C’mon, let’s go for a walk.
Fizz want’s me to go out into the farm fields, I think that she has something planned and as that just happens to be on the way to a wood that I want to visit, I agree.
Up until today nectar has been in short supply and I have been searching these fields for signs of any flower. That has all changed.
All over the field are little splashes of colour. Small and isolated at first this is the start of one of nature’s Spring spectaculars.
So this is what Fizz has been up to, she has brought me up here to see the Sheep.
Ten Sheep is all that we have left now, the other twenty six have gone to market. They were Blue Texels and they have been sold as breeding stock rather than stock cubes, they will be happy in their new home.
This was the scene from my kitchen window last Wednesday, very early in the morning.
A few days earlier the farmer and a friend went up to the fields to get the sheep in. They drive around in Land Rovers, tooting their horns and driving the sheep before them but it hadn’t gone well, the animals panicked and ran everywhere and it was a right kerfuffle.
The farmers wife had seen me walking around in the field being followed by thirty six Sheep, so he asked me if I thought that I could bring them down and sure enough they all followed me right into the orchard, where he was able to sort them out.
He said that it was amazing and he had never seen anything like it and that from now on I was “The Pied Piper.” I think that it is pretty cool to surprise somebody who has been working with animals all of his life. (I just used my loaf 🙂 )
Whisper, whisper, whisper…..
This is the “treat” that Fizz has organised for me. She knows that I am down in the dumps about losing my Robin and she knows how much I like to have little animals eating out of my hand.
Ha Ha! Thank you ladies 🙂
On the way to the wood we found our second Violet of the day. These are Sweet Violets.
That wasn’t very perky either, it likes the sun and closes when it’s overcast.
What we got on camera was four animals walking across the screen. That told me quite a lot. It told me that they were females, the males are solitary and also the time of year told me that they would be having their litters soon. I felt then, that it was best to leave them in peace and especially not to draw attention to them.
Now I am just going to “Go off on one!”
This is the front page of this weeks local rag.
“Now the boar have tasted blood, what’s stopping them attacking a young child?”
The first lines are,
“CHILDREN’S lives could be at risk, following wild boar attacks and the killing of new born lambs.”
The article continues on page three saying “They attack in packs. If one begins to chase, the rest will follow.”
In case you don’t know that is absolute garbage. Nobody has ever been hurt by a Wild Boar since they were reintroduced here more than twenty years ago. They have never attacked anybody, not even a scratch and they don’t hunt children in packs 🙂
This fear and hatred is what I have to protect my animals from.
People who live here in the Forest have the right as commoners to let their animals loose to roam around. It is a trade off, they avoid the expense of renting land but the sheep are uncared for and they will lose some.
These are lambs born in the wild.
I know that our Sheep require a lot of looking after. These free ranging Sheep wander onto the roads and they get involved in accidents, some of them don’t make it, they are not cared for but as I say, it is a trade off, they will lose a few but they will avoid the expense of owning or renting land.
At the very end of the article and deep inside the paper it says,
“The Forestry Commission has received reports of three to four new born lambs being killed by boar, but not “in packs” and there is no first hand witness testimony.”
If that is the case then why print such rubbish on the front page?
Lent Lilies, I saved the best for last.
Narcissus pseudonarcissus, the Wild Daffodil (Doesn’t eat children)