Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Winter Inspiration

Finally! A crisp, sunny, winter day!
January 2015 - because I didn't have my camera on me today!

I got up a bit earlier this morning and went out to feed the sheep and give the dog a leg stretch before work and it was beautiful.

Days like this make me so happy and inspire me to do things.

Today, I have decided I will make the effort to start jogging/walking in an attempt to get fitter. I've entered two Race For Life events this year, one in June and one in October and I have two weddings in May and June I could do with getting in shape for - by shape, I mean slightly less round!!
If you have the misfortune to see me out attempting to do exercise, please offer me a lift home and some oxygen!

I'd like to make a bit more effort to get out on Dartmoor exploring and doing some nice walks and some geocaching but at this time of year, I struggle with either the weather being poor and when it's dry, I have to ride the horses. Roll on longer days!

I also would like to take some more photos of the beautiful countryside and things that surround me.
I keep meaning to get a smaller bag for my camera so it can be with me at all times but I haven't got round to it yet. I'll have to try and remember to take my camera with me wherever I go just in case something catches my eye. It will also help me get better at photography which I would very much like to do!!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

A Sad Loss

We lost our dear old sheep Nobby at the weekend. 

The weather has been so bad for so long, it drew all his reserves and he went downhill very quickly.
Mother and I managed to build a makeshift shelter for him on Saturday and we got him in and covered him right up with straw to warm him up and dry him off but sadly it wasn't enough and he died during the night.

Nobby was born in 2008 and was rejected by his mother so we brought him up to the house and he stayed in front of the Aga for a few days to get his strength up.
He was a pain in the behind though - he kept getting out of his nest in the middle of the night and getting stuck on the slippery kitchen tiles so would bleat really loudly until I came to rescue him... only to do it again not long after! 
This is why he got called Nobby.... because as a baby, he was!

We hand raised him, bottle feeding him and a few other orphans until he graduated to being part of the flock.

He has always been our tamest sheep and although no use for breeding, we kept him as a companion and pet and he would be the first to mug you for nuts at feeding time and walk by your side when rounding up all the others.
He used to like a scratch between his front legs and around his horns.

We have refused to send him for meat all these years because he was a character so when we moved house recently, Nobby and 2 old ewes came with us to help keep the grass down and I was looking forward to many more years of his company and being mugged at the gate. Sadly that is not to be. The ewes are not tame so won't come very close.

Sheep are quite difficult to keep alive so I wasn't shocked by his death, just really down about it because he didn't deserve it. He had years left. I wouldn't have been as sad if it was one of the ewes that died.

Rest in Paradise dear Nobby