All Fool's Day
On this ancient feast of unknown origin, the most time-honoured method of making 'April Fools' is to send them on pointless errands; and articles much in request by victims include pigeons' milk, striped paint, copies of the 'Life of Eve's Mother', hen's teeth, and a 'long stand', Beloved remembers a boy coming into the grocer's shop asking for a tin of elbow grease.
In Germany, apprentices and children were sent to fetch tools made from glass, such as files, pestle and mortar, scissors, or they were asked to go and buy rubber hammers, or lead weights for spirit levels. I have been sent to find an egg sieve, sausage seeds and checkered wool The real cruelty was that the shopkeeper would say that he'd just run out but the next workshop or the shop down the road would probably still have some, and the poor sap would thus spend hours on his fool's errand, before he finally twigged or until it had got to midday, when the joke would end, whichever was the later.
In spite of this morning's snow, which luckily didn't last,
and the rain following,
I found both these in the hedgerows this afternoon:
the native primroses and pretty little jonquils.
Valley's End is surrounded by fields with
A few facts about Sheep from a local Farmer
A ram or tup is an uncastrated male.
A wether is a castrated male.
A theave is a female lamb.
A yearling is a one year old sheep.
Sheep only have teeth in the lower jaw at the front, but have molars in the top
and bottom at the back.
A sheep's age is determined by its teeth:
Two broad teeth = one year old
Four broad teeth = two year old
Six broad teeth = three year old
Eight broad teeth = four years and over.
Ewes can only rear two lambs as they only have two teats.
Sheep have only one aim in life:
and that is to die as soon as possible.