A clip slip is worse than the snip...

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It has been so hot and that means per­fect con­di­tions for hay.

The grass grows ever longer and hope­fully we will have a bumper crop in a week or two.

We have clipped a few sheep – the ones that were rel­a­tively close to the farm, the late lam­bers and the tups.

Clive agreed I could clip the boys while he served af­ter­noon teas to ram­blers. I couldn’t be­lieve my ears as he is usu­ally very pro­tec­tive of his old tups.

“Just be care­ful,” he said gruffly as he left me in the pens with three large woolled tups. “I’ll be fine,” I said.

“It’s not thee I’s talkin’ about,” he replied. “T’owd fel­las.” I told him CARE

I’d be su­per care­ful. The ma­jor­ity of sheep we clip are fe­male, all pretty much of the same phys­i­cal mould.

Your brain slips into au­to­matic pilot, you know every sin­gle curve of their anatomy.

The comb parts the fleece while the cut­ter shaves through the coarse fleece. It’s a race against the clock, sheep aren’t fond of sit­ting still.

Great sweeps of the hand across their bel­lies, wool fall­ing to the floor.

This is why you have to con­cen­trate when you do the boys – one great sweep across the tummy could spell dis­as­ter and ren­der him un­able to per­form some of his vi­tal du­ties.

Hap­pily, they went off with their bits in­tact but it per­haps wasn’t the neat­est job I’ve done.

“Never worry about it,” I told Clive. “It’s only a week be­tween a good hair­cut and a bad one.” TRUE GRIT Soap favourite Gran­tham on set as Nip­per FIERY Den and Angie

A source re­vealed: “Leslie was so thrilled to be a part of the Krays film. He had a great part and gave it his all.

“He had to be ush­ered around on set in a car be­cause he didn’t have the en­ergy to walk. But he never lost his pas­sion and gave it ev­ery­thing.”

Gran­tham was joined in the movie by for­mer Eas­tEn­der Rita Si­mons, in her first ma­jor film part since leav­ing her Al­bert Square role as Roxy Mitchell.

In what has been hailed as a “ca­reer defin­ing per­for­mance” Rita, 41, plays Lisa Prescott, a host­ess drawn into the Krays’ warped world.

Gran­tham played Al­bert Square rogue Dirty Den from 1985 to 1989.

His fiery mar­riage with Queen Vic land­lady Angie Watts, played by Anita Dob­son, pulled in more than 20 mil­lion view­ers for some episodes. He re­turned in 2003.

The ac­tor died of lung can­cer last month. He had split from ac­tress wife Jane in 2013, after 31 years to­gether. The cou­ple had three sons.

The source added: “He planned his own funeral, but it wasn’t bind­ing so his fam­ily are now try­ing to sort it out.”

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