Saturday, 24 March 2007

Day in the life

7.15 am feed cats and dogs. Let out ducks and sort their feed and water. Pipes frozen. Feed piglets. Hear a woodpecker. Feed the geese and let them into the orchard. Feed the pregnant ewes and the llama. Carry 20kg sacks of feed up the hill to fill sheep and llama feed bins. Jack and Jill nowhere in sight. Extract nine goose eggs from their nest and set up incubator. Clean out duck house. 9am head into village for the papers with the dogs. Back for breakfast. Fill up wild bird feeders outside kitchen window. Muck out goose hut. Cut a dozen tree stakes from some rough sawn 2x2. Admire fancy new draught-proofing in lambing pen. Put bare-rooted trees (hazel and field maple) , stakes, ties, tree guards, sledgehammer, graft and stuff into back of ancient Landrover and drive round planting up some of the remaining tree gaps in the hedges. 3pm late lunch. Check temperature in incubator. Walk dogs and sort out a gate latch the sheep have worked out how to undo. 5pm notice one of the ewes has a water bag hanging out - she's two days early. Leave her to get on with it for half an hour and move feed troughs and hay rack into the orchard. Bring the ewe and her very new twin ram lambs into the lambing shed, iodine their navels and give the ewe water and sheep nuts - although she's a first-timer she seems to know what to do and the lambs look fine. Move the rest of the sheep into the orchard so they are closer to the house for lambing - they aren't keen to change fields. 6.30pm Ducks and geese to bed, check the new mother. 7pm feed cats and dogs and put supper in the oven. Shower, eat and fall in knackered heap. Lambing has started and the clocks go back tonight. Have to go to London this week - I won't be popular.

4 comments:

mutterings and meanderings said...

No - the clocks go forward ( spring forward, fall {I had that Americanism} back )

Bless you. I bet you're knackered.

Mopsa said...

thank you - yes, I worked that one out in bed at 2am. And I love the wee saying. My favourite and one I use ALL the time when using spanners, screwdrivers, outdoor idiosyncratic taps etc etc is "lefty loosey, righty tighty".

Arthur Clewley said...

reckon there must be a fair few knackered folks around here too considering the numbers of lambs to be seen around and about. what breed of sheep do you keep down there debbie?

Mopsa said...

Welsh Mountain Badger Face sheep - both Torwen (black with white stripe) and Torddu (white with black stripe). You can see a very pregnant Torddu on Sunday's post.