tatjna (tatjna) wrote,

In which I get flattened by Smudge and play with Paint

This weekend was the first one for a while where I didn't have an essay hanging over my head. In fact, the next two will be like that too. This course has a thing called a 'take home test' that sounds bloody ominous if you ask me. I hate open book tests - I don't believe they are a test of what you know, instead they are a test of how well you can find the answer and string it into your own words. ;-/ And usually they expect a different standard of answer because of being allowed to look in books. Meh.

But anyway, yes, free weekend. Except for the sheep shearing thing...

Meet Smudge. Here she is with her buddy in the barn that allowed me to shear despite the weather. Please note my stylish redeye removal using Paint (since redeye in sheep is actually greeneye and redeye tools don't work on it):

Since the deaths of George and The Whale, Smudge (who is a new client as of last December) has the dubious honour of being the biggest sheep on my run. She's apparently world famous in House and Garden magazine for going in the house O.o. But yes, she's tall - probably about three inches taller than average at the shoulder - and also, fat. There's no two ways about it, she could do with a visit to Jenny Craig:

As an estimate, I'd say she's in the 80-90 kilo range - I know for sure she has a fair chunk of weight on me, anyway. Shearing her is done in a style that I make up on the spot depending on how she falls, because once she's down she's not going anywhere. Anyway, here's a picture (again with the Paint skillz!) showing the outline of a normal sheep inside Smudge's generous proportions.

Yes, that overhang on her arse is all fat. You could indeed throw a tablecloth on her and enjoy a candlelit dinner. Also note her unimpressed snootiness after having been manhandled in such an undignified way. Anyway, normally it doesn't really do a sheep any harm to be this fat, unless you expect them to suddenly exert themselves a great deal, they can survive just fine like this. As they get older the fat tends to develop as much on the inside as outside, and it's not uncommon on killing a sheep this size for the kidneys and heart to be so encased in fat that you have to dig through it to find them. It still doesn't seem to affect their health unduly. However, Smudge is running with a ram and if she gets in lamb, at this size she's likely to lose her bearing when she's heavily pregnant, which in most cases spells death. Thus, she's now on a diet.

It'll be interesting to see if she actually shrinks any. Sheep seem to get to a certain point of obesity where it's almost impossible to get the weight off without making them sick, and it's even harder for lifestyle sheep that don't move around much and often share big paddocks with only a few mates. Hmm..

Y'know, on the weekends I don't really look at the internet all that much. This weekend I didn't do anything particularly exciting (gym, sheep, groceries, cleaned the house, visited friends - just life stuff), but I just have no real cause or motivation to read the stuff that I read religously during the week. So when I get to it on Monday, there's a pile of weekend stuff that's exacerbated by the fact that when it's Saturday here, it's still a weekday most other places. Which leaves me with the backscrolling dilemma. I find that I backscroll completely on LJ and not at all on Twitter. So now I'm wondering - do you backscroll? What about on something like Facebook that's likely to be 345,672,109 posts, 75% of which are quizzes? Do you bother?

Also, plz2b telling me your favourite vegan recipes. No I have not caught veganism, but Dr Wheel is doing a detox and that's the easiest way to describe what he's still allowed to eat. It's only for a week but still, it'd be nice to have tasty foods for that week eh?
Tags: call jenny craig it's an emergency!, shearing, to backscroll or not to backscroll?
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