed Thief | Oysters & Pearls They Didn't Even Hunt | Oysters & Pearls

I wish you all a relaxing and wonderful weekend.  Hopefully I’ll finish getting decorated for Christmas (bad blogger, I know!) and will share that with you next week.  Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks, as usual.  I got a new name! You can now find me @oystersandpearls.  :)

Happy weekend!

Until Next Time