I took this picture of Idgy and Amos (he is the sheep) two years ago when he was a lamb. It is one of my favourite photos and has even appeared in the glossy magazine ‘Move To The Country’ in an article about the joys of bringing up children in the countryside.
Sad to report that Amos and another of our flock, an older girl called Enya both died today. There has been the usual problem of maggots with the hot weather and rain. I had treated them all earlier this summer, but guess l took my eye off the ball (amputee dogs being something to do with it, tho’ this does not excuse me at all) these past few weeks and the problem has arisen again and l didn’t catch it quick enough to do something. I always remember when l bought my first sheep from a friend called Sandy, he warned "Sheep have only one mission in life, and that is to die when you least expect it", he has been proved right time and again.
Poor Idgy is distraught as Amos was her pet and acted more like a dog than a sheep. This summer is proving a bit of an animal disaster area really.
With the lovely weather we have had today, I was all set to write a nice light piece about the latest herb harvest, instead l find myself the bearer of bad tidings yet again.
Lets hope tomorrow is a better day………