He had developed a severe infection in is front knee joint which we believe was bacterial arthritis. The poor little guy had to have 2 weeks of antibiotics injections, daily wound flushing and redressing. Luck I am not squeamish as the infection was pretty nasty. We did talk about sending him to lamby heaven but he was healthy in all other ways and such a character that no one had the heart. When we first started caring for him he was slow and easy to catch but by the time our trip was coming to an end he was getting around as quick as all the other 4 legged lambs
The infection in his leg has gone but he will never be able to use the leg as the joint is seized and the leg has atrophied. But he is quite ok getting around on just 3 legs hence his name 'Tripod'.
We harvested some New Zealand flax (herekeke) from mum and Dads garden to add to our property. It is a tall growing variety that gets to over 2 meters tall, has amazing bird attracting flower spikes and grows into a thick dense hedge.
We cleared back the grass and then got planting.
An to all my Aussie followers I am sorry but I have to show you our soil. It is dark and rich and full of worms. On top of that there is about a foot of topsoil. Is there such a thing as soil love?
Our soil inside our boundary is not quite as good as it has been cropped in the past but this gives us an idea of how good it will be once we show it some love.
The corner is now all planted out and all we have to do is wait for the flax to grow which will not take too long. We have cut it right back for transplanting but I expect that it will be getting up to full height within 12 months and starting to fill out.
More from our trip will follow including what for us are exciting steps forward.