Sorry I haven't been on-line for a week or so, but its been rather bonkers here!
All the flock are where they should be with Billy and Dudley both rampaging round with broad grins of their faces!! They are all rather spread out so checking and feeding take some time, although we only check Vincent and the other lads every couple of days as the owner of the field is at home and keeps an eye out, which is incredible helpful. The tups are taking their time this year, but its seems that this is the trend...... perhaps the warm weather we have had for such an extended period had had an effect...... Lethargy! Now that its turned cooler one or two ewes have coloured bottoms now so we are slowly on the way!... looks like lambing will be starting in March next year!!............ which will be ok as Easter is late in 2014.
My keeper lambs have had an eye infection...... started off, we think, by Tottie, who showed little sign of soreness, but did have dark marks in the wool on her face... Jonty followed, with Melody, Curly and Megan all suffering. We used an ointment from the vet to clear it up, with Jonty getting so used to it being rubbed in that he just stood there, twice a day, waiting for it to be applied with his nose pointed up in the air!! He is such a little poppet.... I must remember to take my camera with me when I feed them... Tottie stood in the way of filling the troughs earlier in the week and got her head covered in lamb nuts... Jonty sat and picked them all out individually and she calmly let him, probably giggling while he did it.... it would have made the cutest picture.. I think they'll be friends forever....
This gang have also been joined by our last keeper lamb.... Freckle... I'll take a photo of her later so you can meet her... we have no idea why she has become so tame and approachable...... she just decided for herself and she is such a nice lamb that we couldn't resist her and took her away from the commercial lambs.... she becomes our 12th keeper this year..they all have at least one friend in the group, and Freckle was settled within half an hour and has been invited to join Dixie and Lupin... its funny how close she stays when I go into the field to feed them though, she walks by my side when all the other rush to the troughs... after each has had a pat on the head of course!!......Some may meet Dudley as they are big enough to be tupped this year, but I am still undecided about Melody... I wonder if she may suffer from prolapses like her mum and it may be better to wait until she is fully grown? If you have any advice it will be gratefully received!
We have had an influx of brilliant new creations for the shop this week from Cheryl Feakes, Margaret Garrard, Nicola Iddison and Lesley Collins with her new glass collection and I will spend some time over the next few days photographing them and putting them on-line!! They'll be under Home Furnishings, Jewellery and Woodcraft............ So watch this space!
Have a great weekend, and do call in if you are passing West Burton!