At some unearthly hour this morning, I received a phone call from the ferry company saying they were taking livestock. Huzzah! At last.
So, after lunch, we brought Lilja and Sóley into the stable for the last time. While Floss distracted everyone else with early haynets, I gave the girls a brush. Manes and tails mostly.
I spent my time telling them I loved them very much and to be there for each other on their long journey south and to be good and kind to their new owners but most of all, make me proud.
Then we loaded them using our usual bucket-of-feed method to which I had attached string so Floss could haul the buckets up once finished and we could set off knowing they didn’t have them rolling around their legs during the journey.
This method worked extraordinarily well. I was pleased with my invention.
So loaded up, we set off. I took it very slowly giving us lots of time to get to the ferry port at Lerwick.
Once there, the gates were open and the girls were handed over. It was all very quick. The men were waiting for us, so I only managed a quick kiss good bye on their noseys (Lilja and Sóley, not the men!)
The boat will sail later this evening.
And the girls were loaded straight into their livestock container which had been prepared for their arrival with hay and water.
Travel safe, ladies. Make me proud (*** sniff ***)