Monday, 25 February 2013

Naughty Nelly strikes again!



Those of you who find Nelly’s adventures amusing will probably have drawn the conclusion that my lack of blogging about her antics was a result of an improvement in her recalcitrant behaviour. Sadly this is not the case. In fact, if I blogged about all of Nellie’s wilful ways, she would be in danger of stealing the show!
Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth.
Nelly - up to no good
in the veg patch!
Since my last instalment, Little Nell has in fact been banished from the ewes’ field for harassing a heavily pregnant Lucy, eating her way through 3 hay nets, ram raiding the chicken coops and eating the hen’s layers pellets. Oh, and then there was the day that she stood up on her back legs behind the cherry blossom tree so that I couldn’t see her while she stripped off the ivy that was growing up it!
This week’s escapade saw Nelly taking full advantage of the fact that I had accidentally left the gate to the vegetable plot open. There’s not much going on in there at the moment so that wouldn’t have been too bad, but she decided to exit the vegetable patch by head butting the fencing until one of the rails broke, leaving Nelly-shaped bulges in the chicken wire!
Nelly eating the raspberry canes!
It is her birthday in a few weeks and she will soon have to start behaving like a proper grown-up shearling, not a naughty oversized lamb. I did try explaining this to her the other day but she simply stood on her back legs, put her front feet on Charlotte’s rump, and wandered around as if she was pushing a wheelbarrow. When Charlotte finally persuaded her to desist, she ran down the field and leapt into the air clicking her heels.
I have a feeling that you have not heard the last of Naughty Nelly!

9 comments:

  1. I LOVED this post! One of your best Sue!

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    1. Thanks Helen,

      perhaps I should set up a bedtime page with stories of my animals antics.

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    2. A children's page would be lovely.

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  2. That sheep has one helluva character! She could have her own blog at this rate!

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    1. Well Edward,

      perhaps my next book should be a collection of stories entitled "The adventures of Naughty Nellie" though Toby the kitten and Blossom the hen also have their share of adventures too!

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    2. What an excellent idea! You could do a series of children's books about all your animals on the smallholding. What fun. Don't let it stop you telling us all about Nelly's antics though. :-)

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    3. I think Nelly would make a great book. :-)

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  3. I do like the idea of some stories that children and adults can enjoy. I will have a go at some and you can tell me what you think of them.

    I'm glad that you are enjoying Nellys adventures. She had het heptivac p plus injection this week and managed to jump about that much that I ended up on the floor and she bent the needle!
    I just cant imagine her settling down into being a normal sheep. Heaven knows what the poor tup will make of her when it comes to breeding in the autumn. I am hoping to use a ram which has a very calming influence and a dence fleece in the hope that she will produce a more typical ryeland lamb. To be honest I think it will be a miricle if she stands still long enough to be served!

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    1. It sounds like she'll be entertaining you, and us, for many months to come! Maybe she just doesn't want to grow up!

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