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With only ⭐ one ⭐ sheep left to lamb, shearing has started already for us, would you believe it. 🐑✂️
When I opened the curtains this morning, a yellow slimy lamb was tumbling alongside its mother through the rushes, freshly hatched. And when I came back from playgroup and pulled up the car, I watched a gimmer (2-year old sheep) struggling with her labour.
We had moved the last ones to give birth into the field next to the house, where we can keep an eye on them. Just in case. This was such a case. She did need a bit of help, but a healthy and very big lamb made its entrance into the world this afternoon (watch a video in my Insta stories). He's a bit dirty as he got stressed during the birth, because he was stuck. But he's ok and his mum is very excited, which is why the lambulance has transferred them to the shed, just overnight until everybody is settled.
And tomorrow, more shearing is on the menu, as the seasons turn for us yet again. I do like following the course of the year and measuring time with the changing chores in and around the croft. It seems a very natural way to move through the year.
It will often be a race against the weather, involving long drives across the countryside and endless nights spent in the shed grinding gear. However, shearing sheep is how my husband and I first met. And regardless of how tough it is, a little spark of romantic nostalgia still manages to sneak its way into this job for us. 💖
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