Newborn Lamb

Newborn Lamb

One Saturday, a few weeks ago, my son and I walked up our hill to feed the animals.  We chatted about the melting snow and he stopped for a quick swing on the swing set.  When I walked into the barn, not believing my eyes I stopped and took a double take. We had a newborn lamb and another on the way!  I ran to the door and yelled “Come quick, you’ve got to see something!”.

We tried to breed our ewes last fall to no avail.  A month or so later, a young ram was briefly in with the ewes, but we did not think he was old enough to get anyone pregnant.  We were wrong.  In the end we had 3 beautiful lambs from two different ewes.

Two Lambs

Two Lambs

The Third Lamb

The Third Lamb

With spring comes renewal. New lambs, new chicks, as well as plenty of work on our little farm.  There is a lot of moving animals around so they all get along, as well as mending fences, fixing pens, and general clean up after winter.



Dixie Enjoying The Snow

Dixie Enjoying the Snow

On a sad note, not long after I took this picture, we lost our gentle giant, Dixie, to an illness.  She was a living teddy bear without a mean bone in her body.  Rosie lost a great companion, and we lost a friend.  My son and Dixie were almost the same age, and as toddler and puppy, they were inseparable.  She will be missed!

Rosie And Dixie

Rosie and Dixie

Fast Friends

Fast Friends

By Published On: April 23rd, 2017Categories: Animals, Miscellaneous18 Comments on Spring Surprise

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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    PETER ROBERTS April 27, 2017 at 7:36 am

    “Precious” doesn’t do these justice.
    Peter Roberts

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    Maribeth Southworth April 27, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I am so sorry to learn of Dixie’s death. Such a beautiful companion. Been there, done that. So very difficult. Love the lambs and chicks and their message of renewal!

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    Dana Wiehl April 27, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I’m so sorry to read your sad news about Dixie. I’m certain she will be sorely missed — they leave such a big hole in the heart when they go.

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    James Crisp April 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I agree

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    Carole Beller April 27, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Love the joy who see everyday in your left and surroundings.
    Sorry about your loss- hope a new puppy already selected to fill that hole in your heart.

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    PC April 27, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Sorry Jimmy to hear the news about Dixie. Sad to loose family pets that we have grown attached to. So grateful to God for the beautiful memories captured in those photographs.

    On a joyful note, thanks for sharing the surprise addition to your fury family friends. New life puts a smile on my face every time! (:

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    Kathy April 27, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I live in Tennessee and this is literally the only newsletter I allow in my inbox. I love your work so much. I had to say that I am so sorry about Dixie. The picture with your son is touching. Thanks for sharing it.


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    Denise April 27, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I agree with Kathy. I always look forward to opening a Crisp “On the Drawing Board,” and today was no exception. I love the stories and photos, but I’m so sorry to hear about Dixie, your “gentle giant.” She must have had the best life, however, with your family and all your wonderful animals.

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    James Crisp April 27, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you so much! I am glad you like my e-mail.

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    James Crisp April 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks Denise,

    She was very special.

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    James Crisp April 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I hope to keep them coming.

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    James Crisp April 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks Carole.

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    James Crisp April 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks Dana,

    They sure do. JC

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    James Crisp April 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    That is the bright spot. Hope to have photos of a new puppy soon!

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    James Crisp April 27, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks, Pete.

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    Debbie Mahoney April 28, 2017 at 12:48 am

    I am so sad to read about Dixie. We never have them long enough, and God created no better companion than a Newfie.

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    Mary Kenelly May 1, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    What a beautiful “spring Pst!” Can’t see to type for the tears of Dixie’s passing,-so vry sad to lose someone who was always your family’s friend, always loving, always there to welcome and love you! Love the new baby lambs-Go Rams!! Circle ofl life for animals and their ‘Humans”-it’s #iit’sallgood

    By the way, our home is available for you and your family if you want to check out good Southern schools for your oldest daughter! We will be in the mountains and it’s yours to base yourself! Just feed Callie the Calico! I am serious!! It’s yours for the asking!

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    Linda Sullivan May 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I’m so sorry you lost Dixie..I have my own gentle bear named Sarah…Newfies are such special creatures…

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