Yesterday in the comments, Sue from Frugal in Suffolk (simplesuffolksmallholder) asked if we still had our sheep.
As you can see from these pictures taken yesterday we do!!
She's a brilliant Mum and I'm glad she has her lamb for company, but our neighbour has yet to come and pick them up. I guess he thinks that with free almost secure grazing he's on to a winner. I'm tempted to make out an invoice for looking after the sheep and for the grazing costs on one of our company letterheads and stick it in the post to him :-)
The dogs both go down to the fence to say hello to their woolly friends, but Mummy sheep is not impressed and usually takes her little one to the far side of the field until we have gone.
Yes, I did say both dogs.
Although we still have the sheep, Mavis, our little rescue Jack Russell has 'done a runner'. Last Friday Lovely Hubby decided he could trust her in the paddock while we were working, without putting her on her long staked lead ... BIG MISTAKE. After lulling us into a false sense of security she suddenly made a beeline as if for the house but instead went up and around it and vanished over the top of the hill.
LH trudged the fields and roads looking for her and we drove in both directions but there was no sight of her anywhere. We have messages on local Facebook pages and all the neighbours have been asked to look out for her but we in fact are holding little hope of seeing her again.
Her one mission since being here has been to make off, no matter what we did and what bribes we offered, although she was happy indoors with us and on walks, she just wanted to bolt when ever she was not on a short lead.
It feels strange here at the moment but life is so much easier, the other two dogs have settled back into their grumbly, sisterly relationship and the doors and windows can once again be left open. I can open the door to the postman without first having to catch and pick up a struggling dog and when we go out to the car I do not have to put one dog onto a lead for the 20 yards or so to get to it.
I just really, really hope that if someone has picked her up to keep for themselves, and we think this is the case as there has been no reported accidents and no phone call, (she is both micro-chipped and has a tag with my phone number) they look after her and love her ..... as we briefly did.