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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

Happy Birthday, Jim!

Is it really Monday again already? This weekend was too short!

I had some posts planned for this week, but instead of catching myself up, I’ll do a quick weekend wrap up, and we’ll get to the recipes later.

Jim's Birthday Cake | Oysters & Pearls

It was our good friend Jim’s 30th birthday on Saturday, so we threw him a party! Any excuse to bake a cake.

I picked some basil…

Making Fresh Pesto | Oysters & Pearls

And made some pesto orzo pasta. I won’t rehash it today, but {Click here} for my pesto recipe.

Fresh Pesto Orzo Pasta | Oysters & Pearls

I tried out a new recipe (post coming tomorrow) for a spicy corn salad that was a HIT with everyone.

Spicy Corn Salad | Oysters & Pearls

Everyone brought a steak, and we did a surf and turf supper. I made my baked buffalo shrimp, which everyone seemed to love. {Click here} for the recipe – you won’t regret it.

It was so much fun. We are so fortunate to have a good group of friends and it was great to be able to celebrate Jim’s birthday together.

To recap: there were a lot of laughs shared, and there may or may not have been some “icing” going on that had nothing to do with the cake. We are so mature.

The kids played with Wallace and Harold a whole lot.

SC, Karri & Wallace  | Oysters & Pearls

SC really loves Wallace, who she calls “her kitty.” Wallace, on the other hand, was a little nervous around SC, so they had some supervised visitation with Mrs. Karri.

Karri, SC, & Wallace | Oysters & Pearls

B just chilled and hung out with Harold.

B & Harold | Oysters & Pearls

Note the eyeblack leftover from Friday night. That boy loves football more than any kid I know.

Richard & Jim | Oysters & Pearls

The birthday boy got a lot of hugs from Richard.

And then Banks wanted in on the action and attempted a group picture. But somehow it almost turned into wrestling. I guess boys will boys, no matter how old they get.

This was the best I could do.

Banks, Richard, & Jim | Oysters & Pearls

After much begging and pleading from B, we finally sang happy birthday and Jim blew out the candles so we could eat cake.

Happy Birthday, Jim! | Oysters & Pearls

Jim's Cake & Dessert Table | Oysters & Pearls

I’ll post the cake recipes later this week, but here’s the spread. I gave Jim some pepper sauce and hot sauce I made last weekend (posts still to come – promise!) as a birthday gift. It was a last minute affair so I just threw all this together, but sometimes those are the very best parties. This one was pretty great!

Then yesterday while Wheat played golf, I went to my parents house to hang out and start a couple projects. One involved picking six gallons of grapes. :)

Grapes | Oysters & Pearls

Hope everyone else had a great weekend! It’s back to recipes tomorrow. Happy Monday!

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Saturday Garden Update

Bonus post!!

I hope everyone is thoroughly enjoying their weekends!!  I realized this morning that I hadn’t updated anyone on the garden in ages, so I thought I’d throw an update in this weekend.  Some things are just now taking off, and some are on their last leg.  I’ll keep this post light on words and heavy on pictures.

Basil | Oysters & Pearls

Our basil was doing SO well… until an army of black caterpillars did some SERIOUS damage.  We’ve started putting Sevin Dust on them like we’ve had to do to the tomatoes, but it just washes off with every rain (which is practically all day every day these days).  I’d love to have an organic garden, but I don’t want to grow it just to feed these dern caterpillars!  Any suggestions??

Key Lime Seedling | Oysters & Pearls

Remember when I made key lime pie?  Well, I saved a few seeds, and I managed to get one started into a seedling!  I’m hoping that in approximately one jillion years I will be eating key limes from it.

And speaking of citrus trees…

Meyer Lemon Tree | Oysters & Pearls

Our Meyer lemon tree is growing like crazy!  It was just twigs when we planted it… and for a long time after that.  We actually planted two, and one didn’t make it.  They were coming up around my grandparents’ lemon tree, and that makes having one pretty special.  Plus, they are the BEST lemons.  They are really sweet and the size of a softball.  Amazing.

Garlic Bed | Oysters & Pearls

Also a new feature: a very tiny (for now) garlic bed.  I can now call myself a self-respecting woman.  We planted some that Wheat’s aunt gave me when she gave me some cucumbers for pickling, plus a couple other cloves that had sprouted in the fruit bowl.

Bell Peppers | Oysters & Pearls

Our bell pepper plants haven’t ever really gotten very large, but they are slowly but surely growing some peppers!  As you can see, the caterpillars have done a number on these, too.  Help!

Pickling Cucumber | Oysters & Pearls

We still have a few cucumbers trickling in, but we have pulled all but a couple vines up at this point.  They are drowning in the rain!

Cucumbers | Oysters & Pearls

Not so pretty anymore – but I hate to pull the last of them up if I can get a few more cukes out of them!

Okra | Oysters & Pearls

Our okra is really taking off these days.  The plants are getting bigger and stronger, and are starting to make more okra!  Overall, though, it’s pretty laughable.  We’ve gotten 2 okra pods off these plants so far… but we’ll see.  They ought to produce all summer long, if we’ll ever get some sunshine!

Plotting Their Escape | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Wallace, planning their escape perhaps.

Now, on to what we have had the most success with: TOMATOES!

Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine | Oysters & Pearls

We have eaten a ripe cherry tomato here and there, and they are so good!

As for the other varieties we planted (beefsteak, Cherokee purple, and Roma) we have only gotten one tiny ripe beefsteak.  I have high hopes for them all, if it will just. quit. raining!

Roma Tomatoes | Oysters & Pearls

Green Cherokee Purple Tomato | Oysters & Pearls

Tomatoes are not Toys | Oysters & Pearls

Tomatoes are not toys, Wallace.

Which also, note how TALL our maters are now!  We never cease to be amazed at how big they’ve gotten.  See them a little over a month ago {here}.  It’s especially crazy that we started them from seed!

For a tutorial on how we built our raised beds, click {here} and {here}!

Raised Tomato Bed | Oysters & Pearls

Now, if Wallace will just guard them from squirrels while we aren’t home, we’ll be set…

Guardian of the Garden | Oysters & Pearls

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