Saturday, 1 February 2014

Scald

Irene keeping her distance in the  background after the tussle
A disabled rabbit
A hormonal and sexually promiscuous Bulldog
A cat with an arthritic back leg
A run down muddy coloured hen
And now a couple of limping sheep

What next?
One of the Welsh terriers with a STD?
I wouldn't be at all surprised.

Anyhow I knew roughly what to do with Irene and Sylvia, 
Check the hooves, shorten them if necessary and spray the feet
Giving particular attention to between the toes
Simples
There was only one fly in the ointment
I have not managed to catch either ewe as yet

This morning my sheep(y) friends came around to help catch the buggers, but both ewes Sussed what we were up to and kept their distance.
This afternoon I waved a couple of pieces of cheap white bread at them and in the
Scrum that followed caught irene by the horns and then
got smacked a nut busting clack in the knackers
before I managed to trim and spray her feet.

I have asked gentleman farmer Ralph from down the lane if he would help me catch
Sylvia tomorrow
She's so nervy I am contemplated spiking her corn with
Rohypnol

I think I sprayed more of my hand than the sheep's feet
My purple fingers with a rather worried Mary


47 comments:

  1. Your hand looks like you are really missing "The Walking Dead"
    Poor Mary, maybe it is the smell of the sheep spray !
    Hope your feeling better !
    We got our first light rain today and I am very happy standing outside in it !

    cheers, parsnip

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  2. That purple spray is not easy to get rid of is it? May shock a few people. Suggestion for sheep catching - a few hurdles and feed in a bucket, they are trained to follow a bucket aren't they? No? Oh dear!

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    1. The Soay sheep won't take to a bucket
      They won't put their heads into it
      I caught Irene by luck!

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  3. Any of that weed left from the fire? you could feed them a salad and lull them out....then trim the lovely nails....they'd think themselves in the spa! It is a job you have to love to be a carer of animals!

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  4. you should try catching teddy sometime! it would make your sheep catching seem easy.

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    1. I know.. Everything is relative... I shouldn't bitch so much x

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  5. You live such an exciting life. And that hand... I thought it was a visitation from "The Walking Dead."

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    1. I'd make a wonderful zombie for sure....I love eating

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  6. I once gave Barts rescue remendy to a ewe who had been beaten up by the ram thinking it would calm her. calmed her so much i thought i had killed her powerful stuff a few drops on the bread may help ? Maybe Chris could video your sheep catching exploits, maybe a enclosed pen would work? or a sheep dog!

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  7. Is Irene walking better now? Sigh... sounds like Sylvia does need a dose of something... and you a swig.

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    1. I'll check again Sharon

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  8. So... did the stain come off?

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    1. Eventually Jess.....eventually x

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  9. Beware of square-shaped animals with short necks and a low center of gravity. They know exactly where to butt you, it's not an accident.

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    1. Especially when they have horns of plenty

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  10. I love reading your blog. Your way of writing is very down to earth and relatable to people. It's posts like these about your daily battles with your animals that bring a smile to my face, if not an outright laugh. Keep up the good work. :)

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    1. Welcome yoko...and thank you x

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  11. One down and one to go. You may not be walking right yourself after this.

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    1. Not without a john Wayne swagger

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  12. I hate that bloody purple spray, I usually get myself and the henhouse more covered in it than the sore bits on the chickens. The inside of the last henhouse looked like a drunken graffiti artist had been at work!!

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    1. It bloody gets everywhere does it not

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  13. I shall definitely show this post to my sheepy friend, who has three thousand of the things - it will amuse him greatly John.

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    1. I know I know
      I should have things in perspective x

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  14. Purple spray = hate with a vengence

    Never washes out of clothes. Or shoes. Or the flagstones in the barn.

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    1. Or from old nurses fingers

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  15. You'll have to practice your lasso skills. Now that would stoke up the village gossips, you running around in a Stetson and leather Chaps whirling a rope around your head!

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    1. ...very Village People!

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    2. Now THATS an idea.....
      Where's the washing line?

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  16. God, I remember purple lotion for cuts while working abroad.

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  17. Mary is so pretty.

    Love,
    Janie

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  18. Do animals get STDs?

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  19. I know of a few "animals " that have

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  20. Speaking of STD's, the purple hand had me thinking a yeast infection was close at hand.

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  21. Ride 'em, Cowboy! Leather chaps, a lasso and Chris armed with a video camera. Your readers are a brilliant lot!

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  22. Good Times to Be Found at John Gray's Farm!

    Shall I have some flyers printed up for you?

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  23. Wonder if any parishionners will be walking past when you and Farmer Ralph are going for Sylvia tomorrow.

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  24. Hope things go better with Sylvia, John. ♥

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  25. hello John...I tried to comment 3x with my Wordpress account with no success...so I've set up an AOL/AIM account...let's see how the heck that goes :)

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  26. hello John...I tried to comment 3x with my Wordpress account with no success...so I've set up an AOL/AIM account...let's see how the heck that goes :)

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  27. hello John...I tried to comment 3x with my Wordpress account with no success...so I've set up an AOL/AIM account...let's see how the heck that goes :)

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    1. I'm getting very frustrated here :D :D :D

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  28. Ahh, I really missed you, John, during the 2.5 months I had no computer! I feel complete now that I can read your posts daily. May I say, "You complete me?" or would Chris object?

    We really had some rough winter weather here in the Southern US - Savannah overreacted, but Atlanta (4 hours away and one of my former homes) was smashed! Not much snow, but about 1 million people on the highways at the same time leaving motorists stranded in their cars for many hours, kids stuck in schools, people sleeping in stores, shudder!!

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    1. Nice to have you back old gal x

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