Sheepish Maydens

The end is nigh. I have absolutely no money anymore. Certain people ask me, if I have special expenses and if I say “yes”, they don’t react. Why ask at all? I called the sheepmerchant and he said, that the lambs are still too small. I agree, but I have no choice. I won’t sell all of them though. The sale is set for May 22. This is always difficult, but this time much more difficult because they are still so young. Yesterday I went for a walk with the dogs up the hill. On half way up I heard a lamb crying. I thought it was one of my lambs and nearly went back. But it couldn’t be one of my sheep, I was already too far away and they wouldn’t go that far, even if they could escape. Shaun, my black ram, used to escape. And he always only made a trip around the property.

Next time I heard the lamb cry, I noticed the baa came from the top of the hill. There is a small pond with lawn around it. The owner must have bought chickens and lambs. There were 5 or 6 black-headed lambs, much too young to be separated from the mother. They were scared, lying together and crying frequently. Not a very motivating sight. Plus the horse is back in its mud hole. My favourite neighbour wasn’t at home, or I would have asked him about the changes on the hill.

The title is a lie, Brad’s newest recruit (and no, she is very much too young to get sold) and her proud mother on April 30. They are at least maidens and shy. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

She’s very cute and follows her mother everywhere. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Some of the inhabitants of the area clearly give a damn about the beauty of the landscape. Someone has thrown a beercan out of the window of a car into the beautiful colza at the road. I might have too many prejudices, but I would bet it was a young, male person.

Pollution. I couldn’t stand the sight, grabbed the beer can and it spilt stale beer over my hand. Oh great. The can was half-full. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Rudi doesn’t know it yet, but sometimes I think he noticed something is wrong with him. His prostate gland is swollen. He has problems to drop faeces because of that. He needs a castration. And the lambsale is supposed to provide the money for that. Most of the time he is very happy though. This morning he brought me indefinable body parts of a rabbit (“yuk, errr I mean thank you Rudi”). And he was very proud of it.

Rudi muses about something. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Brad has caught a tapeworm and it’s likely that he’s not the only one. The lambsale is supposed to pay for Cestocur (endoparasiticide oral suspension for sheep). I still got loads of Niratil and some Panacur, but it doesn’t work against tapeworms.

The title is a lie again. I took the photo on April 30 before the tapeworm. Brad is not shy and he’s a boy. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Brad flattens his ears. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Another lamb which I won’t sell is the little Knubbel (knob), the daughter of Kleines (small one). She is stout, kind of round, rather like a ball and not like an egg. Oval is the optimal body shape of sheep, but I got to admit, that ball-shaped sheep are quite cute.

Knubbel is shy and a maiden and I took the photo on May 1. Isn’t she cute? Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Brad is eating (May 7). Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Brad isn’t really thin either. I guess I’m a good ewe somehow. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

The new lamb and one of the oldest ram-lambs. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

The new one loves to lie around on the pasturage. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Hey, don’t watch me while I eat. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Kleines is still worried if anybody approaches her daughter. It doesn’t matter if it’s me or another sheep. She was grazing peacefully, until she noticed the male lamb near – lets call her Agathe.

Agathe is grinning, but Kleinfleckchen (small patch) looks up and notices the male lamb. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Kleinfleckchen shows the male lamb who wears the wool (errr). Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Are you okay sweetie? Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

I didn’t do it! Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

All is well that ends well. Own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

One that will get sold is the son of Stirnlöckchen (forelock). She is over ten years old and having a son is too much for her. But he’s very cute and in the last days he regained his lop ears.

Lop ear-lambs are cute. Sigh. They are all cute. own photo, licence:Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

I got no new photo of her but yesterday my rather sheepish female cat Farbexplosion (colour explosion) shocked me. I was feeding her in Markus’ old sleeping room. There is an old cobweb at the side of window. A fat fly got caught in the web. I fished the fly out of the web and threw it out of the window. There was still a bit of web sticking to the fly. Farbexplosion jumped out of the window like a maniac and ate the fat fly. It made a crunchy noise. That seriously can’t be tasty, fat fly with cobweb. I wondered for a moment if I should be scared of her. But I decided, that it’s good if cats and dogs eat flies and spiders. Nice of them… somehow.

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