Besides shearing we have now slaughtered and sent to Stanley 89 lamb for our customers. We have also continued to lamb mark all ewe lambs that come in when we are selecting Xmas lamb, those wether lambs that are not big enough have also been marked. This afternoon Shaun and Christopher are away to gather all the rest of the ewes, lambs and hogs in. Today we will continue to lamb mark and draft of the rest of the hogs for shearing tomorrow. We will also select the last 24 lambs for slaughter.
When that is finished the lawn needs mowing the rest of the weeding in the garden still needs to be finished. The house is a bit of a tip and needs tidying. The last plane to take lamb out comes on Tuesday then we can go to Stanley for Christmas. Bring it on.
With the weather being beautiful I have really enjoyed weeding in the garden. I was really pleased to find the swedes that had obviously blown out of one plot were now growing in the top of the potato patch in the other plot. I weeded ever so carefully so as not to pull any out so that they could be transplanted when they grew a bit more. I was immensely pleased with myself for saving them all and reckoned I had probably found the whole pack full. I kept saying to Christopher have you been and looked at all the swedes but he had been too busy. Yesterday I was at the clothes line when he came back from the plane. I said come and look at the swedes with me. We peered over the fence and I thought they don't really look like swedes any more. In the couple of days since I had last been in the garden my carefully looked after swedes had turned into stinging nettles. Now I have to start at the top of the plot again and pull out my dozens of carefully looked after stinging nettles.
Finally for today the Bremen cancelled her next trip to Barren island on the 21st December. This is a shame but we never count on the money from tourist boats because cancellations are quite common. Sometimes it is frustrating because they can be cancelled very late. One time we have flown Christopher's mother out to help us on the day and the vessel cancelled the day before. There is no cancellation fee so on that occasion we lost money but when they do come in it is a good days pay for us. Hopefully she will not cancel the next one.