By a strange quirk of fate I was born in the Cotswolds yet brought up in the nearby Vale of Evesham.
My parents often used to take me for picnics and scenic drives in the Cotswolds usually on a Sundaay afternoon. It was during these outings that I first became fond of the region not only because of its beautiful villages where the likes of Snowshill, Stanton, Stanway and The Slaughters are widely regarded as ome of the most beautiful to be found in the world.... But the Cotswold Way; the scenic footpath that stretches from Chipping Campden in the north for some 80 miles to Bath, in the South.
When I was 14 years old my parents gave me my first Collie, a sable and white Shetland Sheepdog, called Shep. This was followed by another Sheltie a tricoloured bitch called Jenny purchased from Miss Bushby at Upper Slaughter. They remained in the family as loyal and affectionate pets right up to the time I left to persue my agricultural career overseas with ICI.
Working with ICI the world soon became my oyster for beside holding down three responsible positions with them in North America, Australia and Africa, it enabled me to travel through over 50 countries as a world traveller. A most wonderful chapter in my life.
I returned home during the late 1970's due to my fathers poor health where I found it very difficult to adjust back to life in England again. Initially I lived in Worcester before I found a 17c cottage in the picturesque Cotswold village of Blockley. It was here that I made my first real step to settling back in England again by purchasing two Rough Collie pups from May Young after seeing a most beautiful photograph of her two Champions, Thats My Sheila and Fair Dinkum in a dog magazine one day, quite by chance. Soon after I met Hazel Hunt who was instrumental in introducing me to the world of showing collies. With the advent of more collies arriving at my tiny cottage for showing purposes it became evident that I would have to find somewhere more suitable.