Long time visitors to "Yorkshire Pudding" will remember my garden sheep. I snapped them yesterday after snow was dumped on our garden by The Beast from The East. There's Beau on the left, desperately seeking grass beneath the whiteness and there's little Peep on the right looking wistfully in my direction as if hoping for supplementary food pellets.
Unfortunately, I was pelletless but I did have a couple of bowls of seed for our garden birds. I cleared a space on the lawn and also topped up the bird table before setting off for my afternoon shift at the Oxfam shop on Ecclesall Road.
In recent weeks I have been appalled by the unjustified vilification of Oxfam by the news media in cahoots with bullish politicians. They have caused significant damage to an organisation that has done so much good around the world through the past seventy five years. If only these knockers and snipers had sometimes highlighted some of Oxfam's life changing aid projects and emergency relief work.
Instead, they choose to trumpet the seedy behaviour of a handful of aid workers who bought the services of prostitutes in both Haiti and Chad. The way this has been put across, you could be forgiven for assuming that all Oxfam workers are corrupt predators who habitually use prostitutes.
Now I have a confession to make. In my life I have never bought sex and have never used the services of a prostitute. However, I recognise that prostitution is widespread. And where ever there are prostitutes there are men who are prepared to buy sex. Those men might be factory workers, fishermen, engineers, lonesome misfits, politicians, police officers, divorcees, soldiers, bankers and yes, aid workers.
As far as I know, that small handful of "guilty" Oxfam workers used prostitutes in their free time and did not use aid money to buy their sex sessions. So I am baffled about all the fuss. No human organisation is perfect and working as Oxfam does in chaotic times in desperate countries, it should come as no surprise that seedy and perhaps reprehensible behaviour will sometimes happen.
I asked Beau and Peep if they agreed with me and they did.