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07 May 2013


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Up with insomnia, catching up on blogs, delighted to see you back on line. So glad the healing is beginning. . . . lambs surely help, the resurgence of life in such endearing form.

Welcome back, D. It's good to hear your voice again. Springtime and everything coming to life again after cold, grey times, has been such a joy this year and your Castlemilk Morits (poetry!) are lovely to behold.

Back IS good.

Love the lambs. I wouldn't mess with Abigail either. ;-)

Welcome back. I am very happy, indeed, to see you here in the there and now.

Dear, dear sheepys. I have never heard of that breed. When our current batch of Romney/Leicester crosses die, we are thinking of Baby Doll Southdowns. Have you ever seen one?
Good to see you back, and no post is too 'trivial.' What seems little to one, is most meaningful to someone else. What exactly is a small holding?

Thank you Colleen, Sybil, Christina and Nan for the warm welcome back.

Nan, the Castlemilk Morit breed dates from the early 1920s but reached its lowest level in the 1970s - you can read more about it here: http://www.castlemilkmooritsociety.co.uk/Pages/aboutus.aspx
Numbers have risen since then but it's still regarded as a rare breed here in the UK.

And a smallholding is a very small farm, usually fewer than 50 acres. My friend's smallholding is - I think - 23 acres and is also home to rare breed pigs (Oxford Sandy and Blacks) and a small brood of rescue hens. She and her partner have also had a go at keeping geese but decided that it wasn't for them. It is also home to a fine black Labrador, for the past six years the 'best' friend of my black Lab, the Edinburgh Boy, which dates from the day they met at their first training session! They have been devoted companions ever since and really do seem to delight in each other's company.

Thank you. I read 'smallholding' in so many books, and always wondered. The other thing I wonder about is 'lease.' It seems that many (in my books at least) don't own their place outright. Over here, if we don't own, we rent. Is a lease the same as renting? But I've read of 100 year leases. Do people put their hearts and souls into places they won't be able to pass along to their kids?
I've heard geese can be pretty grouchy and even scary. My daughter and her fella have ducks. Now that's a nice creature to have around - cheerful, cheerful, friendly. Just delightful.

Thoughts are fleeting, and fade into ephemera if not shared... is that the right word, ephemera? Your thoughts are worth sharing. Enjoying your company again, and thanking you for "being back"..

There you are! And with lovely pictures of such sweet babes (and a breed which is new to me). I'm with Nan about the posting dilemma and firmly of the belief that one blogger's trivia may be another blogger's treasure.

Nan: yes, leasing is the same as renting and many British farmers - about one in three - are tenants rather than freeholders. My friends own their smallholding so at least they will always have the the land they have invested in. (And thank you for welcoming me back.)

Liz: good to hear from you (and thank you too) and that reminds me that I need to be out and about blog-visiting again . . . The sheep and their babes are, indeed, delightful. I try not to think about lamb chops; not that I eat meat but you know what I mean! At least they are having a happy, healthy time while they are here.

Yes. a belated welcome back D. Good to "see" you again.


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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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