We are back into the grind again, after a blissful two week holiday. Even just being home, doing the day to day things, was wonderful. We had some beautiful days at home, with lovely warm weather, and I even cracked out the shorts. I went to the big town and did some shopping, and enjoyed a little kid free time too. We did some craft, and plenty of free play. Of course it went way too quickly.
Over the weekend it was CB’s birthday. It’s funny that in my head, I don’t feel much different that I did when I was 19 and first met him, but then I think of all the things we have done together over the years, and I realise that we aren’t 19 and 22 any more!
We had some friends from our church visit us for the weekend. As well as the usual farm tour, we enjoyed just sitting back and chatting while the kids played. We also made a multicoloured birthday cake for CB – the kids were very impressed, but to be honest it is a lot of cake!
On Sunday, we marked the merino lambs. Marking is not a particularly pleasant job, but is it necessary. Merino sheep have wrinkly skin (unlike cross breds which tend to have smooth skin), which means that they need to be mulesed – that is the skin around the bottom has to be removed to prevent fly strike. It is quite gross, but is relatively quick, and pain relief is applied to them. A fly blown sheep suffers much more!
Some years I have assisted by giving the sheep an injection, but luckily, I wasn’t needed. We went up the paddock for a while to visit, and see the lambs. CB’s grandfather also came up for a while and sat on an old drench drum to watch.
Marking the merinos is an annual event, a bit like shearing, that makes me feel how much time flies!