Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Hard Days Night

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It’s lambing time, there can be no ‘clocking off’ at the end of the day.

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I thought I was on to an action shot for you, a farmer in a field, grappling with a ewe and a new born lamb, then I realised both the ewe and the lamb were dead, I didn’t think the farmer would be in the mood for a photo call, so I drove on.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Hard Days Night

  1. Bugger. I remember the sadness of loosing a ewe if the lamb got stuck. Very rare with our Swales and Blackfaces as they rarely had twins. I do remember my older brother finding a dead orphan on the moor. He was convinced it was alive, but it was so cold and floppy. Anyway, we brought it home, dried it off, and put it in the oven of the Rayburn. She survived and went on to produce some good lambs herself. It’s amazing how resilient they can be.

  2. Awww that’s too bad. Looking forward to some nice lamb shots soon.

  3. Ach – makes you wonder what it all means, doesn’t it. The price of life is so high.

  4. That’s so sad when that happens, but it is a part of nature.

  5. To lose both must be felt all the more! xx

  6. That’s so sad, I think many of us forget that there is this side to sheep farming especially when we see lambs skipping about in the Spring.

  7. This is a hard aspect of living with any type of animal, but especially livestock. I think we tend to forget that death is part of life, and its is a hard thing to accept some times. Well hopefully the farmer is having many sucessful births to make up for that failed one.

  8. Bugger, is a very apt response, from both an animal husbandry and financial point of view, it’s lose, lose.

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