Today we welcomed two new lambs to our flock. The first one had arrived before I woke and was lying near its mum when I popped out to inspect the herd at 8am. We watched as it took some of its first steps,
and not long after started exploring the paddock with mum.
The ewe had chosen a beautiful and sheltered place to lamb, under a large tree out of the wind.
She'd dug a little nest of soil for her lamb.
By afternoon, both mother and child looked well and well at home.
At midday, we noticed another ewe leave the herd and find a spot among the tall reeds to have her lamb. By 2.30pm, after a lot of pacing and digging of the ground and straining the second lamb had arrived. I had the privilege of watching the whole process through binoculars from a distance. I must say I cheered when the lamb's little head was visible and cried out, "come on, one more push"!
So that's 2 down, another 36 ewes to go!
We had put in a lot of preparation for the arrival of the lambs, we had some fencing put in to make smaller paddocks suitable for lambing.
The ewes also put in some effort to welcome their babies by yarn bombing parts of the fence.
We hung plastic bags and a fox light along the fence to distract foxes.
Welcome little lambs! May your mother answer your little bleat and may the grass grow beneath your feet.