Thursday, 5 April 2007

I feel good

In the luscious lead-up to a four day weekend, it's amazing to sit outside and feel the hot sun do its worst on the crow's feet. The dogs lie on the cobbles avoiding the sharp loose stones, chins on their paws and eyes closed in pleasure. So much of the to-do list has to go on hold until lambing is finished; I plan to take a book and a straw bale into the orchard and do my shepherding in comfort. A leisurely kip might be nice; perhaps a divan of bales would be better? M&M can provide horsehair mattress stuffing for added luxury. I could doze, iodine a few navels and trim a few feet, and avoid the great brashings burn-up taking place elsewhere on the farm. I could take the dogs down when the fires are mellowing at the end of the day and they can chase around where piles of hedge-laying detritus had blocked our path. I doubt I can avoid loading logs onto the trailer for next year's firewood, the first of multiple handlings (field to trailer, trailer to woodpile, chopped and moved to second woodpile, chucked in wheelbarrow and brought into the house, stacked by fire, into fire....combustion) before it gets to the woodburner. But it's a t-shirt task and it's going to be t-shirt weather, and I feel good.

3 comments:

mutterings and meanderings said...

Mopsa, I can supply you with enough horsehair to stuff umpteen mattress at the moment - they're all moulting big style here...

mountainear said...

Thank you for the James Brown moments. Bit like that here too - only the edge taken off it by a 'Supermarket Sweep' of an afternoon.

However once the car was unloaded and a bottle uncorked - we felt GOOD! Sat sipping in the evening sunshine listening to birds and lambs. Does it get much better than that?

Mopsa said...

M&M: The Bernese moult twice a year - each moult lasting six months - but you gotta love em

Mountaineer - hello! Have had a most pleasant detour round your blog - which has interfered with shepherding duty and hunting down an elusive invoice - it's end of year - arggh.