Our time here at Best Buddies is now coming to an end. Tim will have to say goodbye to all ‘his girls’! We went out together on Friday morning to do the feeding of the sheep, hens and ducks. We have really enjoyed caring for all the animals here and love the routine and rhythm of it all. Sooo much more relaxing and rewarding than being cooped up in an office all day.
The hens and ducks were, as ever, itching to be let out in the morning. Tim had helped Dave move the ducks and build a new enclosure for them as they were getting into the vegetable patch and eating all the newly planted seedlings!
The ducks need to learn to go up the ramp to bed but they seem to have caught on pretty quickly.
I have thoroughly enjoyed doing some cooking whilst I’ve been here and even managed to do some scones. The first batch I’d done in our first week here were a pretty poor effort and had to be disguised with jam and cream before serving them up to anyone! The second batch came out a treat thanks to a Mary Berry recipe and some hot tips from her! Thank you Mary. I’ve never been a baker as my first attempts when I was younger were never very good and everything seemed to come out either flat, burnt or rock hard. I think now I have the time though I could get into baking a few cakes.
Jan is currently away on a walking holiday with a friend so Dave has been left in charge! Two new Australian helpers arrived on Friday and Dave cooked a slap up meal of home bred lamb for us all which had been running around their fields until three weeks ago!
Saturday was our last full day here and we decided to go for a walk to Bosworth Visitor Centre and back which would have been about an 8 mile round trip. Unfortunately, we took the wrong footpath so didn’t end up where we intended but we were rewarded with watching a ewe give birth to three lambs. It’s ironic that, in all the times we have been walking over the last three decades, we have never seen a lamb born that we should see it now after working with a few sheep for two weeks!
All in all, the experience of coming to volunteer with Jan and Dave has been a really rewarding one. We have enjoyed all the jobs we’ve done (even all the poop scooping) and we’ve learnt a lot. For our first Helpx it has been brilliant and Jan and Dave have treated us like family and made us feel very comfortable and welcome. They’ve gone out of their way to show us the local area and involve us in everything they do so a big thank you goes to them 🙂
But now it’s time for pastures new. We are heading on up to North Yorkshire for a week to see family and have a bit of a holiday (!) before our next house/pet sit in Norfolk at the beginning of May.