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I am a part-time pet portrait and wildlife artist living in the deep dark forest between the Royal Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the Welsh border. A beautiful and inspiring place to live and create pet portraits and wildlife art.
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Monday, 14 July 2008

Leaving Sallow Vallets and back to dog portrait of Tia

This morning we completed the oak marking in Sallow Vallets, a lovely area in the Forest of Dean. This area is very popular with cyclists but is also one of the prettiest parts of the Forest.



Sallow Vallets, Forest of Dean, the View Point The image above is from a place known as the view point, where the tariff team have sat many a lunch time enjoying the view. My photos (all stuck together) do not do the view justice, on a sunny day you can see a large slice of the Dean and most of the ridges so I have been informed by Andrew 'the oracle' Davis are remnants of old mines which was a huge thriving business not that long ago. One of the more peculiar forest laws are that if you work down a mine for a year and a day plus being born 'within the hundred of St Briavels' you are entitled to open your own mine and work it for monetary reward. Today there are only a handful of freeminers left and with the lack of children being born at the local Dilke Hospital, the number of true Foresters has dwindled to near zero. The Foresters are a proud breed and a true Forester is a rung above the other locals, and so they should be. There are also bylaws regarding Commoners who are allowed to run their sheep on Forestry land rather than having to pen them up, as a result most of the sheep are road wise and pretty sharp!!
Cass the golden retrieverAs we stopped to discuss yet another oak tree, Cass the chief whip, started barking, she is worse than any manager and boss as she barks constantly when we stand still, she's such a slave driver!

We are now moving to an area called the Doward which is on the banks of the river Wye, very near where the peregrine falcons nest at Symonds Yat. We are working in a wood where dormice live so these are one thing I would love to get a picture of, alas I think they are very secretive.

Anyway back at home (on the farm) this is our baby faverolle salmon who was hatched yesterday, it looks like a cuddly little teddy bear, cute or what?faverolle salmon chick
As usual all the furry friends had a run about this afternoon, bunnies and piggies are all happy and I cleaned all of their cages. Lucky little buggers! Got to get back to my pet portrait of Tia, it's getting near completion now and I'm pleased to have received an email from Tia's owner to say I'd got her portrait just right so that has spurred me on to make the final push to complete it for her husband's birthday. Back to the grind stone...... until next time!!

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