Friday 11 January 2013
So, this is Lakehouse Evolution Felix, or just simple Felix as he will be known. The friend we bought him from has registered him under his official pedigree name and it seems like a very large name for a small calf! He is extremely cute though, pleasant-natured at the moment; long may that continue. Gordon suggested that perhaps I might like to halter train him and although I’ve never done that before it seems straightforward enough. Halter him up and take him for a walk. To be honest, I think he quite enjoys it. He trots along quite merrily beside me and it doesn’t seem any more of an effort than taking a large dog for a walk. I’ve walked large dogs that have pulled on their leads a little more, but Felix likes to bound about occasionally. The first day he clipped me quite sharply in the shin with his back foot, but it’s a learning curve for both of us. Each day so far we’ve been somewhere different around the farm and his head is up, ears flicking as he listens to the different noises, but other than moo-ing at the cows as we go past he isn’t spooked by gateposts or the neighbours’ dogs barking. Dan and I can’t decide if this means he’s very intelligent and alert or he’s a bit thick and unbothered. Time will tell. In the meantime he’s in this little pen until he gets the hang of being here, drinking milk and eating cake from buckets which at his current rate should be some time at the beginning of next week then we plan to move him into a larger area where he can kick up his heels a little more.
The cold that I was complaining about last week has lingered and despite few noticeable effects it has made me lethargic with little enthusiasm – goodness knows I don’t have that much to start with. The cough never went any further than a tickly one, but is still hanging on, I had a ferocious headache for about four days and the glands in my neck and behind my ears are very swollen and tender. It won’t last forever I realise that, but just wish it would go completely.