Monday, 26 September 2011
The sheep are coming.
Any day now the pedigree Swaledale sheep will be coming for Winter. The three fields where they will start their stay have been made ready all but the blackberry briars, which are sticking out into the field. One thing is for sure - if there is a thorny briar a sheep will get stuck to it. So this afternoon the farmer is going round the hedges cutting back the briars and loading them on to his tractor bucket ready to put on the bonfire.
Tess and I had a walk round the field - she off the lead for the first time with me. When she was small she used to chase rabbits and not come back when called so I have since always taken her on a long lead. However, today I thought it was time she had a chance to redeem herself and I must say each time I called her she came back and got a stroke. So hopefully she has grown up now and can frolic about in the fields to her heart's content. She always goes with the farmer without her lead but I am not agile enough to go after her if she doesn't come when called.
I think the Little Grey Men (do you know the book of that name by BB?) have taken up temporary residence under our Scots pines - these look just like little elf houses to me. So tonight I shall be looking out for Cloudberry and Sneezewort.