Today was the big (bad) day when we said goodbye to all the lambs.
Thanks are due to all the friends and neighbours who helped out at the crack of dawn to get the ewes into the trailer. It took a bit longer than expected which meant that F was late getting the train into Helsinki and late for school. Meanwhile P had called ahead to apologise which caused quite a commotion. No one had used "shepherding" as an excuse for being late before (after all, this is down-town Helsinki - it probably happens all the time in the countryside). He was hero of the day.
Peter dropped Elisa off at her winter residence in Perniö (she was ecstatic to find some male company) and then took the lambs (and all the paperwork) to the abattoir. It was a long, long day.
We will be able to visit Elisa during the winter, we've promised to visit with some sacks of carrots and bags of oats in the new year.