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Ch Wicani Darling Buds of May (Linnet)


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

William Shakspeare

above photo age nine years and as a tribute to an incredible collie lady

the video shows her age 11 years.... 

above and below age eleven and a half years



Linnet was our first English Champion. Her sire was Rickwood Nickolas Silver at Fernlark....winner of two Reserve CCs, her dam was the ever lovely Wicani Queen of the May...winner of one Reserve CC. Linnet was third generation home bred Wicani but can trace her ancestry back to our first ever show bitch born in 1974, and to our first affix in the breed..namely Vallymist. Linnet aged with grace and beauty and can be found in the pedigree of many of the Collies in our Wicani worldwide family.

She proved to be popular amongst breed specialists and all-rounders alike and at ten months of age after winning Best Puppy in Breed at the Scottish Breeds Championship show (13 Breeds) she finished reserve Best puppy in Show...the Breed judge that day was the late specialist Mr. 'Andy' Anderton (Karava) and the 'In show' awards were judged by Mrs. Pat Clayton (All-rounder)

Recent critiques:

"8 years blue merle of excellent colour, very nice head, lovely eye and expression, good conformation with excellent neck, moved well." Trevor Hayward.

"Lovely coloured blue merle put down to perfection, retaining a very nice head and expression, good reach of neck, well angulated rearquarters, moved out effortlessly, credit to her handler, best veteran in showHughie Jones.

and her latest critique by Mrs. P. Hutchinson after taking BIS at Northumberland and Durham Collie Club 2007

"Ch Wicani Darling Buds Of May, ultra-feminine & elegant b/m matron of correct
size & length, in tip-top condition & beautifully presented, at 10½ years young she
can certainly show the youngsters a thing or two, coarse-textured fitting jacket of
steely blue with sufficient petticoats to finish her off nicely, good length of head, reach of
neck, back & tail, angulation is good & pasterns still have plenty of flexibility, deep chest &
good spring of rib so plenty of heart room, pleasing head with the gentlest & sweetest of
expressions, well filled foreface, good underjaw, dentition good for age, & lovely dark eyes,
ears correctly set & always at the alert, though they tend to drop a fraction low. Showed
non-stop & moved freely as conformation suggests. BIS, apparently I gave her this same
accolade some 7 years ago & my impressions have not changed"

CRUFTS critique 2008: by judge Mr Jack Wigglesworth.

" 1 Harvey’s Ch Wicani Darling Buds Of May, most lovely type of merle in superb condition, lovely head type, sweet expression, neat ears which she used continually, beautifully balanced with correct angulation & this really showed when she was asked to move. I can never recall an 11 year old move with such grace & freedom "

homeward bound on her morning walk....age eleven.

forever my darling Buds.