Hi, I’m Erin also known, by the unfortunate nickname that has stuck, ‘Bums’! Dad has asked me to write a bit about me and what I love to do.
I have my own sheep. I was inspired by a friendly man at a local show we went to, whilst on holiday in Pembrokeshire a few years ago, who allowed me to take his sheep into the young handlers class. I thought it was a fun and a rewarding hobby to try out so that year for my birthday I got three Ryeland sheep – one coloured and two white ones. I name the black one Cocoa, one of the white ones Buttercup and the older one was already called Sweet Pea. I spent a year halter training them to tame them and returned to the show in Pembrokeshire to show them myself. Being confident and believing in myself my first class was young handlers which I did well in. I then did pairs and won that class with Buttercup and Sweet Pea.
I really do have a passion for sheep, even though it’s not as normal and as widely used it really is a fun thing to do and being part of the Ryeland society is a way to get to know each other and learn more about this fun hobby and the breed local to Herefordshire.
Spring time’s the best! Waiting for the lambs to be born wondering how many they’ll have and what gender they’ll be! My first lamb was born on the afternoon of Easter day and the two twins a couple of days after and I named these Prince, Honey and Hector. Every day I would go out to the garden to check how they were doing and they became more confident until they would just come straight up to me. Their cute cuddly faces just remind me of a snow ball.
We have now gathered many more animals such as pigs, cows and sheep. I was lucky enough to have another 22 black Ryelands as I really liked the coloureds best. We also have other breeds including Leicester long wool Dorset Downs, Teeswater and Kerry Hill’s even though we now have about 5 different breeds, Ryelands will always be my favourite.
Whilst having a passion for these animals I also like chickens that live in the Regenben chicken tractor my dad built. I enjoy picking up the chickens and seeing how many eggs we have got of all colours and sizes. When we have enough my best friend (Summer) and myself go around the village selling them in boxes for the villagers to enjoy and for us to earn our money.
If my Mum and Dad are ever busy I don’t mind giving them a helping hand watching my brother, as we get along quite well. I’ll try teach him things and we play games just like normal siblings but in a different way but as long as he’s happy we’re doing good.