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Old 04-01-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default 30 Days of April

Hello It's my turn to do the photo month thread for April. I've done it before in 2013 and 2015, but I have lots of new hammies to share with you and some interesting events planned. I'll get round to telling you a bit more about myself and my beasties later as I've got too much to show you this weekend!

Today was the Southern Hamster Club's show down in Dawlish, Devon. I set off from home at 7am to make the 2.5 hour journey. When we arrived I benched my hamsters and then headed off on a walk with Rogue the dog and a fellow exhibitor who fancied stretching her legs (I'd seen the weather forecast and knew it was going to rain later which it did by the bucketload). We had a nice stroll along the seafront and through the nature reserve where I took this photo from a bird watching hide.
Walkies by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr

Rogue had a well earned nap while I enjoyed a cup of tea and chat in the hall. It was an exhibitor's birthday and they brought yummy cupcakes
Yum! by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr

I didn't have a job at this show, which is a nice change. I was asked to help judge pet class and had 10 male Syrians to cuddle. There were some lovely ham-men to choose from. Here are the pet entries (though a few more arrived after I took this - a total of 10 male Syrians, 12 female Syrians, 1 other rodent and 1 rabbit).
Pet class by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr

This is my Dobby who I entered into the other rodent class. He won 1st (though he was the only other rodent!)
Dobby Duprasi by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr

My show team of 6 dwarf hamsters did me proud and achieved:
3rd sapphire winter white (Kittiwake)
2nd normal Chinese (Indy)
1st and 3rd dom spot Chinese (Kingston, Appley)
1st and 2nd BEW Chinese (Helen, Pyle)
4th breeder (Kingston)
1st and 3rd Members Points Class (Helen, Indy)
1st and 3rd grand challenge (Helen, Indy)
Certificates of Merit for Helen and Indy
Dwarf Best in Show (Helen)

Dawlish 2017 by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:01 PM   #2
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And this is the show team who did so well for me:
Pyle by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr
Appley by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr
Helen by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr
Kittiwake by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr
Indy by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr
Kingston by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr

And a little oops who fell into my pocket on the Sales table
Runes by Vectis Hamstery, on Flickr
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:32 PM   #3
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Ooh - lovely long post Vectis and fascinating We are spoiled. Love the first photo and all those gorgeous hamsters. And a very impressive display of wins! Congratulations. Love the little oops!
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Old 04-01-2017, 03:23 PM   #4
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Such adorable little critters! Congrats on the good showings
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Old 04-01-2017, 11:12 PM   #5
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Hi Vectis! I'm sure Devon is beautiful! how exciting to travel the country to go to shows. Love all the pics, cupcakes look delish! And as serendipity says love the little oops hehe glad to hear you did well at the show.
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Old 04-01-2017, 11:54 PM   #6
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Wow!! You're starting hard! It's an amazing first post for this month, it's going to be hard to make it better each day!

Those cupcakes with hamster faces are absolutely adorable.

Congrats to you and your hams! you have quite a team! I find Appley particularly cute.

And your new addition is gorgeous!
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:46 AM   #7
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What a great day!
Love that first photo it looks beautiful.
The hams really did you proud & are all looking adorable!
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Old 04-02-2017, 04:14 AM   #8
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What a great start to the month, lots of lovely hams winning prizes It's easy to see why they were so successful as they're all so stunning.

The little oops that fell in to your pocket looks adorable. One day I hope to get to a show and have a little oops fall in to my pocket too, though it's a long way to go being as I'm in Scotland lol.

Looking forward to the rest of the month Vectis
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Old 04-02-2017, 05:30 AM   #9
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Aww what beautiful little hamsters! Congrats for winning all those awards! The cupcakes looked delicious
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Old 04-02-2017, 05:31 AM   #10
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What a start to April Vectis. Terrific! Congrats to the show crew indeed especially with a BIS plus Dobby and Oops!
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