Just about bordering on odd, I see things through different eyes.The heading says it all - I live, I love, I craft, I am me...


'ooda thunk it

Thank you for your comments, it is lovely to hear from you - thanks for popping in despite my lack of posts.

I never thought that returning to veterinary work that I would have to learn a new language.

Not one that you would instantly think of - not Latin medical terms or complicated medication classifications, nope - its more of the local linguistic nature of a dialect.

For example....The other day a crusty old farmer with a ratty flat cap and cowclap (1) covered boots came in and scratched the back of his heed (2) and asked for a bottle of rattlebelly tablets te tret wattery mouth(3).  He had also lost some yows (4) from twinlamb (5) and needed summat fer'em(6). He moaned at length about his last lammin which had pikked (7).

Another example?  How about the farmer that had to sort out summat fer 'is cows wi' a touch of  lingers.......(8)

or......A  farmer's lad** (who was about 80 years old) who'd brought in his border collie because she had been lined (9)

Want more?

Well how about the case of the cows with bottle jaw?(10) or the farm that allus gets bad fluke at the back end (11) {ooh errr}

How about - Na then and si'thee? (12)


Every now and then a whole gaggle of farming folk land at the surgery. Some with sheep for caesarian,  others with shopping lists written on the back of their hands, on ratty bits of paper or listed in their heads. They are by the very nature of their work, solitary creatures, but at gatherings they talk long and loud, they laugh and back slap, they commiserate and congratulate as the vet pulls out a costly dead lamb or a live bleating breakeven lamb.

Farmers are hardened by the weather, hardened by the economy, hardened by reality but their weather beaten faces crease with laughter lines as they crack jokes with each other.

Some earthy farmers leave a lingering reminder of their presence. Stinky clods of muck on the floor with an enduring essence of animal dung. Others - the gentlemen farmers - come in their lightly pressed coffee coloured cords and wax jerkins.....and clean boots and clean fingers. Do they do any real work?

I have to listen hard, really hard to hear what they say - but each day I understand a little more and remember faces and names a little quicker. I've been there 3 months and 'flippin'eck I am as 'appy as a pig in muck'

1 Cow manure
2 Head
3 bottle of oxytetracyline tablets to treat scours in lambs - a disease caused by e-coli
4 ewes
5 the ewe suffers pregnancy toxaemia if she has not had sufficient energy during pregnancy and her foetus drains her of her supply - can lead to death if she is not treated quickly
6 'something for them'
7 his last lambing turned out to be an abortion
8 Cows with 'lingers' are cows with a cough that has lingered on.............
9 She had been mated.
10 Bottle jaw - a huge jowly swelling below the jaw line of cows caused by Johne's disease (a nasty intestinal disease that can lead to death if not treated)
11The farm 'always gets fluke (nasty parasite that lodges happily in the liver - not fussy who's, sheep, cows, humans......) in autumn.
12. 'Now then' and 'I see you' - both informal greetings - the modern equivalent would be 'hiya'
**farmer's lad - they can be as young as a spotty squeaky voiced teenager right up to an old codger with bandy legs and one tooth - if they work for the farmer then they are 'the farmer's lad'

Did I tell you I love my job?


  1. good to see a language alive and kicking!

  2. Na then........Your days sound very interesting!!

  3. Love it! Glad you are enjoying your job and getting a language lesson in the process.


  4. I would love all the language music...colorful and sure to keep you on your toes. I am soooo glad you have such a job and you love it! I can't wait to use The lingers in conversation:-) or even cowclap...they will just think it's the chemo lingers talking...ha I did it! haha! Have a good weekend!

  5. Great post! Brought up in Derbyshire, I was fluent in Midlands farm lingo, but 10 years in and I still have trouble understanding my neighbours in this part of the world, never mind the farmers!
    Congratulations on Yarnival. Despite the poor weather, it was a great little event and I was really surprised at the quality of products on offer and the number of people there. Hope to see you again next year.

  6. Well done Vicki on your use of The Lingers!! Now just to throw in some cowclap!!

  7. I'm not from farming folk but a lot of the language is what I grew up with and which older members of my family still often employ, well the Yorkshire ones anyway. the north eastern branch of the family have a different lingo agan

  8. Love the language! A lot of it I have heard before (result of being married to a Yorkshire man perhaps?). Let's have some more phrases please. So glad you love your new job. Being happy at work is so important.

  9. Hello again after a long time away! Just beginning to catch up on the last year or so, and what a funny post to start on!! LOL - I missed the laughs and stories about animals, especially the meowing sort ;) Glad to see you're still about these parts!


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