Jonathan: Care in the Community is about supporting people who need help with their lives to live as near an ordinary life as possible – in their own homes, in the midst of the communities they belong to. And for lambs we’ve bottle-fed at home, here at The Big Garden, that means re-introducing them to their own extended family – the flock they were born into, on our croft in Eriskay. Their siblings and cousins will not know who they are ; nor even will their own mothers, and there never will be a woolly arbour to nestle into out of the rain or wind, nor warm udder for comfort and sustenance. It’s hard for them! … and it’s hard for us too! … to walk away and leave them with the flock for the first time – turning our backs and walking away from that wee lamb bleating desperately for us. But our experience is that their bewilderment and loneliness is surprisingly short-lived – or at least it is if the process is gradual. We start as soon as the lamb is in good health, is robust, and can confidently keep up with us walking normally. The first stage is to take the lamb with me when I do the morning rounds of the croft, the lamb more or less attached to me by an imaginary leash! The next stage is to leave the lamb with the flock whilst I do the morning rounds alone … and then – a few days later – whilst I work all morning on various tasks about the croft. Then comes the first day the lamb is left with the flock all day and collected in the evening, with a bottle of milk on arriving at the croft and before leaving – but no mid-day bottle. And then there’s the first evening when the lamb is fed … but not taken home ; and not much later there’ll be no evening bottle of milk – just the morning feed. It stays that way for several weeks, until the day comes when the lamb seems more interested in the sheep nuts than a bottle … and then that’s it. I’ve been known to come home with a bottle full of milk – and a head full of sighs. We’re just home now from giving Primrose her last evening bottle of milk : now both she and Rhubarb will each get just one bottle – in the morning. Denise came with me to help her, too, let go of our little baby, handing her back to her own family.