Back in March I had the thought that it would be fun if I had a sheep I could take for walks away from the farm. Nobby, with his laid-back attitude to life, was the obvious choice. Last week I decided he was - at five months old - finally mature enough to handle a walk in the park. I picked a quiet time of day to minimise any possible stress in a whole new environment, but I needn't have bothered at all.
Nobby was a clam as could be. To my surprise, people stopped what they were doing to come and talk to me and mostly to meet Nobby. I wasn't expecting people to think it was all that special, a girl taking her lamb for a walk, but maybe that's just because it's an everyday occurrence for me!
Nobby was very interested in nibbling the unfamilair plants.
A horde of children ran at him, bikes whizzed past, dogs stared - Nobby remained unfazed. I'm still flabbergasted, to be honest. I was expecting more of an adjustment period, but Nobby was right at home. People even had their photos taken with him - but then, he is quite used to being in front of a camera!
It was great to see smiles on peoples' faces - especially children. They - pardon the pun - flocked to pat Nobby. People of all ages who'd never been near a sheep in their lives marvelled at how soft his wool was.
Nobby pauses to admire the castle.
Nobby meets a very confused Scottish Terrier.
Nobby admires the view.
We took a shortcut through the camping/caravan area. A group of children stopped playing football to meet Nobby.
Heading for the car...
I'm so proud of Nobby for behaving so impeccably.
Yes, home soon, Nobby! Good boy!