Days become weeks and weeks become lambs, huh?
No that is not a typo or me being even more mind numbingly dense than usual; one of the things that happened, whilst I was away from this place for almost a year, was small matter of five ewes and ownership, well part ownership being mine.
It could have been one of those drunken conversations when the world is cured of all ills and you find yourself next morning in bed with someone whose name you don’t even begin to know.
As someone who gave up alcohol when she was around 17 that wouldn’t be me, I could still have those conversations and still wake up next to someone whose name had never been part of the conversation but never was I drunk except maybe on life itself:0)
So, all the jokes about sheep and living in Wales could be alluded to but that would be geographically incorrect and any way these sheep started as a throw away thought which became an idea and evolved in to five mowing machines.
I have a friend who has a small acreage attached to her home, nothing fancy save for the setting and the three ponds interlinked that traverse the two large fields on the side of a valley in Northumberland. Nothing fancy but very special to the person who calls it home and to the many people who have the good fortune to spend time in the tranquillity of the place plus the abundant wild bird beast and butterfly populations that through planting and caring have been encouraged to call it their home too.
All this has been done on a shoestring or probably to be more accurate half a shoestring so keeping the fields mowed regularly so that meadow flowers etc could flourish became something the purse was having to stretch towards more meaningfully than needed so idea for mowing machine that not only cut but fertilised as it went seemed like a good idea one late night.
Eventually after research and lots of petting fleeces:0) five ladies of breeding and integrity were found and offered the job in return for plentiful hay when the grass stopped growing with handfuls of special nuts thrown in for delight. They moved in and the fun began.