Spring lambs, flowers, calves and hens!
It’s Spring! 2 new lambs just born, christened Butch and Sundance. The sun is shining, just had our first Hen weekend and life is good! This is my favourite time of year on the farm, bluebells are coming out, lots of lovely new leaves, and wild flowers springing up in the fields. And lots of flowers on Hen’s heads as well ! Not the feathery kind! We are very excited at the moment because we’ve decided to start breeding Grey Faced Dartmoor sheep. This is a rare breed, very pretty with black noses and dreadlocks down to the ground. High on the cuddly scale. They’re supposed to be very placid and love people, so there may be the odd ground invasion during our events! We’re off to Holsworthy Market next week to buy some mums with babies – so exciting ! Watch this space.
The other brilliant news is that our calf born last year, named Tripod, because one of his legs didn’t work is still going strong. We spent weeks massaging his legs and splinting him over night, and then taking him for gentle walks on a lead and it’s all paid off. He’s just gone out in the field and is gambling around like a baby. Making up for lost time! Such a sweetheart. Only problem is he thinks I’m his mum so he follows me around everywhere. We’re both suffering from separation anxiety ! Well I am anyway. He’s out there in the big wide field, I don’t know who he’s mixing with, if he’s got a girlfriend, if he’s eating properly, if he’s getting enough sleep, not over partaking of the water ! The trials of motherhood ! And I’ve got all of this to come with Butch and Sundance.
Anyway I’ll keep you posted !