Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Heatwave and Haylage Begin

On a blazingly hot Saturday in June the silage and haylage began. It was the start of a heatwave and so Dad brought out the mower to cut the first field of the year.

I went along to watch and photograph with my canine companions.

Up the hill.

It was really, really warm.

(Look at that cloud of pollen behind the mower - thank goodness I don't have hay fever.)

Despite the heat Teddy had a run through the long grass.

Jess suffered the least with her short coat.

Round again.

The rows of mowed grass create "paths" for the dogs to walk on.

I felt sorry for Teddy with his massive coat.

Even Jess's tongue was nearly brushing the ground.

Teddy sitting and looking down the hill.

Once Dad had finished mowing we all made a bee-line for the tractor. Pip wanted to have a ride in the cab - no one pointed out that this would be a bad idea because tractor cabs are like greenhouses in hot weather.

Jess had the right idea - she stood under the mower in the shade!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Mint Green and Baby Pink

After spraying this flock against flystrike (a nasty, horrible thing, and every shepherd's summertime curse) I sat out in the field with them to take photos of them before the colour from the spray faded.

The Hampshire boy is modelling the mint green spray along his back. This protects them from flies for eight weeks.

This ewe, as she is eats her own foot, is modelling the baby pink spray for the ewes which protects them for 16 weeks.

After an afternoon in the pens everyone was tired.

And hungry.

Sleepy sheepy.

Lots of mint green here.

It's always a relief to get everyone sprayed.

The sheep were very relaxed.

This one came over to see me.

This is a ewe lamb that I really like. She's got a funky hairstyle and she is cheeky too.

A nice Kerry Hill.

Some of the lambs were curious about me.

Some ewes too.


Mother and son.

Standing next to mum (who's relaxing).

After the confusion of the pens some families were yet to be reunited.

This lamb was really enjoying itself!

The longer I was there the more sheep started napping.

That's one big baby!

A pair of ewes being very photogenic.

Iris's lamb looking for mum.

This lamb sneaked up on me!