Soooo, yesterday was Tuesday right? That seems to be the day for farm drama around here lately. Must be because it’s one of our two busiest night with piano for the Ladybug and then church coming up on Wednesday. We had to make an extra long loop from school to piano practice yesterday because someone forgot her books, and when we stopped at home to grab them I noticed that our Hog Island ewe was grazing and her lamb was no where in sight.
Then I notice that faaaar across the field there’s a Clun Forest ewe that is apparently nursing a tottery little one. And I thought–hmm, she didn’t turn out to be a good momma after all and that Clun went and “stole” her little one right out from under her nose.
But as long as he was nursing, we rushed off to piano practice and planned to deal with it later.
So the boys and I got back and headed out there to investigate the situation and low and behold, there’s our Hog Island with her sprightly lamb. That “little” guy is all legs. I think I saw him earlier and just didn’t recognize him!
But that Clun was still out there with…someone.
Turns out somewhere along the way I must have miscounted and we had one left to lamb. I guess it’s easy to get mixed up when I don’t have my clipboard right in front of me. Since I thought that Hog Island ewe was the last one, I just jotted it down on the calendar and hadn’t gone back to do my real paperwork yet, so I just missed that there was one left. A Clun ewe lamb from last year.
Not only did she breed her first season, but she delivered without help and she’s mothering just fine too. Excellent!
What an exciting end to the season! This means that every ewe in the field has at least one healthy lamb with her. We had one stillborn twin and lost one twin. We have 17 ram lambs and 3 ewe lambs. Yes, I went back to my paperwork last night after all this “drama.” We’re not expecting any more surprises. Which I’m sure Mr. Fix-It will appreciate since I’m heading off to the Titus 2:1 Conference Friday morning and he’ll already have his hands full.
20–What a good round number!
What’s your busiest day of the week?