Saturday, 26 May 2012
New arrivals and a sick animal.
Last night the sheep came for the summer. Twenty sheep and thirty nine lambs - Swaledale pedigrees - tumbled out of the back of a trailer, all mixed up. For a few minutes there were calls of "Mum, where are you?" before finally it all got sorted out. Then it was immediately down to the serious business of eating the fresh grass. I love when the lambs come - it is the nearest we ever get to having a lambing time of our own. (and the farmer assures me that my romantic view of that is vastly exaggerated!).
We have a sick bullock. He belongs to our neighbour who bought a few bullocks to eat the grass off on his meadow. This one has viral pneumonia and needed to be inside for the vet to see it, so the farmer offered one of our barns. There he lies on clean straw with plenty of water to drink and hay to eat. The vet has given him four massive injections and I must say that by yesterday evening he was looking a lot better. We could no long hear his chest rattling when we stood outside the barn. Now he must stay there until he is completely better as viral pneumonia is catching and we don't want any of the other animals to go down with it. I don't suppose the hot weather helps.
Parsnip asks me to post a photograph of our vegetable garden and later today (when I have had my shower and got dressed!) I will walk down and take one before the weeds begin to show. I must say that the farmer keeps the veggie garden in very good condition and it is a credit to him.
The weather is set for a fine weekend here in the UK - so everyone here enjoy it while it lasts. Let's all hope it lasts over next weekend, so that everything is right for the Jubilee celebrations.