It has been a busy month so far. There is a lot of weather watching going on, switching channels on the TV to look at the best option and lately it has been rain and more rain, writes Christine Ryder.
Chris is desperate to get on and cut some grass, but it is not to be.
Then, when the weather does improve, everyone will want contractors at the same time.
We managed last Saturday morning to clip some Mule ewes and there was a possibility of doing more in the afternoon.
We got them in and separated the lambs, the shearers arrived and, with one eye on the sheep and the other on the circling black clouds, it was down to the wire with only six left to do when the heavens opened.
So that’s a job for Chris to finish off another day. While the lambs were off, it was a good opportunity to check them over and treat them for potential fly strike.
I was offered a day out a few weeks ago, which I accepted, but my cleaner thought it amusing that we would go off for the day to North Sheep. I really enjoyed catching up with friends and I thought it was a tremendous event all round.
The farm, the organisation and the tour were a tremendous effort from all involved and it was really wellattended which makes their efforts worthwhile.
I was stopped by a lady there who shook my hand and said ‘you write in FG, my dad loves reading your articles’.
I was sorry I didn’t ask the gentleman’s name, but thank you, it was lovely to meet your daughter.
A much-asked question to me that day was about the bedwetting visitor. Well, the update is the police were helpful, but said it was a civil matter.
They did trace the car, a hire car, but we found him through the electoral register. Two of us claimed on insurance and two of us, including me, sent him a bill for the new beds. He paid up, so it was an expensive holiday.
He said in a letter to me he had learned a lesson and, on booking further accommodation, would ask the owner to write and confirm they understood his condition and accepted the consequences.
I cannot really see that happening any time soon.