A clip slip is worse than the snip...
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.”