The Matriarch and Our John were very right to feel dubious about taking me along on their outing to the Bantam Swap Market at the Fairgrounds. Because right there in a cage in the middle of market madness was Little Boy Blue. I knew he was out there somewhere. So I brought him home.
Now you all know me fairly well, I bet you can guess which of these pictures is the Little Boy before you get to the big reveal at the end of the post!
I think we are safe in assuming it is not the snake! And it looked like the llama was choosing its own master. That pic still makes me laugh!
Yes you are right. Here he is – meet Little Boy Blue.
He is a Blue Heeler, and his parents are working dogs. I had a magnificent name picked for him but when he tucked his tired head in under my chin on the way home I said What’s the matter Little Boy Blue. And his name shot out of my mouth and became his. Nothing else would fit. So there you are in true farmers tradition he is called Blue. All afternoon we practiced with his name and he followed at my heels as I went about my work without missing a beat. Though the sheep scared him straight back across the yard and onto the verandah.
He has a little bed on the verandah with the other dogs. Big Dog has accepted him without question or even much attention. But when I am not looking TonTon has been showing him his teeth. But he will get used to him.
Blue was perfect in the night. I went out and took him down to the toilet twice then gave him a drink of warm milk (I think they wean puppies way too early, this guy is only just 6 weeks old, so he will be getting lots of cows milk and eggs to fatten him up) and after each toilet break he climbed back into his drawer with my boots (puppies are used to sleeping in a tangle – so the soft gumboots that he has been stepping on all day make a reasonable good smelling replacement) was covered in his blankie and without a sound went straight back to sleep. Without a SOUND!
Good morning. What do you think?
The other wonderful discovery yesterday was a lady who grows her own trees at a very reasonable price, she has a backyard nursery close by and we will visit her to discuss plans for the Fellowship Forest. She will help me label them all for you, so each of your trees will have your name or the name you have requested attached. I have two gorgeous yellow barked curly willows so far! One for ViV and one for Eha.
It is raining outside this morning, which is a perfect beginning to a lovely day. Now i am off out to milk my cow, she has another baby to feed! You have a lovely day too! Lovely. Lovely.