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there can be only one medal awarded this weekend and it will be a Gold medal to my wonderful uncle, Keith, who virtually single handedly sheared our whole flock of Shetland Sheep himself (sorry Jack , I  know you did Jean Brown !) on Saturday. Looking today at the bag full of glorious soft fleeces in all those stunning natural hues I can really appreciate all his hard work and sheer dogged determination to achiveve super hero status in the annals of Sussex prairie history ! Thankyou too to Linda his wife who worked so tirelessly with the other heroine, Pat my mum, in the tea shop !!

Magnus, photo by Charlotte Raven

Here is a brilliant photo of Magnus the ram , (taken by our wonderful friend Lottie) (still with his fleece on !)who succumbs to shearing with ill grace and a lot of under the breath swearing. His macho pysche is always sorely tried and we are treated to his unalloyed disdain and contempt for the whole business! when his fleece is off though he just looks pathetically small and his little sticklike legs are so gangly ! The shearing of the ewes provoked much more hysteria when the lambs couldnt recognise their shorn mums and spent hours trailing about like miserable snivelling orphans !

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Lamb you like it !

The most wonderful thing about a lamb is its sheer bouncy springiness. All that coiled energy squeezed into such a tiny little frame.Well our Shetland lambs are small anyway but reduced down to lamb size they are miniature. Totally handbag sized ! You could just scoop them up and carry them away ! Today will just be nuttiness about lambs so bear with me !


Six more potential mums to go ! can we bear the suspense ?!

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Barra, Bearsay and Dotty relaxing

Barra, Bearsay and Dotty relaxing

apologies to Samuel Beckett !

we are all waiting for the lambs to arrive (which hopefully they will ) silly numpties as we are ,we didn’t think about getting our girls (ewes) scanned, so it is all a mystery… and every day brings firstly excitement at imminent arrivals and then plummeting disappointment as nothing happens ..but there are other more predatory fellows waiting for the happy arrivals too…a big fox runs across our top field in broad daylight. §He is also keeping his eye on progress.That is a bit scarey.. crows also hanging about … its a minefield of danger !

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This was a very serious suggestion by our vet treating one of our sheep. Apparently custard creams go down very well with or without grass ! I tried this on our pet sheep Barra and she did wolf it down ! and seemed to enjoy it . Another day at the madhouse !

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SheepCurly’s brother ,one of our Shetland lambs from this year ,and I had a beautiful moment of peace together in our prairie paradise this morning. He just snuggled right down as close as he could with Barra ,our favourite female lamb and it was like a sheep meditation.

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