Our fields are full of sheep just now. Sadly not for much longer as the ‘boys’ are about to leave us. Off to the local market; I don’t like to think much beyond this. Our family have a policy of not naming any animal that will end up in the food chain. But it is really hard not to name a lamb or get attached to it when you feed the little creature many times a day.This year we had a little triplet ‘boy’ who was being neglected by his mother. We gave him extra milk from a botttle four times a day; he was given the name Spot because we had a red blob on his side to identify him. My husband trained Spot to come over to us; each time we went to feed him we would whistle on him and he would come running. He survived and is now in the furthest field from the house with all the other ‘boys’. Fortunately he doesn’t respond to a whistle anymore and now that he is a mature ram I can’t recognise him. He’s off to market next week but I comfort myself in the knowledge that he has had a good life and if it wasn’t for our initial care he wouldn’t have survived for more than a couple of weeks.
You will remember from the DDHUS how Miguel and his brothers looked after Tim and Katie, even putting their own lives in danger to help the foreign children. Perhaps Miguel and his brothers were influenced by the way their uncle had taken care of them following the death of their parents. There are times in life when we are weak and require the help of others but we must remember in the good times to look out for those in need. If you are still at school maybe that someone is a newcomer to your school who needs your friendship. If you are an adult reader you will be all to aware of the hardships around you both at home and abroad, sometimes to the point that you feel overwhelmed. If that is so, consider this: we cant’ help everyone but we could help someone.
Back on our wee farm, next to the house we have the ‘girls’ and Jake! Jake is our two year old ram ... and you guessed it ... the cycle starts again! Keep posted for some wonderful pictures at lambing time in February.