Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Death by Sheep

A whole week without creativity...unless you call getting 29 escaped sheep out of forestry creative!
Hubby and I have been looking after 32 sheep, 3 goats, hens, ducks and a turkey for neighbours. It's been great fun. Knackering but fun.
If you want to learn about animal husbandry, forget James Herriot, ignore the old 'Emmerdale Farm', and watch Shaun the Sheep! It's exactly what sheep are like!
It's been an informative week. 
I've learnt how to feed sheep without being trampled; how to treat minor foot complaints; when to call the vet; how to get sheep to follow you; how to steer them and most importantly, how not too (they weigh more than you do!); how to get stuck going through a barb wired fence with a herd of sheep on my heels; how to get unstuck whilst keeping hold of a bucket containing sheep food , as said herd overtake me (and not one of the buggers stopped to help me!); how to check for prolapses (because sometimes 'lamb beds' come away when ewes are heavily pregnant); how to rescue lambs who have climbed into their hay rack (only to find they didn't need rescuing after all because they could jump out); how sheep antibiotic spray turns your hands blue: how to calm a sheep when a vet shoves his hand up her bum; and just when you think you have had enough, how to scratch them behind their ears when they want you to make a fuss of them, nudging you if you stop making a fuss of them before they are ready, making your heart melt!
And we mustn't forget the turkey who loves cuddles or the hen who wants you to carry her around all day, with you stroking her like a criminal mastermind strokes a white furry cat rofl, or the goats who sulk if you forget their apple!
Animals are much more aware than we give them credit for!
It was tiring but my, so much fun.  I wish I could back to tell 7 year old me, busy playing with her Britain's Farm Animals, that one day she would get to do it for real!
It's at the end of a treatment cycle and I had an infection so when their real mummy and daddy came back, I'm afraid I was bed bound for a day or two.

Just before sheep duty took over however, I had another play with my acrylics. The photos are nowhere as vibrant as the real pictures but I LOVE this abstract art form!

Hopefully, after a couple more nights sleep and chemo on Thursday, I can do some more and actually do some stitching.  I've got a couple of things I want to get finished, including an embroidery piece I started when I visited the Irish Embroidery Guild.
Fingers crossed for some crafting!

Until then, I would like to leave you with some beautiful flowers my children surprised me with for Mothering Sunday.  I wasn't expecting a delivery so it was a real pick me up.  I also had lots of chocolates but they seem to have disappeared!

What more can a mother ask for?

TTFN xxxxx

Friday, March 2, 2018


Thank you for your kind comments in my last post.  You are all so very kind.  The cancer is active again but I knew that. A day at a time. It's all anyone can do.

I was going to change my blog background but snow is very appropriate.  Ireland has been 'closed' for business from 4pm on the 1st of March and won't be opening until Saturday.

We have had lots and lots of snow so everything is closed; there's no planes, no trains, no busses, no shops, no hospital appointments.

We have closed down big time. 

Only we didn't get any snow at all; it seems to have missed my village which isn't such a bad thing.

We prepared for it; bought a loaf of bread; bought a bottle of wine; bought coal and hunkered down.  We didn't get snow but we did get cold; very, very cold.

So what do you do when the weather is pants?

You start a new craft.  I found acrylic pouring!  It's art meets science!

This is my first attempt. I'm more than happy with it.

 Here are some of the elements from the painting. It was so much fun; mixing paints not so much, but it was worth the work. This is called a 'dirty pour'.

I'll be trying another type of pouring tomorrow.

I haven't done any stitching this week but I did manage to crochet a simple baby blanket.
I held a crochet class at a local cancer support centre and made some examples to show the ladies what they would be making.

The Granny Square was for the second week and for the first, I made a facecloth, a coaster and a bookmark.  The attendees got to choose what they would like to make.

I used the grey to leave the women the prettier colours of the cotton yarn that I used but since my bathroom has grey and chrome, it will fit in well!

The baby blanket is in pink and white.  I've got so much baby wool, I decided to make baby blanket for future grandchildren.  Life hey? Scary.

The third in my Everygreen Angels is about to be released. Everygreen Holly!

I had a lovely lady from Norwich, Jo, model stitch for me but it seems my designs are just meant to be photograph unfriendly!

I will leave you know and hopefully do some stitching.  Thank you for sticking by my irregular posts.  Keep warm and safe and I'll see you soon. xxx

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