First the mystery. You may remember that during the Summer months we have heifers in some of our fields belonging to a friend and neighbouring farmer. They went back 'home' about the beginning of October. Well, the farmer met that farmer this morning when they were both collecting their newspapers in our little market town. And here is the mystery - two of the said heifers have 'bagged up' - in other words they are pregnant and look as though they will shortly give birth to first calves. How did they get pregnant? We don't have a bull and although there has been a bull about five fields away for much of the Summer, there is no evidence that he ever broke through any fences to get to 'our' heifers and if so, then he certainly went back sharpish. How soon the calves are born will indicate whether or not they were pregnant when they came, so the mystery either deepens or is solved - watch this space. Whatever the answer, they were probably due to go to market shortly so there has been a reprieve - surely a good thing if you are one of the heifers concerned.
Now to the trip out. We have a superb Auction House in our little market two - Tennants - one of the leading Auction Houses in the country. It goes from strength to strength and is now a very grand building with all kinds of facilities as well as the normal auction rooms. There are conference rooms and there is a super cafe and a lovely restaurant. Today friend S and I had lunch there - wraps with salami and a tomato salsa - served with a salad. Delicious, especially when accompanied by a couple of hours of good conversation. I have just returned to an ecstatic welcome from Tess who is back to normal I am pleased to say.
It is a rotten photograph as first of all it looks as though the building is going uphill (it is on the flat I assure you) and it is a rather dull picture (it was pouring with rain - so the picture was taken in a hurry). But you get the general idea - the facade shown is around half the whole facade but the weather was too bad to go further on. If you want to read more about Tennants then you can always go to their extensive web site. They are a very great asset to our town and everyone who has lived here since their relatively humble beginnings is full of admiration for the way they have built the business up into one of the leading ones in the whole country.