I trundled off this morning to herd (shepherd) some tups. Go around and bunch up sheep and check all is well is basically what the job entailed. The sheep are all off the hill ground and held in fields which makes the task a lot easier.
On arriving at my destination I noticed the highest ground on the farm, the hill tops, had a greyness about them, a covering of snow. Upon leaving yesterday my wiper blades on the car were fighting with lumpy rain so it was of no suprise to see the sight infront of me.
God it was cold! How short our memories are. Just days earlier we had been experiencing a very mild autumn/early winter and here I was, nithered, nose running with the cold, eyes watering with cold air stinging them, wishing I'd put ski pants on instead of waterproofs and not because I would be going skiing but for extra warmth on the quad. Even my double layered goretex gloves weren't stopping my hands from feeling the cold. It seemed like it had been cold like this for as long as I could remember. But it's really only the start of winter, we have been fortunate up until now - short memory!
Years ago Moss' father Tyne was sent into a similar situation, he worked well and retrieved sheep, on returning to me I noticed blood on his face. It wasn't until the gather was finished and sheep were in the pens that I looked closer. The dog was showing no ill effects and worked well but closer inspection showed he had a twig which had pierced his cheek and entered his mouth, a pair of pliers were needed to pull the offending article out of his flesh. He was very lucky as the piercing was just below his eye - no wonder I am nervous of running dogs in such conditions.
The trip around the tups didn't go as well as possible, a few problems to iron out and a few which weren't, getting colder by the minute, nose still running, eyes still smarting. 'Twas cold!
Then it really did start to snow, ugh! real snow.
Some bracken caught my eye on the drive home through the forestry
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