First thing, we drove like the clappers to Lerwick to collect Bibble off the freight boat.
He was very good and I had to lead him past every piece of plant while he watched the lorries unload the rest of the freight.
My main aim was to get Bibble home as soon and as safely as we could. Normality could be resumed at home.
Of course everyone was miles away, pressed up against the furthest fence in total silence. Bibble and I were calling for them. Every time I shouted “Haakon, Kolka”, Bibble would join in neighing very loudly. Eventually Kolka appeared at the top of the hill and cantered happily over.
Eventually Haakon put in an appearance too.
I think this is Haakon telling Iacs off for a) being away so long, b) smelling different and c) copping a cheeky sniff of Kolka!
There was a bit of a conversation between these two.
And then Bibble had a lovely roll to get the herd smell back on himself.
Bibble has done so well and I can’t tell you just how relieved we are to have him home now. Yes, he is a bit bargey and rude, almost angry, now but I think the best thing is to leave him for Haakon to sort out.
Time will change Bibble back into his original Bibbly self. He was very agitated when he arrived home. I’ve never seen him like this.
One small problem, Bibble hates his hard feed, with essential added drugs (antibiotics and painkillers), but I am more worried he will colic so I have been making him buckets of cool mint tea, which luckily he drinks. He did a massive fart, so I am hopeful he will have not averse after-effects from his adventures.
Oh, the worry!