‘Bert vanished into the hill yesterday.
When I called the Boyzens home from their field (it backs onto the scattald/open hill with a good fence), only two came a-frolicking home – Lambie and ‘Ster. No sign of ‘Bert.
I walked to the end of the field and shouted for ‘Bert just in case he hadn’t heard me or seen the others come home, but he was not there.
I did, howver, see a moorit (dark brown) back end standing in the hill and going away from me. There was nothing I could do. He didn’t turn round when I called and the light was fading fast.
So that would be ‘Bert gone again then.
First thing this morning once it was light, I went out with a bucket of food to see if I could see him. I did. He was far away with other hill sheep and when I called him, he ignored me and followed the others who were quickly departing.
Desolate and soaking, I followed the sheep trails home.
OH went back this afternoon and said ‘Bert was in a group and, from the description it sounds like he has taken up with the hill tups (rams).
I phoned my neighbour who put the tups out and he is caa’ing (herding home) them in hopefully next week, so maybe we will can have a shot at getting ‘Bert home again.
So, come-home vibes to ‘Bert please. We are all miserable without him.
‘Ster has spent the morning wandering around calling out for ‘Bert. It breaks my heart to hear him sound so miserable. You may remember that it was ‘Ster who originally brought his friend home last autumn.
I think I heard ‘Ster muttering something about being left to look after Lambie, who doesn’t give a damn.
(I may have had gin)