Where is this year going ๐Ÿค”

I canโ€™t believe itโ€™s July, this year is just flying by ๐Ÿ˜ข but lots of good things have been happening, apparently we entered something called the business awards they went to some night out but guess what I wasnโ€™t invited ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿค” supposed to be a family business didnโ€™t think of then did they. But I will let them off as I get nice Doggie ๐Ÿถ treats and ice cream From Cobbs Cafรฉ even had a photo shoot with Amy to promote the treats.

Weve even been in the Salisbury Life magazine, has new signs made and I actually feature on one of the signs ๐Ÿ˜‚

Yesterday we went to The Sutton Veny Flower Show that was good fun but they didnโ€™t enter me in the dog show ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข think I might have done well. I saw some strange looking dogs being walked around the show ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” only to find out they were goats ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ one did have horns.

Weve had lots of nice people in the shop again, I so love meeting people I met a lovely little girl this morning called Milly ๐Ÿถ she gave me treat I was so pleased hope to see her again.

Ive had such a busy weekend though I really need to sleep now

Hope to see you soon

E ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ

Happy New Year from Ernie

I really donโ€™t know where the last few months have gone we have been so busy in the shop, Iโ€™ve been far to tired to update my blog, well he has ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ anybody would think it was hard work he is only a shopkeeper after all ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” ย 

such a lot has happened this year I even get customers coming back to see just me itโ€™s hard being popular ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ , I even made into last months Salisbury Life magazine.ย 

Think itโ€™s a good picture of me , well I am very photogenic 

We are having lots of new products in the shop nothing for me though ๐Ÿ˜ฉ And hopefully there will be plenty going on at Wilton Shopping Village this year, come in and give me a pat or better still a doggie biscuit ๐Ÿ˜‚ I would love to see you.ย 

Hopefully I can update my blog regularly but would like to take this opportunity in wishing you all A Happy New Year ย 

E ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ x

My Year in pictures from Snow to Beach, sleeping and camping, not forgetting Doggie ice cream

My Year in pictures from Snow to Beach, sleeping and camping, not forgetting Doggie ice cream

Iโ€™ve had a Complaint ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

I was out walking with his nibs yesterday and we had a lady come to us and complained that I hadnโ€™t updated my blog !!!!!!! So thought I would make an effort tonight ๐Ÿ˜€ Itโ€™s been a very busy few months and Hot too ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž thatโ€™s my reason for not blogging itโ€™s hard work being a little black dog in this heat.


We have had lots going on at the shop and I have been there for all the exciting events from the screening of Wimbledon (think thatโ€™s tennis) , there was a Gin festival of course I donโ€™t drink but he enjoyed it as did the rest of the family, there was a vintage Sunday but I was disappointed as it rained for that and couldnโ€™t join in, but lots of people came and had fun.ย 

We have even had a pop up cinema screening some Great films and even I made it onto the big screen ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ so Iโ€™m now a film star ๐ŸŒŸ I donโ€™t charge for autographs and love having my photograph taken, lots of nice people have been to the shop and wanted to take me away with them, my mum wasnโ€™t too pleased at that and stood guard at the door ๐Ÿšช 

I have nice walks around the village and getting to know lots of people , I love the girls in Cobbs especially when they had doggie ice cream. They always make a fuss of me when they see me and now the cafรฉ is totally dog friendly ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพย 

We have the last pop up cinema this Friday operated by Radiquip, Jennie also makes a big fuss of me ๐Ÿ˜€ ย 

We also managed to get to Devon for a few days in our Campervan even that seems a distant memory and canโ€™t wait to go away again 

He has attached a collection of pictures of what weโ€™ve been up to ย 

Have a lovely Evening ย 

E ๐Ÿพย 


My Cornwall Trip

Well Iโ€™m back from my trip to Cornwall and what a great trip it was, stayed on a lovely campsite in a place called Polzeath, we had a lovely view across the bay I was able to sit outside at the front of our van and watch the world go by ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ There was a great bar nearby which served THEM nice food ๐Ÿฅ˜ I had to wait as usual but did get the odd chip ๐ŸŸ ย 

We walked a lot and I had my first trip in a small boat, met lots of doggie friends including some schnauzers like me, people were very friendly.ย 

Of course David Bailey was taking pictures all the time and yes they featured me and I think he is going to attach them.ย 

Been back at the shop for a couple of days now itโ€™s great to be back seeing all my friends, I also found out from Cobbs Cafรฉ that they are now Dog friendly inside and out ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ and they are getting some special doggie ice cream ๐Ÿฆ canโ€™t wait to try that.ย 

I wonโ€™t be working tomorrow or Wednesday Iโ€™m in need of a rest ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ย 

Take care




On Holiday๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ–

I canโ€™t believe it we have actually gone away, they have taken me toย  Cornwall for a spot of camping, it is tiring though Donโ€™t get chance for my daily nap ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I get to sit outside in front of the van and people watch, we went into padstow today and travelled on a ferry thing (a small boat) we walked around Padstow and lots of people made a fuss of me.

Of course he had to stop at a pub but that usually means something for me as well so mustnโ€™t complain and they did buy me some homemade doggie treats, oh and a new bandana would you believe itโ€™s got campervans on it ๐Ÿ˜‚ ย 

Yesterday we walked into Polzeath and went to the Cracking Crab Cafรฉ that was great I had two big treats and a big bowl of water it was a great spot could see the beach and everything.

Well I think itโ€™s time for my afternoon nap ๐Ÿ’ค think I need it

E ๐Ÿพย 


This is me looking out the back of the van ๐Ÿ˜€

Last Day ๐Ÿ˜ช

Well that was my last day for a week anyway ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ itโ€™s been a tough few months on my little paws and legs I must walk four times as far as he does, Iโ€™m sure he forgets Iโ€™ve little legs, he is always asking me if I need to go out as if Iโ€™m going to answer ๐Ÿ˜‚ I just have to play along.

Its been a busy week at the shop Iโ€™ve met lots of nice people and friendly dogs, I met a lovely little dog that had come over from Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช itโ€™s a good job Iโ€™m from German origin was able to understand him, it then turned out he was Russian but a lovely breed ( Balonka) google it looked just like me when I was a puppy.ย 

He was going on about Black Garlic Ketchup again, thatโ€™s all I hear about, but I suppose it keeps him happy.ย 

Did have my picture taken today with Maria from The salisbury journal apparently we have a advert in a magazine called Wiltshire Living check it out.

Not sure whatโ€™s going on the next few days but will be great to catch up on some shut eye

Stay safe everyone ย 

E ๐Ÿพย 


A warm few days

Well hasnโ€™t been warm the last few days and in my Black coat Iโ€™ve been struggling ๐Ÿ˜ช but I did get my haircut on Thursday like to give everyone the run around making out I hate it, but boy do I feel better when itโ€™s cut, but canโ€™t let anyone know that I actually like it ๐Ÿคฃ.

Did you watch the royal wedding we had a big screen in the courtyard and lots of people enjoying a picnic, we had prosecco and strawberries well I didnโ€™t but have been doing well with treats ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ ย 

Have seen lots of people I know and some new people, met some lovely people from New Zealand they even wanted my picture of course I gladly obliged but he had to get in on the act as well then I suppose he is usually taking the picture so will let him off.ย 

My mum has been taking me on lots walks at the Shopping Village itโ€™s so nice to spend time with her for a change, Iโ€™m hoping we are going to get away in the next few days I know I need a break all this appearing for the public is hard work and a star does need to rest ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ 

Watch this space for a new feature which Iโ€™m calling Ernies tour of Wilton Shopping Village ย 

but in the meantime stay safe and donโ€™t forget to look me up at the shop


E ๐Ÿพย 


Traumatic few days

Hi everyone ย , what a week Iโ€™ve had ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿถ it all started great with some fantastic weather everyone loves the sunshine and he seems to take me for longer walks when itโ€™s nice, but he always forgets Iโ€™ve got little legs and thatโ€™s why I have to sleep for the rest of the day, well except when customers come into the shop and make a fuss of me ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ 

We had a great family barbecue over the weekend with the family coming to ours, they do make a lot of noise though and they chase me around., did sneak a sausage though and was great hanging around The bbq as things were dripping off tasty, although did get some in my hair and ended up having to have a bath.ย 

My traumatic time started on Tuesday when I went for my normal morning walk when at the end of the walk this nasty big dog decided to have a go at me trapping me against a bin, but my master was able to pull me clear it was quite frightening and was glad to get home, I did get some extra treats ๐Ÿฅฉ๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿ– 

It was my annual trip to the vets yesterday and the vet got the big needle out, donโ€™t like needles and made her aware that I donโ€™t ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ย 

There are some great events coming up at the Shopping Village check out their events page 


Hope to see you soon ย 

E ๐Ÿถย 


What a Day

Well Iโ€™ve had a day today, a great walk this morning in the field loving the sunshine, then itโ€™s on to my new job ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿถ Guard Dog ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ well more like shop mascot at Wilton Shopping Village in our new shop, Iโ€™ve been meeting lots of nice people who give me lots of fuss.ย 

I would like to say hello to the ladies at Dizzy Dames who always welcome me and if I play my cards right will get a treat, went for a lovely walk with my mum, trouble is all this excitement makes me feel really excited tired ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ˜‘ ย 

Check out our new link on the Wilton Shopping Village website 

ย http://www.wiltonshoppingvillage.co.uk/the-courtyard-market-place

it also links to my blog make sure you stop by and say hello

E ๐Ÿถย 


Phew itโ€™s been hot ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

Well what a hot day itโ€™s been, itโ€™s great to see the sunshine had a great run in the field this morning but didnโ€™t bump into any of my friends ๐Ÿ˜ช I then spent time in the garden helping with the pruning , shredding sticks and generally helping-well I thought I was helping ๐Ÿ˜€

My reward was a trip to my favourite pub The Fox and Goose http://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/ had a fantastic greeting from Kayla who made sure I had my treat with lots of fuss, I love that pub ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ

Had to endure a trip to buy plants then but worthwhile as I got more treats

Apparently we are off tomorrow as well so hopefully can get out and about, but I will be back at the shop on Saturday so why not stop by http://www.wiltonshoppingvillage.co.uk/ and say hello

Enjoy the sunshine I need a sleep now

E ๐Ÿถย 


I said I would be back

Well its been a while but yes I'm back, well I haven't been anywhere really but the old crew are back together this time we have a shop at Wilton Shopping Village, already Im proving popular with New customers and some customers from the cafe.

So why not come along and say hello I would love to see you, My photographer has been taking pictures of the shop and what they are selling but none of me so will have to arrange a photo shoot in the Courtyard 

I get to go on walks around Wilton shopping village and love meeting people, I get to see Ducks and Swans but don't like to get to close to the swans, Ive already made some new friends


Ernie Has A Very Important Announcement

Firstly I should apologise for not updating my blog in a while but lots have things have been going on and just haven't had the time or just not feeling up to it !!!!!!!!

I have been tasked to issue a very important statement with regards to The Courtyard Cafe, not to sure where to start but here goes

The Courtyard Cafe will be closing on the 25th November after a successful sixteen months, The Marketplace will continue under the new name The Courtyard Marketplace On Tour where we will be undertaking a new and exciting venture, watch this space.

We would like to thank ALL our regular customers, our suppliers and everyone who has supported us during our time At The Ginger Piggery and we hope to see you at future events.

Follow The Courtyard Marketplace on tour through Facebook ,Twitter and our new website www.thecourtyardmarketplaceontour.com for the latest, also My Blog will continue


I've been on Holiday ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

What an exciting time I've had the last few days, we have been on our Holidays in our campervan, we went overseas- well Jersey ( That's overseas) We went by fast ferry from Poole , my first trip on a boat, not sure I liked it too much though ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ as had to stay in my travel cage and the van for the entire trip, it was very noisy on that car deck, I was quite nervous but didn't want to show it, My Dad did come down to see me a couple of times to make sure I was okay and I always got a biscuit and a drink ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

We finally got to our campsite in Jersey and I loved, able to stretch my legs, I would sit at the front of the van watching the world go by, lots of people came and greeted me, I like being made a fuss of, we walked a lot and visited some lovely beaches, I was able to run free on one beach, but not to keen on the sea coming in ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉย 

We toured the whole Island and everywhere we went, people came up to me and made a fuss, but it was very tiring work.ย 

One very kind Ice Cream man gave me my own cone, no ice cream though but it was good all the same.ย 

It is good to be finally home though, you can't beat your own bed and comforts ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ and it was back to work on Wednesday, that was hard getting back into work but great to see people at the Ginger Piggery again.ย 

Today we were visited by the vintage motorcycle club (west wilts) , don't think they spotted me, the noise of the bikes made me hide !!!!!!! But good to see so many people

Well must get an early night tonight, think I've got Sea lag ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ย 

See you soon

E ๐Ÿพย 


Just a selection of my holiday snaps

Important Announcement

Hi I've been tasked to issue a important announcement, The Cafe and Marketplace will be closed 30th August-2nd September, we will reopen 6th September as usual.ย 



I think if I'm lucky we might be going away in the van ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ I've heard boats mentioned, not sure what that means, no doubt I will find out soon enough.ย 

It's been really busy the last couple of weeks, lots of people coming and going, it's so nice seeing and meeting new people.ย 

Hope you won't be too disappointed about next week, but I really need some time of, it's hard work being a little Dog ๐Ÿถ, need some time to gather my thoughts ย 

E ๐Ÿพ


I've had presents ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

Well it has been a great few days, finally recovering from my recent troubles ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

I had a present delivered to the Courtyard Cafรฉ to aid my recovery, some munchtastic biscuits, thank you very much Anne from Dantins Flowers ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทI will enjoy every last one.

My Dad also brought me extra treats and a new toy, so maybe I could be ill again if this is what happens ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ย 

Friday my friend Olly's mum & dad came to visit the Cafรฉ, it was great to see them, they didn't bring Olly though, but promised next time he would come.ย 

We have had more visits from around the world, somebody from Israel, a party of German cyclists, oh and somebody from the Isle of White, I think we're becoming truly global ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

Its been nice to rest today, not doing much at all, playing with my new toy and trying my new treats.

Ive also learned how to sign my blogs off now, it has taken me ages to get my paw print just right.ย 

Hope you have had a great weekend

E ๐Ÿพย 


I've Been poorly ๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช

Have had a eventful few weeks, but the last week or so I haven't been feeling myself ๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช, felt very lethargic and not wanting to do much, so unlike me as always full of beans, even started limping last week, my Dad checked me out but couldn't see anything, but on Friday Wendy found a small lump on my front paw and what looked like a grass seed !!!!! 

My paw was sore and started to swell, so had to have a trip to the vets, they said I had a foreign object and gave me some pills and I had to have it bathed in salt water and would hopefully clear up after 24 hours, to which we decided to go away for a few days, thinking that would do me good, So off we went to Porlock in Somerset, a very nice site and I spotted my first rabbits- not that I felt like chasing them ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ 

We visited a couple of pubs and I was always made welcome, but I just didn't feel up to it, we finally came home last Tuesday and another trip to the vet to be told my paw would need opening up to find what was causing my problems, this happened Thursday and fortunately after being knocked out they found a grass seed which they removed, now feeling like my old self, able to run around and cause mischief ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ 

Sunday we went out in the campervan, taking George my nephew to Exbury gardens, we took him on the steam train which he loved, it was my first trip on a train to, it was good fun but after the train ride it rained really heavily and we couldn't walk around the gardens ๐Ÿ˜ช But at least we ride the train. 

I have been struggling in this recent heatwave, it's not good being a black dog with a fur coat, but just have to put up with it. 

it has been really busy at The cafe and I have met lots of people not just from this country but from around the world, have met people from Australia, New Zealand, California and Austria to name but a few

I will be back at the cafe tomorrow so hopefully will see more people , we do need your help if you have visited the cafe and enjoyed your visit we would be grateful if you could review us on trip advisor , click below


well must close now, hopefully now my paw has healed up I can post more blogs

Have a great evening


I've been on Holiday ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

Have you missed me everyone ๐Ÿค”, it has been a rather hectic few weeks, starting with working non stop at the Courtyard Cafรฉ due to the Wylye arts trail, in virtually everyday for 10 days, it was very tiring for all of us, particularly me having to sit outside watching all the people coming and going, some not even noticing me ๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช but others coming over to greet me and give me fuss, it was so tiring but worth it.ย 

I dropped some hints about getting away, like just bringing him the holiday post, I couldn't help it if it got a bit ripped, was only trying to help ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

The penny finally dropped and we went away in the campervan for a few days, it has been really good, they took me into Sidmouth on the bus, my first ever bus ride, was a bit bumpy, but worth it, had lots of people making a fuss of me along the seafront, it was then back on the bus (twice in one day) , we had walks around the campsite seeing rabbits, squirrels and even a thrush in a telephone box ! Don't worry it wasn't trapped, the phone box was on blocks and it flew in underneath.ย 

I had another first going to a Donkey sanctuary, seeing donkeys for the first time, also being one of the first Dogs in there brand new cafe/restaurant well worth a visit, we had a lovely walk across the fields to get too the sanctuary ย .

Had our first BBQ of the year, I had a treat of my first taste of a sausage, it was good ๐Ÿ˜Š ย 

Im now back home and tired out after all my walks and meeting people, it's back to reality tomorrow and back to work at the cafe, hope to see you there ย 

oh David Bailey has added some pictures ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜€ย 


I Haven't left the country ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‚

I know it's been ages since I last wrote on my Blog, but he has been busy apparently, what with his cooking duties at the Courtyard Cafe and now the suns shining there out doing the garden, at least I can get outside and help in the garden ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ well it's what I call help, trouble is the last few days I've been banned from the garden, he has repaired my handy work filling in the holes I had carefully made, but he didn't appreciate them- I can't win.ย 

Last week at The Ginger Piggery we have the arrival of more piglets, they haven't ventured out of there pen yet so unsure how many, but will let you know as soon as we know, no doubt he will take pictures.ย 

They did take me to my favourite pub over the weekend, The Fox and Goose, I love going there, always get lots of fuss and treats, we had a nice relaxing time

Today it was my annual trip to the vet ๐Ÿ˜ฉ but all good just my check up and booster injections, always get fussed and treats there as well ย 

Tonight we went for a late walk, he wanted to take pictures of the Cathedral and I had to go as well, didn't have any choice, but was good to go on an evening walk, I do like the lighter evenings.ย 

Its back to work tomorrow, so hope to see you over the Cafรฉ ย 


Me at The Fox and Goose ย 


Me waiting for David Bailey ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฉย 


Salisbury Cathedral ย