Writer, zoologist and gundog enthusiast, Pippa blogs on life in the countryside

Pippa’s Blog is moving

I  have decided to move this blog onto my own website pippamattinson.com.

I am not going to ‘migrate’ it in one go, I have read too many stories about how this can go wrong.

So I have decided to move the articles over a few at a time.

When the transition is complete, I will shut this one  down.

Thank you

This will probably be the last new post I put up on this site,   and I would just like to say a BIG thank you to all those that have subscribed and commented.

It is now just over a year since I discovered WordPress and started blogging.  This  site was my first attempt and I could not possibly have guessed just how much I would enjoy it.

Your support and encouragement has been a huge part of that.

I hope you will visit our ‘new home’  and look forward to seeing you there

Best wishes




Copyright and Pedigrees

Jemima Harrison's long awaited documentary to air in February

I suppose that this happens to all bloggers eventually.  But for some reason, I wasn’t expecting it yet.   I came across an article on the internet yesterday that looked remarkably familiar.  But then it would do.  Because I had written the content.

Only the website the article was sitting on was not one of my own.

It is not uncommon for people to copy a part of an article and link it back to the author’s site.  

It is perhaps more unusual for someone to copy an entire article and to alter it  slightly to make appear to have been written by the ‘copier’   (I am resisting the urge to write ‘thief’)  but this is what had happened to my article.

This morning I have written to the person who took my article and asked them politely to remove it from their website.

I will let you know what happens!

Pedigree Dogs Exposed returns!

I also want to spread the news about Jemima Harrison’s new film: Pedigree Dogs Exposed – three years on.

Jemima’s ground breaking film,  Pedigree Dogs Exposed, drew international public attention to the plight of some of our pedigree dog breeds and the problems of maintaining a healthy population of animals within a closed registry.

As some of you know I have taken a keen interest in Jemima’s campaign and am delighted to see that the BBC have announced a screening date for this long awaited documentary.

You can catch it on BBC Four on Monday 27th February at 9pm.   I suspect that the dog owning nation will be glued to their seats!

Its a strange business this blogging lark!

Less than three months ago,  I barely knew what a blog was.    Now it feels as though blogging and I are ‘old friends’.     I have learned  so much,  in the last few weeks not least of which is the discovery that I have a great deal more to learn!  

The next step in my ‘blogging journey’ is make a searchable, organised home for my  ‘gundog’  material.  I have just the place planned out.   It is a website called Totally Gundogs.  It will be a ‘how to’  blog with gundog news, training tips,  health advice,  and general information about getting into gundog work and becoming a part of the somewhat cliquey gundog community in the UK.   I hope also to look at gundog work in other parts of the world.

I’ve been having a lot of fun writing some new material (and updating some of the old).  There is a lot more work to do yet but the site is now open, so I hope you will drop in and check it out.

I could not have made any of these blogs without the help and information provided by other more experienced bloggers.   If you are a beginning blogger like me,  you might be interested in some of the excellent resources I have discovered on my blogging travels in the last few weeks.  

One of my favourites is a blog by writer Jeff Goins   but for the technicalities of how, where, and when to blog,  Problogger,  by Darren Rowse,  Copyblogger and Tentblogger by John Saddington, are hard to beat.   Without the mountain of practical information freely available from three guys I would not have lasted the first month.

I have also,  along the way, discovered Google Reader,  which enables me to keep up with other blogs in my niche and which offer support to new bloggers.    I am such a dinosaur that I didn’t even know what RSS was until a few weeks ago.

This blog will remain focused on my country pursuits including our pheasant shoot, my wildlife filming and with a few personal snippets thrown in for my family and friends.

I hope you will bear with me as I make a zillion more mistakes,  and thanks very much for dropping by!