First of all, sad to relate, the poor cow who went down and had to be hoisted up (twice on successive days) finally went down on the third day in an even more awkward position and could not be saved. She had to be put down, although she was only a month from calving. It is always sad to see a cow go in this manner, apart from the financial loss, which is considerable. But we have to be stoic about it - she was suffering quite a lot and not likely to improve.
Now on to happier things. Life is quite hectic at the moment. The farmer has a very bad cold and is feeling rather sorry for himself, although it is a little better tonight. He is dosing himself up with lemsips and hot whisky toddies. (that is the happy side of the cold!)
I have driven twenty odd miles to the hairdresser this morning, got back and twenty minutes later gone out to Richmond to our Christmas poetry afternoon - wonderful as usual, with a real Christmas flavour both in the poetry and in the food provided by D.
Friend G has gone to a party tonight on our local Nature Reserve and I have helped her to compile a party quiz. I have done the wild flower bit, which is quite easy and is all about British Native Wild Flowers. The clues are cryptic but I have purposely made them very easy. I thought some of you might like to try it. The number in brackets after each question relates to the number of letters in the flower. I will print the answers in a couple of days. If you wish to have a go - send the answers on my comment slot.
1. You would find this at the goat's afternoon tea party.(9)
2. 2012 really was the year for this. (6,5)
3. The chancellor expects us all to practise this. (6)
4. A bird's beak (10)
5. Reynard needs two pairs (8)
6. A very fancy feline (9)
7. Do give me your answer. (5)
8. A bovine herb? (3,7)
9. Hurry to fetch the water. (9)
10. Man's best friend got up. (3,4)
11. Royal drinking vessel by the edge of the water. (7)
12. Remembered in Flanders Field. (5)
13. A communist winner drops his aitches. (3,7)
14. Tie up this unwanted plant. (8)
15. Pursue this shrinking flower. (3,6)
16. Is this bird of prey thin and scraggy? (8)
17. This chap puts his money here when he sells sheep (9.5)
18. What a charming young lady. (5,6)
19. The auctioneer's hammer needs nothing to mix up a herb. (6)
20. Mother of thousands. (4,4,3,8)