Little Boy Blue,
Come blow on your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow
The cow's in the corn.
Where's the boy
Who looks after the sheep?
He's under a haystack
Will you wake him?
No not I,
For if I do
He'll be sure to cry.
I'm brushing up my nursery rhyme repertoire.
You never know when you're going to need a diversionary ditty
with a little one about the house.
But I may have to rewrite this.
We've got quite used to
The ponies on the footpath eating bracken -
The cow's* in deep woodland eating ivy?
Where is Little Boy Blue when you need him?
*These are British White cattle,
one of the oldest breeds of cattle in Britain
with direct links to the ancient indigenous wild white cattle.
They thrive on poor pasture, rough vegetation and heathland
and have been brought in to help manage a coastal nature reserve.