It started off nice and relaxed. I meandered about, read the paper, gave the chickens a health check and the pigs a scratch, cleaned the kitchen floor, then settled down to paint the living room wall. About 12pm there was a bang on the door - a dog walker came to tell me one of my lambs was ill. There is a two acre field opposite our house that belongs to the previous owner, and he has a farmer friend that runs some sheep on it.
So, I went across to have a look and sure enough some poor little mite was lying still on his side. There was no mother around at all - all the sheep and lambs were up the top end of the field so he'd been left - and a quick look showed me he had diarrhoea (called scouring), probably from eating too much fresh grass. He was cold and floppy.
So I scooped him up and brought him into the kitchen, wrapped him in a blanket with a hot water bottle and got some Bach rescue remedy into him, which perked him up enough to drink a little water. Then the hunt for the farmer began. We had no details for him, and I couldn't lay my hands on the phone number for the previous owner. So off I went to the neighbours, who did have the number but the previous owner wasn't in. It took over three hours to finally make contact with the former owner, then the farmer, who finally came along, scooped up the lamb and took him back to the farm to go under a heat lamp (remembering to exchange details before he went). Not sure if the little mite will make it, as he was panting by this time and his breathing was quite raspy. Some scours are caused by bacteria, such as E. Coli, and as it advances the animal develops pneumonia and rattly breathing. Only a fast dose of antibiotics sorts it out.
Then after all that, I went back in the living room and finished the first coat of paint on the walls.