Blessed with an exceptional run of sunshine from the closing of August through to the opening of September it’s been a busy time on the farm. Ewes and lambs have had their feet trimmed and wormed before turning out onto new pasture only to find that the lambs then got into a real mess due to the exceptional quality of the grass, runny poo wool and hot weather leave them wide open to maggots these can take a lamb in just a few days, literally eating it alive if untreated. So it’s back into the sorting pen for dagging and fly strike. Applying a toxic chemical which repels flies from laying eggs requires wearing a breathing mask and eye protection in 22 degrees this is not pleasant either but the alternative of chemical poisoning and neurosis is not on balance an option worth considering.
On Tuesday morning I had shared an event on Facebook that the Tour of Britain would On Wednesday be passing through Worcester, I’m not into cycling in a big way other than riding my mountain bike down to the sheep and pigs when the tractor won’t start, but Like to do my bit when something of significance is happening locally, the irony of this event took place on Wednesday morning, whilst getting the pig feed ready, I saw that there was an ambulance parked in our field entrance, one of our guests had been going for a run only to find a cyclist by our field gate, he had cycled from Coventry setting out at 5am heading to Worcester to watch the Tour of Britain go through, he was showing early signs of having had a stroke, so Eliot had called 999 the cyclist was Joe a 78yr old, first responders do a great job locally and were on the scene in minuets, Jo was taken to Worcester Hospital to get checked out, not sure if he got to see the Tour of Britain, but the day had been an adventure different to most people of Joe’s years.
They said on their website that we could enjoy the peace and Tranquility of a Farm Stay in Rural Warwickshire!
I fed the pigs and locked Joe’s bike in the barn for safekeeping (I didn’t want his day to get any worse by becoming a Rural Crime Statistic), I sent a text to Joe’s Son in law John who arrived later that morning with Joe’s Daughter, John was an ex fireman with a sense of humour that had not left him when he left the Job, he went on to explain that he was now spending most of his retirement recovering his Father in law from different destinations in the Uk. One time they were on Holiday in Devon, Joe had telephoned them to say whereabouts are you, Joe had cycled down to Devon and was three quarters of a mile off finding them! Concerned for his safety they asked how long it had taken, to which Joe replied I’m alright I had a sleep on the way.
I took John and Joe’s daughter who I never got the name of, up to the farm house and round to meet Elliot, who they thanked for his help. We were on route to visit their Dad, I hope Joe makes a good recovery so he can continue on his own tour of Britain.
Reflecting on the day, we have some good people in our world, who when faced with circumstance do the right thing by connecting with the right people. We should have Great Pride in our Country and the People like Joe who teach us all, that life is an adventure all of the time.
For more information on our Farm Stay with optional adventure included visit our Website http://oaksbarnfarm.co.uk