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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spring & Loving All the Joy It Brings

 Last night a new lamb was born here on Cedar Pond, making the total thus far ~ one ram ( boy ) lamb and 4 ewe ( girl) lambs. This is last night's newborn, a lilac ewe from Cedar Pond's Brigida and Shadow Mountain's Landon-Tonkin. I am holding her just before my husband banded her tail to shorten it. I am also hopeful I will love her horn-set. She was a very healthy little ewe lamb, up and looking for her mama's milk within the hour of her birth. This is what I love about my Jacob Sheep, they are an old breed , a primitive breed, a survivor breed !
 Ella has laid 9 eggs thus far and seems to be ready to settle down and sit on her eggs. Jim fixed a gate on the goose pen and we will fence off the small goose-yard for the duration of Ella's incubation of her eggs. Fella has already begun to protect the nest site , a good sign things are going according to God's design and plan for making more baby geese. ( The green were laid by the ducks Ella & Fella hatched last year and raised as their own lil' babes.)
 Hellebores, one of our first blooming plants here, and loved ( bee-loved ) by our bees. The hellebores are covered with our honeybees seeking nectar and pollen at a time of the year both are scarce.
Lambs, new lambs. Something I never tire of, a joy and sight that brings me to tears for the joy. I know the day is coming soon I will not be breeding sheep but I put off that thought because the joy of keeping sheep, the joy of new lambs...well, it brings me joy that cannot be described except that the joy makes me cry. ( Happy crying, so don't worry. ) This is Gudrid and her new lamb, a lilac Jacob Sheep ewe. Gudrid is shown here nursing her lamb .Yes, the Gudrid mentioned in my last post.  Gudrid is a first-time mama and I love everything about her breeding. She is the daughter of Bide-a-wee Buttercup and Cedar Pond's Goth. She looks in physical appearance very much like Goth's mama , Cedar Pond's Tiara. I am so happy with the lambs from both parents and their amazing heritage I am planning on keeping this little lilac ewe lamb no matter what. Besides, a first time mama who tends her lamb so well will pass on this exceptional quality to her daughters.

March is here, spring is here, new lambs are here, new baby chicks are here, joy is here !

22 comments:

joanne said...

It's a wonderfully, beautiful time of the year when new life begins and new flowers blossom. Love those baby sheep.

Pondside said...

Your joy in your home and the life you and your husband have made at Cedar Pond just leaps off the screen. I love the photo of the new mama and lamb - so tender. Enjoy this time of year - such a lot going on around your pond.

CatTales said...

I love this post/photos. Wishing you a wonderful March day!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I feel your joy in this lovely post of spring happening there at Cedar Pond.

Thank you for sharing your life there.

Love and hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

B.Y.S. said...

I remember those days of kidding and lambing season but not anymore. I can't wait until things start to bloom here, we're buried in snow here!

Amy

El Desván de la Gata Perezosa said...

me encanta tu blog, tus post son preciosos, un saludo desde España.
love your blog, your posts are beautiful, greetings from Spain.

Debbie said...

Love the joy!

Lori @ LL Farm said...

Lovely post! Spring brings new life to everything...animals, flowers, trees, and a new set of joy for us to experience.
Lori from LL Farm

Sandra Morris said...

Congrats on the new babies :)

Ruth W said...

They are just so cute! I think it's time to drive the 4 blocks out of town and look for lambs. Take good care of your little cuties!
Ruth

L. D. said...

Nesting and baby goats does really say spring. It is a cute baby goat, kid, with the black and white colors.

Stella Jones said...

Congratulation! The lambs and the sheep are gorgeous. I can only imagine the feeling of happiness that comes with keeping and breeding your own sheep.
I love the picture with you holding the dear little thing.

Nib's End said...

Flowers...oh if I could have flowers peeking out of the soil it would give me some hope that spring is more than a fantasy. You enjoy a more judicious part of the country. I am enjoying it vicariously.

Bee Lady said...

I went to Rural King the other day and looked at the baby ducks ( and chicks). I have 37 acres of woods, ponds, creek, and some plain old acreage. I think I need some ducks!

Cindy Bee

Ps. I will post that pic of my Shug on my sidebar
PPS. Your Shug can make you a lazy Kate! Easy Peasy!

Teresa Schubert said...

Oh my goodness Kathy, All the lambs are so sweet and you know I think Ella and Fella are gorgeous, so I can hardly wait to see their babies! Such lovely spring your having! Hope you have a great week.
Teresa,
sugar, spice and whatever's nice

happywonderer.com said...

That lilac ewe is such a little beauty! 9 eggs! Hope she sits and some hatch. That Hellebore is a very pretty color. Busy times for you!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Just wonderful; I can see why this would bring you to happy tears. Love the picture of you and the sweet new lamb. Happy times, indeed.
And so hoping for good news from Ella!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I love the photos of the lamb. What a beautiful animal. New lambs are so pretty and remind me spring is coming!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

oh I do miss lambs but not enough to have them again, at least not now. prepping here for the next snowstorm, expected tomorrow night or Thursday...so exhausted of winter...wish it would go away.

Daisy said...

Wonderful photos and post, Kathy. Such a sweet little lamb! Your joy comes through very clear. Made me smile. :)

Karen said...

The lamb has such a sweet face!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

The baby lamb is adorable. What a beautiful home you share on Cedar Pond!