Yes Number one child (Patrick in case you had forgotten) has returned to the flock for a brief period of what he thought was going to be catch up with mates, a bit of paperwork and a touch of leisurely navel gazing.....
Ha ha ha Gavin got wind of the arrival of a spare pair of arms and legs and hastily set in motion his cunning plan to do a tour of France, to fetch our new car and have a kind of bizarre, whacky, Gavin-Franklin-style road trip/holiday. He is currently in Amilly charging (the car) and he left yesterday from Bar Le Duc. Only another 490 km ish to go. ETA dunno possibly Friday, I will let you know if he has arrived next week.
We digress back to the youthful shepherd/dogsbody.....
We are very lucky that we invested years of training to produce children who are habituated to a life of hard labour and drudgery. So young, healthy, Patrick willingly took up the offer of a few days gadding about on the quad.... "looking like he was"..... (sorry Patrick I meant to type "actually" but my fingers got the better of me)...... doing some work, safe in the knowledge that soon he would be long gone, back in the land of money, pub grub and easy access to that fine Irish beverage known to most as Guiness.
Thus far things are running according to plan the sheep are doing thankfully not what they usually do and are staying in their paddocks, and even though the weather is feeling decidedly chilly and autumnal the wet is staying away.
We are just about to start on a couple of weeks of school holidays again with the run up to the Toussaint hols, otherwise known as All Saints Day. I am certain the children were only just at home all the time for the summer vacation. Life is whizzing past at a disturbing rate. And yes you know what that means, it is now a mere 71 days until that fateful day. Which to me means I have an awful lot of organising to do. Fortunately I have put some hams in the cure and I have actually decided on the stuffing for this years Christmas Lamb roast. Now all I need to do is tell some people about it.
I am farming sheep and goats on the Dordogne/Gironde border with my husband and our 3 children. We have an on farm butchery and sell our meat direct to the public via the markets and delivery points in our local area