animal psychology, Hill Farming, Sheep

First and Last

Yesterday a sudden and sad thing happened. Our first lamb and oldest ewe died.

Orphaned and raised in the house and then the yard, long before it was tarmacked.

I made foolish promises to her at that time but I kept them! Here she is after her retirement bathed in evening light in the twilight of her days.

She died yesterday, on the farm, as promised — from birth to death she had personal attention and we shall all miss her demanding, cantankerous ways. She was an object lesson in how not to treat a domestic animal! Always first in and last out — if danger threatened and the flock ran away Aby ran towards the back door.
Only a few days ago she broke into the barn knocking things over and messed where Bill was destined to tread. Relaxed mother of 10 lambs all were delivered by the back door.
RIP Aby (2008-2021)
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2 thoughts on “First and Last

  1. Brenda Hargreaves says:

    Hi Diana So sorry to hear about Aby. She must have been quite a character because even I felt I knew her ! Hope you are getting this nice weather even in Wales. I say nice, but it would be even nicer without the hay fever which seems bad this year. Love Brenda

    Sent from my iPad

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