I have been asked why I write these little stories about our animals. At the end of the day it's about some sheep and a few chickens. And a dog, Mr. Chip is pointing out.
The truth is, it's about a lot more than that.
The world is not a happy place, at the moment. People are suffering, nature is struggling and life is not always good. Reading the morning paper certainly doesn't put a smile on your face. Writing about our little farm is, I think, to write about the type of kindness that only animals can give.
Unconditional love - and all that. Although I think you get back what you put in. A dog loves us for who we are, but do we always deserve that? You hear people proudly say that their dog can be at home alone for hours on end and how cats can basically take care of themselves. Birds in small cages and snakes being kept in flats.....
Personally I believe that keeping animals means 100 percent of dedication. I love our slightly strange chickens and I find our new rooster, Monty, to be a charming little fellow. Four sheep that talk to you when you meet, makes the day so much brighter.
Mr. Chip is part of the family and he is never left alone. He is a dog that needs to know where his team is, at all times, so leaving him behind would not do. He knows that and that makes him a calm dog. He can trust us and we know he is kindness on legs.
Mindy, Mandy, Molly and My are also a lot happier for all the hours our family put in, to make them feel at home. We could have kept them in their field all summer and they would have been fine with that. They would not, however had become such personalities, as they are today. From a flock of sheep they turned into a boss, a sweetheart, a cool lady and an athlete. It took a lot of love and affection and it seems it was the right thing to do. We should look after animals with the respect they deserve. We should also provide a habitat where they can live life as they are meant to do. Dogs in handbags is not right, whatever people think. Sheep in town would not do either....
So writing about what our little gang gets up to puts me in a happy frame of mind and I hope whoever reads about them can see the funny side of it all. Or the sad part, that unfortunate comes with the territory. And having lovely pictures made of our friends makes it much more fun. I also hope everyone who has ever met our lot feels that it's nice to hear how they are doing. They certainly like to tell us about it.
Text by Nina
A blog about a small holding in Southern Finland. Each original story is accompanied by a stunning watercolour illustration or resplendent photographs.