Shep's had a fortunate week. Not my turn to head out bye and herd the tups meant I missed the inches of snow lying out there on Monday and Tuesday and took refuge from the horizontal rain and driving winds on Thursday. Today (Friday 9th Dec) dawned bright and dry and I resumed my duties away out bye - nowt like picking your days!
Tups were very busy today. Now a straight fortnight since they were put out. It is always possible some ewes may have missed their chance yesterday, the sheep were all left well alone, burns were rising and weather was atrocious, sheep were left to seek their own shelter, not a day to disturb them. If any did miss their chance of a tup they'll get a chance again in 17 days time, it's not the end of the world.
It was whilst driving home late in the afternoon that the moon caught my eye, the diary says the new moon is due tomorrow, but this looked very much like a new moon to me.
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