We have entered a slightly calmer period in the life of the farm as the main lambing has finished and we are just dealing with the general upkeep of 250ish babies and the entourage of mummy sheep. Oh yes and any stragglers that are still waiting to give birth. Thank goodness the grass is growing so there is less silage to dig and cart around in buckets.
We moved the flock from one field to another this week, which meant using the trailer, a first for all of the lambs. If I hadn't had my hands full chasing lambs up and down the field with Gavin, Patrick and Number 3 then you would have had some rather hysterical shots of 4 people, 2 dogs and 100 or so naughty lambs running in every direction conceivable, except the right one which was through the gate and down to the tunnel. I have no doubt that all passing traffic on the D730 that day was doubled up laughing at our antics. In fact I was quite surprised that there were no collisions.
I wonder if you can be prosecuted for being too much of a distraction at the side of the road?
The up side was I spent the whole day outside for the first time in ages, I am usually inside the butchery in the cold looking out at the sunshine, and even managed to get sunburnt arms. And the other up side (as I can't think of a down side) was that I did some exercise and vitamin D manufacture. Ah yes the downside is that with the arrival of the sunshine means the arrival of the insects. Watch out for ticks this year as our little pup Dyson has just had tick bite fever, he is fully recovered now. I imagine that it has not been cold enough to kill off the dormant population.
Don't you just love those ears. I am wondering if they sold us a labrador....floppy ears, loves eating, big paws, loves eating, likes to sleep, loves eating, chews shoes and loves eating.
See you soon