Thursday, 4 February 2010

We have had an amazing couple of weeks welcoming new life into the world! In freezing conditions our girls have delivered some wonderful little lambs who are all growing fast and enjoying running around the big nursery pen we have made for them in the lambing sheds.

There have been some highs and lows, with both of us having to help some of our girls have some of their babies. Most of them have done it all by themselves but one or two have needed assistance. One morning we arrived to a single, twins and triplets and we had no idea who belonged to who! We managed to successfully adopt one of the triplets onto the sheep who had had the one lamb, she had plenty of milk to go round where the triplet mother might have struggled to raise 3.

The lambing sheds seem full to the brim and it is a joy walking in there and wondering if anyone has been born the short time we have been away. We have some amazing support from John and Julia Sargent who are always there to help, John in fact had to help me (Camilla) deliver a lamb today who was proving a little tricky to come out and I needed John's experience to reassure me and the poor ewe who by that stage was exhausted. Ian Jones who came on our lambing course with us is being a tremendous support and we are so grateful to him too. We had some friends to stay last weekend, James and Claudia and their 3 children, Stella, Theo and 4 month old Sylvie who all saw a lamb being born and in fact James helped deliver one! This is something we are really keen to share with families and people who would like to experience this incredible gift of helping a ewe to lamb. If you are interested let us know as we are just developing our Cropshare scheme.

We are busy planning our two lambing weekends with the Northmoor Trust which is really exciting. They will be joint events between us so we are both looking forward to welcoming you all on either the 20th/21st March or the 27th/28th March. Keep an eye on our websites for details or

We are so pleased the evenings are getting a little longer and the mornings a little lighter, spring is around the corner now, the snowdrops and aconites are trying their best to recover having been subjected to such cold conditions.

We were recently interviewed alongwith Tom Curtis from Landshare and Harry Barton, Chief Executive from the Northmoor Trust, on Radio 4's Costing the Earth. The programme was promoting the whole FarmStep concept which the Trust are pioneering, have a listen.

More soon and we look forward to seeing you in March to show you lots of lambs!

Camilla, Roly, Boris and Meg

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