Friday, 21 December 2007

I've not been great at this Blogging thing. I lost this one for a time, but suddenly decided to start over this morning. Perhaps it ought to be a New Year's Resolution to manage to update this at least once a month. Anything would be an improvement on this year's efforts!

It's a shame I've been so slack because a lot has happened in the last year and it would have been good to record it here. Fox is really coming on with his sheepdog training now and we have just purchased the first of our very ow flock!

At 19 months, Fox is now a very big, powerful and handsome dog. He's grown into a lovely character too... now we just need him to CALM DOWN when greeting people and realise that he is really quite large! He hasn't quite realised how big he is and can be a little clumsy.

The sheep that we've bought are Shetlands, just like the ones that I used to show with Jennie Hill years ago. They are co-owned by Chris and I and our friend Wal who is a Reserves Warden at Cumbria Wildlife Trust. So far three are in residence on the land, which is 30 acres of rough grazing near Crook.

Their names are Bartistown Rosy, Rebecca and Rachel. Rosy is the grey and Rachel is the one with white socks.

There will be five more joining them in the first week of January. If I keep this blog up I'll post photos of them!
The village is very wintry at the moment. No real snow as yet but the frost is so thick that it may as well have. It temperatures are staying at freezing point all day. In fact it's 11am now and the water that I put out for the birds at 9 is already solid.

Must wrap up warm and get out with the dog.

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