Monday, 26 April 2010

Ben's First Bath

First baths are very important for a puppy. They have to be handled carefully and enjoy the experience so that they can't wait until next time - do you think Ben did?

Wet.


Lather.


And leave to dry.

Boredom Breakers

You may remember that in my last post, What a Weekend, that I was interrupted by thunder for a few hours. I can now reveal what Ben and I got up to. It started off quite well, with the ground already dried up form the recent downpour. I still had to turn my laptop off, because thunder and lightning isn't best of friends with electricity. A friend of ours even had her laptop melted by lighting - yes, melted! So, understandably, I was taking no chances. Ben was very happy to see me.

"Come on out - it's dry!"


Then came the rain - thunder rain - and it teamed! Ben liked the rain, but I wasn't so keen. I had to find a way to entertain him and myself while I waited for the rain to stop - then I remembered I had my camera, and some treats in my pocket. This is how I entertained myself.



By the time I was done, the rain had gotten worse - but Ben just watched me from the wet wilderness that was outside his house. Poor lad, he almost makes me feel sorry for him.


Then I gave up waiting and headed inside, to finish my post.

After tea, I took Kim for a walk, then the thunder started and interrupted my plans again! My Dad was looking the sheep at the time and offered us both a lift.


And we saw Annie and her mum, Daisy (who you can find out more about here: Good Friday). I took this and later realized it is a lovely picture of the sheep in the background, too.


Did you spot Panda?

Sunday, 25 April 2010

What a Weekend

An awful lot has happened this weekend, so let's begin with Friday.

Sheila looking as beautiful as ever.


This took three attempts to get right, but was worth it in the end. After I got my Sheila photo, I proceeded to go and get Ben out of his pen for a walk in the fields. He was very happy about it and couldn't wait to get going.


RUN!!


On Saturday, Sheila and Kim both helped us foot bath the two massive flocks that we have at home. There were so many sore feet that it was long overdue. As you may already know, young lambs are very difficult to round up, so it took the two dogs and two quads to bring them all in.


Sheila likes watching sheep.


"Can I come out now?"


This is Matilda. She's a very old Rouge ewe who didn't have a lamb this year. So she's going to be sold. Goodbye, Matilda the dinosaur...


These ewes keep an eye out for a dog...


Sheila came out in the morning and Dad was a bit cross because she wasn't confident enough with the angry ewes, which is understandable, so I suggested that after dinner we brought out Kim. We expected a massacre of teeth and claws, but amazingly there wasn't! Kim only bit a few sheep, but there were no severe wounds at all. Kim will definitely be in the Shepherd's Pie (more on that this Summer!). We were all very proud - and her recall around sheep has really improved.


"Aw shucks..."


After that job was done, I went to check on Benny Boy.


"I'm the King of the castle!"


"Hello down there!"


And at last... the final ewe and her lamb are outta here! The lambing shed is empty after December-April of sheep! Whoo-hoo!


And this morning, the thunder set in, with the typing of this very post interrupted for over an hour.


I hope you had a good weekend, too.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

A Sunny Sunday

At last! After nearly two weeks, the video I mentioned in 'A Threesome?' is uploaded. I tried to upload it last week, but there were 'unknown errors' - twice! Anyway, here is... a Sunny Sunday:

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

A Grand Day Out - Part Three: Dash and Skew

On Saturday the 17th of April, I went to visit a friend's house. Drumlee Farm is home to Charlotte, her sister Emma, their mum and their dad. They had called me on the Wednesday to see if I was free to pop over for the day. In the trird and final part of this day, I went to see Dash and his friend Skew...

Dash is looking foreward to seeing us...


And so is Skew...


Dash looks less hairy than usual in this photo...


"Must. Eat. Dad."


Cheer up, Dash.


Why the long face?


"I can see you!"

"What ya doin?"

I'm saying good-bye to Drumlee for the meantime and going home...

A Grand Day Out - Part Two: Let's Go Walkies

On Saturday the 17th of April, I went to visit a friend's house. Drumlee Farm is home to Charlotte, her sister Emma, their mum and their dad. They had called me on the Wednesday to see if I was free to pop over for the day. In part two of this day, we went for a walk on the quiet country roads around Drumlee, were I was surprised there was so little traffic, compared to the busy main road that is at the bottom of our lane. Walking down the middle of the road with Shane and Adam was very stange indeed...

Charlotte found that taking pictures of sheep was fun, so I ended up with a lot of photos of someone else's sheep.


Charlotte was very happy to get this picture.


From left to right; me, Adam, Emma and Shane.


Me with Adam, who is wearing his 'cowdog' harness.


Shane is very cute.


What can Shane see?


Why, cows of course.


This lamb was very young, and was standing in someone's front garden.


Shane seems to like sheep...


Shane waits for Charlotte, Adam and I to catch up.


If Emma's there, so is Shane...


Peek-a-boo!


Another young lamb in someone's front garden... seems to be popular around here.


Charlotte took this rather nice photo of a Ford tractor left in a field.


This is one of the cutest goats ever... and she has a resemblance to our Panda...


This young man is a carrage horse...


And he tried to eat me!


This is the lady next door...


A clydesdale stallion tucks into his hay. Yum.


This cat doesn't like Adam.


Aww... kittens...


I loved how these cows were all the same colour, and how they blended in with the ground.


Charlotte's proud of this picture.


This two-year-old Border Collie liked to bark at the boys - maybe she liked them.



Adam says, "In your face."


What are Adam and Shane looking at?


Down the lane we go, heading home...


We want to go again!


And that's the end of the walk.

To be continued...