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Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Has Sprung , New Lambs & Flowers !

 Spring has sprung ! I am holding the third Jacob sheep lamb born within the last 24 hours. If you're interested in seeing more about my sheep and their lambs check out my other blog ~ Red Dog Spotted Sheep * . I am expecting 5 more ewes to lamb in a very short time. I am so excited !
 Ella & Fella have decided to nest in the pen we put up for them in the veggie garden . They have settled in to life by the pond very well. Ella built her nest of straw and although I took her eggs and gave them to friends to incubate , I put duck eggs under her. I want to be sure she will incubate and tend them successfully. Since duck eggs require pretty much the same care and time it takes to hatch goose eggs, plus, raising and tending ducklings is very similar, I thought this would be a good test of Ella's mama instincts. If all goes well she can tend her own eggs next year. To read more about Ella & Fella check out my poultry site. *
 Miss Marple is our only outdoor cat. We have a routine, she & I. We let her outdoors around midnight so she can stalk and kill vermin, and she usually comes back indoors before 2:00 a.m. This week I think she hankered for some sunshine outdoors and she hid in the upper part of our woodshed over- night where the squirrels hang out. The only reason I knew she was there because of the angry squirrel hovering in branches over her head, swearing at her. She looked pretty content in spite of the squirrel's harassment. ( Probably thinking of how yummy that squirrel would taste. )
There are not too many flowers blooming for our honeybees, but the hellebores, primroses, daffodils , and some native blooming bushes are buzzing with bees . I even have honeybees in my chicken food , carrying bits of the feed that is powdered. Anyone else find honeybees in the chicken food ?

This is the time of year I have trouble focusing on my indoor stuff and blogging because I want to be outdoors until dark. I am also spending a lot of time cleaning out animal pens and simply watching my animals. It is so hard to tear myself away from such excitement , I might miss something ! Lambing comes only once a year and knowing there is probably a time in the near future when I'll not be able to keep so many sheep and poultry I intend to capture and put to memory as much as possible. In case of failing memory, my camera is put to good use too. I hope your spring is bursting with good and wondrous things . ~

13 comments:

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

What a great photo of you holding the beautiful baby lamb!♡

Deb said...

Lovely post, Kathy. The photo of you and your lamb is beautiful; frame-worthy. Deb

B.Y.S. said...

It is starting to feel like Spring here, flowers are starting to pop up, no new animals here though.

Amy

Debbie said...

Just stopped by to get a glimpse of you and your lovely menagerie. Those geese are so beautiful. Our cold weather is hanging on, but lilacs have buds and the cherry tree is getting ready to bloom. I'm eager to enjoy the outdoors too.

Daisy said...

Wonderful photos, Kathy! I think I'd be outside a lot there too if I could. I'm so glad to have spring finally arrive. It's been a long winter!

ellen b. said...

What a sweet little lamb! Great photo of you!

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a beautiful picture of you and the new lamb. I have no experience with farm animals etc., but I can imagine that spring-time is a busy and exciting time! Love Miss Marple.

kitty said...

What a cute picture of you and the lamb and yes, it is wonderful to just be outside!! xo

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Your spring photos are lovely and it sounds like you are having a delightful time. I'll go check out your other blog to see more about your new lambs.

That is a lovely photo Kathy of you and the lamb.

Have a wonderful weekend ~ FlowerLady

Teresa Schubert said...

Kathy,
Just love that cute little lamb and those geese are pretty adorable too!
Teresa
sugar, spice and whatever's nice

Nib's End said...

Your lamb is smiling at me and I just had to smile back. Those hellebores, well, they are simply enviable.

Karen said...

I enjoyed your pics so much, especially that little lamb! Some say Jesus was born at this time of year and that is why the shepherds were in the fields all night : Lambing season!!!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Sweet little lamb!! Pretty geese! It is good that you have a good mouser for a cat! Love your pretty photos! Like you, now is the time that I like to be outside to do much needed work! You have such a beautiful place!