Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Queen Is Dead, Long Live The Queen



1998 (?) - November 5, 2014

I no longer remember who started everyone calling Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth, but it's been a long enough time that when she passed this morning that was the first thing that came to mind and was corroborated by a friend as well.  

Being from the US, I don't have a firm grasp on the history of royalty and had to look that interesting sentence up.  
"The [Queen] is dead" is the announcement of a monarch who has just died.  "Love live The [Queeen]" refers to the heir who immediately succeeds to a throne upon the death of the preceding monarch.  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Elizabeth was the second sheep I ever owned. Or maybe it was Jester who was second. Or Crazy Esther or Joshua or Jacob.  Those five Jacob sheep came together and I don't remember much about picking them out that day, but apparently we did a good job.

Those fine sheep were kindly given to me by a shepherd from Indiana who wanted them to have a good home.  She'd probably be amazed that Elizabeth lived so long...but we can't let her know because Elizabeth outlived her!

Jester is currently out with the rest of the flock, but knowing him, he'll want to go back in the small paddock this evening.  I think I'm going to see if Ford and Henri would like to move in with him as both are getting up there in years and not moving around as well as they used to.

Elizabeth was quite a character and I'm sure going to miss getting yelled at even as late as last night. I am honored she was a part of my story here and her stories will live on as all the good ones do. Petunia is heir to the throne and that's a good story as well.

51 comments:

Leslie said...

So sorry she's gone. I never had the pleasure but enjoyed her a lot in your posts. Is 16 old for a sheep?

Dianne MacDonald said...

She had a good long life with you and Saint Tim. (Such a loud mouth!) I know she'll be missed.

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Marcy Doane said...

It's so hard to lose an old friend.
I will miss hearing about Elizabeth.

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

I'm sorry.
kim

flowerweaver said...

She was a grand old lady, and I'm glad she had such a wonderful life with you!

Buttons said...

You gave her a beautiful life. Long live the queen.Hug B

Pam said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Elizabeth, but what a great blog post title. I have no doubt that she KNEW she was the queen, and probably lived so long just so that no one else could be. A life well lived and a farm well ruled. Long live the queen.

Karen Battersby said...

What a regal queen she was. She will really be missed.

DFW said...

So sorry for your loss. A beloved & faithful animal is a gift from above.

Tyche's Minder said...

All queens should live such a life. She will leave a big hole in the kingdom. :(

Spinners End Farm said...

So sorry Sara! :(. She lived an amazingly long life....testament to your gift as a shepherd.

Shirley said...

She was the Queen of your farm and apparently let everyone know it. Long live the queen. She had a good life with you.

Sheepmom said...

Wow, 16 is very old for any breed of sheep. Petunia will make a fine queen - she already knows she's special and has a regal bearing. Elizabeth was quite a character - she is a loss for the whole farm family but she had a wonderful reign.

Lori Skoog said...

You are a good Mom Miss Sara. Every single one of your animals enjoys or has enjoyed the best there is to offer.

schoonoverfarm said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your sheep monarch.

Henny Penny said...

I'm sorry. She was so fortunate to have lived her life there with you and such a great family, and in such a beautiful place.

Mary Ann said...

My sympathies. She is lucky to have had you as her shepherd. A long and loving life.

Tombstone Livestock said...

So sorry to hear she is now gone, at least she waited until after "Hug a Sheep Day". Sixteen is a good long life for sheep, enjoy the memories she has left you with.

Michelle said...

I hope she passed peacefully, for all your sakes. Hugs.

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

Well damn, I cried. Couldn't help myself. and truly we all want to 'go' in our sleep. You are the best sheep Moma, 16 is truly old. Thinking of you

Fiona said...

Bless her Royal Sheepiness!

Fiona said...

Im sorry she's gone. She had a good life with you and wherever she is, I hope she is once again a gambolling lamb.

Auntie Reg said...

Elizabeth's cry will be missed. Sunday prior to the costume party all of the sheep visited the De Boca Vista while Sara was working with Hickory. When I looked over to the Queen's home the other sheep were moving in and out of her home visiting her. I know she enjoyed their visit because she was not fussing. What a great memory of her last days.

Alice said...

And may the sheep who have gone before her pay their due respects now that she has a new sheepdom to rule over. {{{hugs}}} to all.

Shiralyn Yates said...

She was lucky to have found such a great home.

Shiralyn Yates said...

She was lucky to have found such a great home.

The Dancing Donkey said...

I am sorry to hear that the queen has passed. Long live the queen.

Jean said...

Long live the Queen, indeed.

Hugs to you Sara and all her royal subjects.

Wol 'n Draad said...

I'm so sorry to hear of Queen Elizabeth's passing. She's had an amazing life with you! Lots of hugs from across the pond.
Love, Ineke

Miha Giustina said...

So sorry that she is gone, but she had a wonderful life on your beautiful farm. It would be nice if everyone cared so much about another living being as you do.

Bow Street Flowers said...

Farewell Elizabeth.

MarmePurl said...

Long live the Queen. In our hearts.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Goodbye sweet old Queen Elizabeth. She was one of my favorite sheeps! Now I won't worry about her in the cold weather this winter...run free sweet girl:)

Tammy said...

I'm sorry to hear of the Queen's passing. She picked a good time to leave before the the grip of winter sets in. Those old, bossy, fragile and often contrary oldsters sure take a bite out of your heart though. My oldies are mere babes compared to Elizabeth!
Take care,
Tammy

Bandon, Oregon said...

So, So Sorry to read this, this morning... Hearthfelts to you all.... Hugs,

Faith

LL Farm said...

Sorry to hear. You gave her a great life.

sophy0075 said...

So sad for you and for Jester. Play a few of your recordings of her at her memorial service; perhaps that will be of comfort.

16 years. You gave her a great life! She is now cavorting in a world where there is no arthritis, no aches, no pains.

Terry said...

Oh I'm so sorry. But what a grand life she had.
Hugs to Jester.

LannieK said...

Oh what a life Queen Elizabeth enjoyed at Equinox Farms with you guys. We shall miss her and her antics... So sorry to hear that she had passed. Hail to the Queen!

LannieK said...

Oh what a life Queen Elizabeth enjoyed at Equinox Farms with you guys. We shall miss her and her antics... So sorry to hear that she had passed. Hail to the Queen!

janna e said...

I'm so sorry, but, gosh, did she ever rule the roost for 16 years!

Susan said...

She was a grand old lady. Or grand old dame. She is a testimony to your great care and amazing capacity to love.

I need orange said...

Even when they've had a long and good life, it's still hard when they must go on without us. Roam free, Queen Elizabeth, eating as much of the choicest things as you want, and using your melodious voice to make sure everyone toes the line.

Lisa Smith said...

I am so sorry that you've lost Elizabeth, Sara. I was just looking at that picture you took of her about a week ago, napping in the sun. She looked so content. What a wonderful way to remember her. I'm sure you and Jester will miss her yelling at you too! You have given Elizabeth the most wonderful life she could ever have had.
Hugs from Oregon, Lisa

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I am so sorry ... What a good long life Queen Elizabeth had. And as the circle of life continues, I am reminded yet again of how fragile life is but how it goes on as will the memory of this most special sheep that so many of us got to know because of you. She will be missed.

Keechy said...

Graze free, Queen Elizabeth, especially now that you have all your teefies back!

Terri said...

I'm sorry for your loss- she lived a nice long life, but I am sure she will be greatly missed. Have a blessed weekend!

small farm girl said...

Wow. I haven't been on line for a few days. Sorry to hear this. You gave her a good life.

Eleanor P said...

Just caught up with your blog. As soon as I quit crying for you, for Elizabeth, for me, for mine, for yours, I will breathe again. We are the luckiest people in the whole wide world--to have loved and be loved by so many 4 legged friends. I am glad you are there. Wish I could run over for a hug...

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Ohhhhh!! Long live Elizabeth in our memories of your stories and your heart!! ALL of your sheep have such wonderful lives!! The Shepherd from Indiana was a very insightful individual!!

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