On My Doorstep

“If country life is healthful to the body, it is no less so to mind.” ~ Giovanni Ruffini

This is my second response to GC and my Weekly Prompts Word Challenge Service Center. This interpretation is slightly different from what is probably expected of this prompt.

Yesterday I realised just how little fresh air and exercise I’d had during the past week, the lack of which was due to the excessive amount of rainfall here in Yorkshire. So in the afternoon, I went for a walk up and down the lane.

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Crossing over the lane at the top of the driveway, I paused to admire the view beyond.  I can just about spot the Arthington Viaduct from here. The viaduct crosses over the Wharfe Valley and serves as a border between West and North Yorkshire,  it carries the railway line that services Harrogate, Knaresborough and York.

SONY DSCWalking a little further down the lane I paused again to take a photo of one of Richard’s  tups, (Richard rents my land), and judging by the blue dye spillage on the sheep’s chest this tup has been taking his Service Centre duties very seriously!

SONY DSCAnd a few young ladies are bearing his distinctive mark.

SONY DSCZooming in from here we get a pretty good view of Almscliffe Crag, an area just south of Harrogate and popular with climbers.

Next, I walked back up the lane to visit the horses. When I drove past last week, there was a pretty mare with her young foal, and I had planned to go back and take a picture when the rain finally ceased.

Mare 1Unfortunately, the mare and foal were no longer in the field, however, there were other mares to admire. This one walked away each time I raised my camera but determined as ever I managed to keep up with her!

SONY DSCSONY DSCWalking back home again, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of berries in the hedgerow, a proper little wildlife service centre.

Added Post Publication: TUPS are male sheep (RAMS), and at this time of year the chosen ones join the female breeding stock. The farmer takes control of his lambing time by choosing when to put the tups into the fields with the sheep.

Each tup has a canister of dye strapped to his underbelly, a different colour for each tup, and when he mates with a female the dye from the canister is released . To avoid inbreeding, strict records are maintained on the stock. There are usually two or three tups in the field, but it mostly depends on the size of the flock. The dye informs the farmer which tup has mated with the females. The gestation period is five months therefore the ewes will begin to give birth at the end of February, and will continue throughout March. Lambing time is a busy time for farmers and normally takes place indoors.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Word Prompt Service Centers from Weekly Prompts

 

23 thoughts on “On My Doorstep

  1. Beautiful, Sue. Nature is just perfect, no colours ever look wrong, it provides for us and if we only care for the planet we live on, it will look after all of us. Soul medicine.

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  2. Oh! What beautiful photos of some beautiful scenes and animals, Sue! 🙂 Thank you for taking us along with you via photos! Just looking at the photos makes me feel serene…I imagine seeing those scenes in person is healing and joy-bringing! 🙂
    I greatly appreciate anyone who properly cares for/serves the animals and the earth! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…Those blue bums are eye-catching! 😮 Lovely choice of color! 🙂

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    1. There were a few yellow bums too, but the tup carrying the yellow dye was out of camera shot and he doesn’t seem to have covered as many ewes as his mate.
      Carolyn, thank you so much for your lovely comments. 🙂

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Well, the “tup” certainly must be very pleased with himself. He is a one stop service center. He certainly can’t deny paternity with the lovely young ladies and their blue derrières! I love the white socks on the mare. What a beautiful creature.

    Sue, you certainly are surrounded by a lot of beauty. I bet you never get tired of looking at it. I love that you rent some of your land to Richard. You benefit from some income and he has a fairytale setting to raise these animals. The animals couldn’t ask for a better place to live. Every time you’ve shown his animals they look well cared for and quite content. I think that says it all.

    So, in a sense, you and Richard provide a service center for these amazing animals.

    Does Woody like to walk the grounds with you and check out all the “tenants”?

    Hope you enjoy a weekend that’s made to order for you.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Good Morning Ginger. There is another tup in the field with these ewes and he carries yellow dye. The field next to these ones also has ewes and tups.

      Richard has a number of substantial farm buildings at his place that are great for wintering his animals, but he doesn’t have enough land to sustain this amount of stock during the warmer months. The arrangement works out well for both of us.

      Woody is not allowed in the fields when we have animals, but he has an early morning and late afternoon walk that takes him up and down the lane and past the ones in the fields over the lane.

      Thank you for comments Ginger and I hope that you also have a very good weekend. 🙂

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    1. Good morning Lois, firstly, my apologies for not including this information in the body of the post. I will address that.

      The tups are the male sheep and at this time of year they join the female breeding stock. Each tup has a canister of dye strapped to his underbelly, a different colour for each tup, and when he mates with a female the dye from the canister is released . To avoid inbreeding, strict records are maintained on the stock. Depending on the size of the flock of sheep, there are usually two or three tups in the field. The dye informs the farmer which tup has mated with which female. The gestation period is five months therefore lambing time will begin at the end of February.

      Hope that helps, Lois and thank you for flagging it up. 🙂

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    1. Haha 😀 You know exactly where I am. It does feel a bit like that at times.
      I’m so glad you liked this post and the photos. I usually focus upon this side of the pond, I mean Lane, so it made a nice change to include the other side. Thank you love, xx

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