Saturday, 17 January 2015

A sprinkling of sheep

It has been a beautiful day.  We woke to a powdering of snow - other parts of the island had A LOT more. 

The sun was clearly on its way, but it takes a good while before it reaches the fields below the house, where the hoggs were waiting for Farmer.

8 Barnacle geese flew off as we approached.

We made a trip to Dervaig to the shop, where we collected our paper. There was not going to be a postal delivery today as the roads are too bad.

The Loch Cuin narrows were looking lovely.  As were the snow flakes over the fields just before Calgary.

We had seen this dead ewe yesterday on the beach but couldn't see her ear tag to see which farm she might have belonged to.  The Black backed gulls and Hooded crows were enjoying the carrion.  Today Farmer went to have a look.  She was one of ours.  He will go and get her tomorrow.  It does sometimes happen that they graze out on to the rocks and get stranded, or washed into the sea.  Not good.

Once home, the dogs needed walking and Farmer wanted to show me some drainage he needs to do in the Coronation Meadow.

We stopped off to see the new colours in West Cottage bedroom and bathroom, which look very smart.

And the ewes in the Black Park seemed to be enjoying the late afternoon sun as much as we were.

Alice was in a very friendly mood.

And as I looked back towards Haunn and over to Tiree there was an ice rainbow.  A lovely end to the walk.   Farmer closed up the cattle shed and got the dog food onto soak.  Back to Dervaig to collect Daughter before the temperature dropped too much, and froze the wet roads.

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