Monday, 29 March 2010

Keeping it Together

A few daffodils have peeped through around the garden, sown once by an old farmer looking forward to their vibrant colour and spring-like feel.  I wonder if back then a weather forecast of heavy rain and snow threatened their growth, the way it does now, for the third spring in a row.  One could be forgiven for thinking we are living through a bleak midwinter, yet the daffodils reassure us otherwise.  My own lovely Farmer has no time to sow, having more work than in recent years once more due to the poor weather we experienced throughout the genuine winter months.  For the grass contains little lushness while the ewes have been unable to provide adequate supplies of colostrum, leaving weak lambs which need to be hand reared.  And so, together with the potholes, severe road conditions and school closures which we all experienced in the January snow falls, the weather has forced the sheep farmer to spend twice as much on lamb's milk and hours more on work.  But believe me, when you assist a birth, knowing you have saved the life of a helpless creature, the rewards are as beautiful as the daffodil which flourishes like a miracle in winter.


A little video of an orphan lamb being fed

36 comments:

  1. Really lovely, I feel all Springy just reading it! Thank you :-)

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  2. What a lovely video of the gorgeous lamb!

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  3. Oh bless, that is so sweet. Please please put it in The Little Film club?? Lovely writing as ever x

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  4. Hi, Crystal
    Here's hoping for a really good lambing time for you. Snow is forecast for Wednesday but I'll do loads of 'NO to SNOW' dances so we should be ok.

    Love to Amy
    xxPat

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  5. You can't beat a photo of lambs to make you smile...

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  6. Thanks for that lovely video! It's great to remember what Spring is really about:)

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  7. Awww that is sooooo cute!

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  8. Can I have a lamb hug too????

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  9. on such a wet and miserable Northumberland day that was very uplifting! Hope it all goes very well x The lambs are all wearing their little coats round here - just as well as snow is forecast, but they are probably wrong (eternal optimist)!

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  10. Lambs and daffodils, nothing says Spring more than that. Lovely video! Well done to Amy too. Orphan Lamb is very lucky to have such care and attention.

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  11. That was such a sweet video! Frame is just too cute, and boy was her tail waggin' like a puppy there by the end! Amy is so good with her, they are blessed to have each other. Thank you for sharing! You've made this dreary day brighter for me!

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  12. What a lovely bitty lamb. I cannot help myself I am a lover of all babies and once you have assisted or witnessed the birth of one...is there anything closer to seeing God at work?

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  13. Thank you very much for this, I love it all

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  14. Oh I love baby lambs. They're just so cute! Cuter than anything!

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  15. Very uplifting, thanks CJ. Just what I need.

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  16. I reeeeeeeelly enjoyed that. Thank you so much for taking the trouble to video that delightful scene. Amy is doing a great job as foster mother isn't she. It was nice to see the sun streaming through the window too.
    All very springlike!
    Blessings, Star

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  17. Thank you for reading the post and leaving comments, always appreciated.

    CJ xx

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  18. Have popped in to find out how the lambing is going and I see it's really busy! Such a Spring thing, lambs in the fields!

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  19. That was lovely to share.I really enjoyed the video.
    Hoping that you don't lose anymore lambs or ewes.

    Nuts in May

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  20. Love the pictures and video of Frame and Amy - 'forever friends' She's such a good little foster mum and it isn't just Frame who thinks so either. Hope the weather improves soon to make your lives easier. xxx

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  21. awe cute, loved the vlog :)

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  22. Thanks for the lovely video of Amy feeding the lamb. Really enjoyed it so much!
    Amy is a natural with animals!
    And it's great that she's willing and able to help out now.
    I was fascinated that the lamb was wagging its tail at Amy- I didn't know they did that- God I'm such a city girl, aren't I?
    Blow your snow this way- I don't mind some more, and it won't affect us in the awful way it affects you.

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  23. Aww...that video was so wonderful to watch. What a gorgeous scene. And I loved the way the lamb was wagging his tail. Too cute!

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  24. Wonderful post and the video made me wish for the days when i was back on the farm feeding the calves in the spring. Spring is a great time of the year on a farm.

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  25. Spring is just around the corner ... hopefully it won't snow. Very interesting about the lambs!

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  26. and that's what makes a farmer a farmer. doing what needs to be done. your lambs (and sheep) are lucky to be in your care.

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  27. That is so adorable! Love it! Lambs are generally not hte cutest but this one is pretty sweet:)

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  28. Mimi - The lambs wag their tales when they're contented! Like dogs I guess. So it's always lovely to see a lamb wagging its tale during feeding time because then you know you've done the right thing.

    Thank you for all your comments, CJ xx

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  29. I've had such a lot of Blogger trouble, but thank goodness it didn't prevent me seeing this post. What a lovely video.... it was an insight into the real world of lambing. Seeing Amy feeding the youngster was both heartwarming and sad, sad because it was made an orphan as such an early age. But the video cheered me up. Great post, Kathryn.

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  31. Absolutely totally wonderful CJ!!!
    Thank you for showing us a corner of your world x

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  32. Really gorgeous photos. Bit worried about what happens next though.

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