A very Happy New Year. 2011 is going to be an exciting year! As I write we are still waiting for the new addition to our family, a few days overdue now so taking each day as it comes....thank you to everyone who has been in touch to find out how we are, we will keep you posted!
We have increased the nutrition for our 30 ewes who are now due to lamb in just under 2 weeks, they are catching me up! Some of them look enormous, particularly those who are having triplets. I am only having one so am starting to feel sorry for them and how huge they are looking!
The snow has finally disappeared, it is always rather special when it first arrives and it looks so beautiful and untouched. By the time it has been around for over a week that initial excitement has completely worn off! The sheep rounds take a lot longer as feeding is built into the routine which doubles the time. The ewes would hear us coming and meet us at the gate. I would drive the truck slowly while Roly would be in the trailer in the back throwing out the hay onto the ground, we have put some photos up here to show you. Now the snow has gone there is still some grass for them to eat to tide them over until we bring them indoors in the run up to lambing at the end of March. The sheds are almost ready for them and we can't wait to have them all inside, it is a really special time.
We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors to be 'shepherds for the day' in a couple of weeks to coincide with lambing. There will be plenty to do! We will see if they might be happy to share some of their experiences on the blog so other people will be interested to come along and treat a family member or friend to an alternative present!
Do let us know if you would like to stock up your freezer post Christmas with some delicious local Oxfordshire lamb or mutton and a new year treat of a sheepskin rug....our friend Charlie has a gorgeous deep pink rug which she loves, take a look!
More news soon and thank you for reading....
Camilla, Roly, Belle and Boris...and..Bump!