Sunday, 28 February 2010
The calm before the storm.....
We are waiting for our next 200 sheep to start lambing on the 15th March, they are definitely beginning to show signs of having their lambs soon! Lots of big tummies and they seem to be constantly hungry! Our other sheep who have had their lambs we are longing to get them outside to start eating some yummy spring grass, but it still isn't quite warm enough (see the weather forecast in the photo from last week!) for the grass to start growing. The lambs are growing well but they just need to have some sun on their backs now. We are bottle feeding one or two, little Fred, who is a real character, who was one of a triplet, and two others whose Mum is struggling to support them both and then one other who suddenly looked a little hunched and hungry the other day.
We have our first Cropsharers! Our lovely neighbours the Duffs have subscribed and will get some lamb every month and Alistair Duff comes and helps us out when he can. He has been brilliant and is really good with the sheep and seems a natural with animals. We've also had Caroline helping us and we are looking forward to having Michael join us in a couple of weeks when we start lambing in earnest.
Our lambing weekends are fast approaching, we are busy organising them with the Northmoor Trust, there will be plenty to see and do, Meg is in training for some sheepdog demonstrations! We will be selling our lamb burgers again and Charlotte our friend in Oxford will be making them for us that week and cooking them over the first weekend. Tetta, Roly's sister will be cooking them for us the second weekend.
We are hoping to host farm visits to see the sheep for the Let Nature Feed Your Senses project (http://www.letnaturefeedyoursenses.org/). We had James Taylor from LEAF and Jen from the Sensory Trust come to visit us to make sure we are suitable for the types of visitors would be having. The target audience for the project are disabled, the elderly or people from areas who have been highlighted as being deprived. We will keep you posted.
We also wanted to mention Pippa Lamb who has kindly taken two of our little lambs we were feeding, one she is going to keep (Fred's brother) and the other she took to keep him company! Apparently they are up to all sorts of mischief and even went for a sleepover with Hilary Warburton who we rent some grazing off at Shillingford while Pippa was away!
We had our cousins down to lunch today and gave them rack of lamb, which they thought was pretty tasty. They were really encouraging about what we are up to.
We look forward to seeing you at our lambing weekends, for more information please visit our website http://www.camillaandroly.co.uk/
More soon, the countdown to the main flock has begun so there will be lots to tell you about soon!
Camilla, Roly, Boris and Meg