Friday, 27 July 2012

Blackberrys and Rice...

On Tuesday morning, during my early morning checks, I found Biba on her own, up the top of the paddock, and lying on her side. She had been looking imminent for days, and I have been getting rather excited as Biba is our only black female who is due this year...and she is pregnant to St Patrick. So I was quick to rush back to the house to get prepared for the birth:
  • Make a cup of coffee
  • Grab a banana
  • Put mobile phone in pocket (useful for playing games on during the wait)
  • Visit to bathroom

Now, I expect you are thinking that's hardly challenging...and I would normally agree...the first two tasks were accomplished without any adverse events...but unfortunately the same cannot be said about the latter. One thing that I can tell you is that Blackberrys don't float! Yes, you are right... I dropped my phone in the loo!

It is incredible how reliant we have become on mobile phones. It has been driving me mad not to have a source of constant communication. Worse still, I hadn't stored any of the telephone numbers any where, so I decided I was going to have persevere with trying to dry it out. The tip I was given was to put the phone in a bag of rice (I used arborio but pilau, long grain or pudding will do) and leave it in the airing cupboard. It has taken 2 days to dry out...and it smells of toilet duck (I know could have been worse)...but I am now back in the land of communication.

Biba didn't birth and still hasn't!

So not a lot happening; no births and no hay. It is not looking good. It seems that everyone has had fine weather bar us. It has even been sunny half an hour away, but we seem to have attracted a black cloud over Beck Brow. Paul isn't a happy chappy, but whenever he starts moaning I tell him to go give Lullaby her bottle and be reminded that we have had a plentiful share of good fortune this certainly does the trick!

Beck Brow Lullaby rushing for her bottle

Beck Brow Shackleton...he has such a dense fleece

It is so nice to see Lullaby is hard to believe how weak she was...although she has the premmie 'poodle' fleece. 

One of the benefits of bottle feeding is visiting the paddock for the 11 pm feed (well on the occasions when it isn't raining). Although the 'red sky at night shepherd's delight' bit doesn't seem to apply here...we still had lots of showers the next day.

Red sky at night

Spooky...Magallen and Alfie

Tyke had a trip to the doggy dentist to get some teeth out yesterday...he obviously enjoyed himself as he has been trying to get in everyone's cars since he came home...strange dog



  1. We can only sympathise with the foul weather you are getting up there at the moment Barbara!!! Look forward to seeing what colour Biba's cria turns out to be!

  2. My, you'd need a lot of bananas and flasks of coffee for the last three days!

  3. 'Blackberrys and rice' - thought you were coming up with a new recipe Barbara - didn't reckon on a 'bog' standard story! Lovely cria photos as always. Shirley & Robbie

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  5. Lullaby is so adorable, what a survivor. Our hay supply is still in our neighbour's field getting a regular drenching. Just keeping fingers crossed for a dryer August.