Today was a big day for the sheep - they were all treated to a major pedicure. Because of our enormous rainfall here during the month of November, the ground is absolutely sodden and whenever it rains (which at present is most of the time) the water just stands on the ground as it has nowhere to drain to. This means that inevitably the sheeps' feet suffer and they get infection between their hooves. If you see sheep in a field and they are kneeling on their front legs in order to eat the grass, then they have bad feet.
Today, the farmer who owns the sheep (we only over-winter them off the tops) came and two of them cut off the excess hoof on each sheep, cleaned out the space between the hooves and sprayed with an antibiotic spray to keep infection at bay. Now for a little while they will be pain-free, but if this weather continues it will soon come back.
The sheep dog who came with them (dog being the operative word) was very interested indeed in miss Tess (we walked down to take a photograph for you) and for once she didn't bark but just danced about elegantly and flirted outrageously (I was a)ashamed of the display she put on and b) pleased she had been spayed!