Week beginning 8 September 2001
Finally! Minty did it, late last night, twins, one of each and all is well.
Minty is now a much narrower sheep.
Here are the three cows I am expecting
to calve today, based on previous gestation lengths. That doesn't always work out,
but they are under close observation from now on.
Both calves born probably in the early hours. No further action by dusk.
TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
The Isla Sweepstake is defunct.
To our great surprise this
morning, Isla began making ready to birth her babe and did so in remarkably
quick time (while I wasn't even looking!). Our concern in her case, was that she is so fat that
she might have had some difficulty calving. But,
with a great deal of bellowing and carrying on, greatly disturbing her
paddock-mates, she gave birth to a heifer.
What a day! Two more lambs (the last of the officially pregnant ewes).
A feeling of great appreciation of our residence in an unpopulated green and quiet place, far away from strange happenings where people decide to fly huge planes into huger buildings. It was with great pleasure that I went and stroked a beautiful new shiny black head, with Isla looking on. Small animals are a great salve for the spirit.
I saw a little bird, a swallow (only one, so it can't have been summer), fly out from under
So I said to the swallow, I said “little swallow”, I said, “your choice of home puts you at great risk and it is doubtful”, said I, “that you will raise your chicks to fledgeling status,”
“for one day soon, it will rain and when it rains,