It’s suddenly turned very chilly here now, overnight almost it’s dropped by 10 degrees. All the animals need extra straw bedding in their stables to keep them warm and plenty of hay. It’s very cold in the morning when you start mucking out and feeding but by the time you’ve lugged bales of straw and hay around you soon warm up.
This is one of the stable areas that Twiggy (the chestnut horse) and Bertie (the donkey) share along with the goats and sheep. The horse and donkey are together all the time, although Twiggy bulllies Bertie a bit at feeding time and tries to eat Bertie’s food. Twiggy is a really large horse about 1.5 metres. They measure horses in metres in France and not hands.
This is one of the goats that just ‘turned up’ on Nikki’s land. Someone left him there because they know Nikki would look after him. He’s a Billy goat and Nikki said he stank so much you couldn’t go near him, apparently he drank his own urine – I must ask her how he did that? He’s been castrated now and doesn’t smell thank god! In fact he likes nothing more than a good scratch on his neck.
Here they are – little Gwaai and big Sengwa, the best of friends and enjoying the sun. This is what it was like last week. Amazing how suddenly it can change. It was so warm that we’ve had the doors and windows open – a little bat flew in the other night and was flying around the living room for ages…and Jon found a tick on my bottom – aaah the joys of sharing your life with animals…….