Typically today is the weather trend that sees the majority of our little flock of perverse ewes deciding that conditions are just perfect for introducing their tiny offspring into the world, which makes it all just that much more fun for us ! Yesterday we arrived down at the barn just in time to see one of our big mommas giving her brand new babies a thorough wash and brush up. Two healthy little coloured lambs to join the unruly lamb school that is already causing chaos and mayhem in the lambs pen. Gimpy is still waddling, watching us watching her. She is as wide as a battleship and her udder looks like she is ready to feed the five thousand but, because we are keeping a close eye on her, she is holding out. What do they say about a watched kettle?….
The incubator has been transferred up into my kitchen, last month it was the goat kids, it’s going to be chicks this week and I would bank on it that we will be housing a lamb or lambs in the next few days. Not too long ago that would have reduced me to a quivering neurotic mess with a disinfecting towel…now it’s tolerance and acceptance…but two disinfectant towels !!
Big brother John arrived home yesterday evening from his 10 days of rest and recuperation…after 2 days of servile labour on the ranch. Complete with obligatory “silly hat” he is ready and waiting to get back down to work, at least till the weekend when we are sure another period of respite will be required. It’s great to have John here, he has been both moral and physical support through the past year, thank you JP.
Song and Cody continue to grow but Cody is keeping us on our toes, he would appear to have some digestive “issues” and swings from the galloping trots to the exact opposite condition and back again. It’s our hope that he will grow out of whatever it might be…before we run out of ideas !
Time to go..everyone is layering up, the dog is at the door and I’m still sitting here. Take care, keep safe, M