Time for a Shuddle…….

Well 2020 is behind us thank goodness. Let’s hope 2021 is a kinder year for us all.

I’ve still be writing my blogs over the Christmas period, just not publishing them. If you’ve read my book, you’ll know the tragedy that nearly occurred when I stopped typing over the Christmas break a few years ago, so I’ve never stopped typing since. Anyway some of the first blogs will be about the trundles I had over the last couple of weeks……..this is the first….enjoy…

Just before Christmas and when all my pre Christmas blogs were written, I had a lovely message from one of the villagers, Abby. She owns the little family of sheep who I’m always taking photos of when I pass their field because they’re so adorable, each one with their own particular character. Some of their wool had been sent to Philly Hare in the Western Isles last year; little did they know how well travelled they were….and by pure chance Philly launched her own Etsy shop yesterday of her wonderful felting craft – you can see her works of art here:


Who knows maybe some of my lovely sheep helped inspire these! And Philly took me to many of the places on the photos when I was lucky enough to visit her…..

Anyway, back down to here….. Abby invited me into their field to sit with them and have a ‘shuddle’ – a cuddle with all her friendly sheep. To say I was excited was an understatement. There’s 8 I think, some of whom were tiny lambs last year, but now fully grown with characters all of their own.

Lots of rain had fallen lately so I knew it would definitely be a Wellie trundle. 

When hugs are sadly missing as they are now it’s just nice to simply touch animals. Billy the cat gets smothered in cuddles but now this would be something different. The only people I get hugs from are Gemma and Stuart and I always hold tight for those few seconds more, such is life devoid of contact at the mo, so when I’m there I’m reluctant to let go…..

Anyway, now I would be having a shuddle with the sheep instead. I really didn’t know how friendly they’d be, after all I was the whacky lady who often stood at the opposite side of their fence taking photos…..

I ventured up the hill and through the small gate. Abby wasn’t around so I simply stood and watched them. All of a sudden a cheery voice came from the side of the house and the sheep all chorused a welcoming ‘baaaa’.

I stood as they fled this stranger in their field but as Abby emptied their veggies into their troughs they all decided to ignore said stranger and come and see what treats they’d been given 😂…as they munched away, Abby said the first to arrive for a cuddle would be Teddy followed by Wally. Wally approached me and I sunk my gloved hand into his thick coat, carrot still in his mouth

As Wally stood there allowing me a shuddle, Valley came across to see what Wally had left for her

The others stood a little way away, sizing me up

I then sat on the log and was in heaven. The sheep adore their lovely owner and all came to crowd round, each one wanting their own piece of Abby 

but since there was me as well, they huddled round this extra pair of hands willing to give these friendly sheep a cuddle. I seemed to have scored a hit with the adorable Wally

His horns showing the scars of a recent squabble with Valley. His eyes almost hidden from view by the thick soft coat of wool appearing every so often as he cocked his head to one side

They clearly adored Abby and nudged and shuffled around to get her attention. Teddy on the left always gets grumpy if she lets go of him so the others fight for her remaining hand

The twins behind were lambs in the flock last year and were a bit wary to come too close,so stood behind simply watching

Eventually one came within touching distance, had a little shuddle then retreated. 

I’m not sure how long I sat there, just enjoying their contact, their presence, their funny little characters, but I eventually got up off the log, my wellies having sunk into the mud. It was hard to stop my feet coming out of them 😂…..

I said my goodbyes, her little boys and hubby now in the yard with their new puppy and I went back through the little gate and ventured home, but not before one last look. Moments before I’d sat on the log, now it looked as though I’d never been there as they all settled back down to simply being in the field behind the fence

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

28 thoughts on “Time for a Shuddle…….

  1. Dear Wendy, I have missed your blogging and was frankly worried until yesterday when I thought that maybe you had just taken some time off and nothing had happened to you. With this new Covid strain, can’t be too careful. Needless to say I was eagerly looking for your column this early am, great to see you back and the pictures are lovely!
    Happy and Healthy New Year! 🎉🎊

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  2. Welcome back Wendy here’s to a little more freedom for all our trundles and travels this year.
    Love hearing and seeing the sheep. What characters. 🥰 xx

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  3. Happy new year Wendy! Lovely shuddle! I would love that! The work made is the wool is wonderful. It is a pity that I have no more space in my house walls!😊

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  4. Wendy I’ve missed you! I did wonder where you were, but hoped you were having a good break. It’s so lovely to have you back! And as so often, with a wonderful story and beautiful pictures. That was a moment to treasure, which hopefully you’ll be able to repeat before long!

    Welcome back! Happy New Year!

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  5. Happy New Year Windy. Missed your chatter these last few days. Stay well, stay safe.


    On Tue, 5 Jan 2021 at 04:59, Which me am I today? wrote:

    > wendy7713 posted: ” Well 2020 is behind us thank goodness. Let’s hope 2021 > is a kinder year for us all. I’ve still be writing my blogs over the > Christmas period, just not publishing them. If you’ve read my book, you’ll > know the tragedy that nearly occurred when I stoppe” >

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  6. Hi Wendy. I’ve only just come across your blog. Really made me smile. Thanks. A lovely example showing that Life really is about grabbing any opportunities that come your way. I shall think about you and your shuddles whenever I come across sheep and I’m sure I’ll smile again. 😁

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  7. A friend has just shared your post with me. We slowly lost our dad to Alzheimer’s some time back, and I remember how much he appreciated each day. I have recently read two charming, informative biographical books written by shepherds in the Dales, and decided I missed my calling. I should have been a shepherd, instead of a teacher. In this time of COVID, nothing would please me more than the idea of shuddling. I work with wool when I do my felting, and often close my eyes and bury my nose in the rovings. I am so glad you are sharing your stories.

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  8. I was missing your blog and pix. Glad you are back! And what a good beginning to 2021 with sheep hugs – love that! Cheers for new adventures in a new year 😄

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