We were certainly busy over the Easter weekend, and not just with wonderful company, delicious food and an Easter
bike egg hunt…
Saturday morning it was Juliet’s turn (although Ophelia did her best to convince Rupert that it was her lamb that had arrived first)…
… and Ophelia was soon to follow, which meant 2 ewe lambs to join Desdemona’s week-old twins.
Our Easter guests enjoyed the seasonally-appropriate young lambs (stay tuned for sweet pictures of everyone enjoying the beautiful weather, too). I think some of the lambs were just as curious about some of the young humans.
Things were somewhat quiet in the barn again until Monday evening, when Mutton’s twins (one boy, one girl, both black) arrived.
When Rupert did his mid-night check, another set of twins had come along, courtesy of Viola – a tiny boy and girl with lots of interesting markings to help us keep them straight.
And then when I went out a few hours later, Gertrude had joined the group of new mothers (another ewe lamb).
So, by the time I headed back to school after the long weekend, there was only Stomper left to lamb. Desdemona’s twins certainly were not in any hurry for that, however, as they more than enjoyed the extra-wide cushion she provided for play, sleep, and even a boost.
Stomper has since lambed – a huge single ram lamb – despite predictions that she would no doubt have twins. Desdemona’s twins have lost that coveted play surface, at least for the time being, but they have discovered how fun it can be to sneak in with their dad and play with/on him. For his part, Luke seems to be a proud papa – although he is still quite insistent that he be served his supper before anyone else.
The lambs are all together now (except for the big Romney fellows), but it is quite difficult to capture all of their frolicking play in a photograph. Much easier to visually document are their many naps…
(and in case you’re keeping track, here’s the stats: 24 sheep (12 lambs, 12 adults); half ram lambs, half ewe lambs; 4 sets of twins, 4 singles; 2 tired shepherds and one over-stimulated Border Collie…)