A busy modern life

Now adays it has become common practice to go to a one stop shop. With many supermarkets now selling every thing from milk to tooth paste and fuel all in one handy place.

But what most of us fail to realise is that for this convenience of a one stop shop we are often paying a premium and not offered the same choice or even service as a small independent. The money you spend at these big places becomes part of a massive corporations statistics.

I know that with all the modern technology we claim to have less time but I wonder if we all got off our phones and bothered to live in the real world if we would get a nice surprise with what are local shops have on offer. Who knows with one small step you might discover a real treasure of independent shops that you had previously ignored. Plus I know you would get a shock at how competitively priced they are. As they have to be to survive in this land of gaints.

So help keep Britain full of a wide variety of independent shops. Shop local and keep the big chains reined in.

My Sheep’s biggest fear

My sheep have a strange phobia of wasps and any thing that buzzes. 

I first observed their unusual behaviour last year at lambing time. When two of my ewes suddenly froze to the spot and began looking down at the ground. Where they were previously to this happily munching on a sugar beet but stopped when they heard the buzzing sound. 

As I watched I could see the wasp buzzing around the ewes head, she stood firm to the spot unblinking and motionless till the annoying wasp finally moved off. 

Some of the other ewes further down the pen then started stamping their hooves and shaking their heads in a jerky manner before running off down to the far end of the pen. A little time later a few more wasps flew into the pen and the same thing happened again the ewes either froze to the spot looking down at the ground or shook their heads and stamped their hooves before running off. 

Even the lambs that had been busy bouncing around the pen began to copy their mother’s behaviour.

I had seen them freeze before when they were out in the field but did not know why they were doing it. But now having seen them up close I could see why and I don’t blame them for behaving the same as we do when we hear or see a wasp. I don’t think they can tell the difference between wasp and bees as all make them react the same way. 

I don’t know why they do it but I can only guess that one must have been stung at some point in time and has taught all the others how to react to it. 

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