October 8, 2012: Kid in a Candy Store
I haven't been a very diligent blogger of late. Aside from a bout of the flu, work around the farm has kept me busy! Our trial field is almost ready for our trials later in the month. We've done a bit of fencing at the top of the field to stop the sheep going behind the trees on the property line, and this winter we'll be laying a hedge between this new fence and the existing fence. A holding pen is almost complete, save for an errant post that was knocked over by some sheep. Kelvin spent the good part of a day digging in a new post only to see that one pop out as soon as the wire was tightened. It's rocky where that post needs to go! Next stop, concrete! The sorting system will be up and ready today, hopefully. Last thing to do is to finish clearing the field of the tree branches felled during the fencing process. This would have been finished except for the intervening bout of the flu...not to mention dogs to look after.
One hundred and twenty beautiful ewes arrived last week and had a few days rest after coming straight off the hill and being dosed. They are now being worked in smallish groups. They are running well as a flock and in smaller groups, so hopefully they'll behave come the trials. So far we've seen only one that might need marking and eviciting from the trial flock!
My new 'small' training field, which is more like an un-round pen on steriods, is cleared now and ready for the fence posts to go in. Soon, hopefully, this project will be finished! It's been a long time in the making. The only thing left to do is burn the debris in the middle and employ some sheep to come graze the rest down. The ground is a bit rough in places but that will be sorted out in due course.
Yesterday, I stole away from the farm to go pick Cian up from Heathrow. Cian, as you know, has been in the USA and, before that, Brazil. When I was given the opportunity to 'borrow' Cian, I jumped at it. And here he is back 'home' - well, his Welsh home because he still has homes in Boston and Brazil! The most annoying thing about the trip was getting home in the dark! Do you know what it is like to have a new dog to try and no LEDs or floodlights to permit night time training? So, first light this morning, guess where Cian and I went??? ...and coo-wee, what a little (well, not so little anymore) rocketship he is! He's got afterburners on his tootsies. He went off on his first outrun singing....
I'm burning through the skies Yeah!
Two hundred degrees
That's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
I'm trav'ling at the speed of light
You wanna make a supersonic man of me
I feel alive and the world it's turning inside out Yeah!
I'm floating around in ecstasy
So don't stop me now don't stop me
'Cause I'm having a good time having a good time ...
Don't stop me don't stop me don't stop me
Hey hey hey!
Don't stop me don't stop me
Ooh ooh ooh (I like it)
Don't stop me have a good time good time
Don't stop me don't stop me
Ooh ooh Alright
"Did she say "Lie Down"? Oh sh*t, she did! Crap, she means it too!"
Cian's English skills returned very quickly at that point!
Welcome home, Cian, and welcome back to Angie's boot camp! Going to like working with him again!!! He's fast and keen, just what I like. So, don't hold out for anything but sporadic blogs....I've got a new project. Ha ha!
To all Cian's Brazilian friends and family, he wants to know what the heck he did to deserve Angie's boot camp. Ha ha. No, he is settling in fine and getting used to Welsh rain. He said 'love and kisses' to Adao and Jorge, and all his friends.