Thursday, 25 March 2010

Lambing Time

The first twin lambs were born at 7.30 this morning.  Somewhat of a water birth due to the state of the fields, but the Farmer came rushing in the house, excited and satisfied in a sheep sort of way, that both lambs are fit and healthy.  I don't have a photograph right now but hope to have one for you tomorrow.

Whoever invented the idea of the clocks going forward at this time of year?  Don't they know it's lambing season, and shepherds need all the rest they can get?  I'd go so far as saying it had to be someone who is positively not a farmer.  The ewes are looking enormous as they struggle to make themselves comfortable in the fields, wondering when mother nature will take its course.  Having given birth myself, albeit not in the same league as a sheep, I always sympathise with the woolies that lounge around with their bulging undercarriage desperate to make an appearance.  It took me 36 hours from feeling twinge to welcoming my baby elephant girl into the world and even though 12 of those hours were spent on an epidural, I was more than glad when it was all over.  I keep telling the Farmer that he doesn't understand the delicacies of womanhood and if men had to give birth, the world would most likely come to an abrubt end.  He says I'm a big, fat meany.  I tell him I'm not mean.

But on the whole, I'm hoping these ewes will get a move on now.  Our lovely new assistant, Emma, has joined our little clan today and I would hate to pay her to do nothing.  Then again, if she can bake a cake...

                                                   This picture was taken last year

34 comments:

  1. I love that picture. It must be lovely to hold a newly born lamb. Us townies miss such a lot. It's a busy time for you and Farmer, also a satisfying one. Good luck.

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  2. Oh, I can't wait to see a photo! I love the one from last year. What a wonderful time. I bet you'd really like some drier weather though.

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  3. Congrats on the new arrivals! Looking foward to the photos....but we need a birth vlog! x

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  4. very cool...to see the cycle of life begin a new. nice pic as well...

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  5. Yaaay! Lambs!!! Cant wait to hear more about them :D

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  6. Good luck with the lambing... and the Easter Holidays! Looking forward to hearing more about the lambs. x

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  7. Oh I agree about the clocks changing. It wasn't a parent who decided this either, that one hour of sleep is very precious!! Good luck with lambing, I hope it goes well:) Jen.

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  8. if men had to give birth, the world would most likely come to an abrubt end - so true!

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  9. I love seeing all the new lambs running around the fields. There's a few in the field across the road, i was watching them yesterday from the kitchen window...the excitement they showed when they saw the farmer arriving with food...lovely to watch them! Good luck with the others. Love the pic of Amy and the lamb x

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  10. lambing season? again????? time sure flies...

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  11. How lovely!
    I'm with you - all for leaving clocks as they are!

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  12. Daylight savings is most certainly the construct of an industrialised nation.
    I believe it was actually put into law during WWI as a way to save fuel and increase productivity by extending the evening light.
    I definitely appreciate it more in the fall when we get our hour back (though the children don't seem to understand that they have to sleep an extra hour!)
    Be great to see some photos (or a vlog!) just showed your one from last year to my kiddos and now they want to fly out and see the lambs being born. Great lessson this morning in science and geography for us!

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  13. Love that picture.
    I also was a 36 hr labour with my first born and it would have been terrifying to be on my own. Animals seem to just get on with things though.
    Wonderful to have the twins safely delivered. I always look forward to hearing your lambing stories.
    The hour loss has come at the wrong time for you, I can see that.

    Nuts in May

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  14. The book has arrived, guess what is going to be bedtime reading for the boys for the forseable future!

    I agree on the clocks as does FIL

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  15. Yep, men have NO idea!!!!
    Congrats on the new babies. I hope they all have nice smooth births.

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  16. Oh how I envy you with all those babies... Good Luck with the lambing as I'm sure it is an exhausting time. Can't wait to see more pics.

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  17. When I lived in Northumberland my new hubby and I visited a friend of his parents who has a farm over in the Cheviots. It was lambing season and as we were walking through the field we saw a ewe about to give birth. The farmer, with a playful look in his eye, asked if I'd like to help. I said I would. He told me I'd have to roll my sleeves up then because I'd be sticking an arm inside the ewe!

    What he didnt know is that I grew up on a farm in the States. Although I'd never helped a ewe give birth, I was happy to try. So I did, and a beautiful little lamb was born and the farmer looked at the American girl a bit differently from then on.

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  18. I love farm animal babes. Especially little sheep, goats and piglets.

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  19. Great photo and I look forward to seeing the new twins. I am not a farmer and was only the musing this morning about who in the world thought up this daylight savings time lark! I am back to dark mornings. It's awful.

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  20. Hoping we'll have some dry weather tomorrow; these poor lambs are soaking!!

    Thank you for your comments, CJ xx

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  21. What a beautiful picture of Amy with the lamb - looking forward to seeing one of the twins - when you have the time. Hope for all your sakes the rain stops and the sun shines. A

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  22. A lovely picture of Amy. Hope the weather improves - had my share of lambing in wet weather in the past - mud up to your armpits - remember it!!

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  23. How lovely, we went to Sacrewell Farm on Monday to see the lambs and we got to see twins born at 5.30 the night before. BG just kept saying "ahh"

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  24. I bet daylight saving was thought up by a man. They don't seem to need sleep.

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  25. This is one of the things I am looking forward to moving into the county; getting my girls understanding about seasons and animals ! 'big, fat, meany' I love that, said with love I'm sure !

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  26. I'm so excited! New lambs!
    Thought I'd feel "more of the same" as I was here last year for your lambing posts, but it's just as good second time round.
    Glad you posted that photo from last year, it's a fabulous photo. Amy looks so happy in it, her soul is happy in that role.

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  27. I'm sure it's harder work and more stressful than I realise but I'm really rather jealous that you get to spend all that time with those gorgeous lambs and their mummies. It's the miracle of birth over and over.

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  28. This reminds me of my childhood and lambing time - hard work but incredibly fulfilling

    Can't wait to see the pictures of the new arrivals

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  29. My first ever boyfriend lived on a farm and I used to love helping out at lambing time...they are soo gorgeous when they are little!! I adore them when they all go gamboling and bouncing along the field with thier wee tails wiggling...gorgeous!!

    C x

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  30. So cute! Men really don't have a clue when it comes to giving birth, lol!

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  31. Thank you for all your lovely comments. CJ xx

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