“It has been a joy”
I have contributed to the “Friend” now for 31 of its 150 years.
From the outset, when I submitted my first tentative pieces – one about my pet sheep, Bean, and the other about my owl, Sage – it has been a joy.
Sheep and owls continue to be favourite subjects, and I am privileged to receive many wonderful letters from readers.
Perhaps the most moving were those on the death of my adored collie, Kim.
She had literally blown in on a gale one night. She was the most loyal companion I could have wished for, and despite her previous owner’s claims, she worked sheep perfectly.
My African pygmy goats also accrued many letters, and their mischievous antics seem to have caused endless hilarity.
So here’s to the next 150 successful years. The “Friend” brings happiness to so many lives.
Happy birthday and congratulations!