Flock and Herd
On a recent visit to family in London, we came across a butcher’s shop aptly named ‘Flock and Herd’ in Bellenden Rd, South East London. It was a reminder that on Tiree we are very familiar with the other end of the food chain. It has come to that time of the year when driving in the hours of darkness of the constant need be alert to the danger of black cattle on our single track roads. Several cars and animals have come to grief.
Arriving back on the island after our stay in London, to our surprise we had new neighbours. In the field next to our home we had a herd of cattle including, a bull, several calves and various cattle in calf. To the best of our memories this was the first herd that we had living next door.
The previous neighbours have always been flocks – flocks of sheep. Unlike Milton Keynes, where there are concrete cows, and London’s city farms, Tiree’s herds and flocks are real and vital to the Island’s economy.
For reasons unknown to us, our neighbours were evicted first thing this morning. It was almost like a dawn raid. The herd has gone, perhaps the flock will reappear.
What is certain that in two weeks time, there is a cattle sale. Perhaps our neighbours mind find themselves in London.