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.
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.
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!