While yesterday morning saw us celebrating the Edgar’s Mission official ‘moving day’ with the Channel Seven news crew on hand to film the transportation of many of our beloved animal residents to our new forever home, the afternoon also gave us great reason to whoop with joy. As we wandered around our beautiful new sanctuary grounds, a faultless, breathtaking rainbow spread across the winter’s sky, one end shining down perfectly upon our new ‘Goatville’ and the other gracing our dear Hansel and Gretel’s brilliant lush pasture. “What an omen!” we all cried out in excitement, “The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow really is Edgar’s Mission!” It was as if Mother Nature herself knew all about our mission of kindness and had graced us with the ultimate seal of approval. And certainly, when we think about all of the joy, kindness, love and compassion that thousands upon thousands of animals will experience within our sanctuary’s boundary, many for the first time in their lives, it is worth more than all of gold and all of the riches in the world. And it was just as we unloaded our last residents for the day into their new warm, straw lined stable, that Mother Nature sent yet another surprise our way – soft white snow cascaded down upon our new sanctuary and it also fell in many towns across the region. But whatever did this mean? Was this a good omen or not? We couldn’t be sure. However it wasn’t long before the answer came to us.
A phone call from a council ranger advised us that seven sheep were left remaining in the pound after that day’s livestock auction, however nobody had attended to bid on them. We were told that the two elderly ewes and five lambs’ next steps were to take them the short distance to the abattoir where their days on this earth would be brought to an end. After an already exhausting and eventful day and with the mountain of work on our desks only piling up further each moment we spent away from the office, could we find it within us to throw them a lifeline? Of course we could! And so, as the camera crew prepared to wrap up for the day, we wasted no time in leaping into our rescue vehicle to save seven precious lives, all the while praising Mother Nature and her surprise snow for putting any potential bidders off of venturing out into the cold that afternoon.
In celebration of Mother Nature’s timely gift, to the sanctuary of Edgar’s Mission, we welcome the beautiful and gentle Snow Angel, along with the wise old matriarch Snow Bell. Showing signs of age, along with a past best forgotten, these two beautiful old ewes will now know only loving kindness for the remainder of their days. They will wander through the greenest of pastures with the rest of our ‘elderly flock’ and be treated to the kind of life all sheep deserve. They will now know shelter and warmth, as well as the kind touch of a human hand. Joining dear Angel and Bell are five ‘adolescent’ lambs who will no doubt soon join up with our ‘lamb clan’ where they will learn the joys of making new friends, of setting out on exciting adventures, of getting up to mischief as only lambs can and of enjoying the sweet taste of wheet-bix treats for years to come. Welcome to rambunctious Storm, boisterous Blizzard, soft and fluffy Snowy, delicate Crystal and sweet little Snowdrop, we love you already.
And so, after what has been a mammoth week here at Edgar’s Mission, with a spring in our step and a song in our heart, it seems we have seven more reasons to celebrate! “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” Let it snow indeed. Continue reading