Ida’s Diary entry #33

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Haha!  Surprised you.  I haven’t blogged since May 2014.  There hasn’t been much to tell you.  We got sheared, we frolicked and we chewed the cud.  Life has been good, sometimes hot, sometimes wet and now look!  Lucky we’ve grown our coats back.  Our small owner reckons we look pregnant.

So, the first snow of this winter came, and we spent the night in our shelter (our owner could tell because we come out in the morning covered in straw).   When we came out we had a good play.  Jumping, bouncing and head butting. Inca made a couple of head butts towards our small owner and got told off 🙂

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The snow began to melt reasonably quickly so it wasn’t long before we found edible bits.  As you can see, Inca is eating bark!  There are several trees with bark missing, which is not good.

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We have new things living here now, these cats arrived in July.

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They’re much bigger now of course.  The boy cat at the front is Jupiter (and he has been missing from here for 6 days!  Our owners are hoping he is on a great adventure somewhere).  His sister Jazz has only 3 legs and she is missing her brother.  We hope he comes back because we can head butt him.   The cats are lucky, they get to keep warm by the log burner!

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The snow has gone now, and the sun is shining. It’s quite windy and cold.  So pleased I have my big woolly coat to keep me warm.

That man who came to shear us has been hedge cutting, and we managed to find the large amount of bramble left on the ground.  It chased each of us for a day or two and took our owners (and the man) some effort to catch us and remove it.

So that’s the news from me.  I hope you’ve not been holding your breathe waiting to hear from me.

Have a bon weekend.

Love,

IDA

Ida’s diary entry #32

I am shivering today 😦

The hairdresser came yesterday, Hatchi l’Epagneul’s friend.
He took our wool off! Just like when it happened last year to mum and Inca, only this time mine has gone too!
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Does my owners bum look big in this? 🙂

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White medicine time.

 

 

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Mum’s turn now.

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Inca doing his goat impression.

 

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Hi name is Ludo, he was very quick. It took about 5 minutes to do each of us. I think I struggled the most.

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Inca and Mum’s fleeces

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Blurry me. It was my first time after all!

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Back out in the front garden. We kept calling to each other.

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Me, bleating with my mouth full.

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It’s been a nice warm day, I am hoping it won’t get too cold again tonight.

 

That’s all for now.

IDA

Ida’s diary entry #31

Yoo hoooooooooo,

It’s me 😀

I know, I know, it’s been a very long time since I last blogged. Almost 5 months!
There is only much I can tell you about eating grass (and new leaves and new hedging) and chewing the cud.

Our owner has been very busy, so she spends more time blogging about organic beauty products than about us.
In fact, she gets a bit passionate and a few weeks ago poor Inca found himself having his horns oiled with Neal’s Yard Organic Virgin Coconut Oil……he’s managed to avoid her since.

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We’ve been eating quite a bit in the front garden, and there is a short barrier in front of the newer hedging as we started on it quite quickly. Our owners think we should just eat the grass, but we love leaves on trees and shrubs. Kiwi leaves are very nice.

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We hoped we’d be invited in, it would appear not though.

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We had our feet checked a few months ago and clipped, and had some white medicine. It wasn’t a nice experience, and I don’t want to write much about it as it brings back bad memories.

So, a man is coming to do our wool tomorrow. I think it’s a bit like the hairdresser. I have seen a lovely colour I’d like to try.
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Meanwhile, here is me (and Inca he gets in all the photos) today. I’ll let you see me after my wool appointment tomorrow another time.

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Yes, it is really me. It’s hard to tell me and mum apart now. My wool is slightly woollier than hers, she has more split ends. My face a tiny bit shorter. It’ll be easier once I have gone pink.

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Hope to enjoy the brief update. My owner says I must tell you she has an online shop and you can find it here.
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Click on the photo for a browse.

a bientot,

IDA

Ida’s Diary entry #30

Bonne année à tous!

I hope you’re all enjoying a new year. I was allowed to stay up and see the new year in 😀 My first new year.
I will be one year old next month, I feel quite a bit older than that though.

We had a pedicure a few days ago, I didn’t like leaning back against the man on my bottom, but I didn’t get away. My feet felt a bit odd at first but I quite like them now. We also had more of that medicine, Mum and Inca looked like they quite liked it, and they didn’t make much of a fuss when sitting on their bums.

We’ve been allowed into the front garden for a while, where the grass of course was greener and just right for us to eat since the back garden is looking less inviting. Of course we rushed over to the young hedging which was not on the plan apparently, so we got shooed out quite quickly. So now there is a short temporary fence in front of the hedging, so it’s grass or nothing for us.

The weather has been really mild and quite pleasant when it’s not been raining. We’ve been found sunbathing a couple of times this week.
Basking in the sun

The photo above was taken on the day our owners improved the fencing at the bottom of the garden to keep nextdoor’s dog out. It now looks like palette city down there, a good job my small owner isn’t bothered about perfection!

One of 12 being used in the garden

One of 12 being used in the garden

Our owner’s are very unhappy with the lack of control over the dog who comes in and chases the chickens. A few nights ago 1 Lavender pekin hen and a Lavender pekin chick were missing over night, they came back the next day. The same again yesterday, despite the improved fencing, the dog came in and we’re now missing one chick.

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This is the dog, you’ve met her before.

Our neighbour’s have promised they’ll improve their barriers, our owners are not holding their breath.

So, hopefully the chick survived overnight and will come back to roost tonight. The weather forecast (so we’re led to believe) is set to be mild for the rest of January. I’ve been told it could snow during winter, and I think I vaguely remember some snow when I was very, very young.

Hope none of you are flooded, or have floated away or frozen your socks off in the storms across the sea.

a ++

IDA

Ida’s Diary entry #29

Bonsoir amies,

Today has been quite short and I am told that tomorrow will be a little less short but we won’t really notice it.
Winter has arrived officially, and the grass seems to have stopped growing.

Our owner got a little worried yesterday as we called her quite a bit when she came out to bother the chickens. It’s so difficult for us, as she doesn’t speak our language, so we’re not sure she knows what we were saying. She decided we might be hungry, as the grass is looking tired and there is no new growth. She and the big owner were going out for the day so she decided that to make sure we didn’t go looking for food somewhere else, she’d lock us in the shelter! Admittedly she gave us some food to eat, but that lasted about 10 mins and then we were stuck in there until it was dark. At lunch time today they both came down with a big orange thing, and a large brown disc and the big owner (making lots of noises and sighing heavily) carried it into the shelter. As you can imagine, we’re boycotting the shelter, one because we’re not going to get locked in again and two because of the big orange thing.

Our owners are off to visit a sheep farmer tomorrow for some advice and I think they may be bringing back some medicine, so there is another reason to stay out of the shelter. They can’t catch us around the garden 😀

So, this will be my first Christmas, so I thought I’d Google and see what sheep do at Christmas. First of all I was pleased to discover that being a sheep is good, and that being a turkey is not so good as this time of year.
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Hmm, why is the sheep on the top of the tree? We have a tree which we sit under, but you wouldn’t catch us on top. I wonder whether it’s cos we’re black sheep and more intelligent.
Oh, that’s a bit worrying.

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They’ve been making a drink using black sheep 😦
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This sheep looks like it’s been drinking that drink!

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I think I’ll stop looking, I am just seeing very worrying things here. Look what’s happened to that poor family!

So, as they say here en France, Bonne Fete or alternatively Joyeux Noel.

merry

IDA

Ida’s Diary entry #28

Bonsoir, c’est moi

My smaller owner was out today and she took some photos of some of my relatives. I thought you’d like to meet them.

 Orphan Annie

That’s Orphan Annie. She’s 3 weeks older than me and she was blacker than me when she was born. Her mum was quite young and didn’t call her to feed, so she didn’t get fed as much as me. She’s about half my size now.

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Inca hasn't got horns like this!

Inca hasn’t got horns like this!

Wow, grand old man.

I’m not sure I remember them, I am sure mum and Inca would though. IT’s nice to see photos of them.

Salut

IDA

Ida’s Diary, entry #26

Mum and Inca checking to see if the dog's still there.

Mum and Inca checking to see if the dog’s still there.

Oct 2013 Sheep 010Salut, c’est moi Ida,

I’ve been a little unwell the last few days and my smaller owner has been making me take disgusting medicine. I am pleased to day though that I now feel well, have my appetite back and am enjoying my lambhood again.

It was a very scary afternoon and tonight when it was time for the chickens to be bothered, our smaller owner finally noticed that there was a dog in the garden!

Isis the first time she came an bothered us!

Isis the first time she came an bothered us!


That’s her. Her name is Isis (she was born this year and if your remember we are all named with the letter “I” as that’s the letter for animals this year). She lives next door and this afternoon was in the garden practicing rounding us and the chickens up! It looks like all the chickens are accounted for, although there are a few feathers and a chicken missing many of her tail feathers, but our owner was more worried about the babies.
3 week old Lavender Pekin chicks.

3 week old Lavender Pekin chicks.


We were not impressed and especially since the dog was eventually penned in our pen!

As a treat we’ve been allowed into the smaller garden tonight and we’re munching away on the lush grass. We’ve not been able to eat much this afternoon what with the dog an’ all.
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I didn’t have time to check as I have eating grass to catch up on.

Me munching.

Me munching.

Oh and we had another treat, a little bit of bread at the back door. That doesn’t ever happen nowadays, so perhaps having the dog running round the garden is a good thing!

So, that’s what’s been happening. I’ve been chatting to my friends on Facebook who are mostly very caring.

Ida on Facebook.

Thanks for dropping in and sorry I am not blogging loads. Life is pretty much full on munching grass and greenery and putting weight on for the winter. I am rather round already, so I shall probably be fine.

a plus (French for See Ya!)

IDA

PS. Our owner has no idea why the photos decide to change the order in which they were posted. She knows that if she attempts to rectify the problem the mess will be far worse. So, she hopes you enjoy the photos and can make sense of their sense.

Ida’s Diary, entry #25

Bonsoir mes amies,

Guess who?

There’s been a lot of activity around here this week and none of it sheep related. We’ve been almost side lined by the poultry fraternity. First of all the last few days of the week saw several trips by the small owner to the chicken coop. Backwards and forwards for 2 days, all because chicks were hatching and the chicken mother had abandoned the odd one or two eggs. I think in the end, 3 chicks were saved to add to the 3 which had been hatched. So, there are 6 new chicks and we’ve not met them yet.

Next (more poultry related) there’s been a dearth of eggs lately, and our owners have been waiting for the five 3 month old chicks to develop only to discover that they’re all cockerels! So, off they went to the local market to buy some point of lay hens. We’ve sort of met them, but they’re not allowed out to join the flock for a week or two.

This is Mr Pekin (one of the Mr Pekin’s) staking his claim and letting them know he’s available when they are. See his little dance? That’s a come on (what ever that means, I am a young lamb and know not of these things).
So, as you can see, this is my diary and there are no recent photos of me! It’s like I don’t exist 😦

I complained about “being invisible” on Facebook earlier, which meant of course my owner then came out and attempted to take photos of me. I played hard to get.

Me and mum

I am the one behind, I am so like mum now. I have a different voice, I sound more lamb than sheep, and my face is not quite as long as mums. I am 6 months old now.

I am not posing.

This is me attempting to ignore my owner. Inca lets the flock down, he’s always right there wanting to know what my owner is doing, seeing if she’s got food and basically being too friendly.

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Mum and me racing to the gate to see if we can through before they close it, a rare occurrence.

The dog has been round quite a few times, he tries to get us to play with him. I’m not sure he realises we’re not dog’s and that even if we wanted to, there’s a gate and a fence in the way.

My owner found this just now and thought you might like it. I don’t, and hope now sheep were hurt in this game!

Sleep sheep game

Oh and one more, good luck with it. My owner says it’s impossible!
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That’s it for now. Hopefully she’ll ignore me less now I’ve blogged and reminded her (and my public) that I exist!

a la prochaine xxx

IDA

Ida’s dairy, entry #24

Salut!

Yes, it’s been a while. I’ve not got a lot to tell you and our owners have had no internet at home since a violent storm 2 weeks ago. So, they’ve been going away to use the internet quite a bit and leaving us on our own.

We’ve been having great fun annoying the dog, especially as he thinks we’re playing with him. He’s been round a lot recently and our owners have been sitting in the part of the garden that used to be ours. You know, that bit they fenced off. The dog stands at the wire fence and there is a hole in the wire. Inca is very daring and goes up to the wire and the dog and Inca practically touch noses. Mum thumps her to front feet at the dog and he thinks she’s playing. He runs off at full pelt, very excited, does a circuit of the garden and comes back for more. The he and Inca and mum repeat the same thing.

There’s still a reasonable amount of fresh grass even though it’s not rained a lot recently. However, when our small owner allowed us into the fenced of garden, we tucked into anything edible at top speed. She thinks, we think, the grass is greener on the other side!

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The cat found a snake earlier and was trying to eat it. Our big owner rescued it. He often rescues lizards, and frogs and toads from the cat, he’s very gentle.

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. I am looking forward to the cooler weather and some lush grass. Mum is still letting me feed but it’s a bit of a rush job.

I’ll try not to leave it so long.

a bientot.

IDA

Ida’s diary, entry #23

It’s a glum day 😦

Over the last couple of days there have been some changes taking place.  Changes that are not nice for us.

Our bigger owner has been working in OUR part of the garden, and we can no longer get into OUR part of the garden!

Nothing wrong with this at all.

Nothing wrong with this at all.

A gatey type fency thing being installed

A gatey type fency thing being installed

This is the lovely dusty mess we've made next to the back door.This is the lovely dusty mess we’ve made next to the back door.

A gate going here I think.

A gate going here I think.

This is finished, apparently!

This is finished, apparently!

I think our owners are hoping that we won’t leave poo on the terrace and will stop coming and calling at the door.  They may even start sitting out there again if the awful chicken/pigeon poo smell from next door subsides.

The gate is still a work in progress, looks like it will need more help.  Have just watched chickens flying over the top.  So, what with the heat and everything, we have spent the hottest part of the day in the sheep shelter… we’d prefer to be near the house of course.

Gate nearly done.

Gate nearly done.

Hmm, more work needed if chickens are also not welcome.

Hmm, more work needed if chickens are also not welcome.

I am still managing the odd suckle with mum although it is getting very hard to kneel down and take a chance.  Mum gets quite impatient and moves away quite quickly now.   Got to go, it’s time for the chickens to be bothered and for us to have some maize.

a la prochaine.

IDA