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Friday, February 11, 2011

I thought that the next post that would be here would be one about sun, sand and frivolity after we had a weekend sojourn to the coast before summer is over. However, as is often the case, life has other ideas. We did have a nice weekend at the beach but a bit of a shock when we came home.

Our livestock are very important to us. Our farm is not large and there is just the right balance of numbers that animals can be considered livestock and not pets. That doesn't stop some of them from elevating to the role of favourite. My favourite sheep, Georgina, died while we were away. Why wouldn't Georgina be my favourite, she always came when I whistled and there was never a need for a dog because she followed me and the other sheep followed her. . I spoke to her on Thursday evening (yes, I speak to them and sometimes I think they understand) and all was well but by the time we came home, she was gone. It was sad and I think that is why I haven't had much of an urge to write or even turn the computer on really. Living on a farm where we are responsible for the taking of animals lives for our own consumption doesn't give one immunity from the feelings associated with loss.

I do know for certain that her life was luxurious for a sheep. At 8 years of age, she still had a full mouth of teeth and her only sign of aging was the little bit of white on her muzzle and I can't recall her ever having any ailments in all her years. Old age, what more can you ask for?

I will be back tomorrow or the next day with happier things.

Tracy

9 comments:

Bianca said...

xxx
Rest well beautiful girl.
Have the other sheep named a new matriarch or are they still in mourning?

xB

Anne said...

Oh what a shock Tracey, it is horrible when animals die.
Anne

Frogdancer said...

:(

Lisa said...

Oh, I'm awfully sorry you lost your "friend". I was beginning to wonder if anything was the matter.

Indigo said...

Sorry to read your sad news. Its especially hard to take when you were absent at the time. Georgina appears to have had such personality, in fact she looked quite regal in the photo! She lived to a good age; enjoy the memories of those years she was in your life. xx

Chookyblue...... said...

you always end up with some special ones.......totally different nature to the others.........

Paola said...

Very sad to read about your loss. You do get attached to your animals, and things are not quite the same when you lose one, for whatever reason.

Bec - Farmers Wife said...

Aye, animals have a way of getting under your skin even when you harden yourself knowing what their purpose is.

Chin up Tracy.

The little book of Nessie said...

Sorry to hear about Georgina. Getting attached to any animal is always hard when they go from your life. Regards, Nessie