Sunday started with a river mist which rose blanketing the fields muting the colors and muffling the sound of bird song. It was a thick one, trees near by were just lowering shadows in it’s muted misted stillness. As the sun burned the mist off the land the weather could not decide which it wanted torrential rain or hot sun with a cooling breeze, if you were in the right location.
The day progressed as time unfolded, I road a horse, moved lambs and had loads of surprise as well as planned visitors. Which made for an interesting day.
I ride my young mare Mystic down at the local riding school until we get used to each other as she is only just backed and I haven’t been riding for a while so very unfit. She has a stint in the walker before I get on and go for a schooling ride.
Yesterday I had to save a lamb from drowning in a fenced off pond. I heard these desperate calls and knew something was wrong. When I got there I had to pull the lamb out by it’s ears as it was struggling to keep it’s head above water. So not time to take photos immediate action was needed.
I decided to move the ram lambs today as they seemed to be getting into all sorts of trouble in the Orchard field where they have been.
They seemed quite happy to be leaving the orchard which still had plenty of grass but even more misadventure.
The weather today consisted of avoiding torrential showers of rain or roasting in sun. I got caught in down pours twice so had to change twice.
Some people really didn’t like it when the heavens opened getting them soaked and got quite depressed about it.
Finally it was evening feeding time and Bodacious was getting very impatient with me when I was trying to take a photo of him and not get on with the job of minding his sheep.
More visitors arrive while I was feeding the ram lambs so no photos of Mr. B inspecting the boy’s as they eat. When we moved on to count and look at the ewes he was at hand on his fence post to watch the sheep move across the field. When he walked the narrow gate like a tight rope walker some sheep in turn watched him fascinated by his skill and seemed to be waiting to see if he would fall.
The day is done the rain has fallen in vast amounts between bouts sun shine so the land has had a filling drink. I now hope the grass will start to grow again as I look to the Autumn field rotations which have been slightly put askew due to the deficit in grass growth.