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Monday, March 05, 2007

Shepherdly expectations


The onslaught of lambs is about to begin. I was sure we'd have some births on Sunday night, and even dreamt something about lambs, but all mothers are still in waiting. We spent Sunday outside in the front sheep field, worked on fencing fixes - or should I clarify and say that Martyn redid all of my crooked 'monkey-house' fencing I did a year ago...he even had the nerve to use a string line. The new fence is straight, imagine that.


Rosemary has a lovely goddess belly to me. A field of waddling, goddess bellied sheep - it's heaven. After 2 lambings under my belt, I'm no expert, but I can see the signs - of my sheep anyway. I won't go into details, as it's rather graphic, but novice shepherds may email for the gory details. I'm especially anxious to see what we get from breeding our newer ram, Mr. T. I have been seeing lambies all over the area, and kid goats, calves...it's a wonderful season. Sunday and today the skies cleared, the warm air returned, and you could feel things growing. Smells returned, the frogs were singing.

My day began with seeing Sky in her pasture, staring down Ethel and her two fawns about 20 feet from her. Looking over at the donkey pasture, Pino and Paco, usually up playing tug of war by now, were laying in the sun, dust covered. All the nearby horses that I can see from our property were also laying on the warm earth. It was contagious - after morning chores and work, I took an hour or so to hang out on a warm cement brick with my coffee.

For one whole day, everything was perfectly perfect. No one thing - man made, business related, or financial - could ruin the feeling of this day. I still have it.

7 comments:

nadine said...

mmm. You've made my day. Think I might go find a nice warm spot in the Spring sun myself ....

Carla Sonheim said...

That fat belly is so cute!

farmgirl said...

I love these photos--and your words, as always, of course. . . (Loved Frankie's post, too--your recent works of art are simply wonderful!)

Was thinking of you earlier today as I was checking on the new moms. Our lambing officially starts this Saturday, and yet I already have four moms and SEVEN lambs in bonding pens (including triplets). Guess I'd better go do another barn check. . .
xx
P.S. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

VictoriaE said...

Thanks for sharing a bit of the feeling with us.
I'm loving your art and the animals too!

Kristen said...

How exciting! That is the most beautiful belly I've ever seen!

I smell yarn. said...

Happy Birthday! Sorry I'm a couple days late. I'm very excited to see you and M next week. Hopefully there will be some lambs to admire. I hope all goes well on the farm during this exciting season.

Cori said...

Katherine. I live vicariously through your farm experiences until my husband and I move out of NYC. Love the photos and words. Keep them coming.

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