"Isn't he wonderful?" says the farmer's niece, Anthea, as not only does she show her surplus ram lambs but gets the Reserve Championship with this chap. He is a Blue-faced Leicester breed (yes, I know, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder). She afterwards sold him for a tidy sum and he has gone off to pastures new, hopefully to sire some splendid Blue-faced Leicesters himself next year.
The farmer is very proud of his niece, who not only does contract farm work but also runs a splendid business from home - and is going from strength of strength. She is a brilliant photographer and produces a range of cards, mugs, tea-towels, jig saws and the like (if you want to look at her site her web address is www.AntheaKitching.co.uk) but her real love is the Blue Faced Leicester sheep like the one in the photograph.
I must say that I really admire 'enthusiasms' of any kind; she rarely has a spare minute but things go from strength to strength for her and we are delighted to see her prosper so.
The farmer has gone off for a walk today with The Wensleydale Society - doing the same walk as he recced last Saturday with C, the leader of today's walk. As we breakfasted the fog came down thick and heavy and it turned icy cold. But as I write the sun has broken through and the sky has cleared and it looks like being a lovely day.
I shall now get togged up and go out rubber-gloved to removed the 'end of summer' bedding and prepare the various tubs for putting the spring bulbs in. That is such a satisfying job.