22 September 2020

A Close Shave

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During the summer Teddy made a visit to the vet. His coat is naturally very dense and Teddy doesn't like me brushing him, so his bottom, tummy and hips had become badly matted. We went first to a dog groomer's but Teddy wasn't having it and became, as I suspected he would, anxious and snappy. The decision was made to take him to the vet. They were able to take him within twenty minutes and just a few hours later I got my Teddy back, clean shaven and a wee bit dopey from the lingering effects of the anaesthetic.

But my goodness, when those effects wore off, he was a different dog. While he hadn't been morose before, but you could tell he was much happier. There was a bounce to his step. Everyone who has met him since has reacted with shock when told that no, he's not a puppy, he is in fact nine-years-old.

A new Ted!

20 September 2020

Contrast

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With their lambs long weaned, and their attentions therefore no longer divided, the pet ewes have but one thing on their minds: food. As soon as they see me now, it's a mad dash to check whether I have anything of value in my pockets. Tilly is always the first to come running but Rosie is always second.

Poundland the Suffolk tip has joined the girls and Adam. He has grown into a huge boy since we got him as a lamb last year. The Suffolk is one of my favourite breeds (incidentally this applies to horses too) so I am hoping for some black-faced, chunky, floppy-eared babies next year.

Adam, meanwhile, is Poundland's opposite in almost every way. I fear he is just too small to father any babies this year, but I'm keeping him in with the flock on the off chance. By next year hopefully he'll be a strapping great lad.

I fancied some of these photos in black and white. I used to do quite a lot of black and white but in the last year or so I haven't bothered as much. I love colourful photos but a high contrast black and white photo can be great too.

Adam and Poundland look very well.

Rosie grazing. She has lovely eyes. Very bright and expressive.

Penny is a difficult sheep to photograph. To me she is beautiful but the camera doesn't flatter her. It's my hope to get a pretty photo of her before Christmas.

Rosie again. Without her lambs to worry about she has put on a lot of weight again. She's getting back to her usual self.

Flora in the long grass.

Poundland again. He's not a quiet sheep compared to the Texel tip we have, but he follows my girls as they run over to me and then stands a safe distance away, confused.

I don't often go in here as I want to avoid getting a headbutt from Mister Poundland here.

13 September 2020

The Unicorn

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Poor Caldwell. His horns were growing so nicely. We fed him, his sister and babysitter Esther their morning nuts and flakes when all of a sudden Caldwell had only the one horn. He either knocked it on something or caught it in the fence. Lambs' horns are very delicate and can easily fall off. He's a unicorn now.

Connie and Caldwell are still thick as thieves. Connie is the one who's in charge, though.

I noticed while I was editing these pictures that Caldwell has a little heart-shaped marking on his knee. It's very cute.

11 September 2020

Late Summer Fog

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When I woke up one morning to see that I couldn't see very much I dashed out to take some pictures. Fog always makes for an interesting quality to photos. Here's Maggie.

The sun started to gain some strength and it got a little brighter.

This is a lovely ewe. She's the one who broke in with my pets and stayed for a month or so.

This is one of our older ewes. She's still going strong.

Another old girl.

Morag hiding.

Luna.

I don't know what caused this ewe's wonky ear but she's always had it. Very cute.

A nice Kerry Hill.

Morag and a normal-sized ewe.