NEWS - December 2012
Floods Hit The Fields
There was so much rain at the end of last month that most of our fields became unsafe for the sheep. Not only did the stream burst its banks but as most of our fields are part of an ancient ridge and furrow system all the furrows flooded too. For about a week things were pretty dire but all the sheep were moved to safety, Angus, Marmite and Buttercup the cows could cope on the high ground that was available. Tarka, Coral and Dumpling the ponies were led to safety to an area that was not threatened by the floods. Dumpling, our elderly Shetland Pony, took time out to play in the water on her way. She thought it was huge fun. The Pigs from Skye enjoyed all the extra mud and just loved the huge straw bales we put down in their paddock, as you can see by the photos. Everyone was fine except us, stressed! So, as a consequence most of the sheep have come into the barns a month early which has upped our winter feed costs by around £6,000. If you would like to donate to our Flood Fund to help offset this please click on the button to the left. Thank you from us all.
Molly and Archie’s New House
Molly and Archie have been with us for some years now and both have grown! So we decided they would like a more spacious house. They like it so much they only come out at meal times. Walking down the field past their paddock you are greeted by the sound of contented snoring.
Daisy who is now approaching her teens does not like mud, being blind she finds it strange to negotiate and can get distressed, so every winter she takes up her own special pen in the barn luxuriating in the straw which probably helps her arthritic knees too.
Sooty the Silkie hen was rescued from Stratford market by Jan and Harry last month. She was small, sick and filthy, her face and head were black from her sneezing. Once safe back at the Sanctuary, Harry washed Sooty’s face so she could breathe properly and she had some lifesaving injections. Basil the Barabu D’Ucle cockerel had lost his friend some days earlier so we thought that he may like Sooty to join him. Well, it appears to be a match made in heaven. Sooty seems fully recovered from her ordeal and the two of them are inseparable.
Calendars are now in stock!
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