Barrie North

His blog, being the public diary of a townie turned countryman and his adventures while setting up a new business.

Sunday 6th January 2019

January 6, 2019 | Barrie North

I saw this poster on Tesco’s notice board. Heartbreaking. Bad enough that a beloved friend may have got lost but that your dog has been stolen by someone, who by the nature of their actions will not treat this dog well, is simply too appalling to contemplate. The grief that this family must be suffering,… Read More »

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

January 3, 2019 | Barrie North

If you are reading this then a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and yours. In an attempt to make my own New Year somewhat more prosperous I am now advertising my Dog Walking Accessories (collars, leads, and shortly harnesses) on Ebay and Etsy. Available currently in Shocking Pink with Rose Gold metal fittings… Read More »

Sunday 30th December 2018

December 30, 2018 | Barrie North

Denise and I took my two grandsons, Rowen aged 9 and Luke aged 6, to the see Aladdin last Friday. Great boys (yeah I know, of course I would say that) and each special in their own way. Ro is so centered for a boy of his age, quite at home in his own skin… Read More »

Christmas Eve, Monday the 24th of December 2018.

December 24, 2018 | Barrie North

I know that it has been a while since I was last able to make an entry here so, if I have any readers, please accept my apologies. I really must give this blog more time.  Anyway, lunch today for Denise and me at the Swan at Marbury, a Christmas treat for us both. Never… Read More »

Friday 30th November 2018

December 3, 2018 | Barrie North

My first real outing with collars & leads as well as dog coats. This was in the canteen at Brightstar in Crewe where I currently work as a “Technical Adviser” and where I was kindly offered the opportunity to promote my Bone Dry business as shown below. I should explain that I now trade as… Read More »

Monday 12th November 2018

November 15, 2018 | Barrie North

A very important day for me. My refurbished website went live. Constructed for me by Robin Trigg of Zelus Digital. What a super job. Please have a look ( as often as you can. I shall be adding new products from time to time and besides, I need the views to drive up my place in… Read More »

Sunday 11th November 2018

November 15, 2018 | Barrie North

Rembrance Sunday. Always such a sombre day, made more poignant this year, being one hundred years since the armistice. In my childhood there were still men maimed and crippled in “The Great War” to be seen on the streets of London, so to me that awful conflict is still within living memory. The huge grief… Read More »

Friday 9th November 2018

November 15, 2018 | Barrie North

The Horseshoes in Tilstock, just south of Whitchurch, is just about my favourite pub in a very closely contended field that includes such strong local runners as The Cholmondeley Arms on the A41 near Malpas, The Willeymoor Lock on Tarporley Road near Whitchurch, and The Bhurtpore Inn at Aston. Graham and Sally run that now… Read More »

Tuesday, 9th October 2018

October 9, 2018 | Barrie North

Tuesday, 9th October 2018 A very sad day today. Denise and I had to say goodbye to our beloved friend Denis after nineteen years. Denis had been with us since puppyhood and a better friend never lived. Never growled, never snapped, good in the house, always loving, So much missed. In the last few years… Read More »

Saturday 6th of October 2018

October 6, 2018 | Barrie North

Saturday 6th of October 2018 After many, many frustrations the first of my new product line, “Dog Walking Accessories” are ready to go to market, “His and Hers Collar and Lead Sets”, and what a struggle this has been. The soft cushion webbing that I wanted for the collars and leads could only be supplied… Read More »