Sheep and Dog One
There is a satisfying moment after putting feed out for the flock and seeing the ewes busy with eating. Hearing the noises of the ewes shuffling and jostling and watching the guardian dogs claiming the deepest spot of hay to nest in. It is a kind feeling mixed with a bit of relief that feeding went smoothly and an appreciation that we have taken care of a lot of animals for another day. Both of these are the permission to move onto the other parts of our day. There is the same feeling throughout the grazing season but it comes at random moments, rather than with the routine of daily feeding of hay.
I like to stop and hold onto the moment if I can, even if it lasts only briefly before the next task sweeps it away. I have many photographs that when I look at them I can remember that it was one of those moments of joy I paused for.