Posie's Blog. Tales of island life on a hebridean hill farm

Posie's Blog. Tales of island life on a hebridean hill farm

Thursday, 25 October 2007

A Pain in the Back....





Groans are coming from the farmhouse kitchen; the happy farmer and Farmer T have both got occupational injuries, namely bad backs. The happy farmer has been hobbling about in agony since working with sheep at the fank. Fank work often involves lifting old heavy rusty gates, then spending half of the day stooped over lambs, piercing their ears with the necessary tags, to identify them and the farm, before they head off to market. This and all in a biting cold wind have lead to more than a few moans and groans. I did smile when in hobbled Farmer T today, also complaining of backache, no sympathy from the farmer’s wife then! One of his pals warned the happy farmer not to pick up any sheep today,

‘Any of them approach me and I’ll give them a knock back then, cold shoulder treatment’ was his pained response!

Feeding rounds on the farm have proved interesting too. No tup feed to be seen in the shed, but an untouched bag of pig feed. The culprit was the happy potter. No, he hasn’t run out of muesli for breakfast and changed to tup feed, which does resemble muesli, rather, having being entrusted with feeding the animals while we were away, he got completely muddled up and fed the tup feed to both the tups and the pigs, probably the chickens too, could it be that his mind is elsewhere these days? Something to do with a tall, beautiful lady residing on the mainland me thinks! Luckily those greedy pigs didn’t mind the change in their diet, but the happy farmer had to go shopping quickly!


Until next time.......

11 comments:

Wooly Works said...

I love to hear about the farm. I, too raise livestock, but not sheep. I've never been around sheep much. What kind of sheep are these, I wonder? Here's to a speedy recovery for both of your backs.

Pondside said...

Oh those poor backs - big sympathy from me!! Ice and heat, ice and heat.
Laughed at the Happy Potter and the feed. It's a gamble, isn't it - leaving someone in charge when you're on holiday? You never know what you'll come home to!

Pipany said...

Oh back pains are terrible. Hope they improve quickly Posie. Love the Happy Potter feeding the food to the wrong animals! Bless him.
Ah true love.... xx

Casdok said...

Bad backs is not good :(

bodran... said...

Poor you nothing worse in the world than a man in pain!!
I remember J feeding the dogs food to monty, pellets but nothing alike really and even a piccy of a dog on the front!!! Duuu

Casdok said...

Just wanted to say if there was a prize on my blog for the best answer, it would go to you!

lampworkbeader said...

Having been digging in the allotment today I have every sympathy for those poor bad backs!

Suffolkmum said...

Sympathy all round!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I love the photos you have put up today. There's never a dull moment on the farm but I for one wouldn't swap it with anything.

Crystal xx

elizabethm said...

hope the backs are on the mend - a whisky or two might help! lovely story about the feed.

ChrisH said...

Oh dear - does that mean all the other animals will start feeling a bit frisky?