June, 2013 Archive

Cooper Comes Home

We picked Cooper up yesterday and brought him back to his new home … where he has settled in really well. I was up a couple of times last night to take him for a wee in the garden and to settle him back to sleep but he’s a little star. Today I am shattered but after having had 2 kids, the maternal nature takes over the tiredness. I’m hoping that the nights will get easier in the next week or so as he gets firmly settled.

For all of those following Cooper’s progression, here are some pictures of his first day at home with us.

cooper at 8 weeks

cooper 8 weeks home

cooper at home

waiting for the rain to stop

Cooper at the big steps

having a sniff

Cooper in the garden

Cooper meets Poppy

3 days to go

On Friday we will be getting Cooper …. we have feelings of excitement and lots of trepidation. With the kids now 12 & 11 we have got through all the hard parts and now we are heading back to literally having a baby back in the house who needs lots of care and attention. I always complain about not having enough time to do everything that I want and need to do, and now I will have more to do… but I will just have to delegate more tasks at home, become more organised and find the extra time to look after Cooper.

We popped to see him after work today, and he is just adorable


Cutey Cooper

This afternoon we popped to see Cooper and to have a cuddle. Its amazing how he has changed in the last week and I could even play a bit of “fetch”, with Cooper eager to retrieve his toy and bring it back to me. This is a cute picture of him with his paws on my knee as I was crouched down

Cooper 7 weeks

Here as a few more cute pictures of him

Cooper and Miles 7 weeks

Cooper 7 weeks cocker spaniel

Chocolate cocker spaniel

Cooper and Ethan 7 weeks

Yurts in Stunning Yorkshire

This weekend we headed into the Yorkshire Dales to stay in a yurt and explore the amazing countryside that is just on our doorstep. We’d booked into Keld Bunkbarns and Yurts that is owned and run by Dave’s cousin and have had an amazing weekend which also tied in with Father’s Day too.

The journey to Keld took about an hour and a half. There are two routes, either up the A1, across the A66 and then drop into the deep Dales, or the full scenic route. On the way there we went the fast way, and took the full scenic route back. On the way there we dropped off the A66 and immediately we were on single track roads heading up high into the Dales, with breathtaking scenery around every bend.


We stopped for a bit of a picnic along the way to enjoy the view … nope Dave hasn’t got a new car, this was a loaned one while his car gets serviced and thankfully it came back in one piece after some near misses on the narrow roads.


We finally arrived, and what a welcome sight.

This is the Keld Bunkbarns and Yurts .. what a stunning location, and it’s really popular with the Coast to Coast walkers. I’m not surprised either, as we were treated to an amazing evening meal of a hearty lamb stew, yorkshire puddings and mash potato, as well as gorgeous bacon baguettes this morning. They are licenced to serve alcohol so that’s a bonus, and have great shower/toilet facilities as well as washing and drying areas catering for muddy walkers. They have space for tents to pitch, have 2 super cool yurts and a bunkbarn that can sleep up to 12.

keld bunkbarns and yurts

A river runs alongside and behind the bunkbarn is a stunning waterfall

keld bunkbarns and yurts waterfall

We’ve never staying in a Yurt before, or done “glamping” but it was great fun. In the yurt was a double sofa bed and 2 single beds, along with a table and chairs and a wood burning stove in the centre. It was really well insulated so we were really cosy even through the rain storm on Saturday night.

Before we tucked into our gorgeous home cooked evening meal we took a stroll to the pub at Keld which was about half a mile away. I have never seen so many buttercups ever!



After a good night’s sleep we headed to Hawes, which was about a 20 minute drive away to visit the Wensleydale Creamery to see how they make the delicious Yorkshire Wensleydale. You can visit the museum as well as see the factory making the cheese. We spent lots of time watching the process which was really good.


After the factory tour you can then go to the Cheese Shop and taste every type of cheese that they make, which was yummy!


Then we carried on the journey home and stopped on the way to see the Aysgarth Falls, where the river has 3 stunning waterfalls that have been formed over 1000’s of years. Aysgarth Falls also lays claim to featuring in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner.



So, all in all a very good weekend and I would definitely recommend anyone to explore the Yorkshire Dales, and if you fancy a night or two in a yurt, get booked into to Keld 🙂

Cooper is now 6 weeks old

Another visit to see Cooper puppy today and he’s getting much more active and lively. We can’t wait to get him back home so that we can get him settled. Here are a few of the new pictures from today.

Cooper Cocker Spaniel 6 weeks

Cooper and Miles

Cooper and Ethan

Cooper 6 weeks

Here’s a little video clip of Cooper having a run 🙂
Cooper 6 weeks video