Boot camp continued

Kit-Kat knew that if he wanted some food he would have to jog over with the llama to get it so taking a deep breath he set off with a determined look in his eyes, he could do this for food.

The sheep cheered him on , Leon ran alongside him, he could see the food getting closer, suddenly he couldn’t see it anymore.

Kit-Kat had fainted from all the effort he had put into running. Leonard the llama was not surprised he checked him over and told Leon that Kit-Kat would be fine. He has enough fat on him not to eat for a few weeks, when he comes round he can have a drink of milk then Leonard proceeded to have a drink of milk himself.

Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind,  Kit-Kat will be like a chocolate finger when we have finished with him.

This was not going to be an easy time for Kit-Kat…… how will he cope?

Day 1 of boot camp for Kit-Kat

Kit-Kat was dreaming that he was surrounded by food, he was smiling in his dream when he heard a shrill whistle! He tried to ignore it and just look at the food but he couldn’t, then he felt something breathing heavily and opened his eyes.

day 1 boot camp

He had such a shock, where was he, was he still dreaming , if it was it was a nightmare because the sun was not even up and Kit-Kat never rose before the sun. Suddenly he remembered yesterday and began mewing for his mother.

It’s no good crying said Leonard get up onto your feet, today is the first day of your fitness training. Kit- Kat started mewing for his mother this was indeed a nightmare.

Come on boy it’s time for your breakfast said Leonard, good thought Kit-Kat food his tummy rumbled in anticipation wondering what he was going to have.

We just need to jog over to your food said Leonard, what’s jog asked Kit-Kat? Run said Leonard, Kit-Kat definitely did not like the sound of that and began mewing again he wanted his mummy.

Poor Kit-Kat how was he going to manage living here! The sheep watched on mesmerised.



Meeting in the meadow

There was a very important meeting in the meadow, so important that Sidney, Cynthia, Lucy, Leon, Leonard, Leona, Charlie, Sasha and  Kit-Kat were in attendance.

Leonard the llama had called the meeting because he believed that he could help Kit-Kat, he had been watching what had been happening over the meadow wall and he realised that Kit-Kat needed some discipline

He proposed that Kit-Kat attended boot camp in the meadow with him. Sasha looked worried about the prospect but she could see the relief in Charlies eyes, surely its worth a go he said!

Sidney and Cynthia knew how they felt, after all Leon prefered to hang around with the llamas and he was extremely fit following their regime chasing around the meadow.

Charlie looked at Sasha then Kit-Kat and agreed they would give it a go. The llamas said to leave him with them and come back in two weeks. They fastened a collar and lead around Kit Kat who was less than impressed but because he was tired from the walk to the meeting place he followed meekly wh


Lucy and Leon

It was a hot day in the meadow and all the sheep were grazing happily, it would soon be time for them to be sheared which would definitely cool them down.

Stanley, Cynthia and Lucy were all together, they had realised that Leon would never act like a sheep. Deep down they knew he was different from the beginning but they still loved and accepted him just as he was.

He would come over and chat to them regularly, the farmer did not mind that Leon had joined the llamas, the llamas were happy too.

Leon has been sent to the naughty corner!

Out of the twins Leon is proving to be quite a handful. Sidney and Cynthia are finding him hard to control. After being disobedient yet again he was sent to the naughty corner of the meadow.

Leon was delighted because he could watch his beloved llamas. How he longed to gallop alongside them. It just was not fair, why was he born a lamb! He felt like a llama in lambs clothing.

The twins are growing

Sidney and Cynthia were worried, although Lucy was the ideal lamb Leon seemed to have trouble knowing that he was indeed a lamb!

He was far more comfortable in his own skin frolicking with the llamas in the top meadow. It didn’t make any difference how many times Sidney told him he was a lamb and as such he should behave as one, Leon was somehow compelled to be a llama!

Troubling times indeed.

The birthing meadow!

The months flew by, Cynthia had a good pregnancy and when the time came for her to give birth they moved into the birthing meadow which had the shelter of a beautiful old lilac tree.

Cynthia felt a little apprehensive but Sidney being a modern-day sheep said he would stay by her side throughout. Meanwhile Charlie the all seeing and knowing cat paced the wall waiting for news.

Finally a beautiful baby lamb was born it was a little boy and Sidney was delighted. Cynthia was concerned because her tummy was still hurting. She soon found out why when she found herself giving birth again!  This time it was a little girl. They were so surprised after only expecting the one lamb.

They laughed and cried with joy and decided to call the twins Lucy and Leon. They felt very blessed indeed.

birth tree

Exciting news

The meadow was restored to a peaceful haven for the sheep who now grazed without fear of the llamas jumping all over them.

Cynthia had pulled Sidney to one side, she had news, she was with lamb! Sidney was delighted soon they were going to be a family of three. Or where they!

Charlie the all seeing and knowing cat smiled to himself he knew already obviously 🙄

The new sheep are taking over!

There was mayhem in the meadow, all the sheep apart from Sidney and Cynthia were rushing to the wall for safety. Another new sheep had arrived in the meadow and this one was called Leonine. Leonard was delighted and had been chasing round the meadow with his new love interest.

Sidney was asking Charlie the all knowing and seeing cat what they could do to keep the new sheep under control. Charlie explained that the newcomers were actually Llamas and not sheep! Sidney was baffled, why put llamas in with sheep! then asked Charlie if llamas could understand sheep speak.

Charlie shook his head , he could understand llama dialect and called Leonard over. He explained that all the sheep were a little afraid of him because he was so big and ate all the flowers. Leonard apologised and said they did not want any trouble and did not mean to frighten anyone.

Both Llamas agreed to move into the field next door where they would be free to gallop around.

A good outcome all round and everyone was happy.

The royal wedding !

All the sheep in the meadow were gathered together to watch the royal wedding on the big screen. Sidney and Cynthia had come back early from their honeymoon so they could watch the proceedings on the big screen.

Afterwards a special tea party was to take place the new sheep was not interested in the royal wedding at all, he would rather eat flowers!

The wedding

Sidney and Cynthia decided to bring their wedding forward so as not to clash with Prince Harry and Megan’s big day they did not want to take the limelight from the royals. Plus they wanted to watch the wedding themselves on Saturday 😉

It was a truly beautiful day and all of the sheep had made a big effort apart from the new sheep who they all knew was called Leonard, he just stood on the side lines eating flowers!

Sidney and Cynthia were going on honeymoon up to the top meadow and Cynthia was under strict instructions not to eat any clover!

The homecoming!

At last it was time for Cynthia to return to the meadow and the farmer arrived with a trailer to take her home. Cynthia felt a mixture of emotions, what was she going to find would Sidney even notice she was back! She trotted into the trailer.

When she arrived back to the meadow all the sheep bah the new lady sheep ran to great her and Sidney was overwhelmed with emotion. He gave her the biggest sloppiest kiss and asked if she forgave him. Cynthia took one look into his deep brown and replied …………..

I hope you have enjoyed my sheep story I have certainly enjoyed writing and doing the illustrations . I also learnt something about bloat!  How could you think a well brought up sheep like Cynthia was with lamb 🙄

Elaine x

Cynthia going home

Cynthia was feeling so much better, the vets daughter offered to give her a bath and set about making Cynthia look gorgeous. Bubbles were flying all over the place, Cynthia was washed until she was squeaky clean. Then she would be brushed and have another pink bow in her topknot.

The farmer was coming with his trailer to take her back to the meadow.

Charlie tells all.

Charlie the all seeing and knowing cat escaped from his cage and ran to the meadow to let Sidney know what had happened to Cynthia. He told him that she was now well and would be returning to the meadow. Sidney was overjoyed to hear that Cynthia was coming home. He had thought long and hard about how he had treated her and felt deeply ashamed. Would she forgive him he wondered, did he even deserve her forgiveness!


Cynthia’s journey!

Cynthia was having the most wonderful dream, she was in the meadow frolicking with Sidney the sun was shining and the meadow was full of clover!


Suddenly as if a dark cloud had descended she couldn’t see him anymore. She wanted to see him why was something dragging her backwards.

Then she heard a mans voice saying  thank goodness I thought you were a goner then.  “ Let’s fix you up with a drip and get some fluids into you.  You should recover fairly quickly now. Cynthia opened one eye to see where she was, there were strange smells and bright lights, sighing she fell into a deep sleep.

The vet laid her gently in a large holding bay and fixed the drip up to her leg. He knew she would probably sleep for hours and sleep was the best medicine.

The next morning Cynthia woke up when the vet removed the drip. He knew she was hydrated and she definitely looked better than she had the night before. Bloat was a terrible illness, but if caught in time the procedure he had performed the night before gave quick relief.

“You are a lucky young lady” he said tussling her topknot, “you definitely were caught just in the nick of time. Now can you stand up for me” Giving Cynthia a shove and she stood up shakily on her feet and gave a little bah! She was feeling a little bit hungry considering she had not eaten for a while. The vet laughed and gave her something to chew on.


Mm thought Cynthia it’s not too bad here. I wonder how Sidney is, then she remembered the new sheep who was vying for his attention and instantly gave a loud burp! The vet laughed, there’s nothing wrong with your digestive system, you will be able to go home today.

Cynthia’s surgery.

The vet asked the farmer if Cynthia had been frolicking in the top meadows. The farmer scratched his head and said not to his knowledge. This sheep has got a nasty case of bloat said the vet which can happen from eating too much clover!

I need to act quickly to save her life and puncture her rumen to let out the gas. The farmer agreed and after shaving and cleaning the area he performed the procedure.

Before their eyes Cynthia’s swollen belly reduced dramatically and her breathing was not as shallow. The vet quickly stitched up the wound and gave her a few injections to fight off any infections.

Cynthia opened her eyes to see bright lights above her, she felt as if she was floating, was she on her way to heaven!


Sidney is feeling sad.

Sidney’s interest in the new addition to the herd, she was a vain shallow creature who craved attention from every male sheep in the flock and Sidney felt deeply ashamed for abandoning Cynthia. So what if Cynthia had put a bit of weight on she was still beautiful inside and out.

He decided that he was going to tell her of his feelings for her but could not find her anywhere, then he began to get worried. Where was Cynthia?

He called out her name over and over again but she was nowhere to be found.

Cynthia’s found.

Luckily for Cynthia the farmer was walking back from his local pub after having a well deserved pint of beer 🍺 with his faithful sheep dog by his side. The dog was restless he had heard Cynthia’s cries previously and he could smell a sheep in distress.

The farmer told the dog to find and the dog jumped the stone wall and started barking. The farmer followed and found Cynthia, he immediately called his charge hand on his mobile phone to tell him to ring the vet and let him know that they were bringing a sheep straight to the surgery.

He bent down to Cynthia and said, don’t worry missy we will sort you out soon. The land rover arrived and the two men carried Cynthia’s near lifeless body into the back. They arrived at the vets in no time and the vet quickly led them over to the examination table.

The vet knew instantly what the problem was!


Cynthia’s journey

Cynthia had a long way to walk to the meadows where her mother and father lived. She was tired, her body ached all over. Stumbling along she realised that she could not make it to her mother’s, she laid down by the side of a wall crying pitifully.

She tried to think about happier times when she and Sidney had been frolicking in the meadow. She had not felt right since that night.

Blackness surrounded her and she fell into a deep restless sleep.

Had she eaten a dandelion that was past its sell by date?