“I’m only an hour and a half away from London in an area called Stroud but it feels like a different world. It’s paradise. I live in a little folly house - it’s tiny. But I have three windows in my bedroom that I can look out of over fields.”
WHAT ARE YOUR DAYS LIKE AT THE MOMENT?
“Basically I get up and I do a tour of who has been born. So the lambs are born, either inside or outside, and if they are born outside I go and look at who has been brought in in the night. Other than that, we get our milk from the cows on the common every two days, we pick up bread. We do a lot of queuing - at a distance from each other because we have the space!”
HOW ARE YOU KEEPING YOUR SPIRITS UP?
“I’m obsessed with getting flowers and having them in the house. But I’m lucky at the moment because all the blossoms are coming out outside. And I check the sheep. I talk to the shepherd. I’m totally countryfied and old-fashioned here!”
“I never thought about sheep for more than about 30 seconds before this time last year when I moved into the folly, I really didn’t. It just shows that what’s in front of you becomes incredibly interesting! And now during lambing season I just get really passionate about them.”
“The thing about the sheep for me is it stops me thinking about anything else. If I’m stressed or sad I think ‘okay I’ll go and see the sheep’. It helps me get out of my head. I was very urban and I’ve only really started appreciating nature it past year but it’s very humbling.”
“It comes in waves, sometimes there can be eight overnight. They mostly seem to be twins at the moment. We haven’t had any orphans this season so there isn’t any bottle feeding going on. Last year there were six or so. I can’t get my hands on them in quite the same way this year!”
“Yes but they’re always sleeping at the moment!”