Yesterday was a gloomy day, although fairly warm, and today started out cold -- just 15*-- but the temp is climbing and we're expecting a balmy 55* by the time the fog and frost burns away! I hope there are lots of lambs born on a day like today.
The Littles are so excited about the new babies being born. The nice thing about lambs is that they are small enough that the children can hold them and fiddle with them, and we don't have to worry about them getting hurt, although it hurts to get run over by a big, fat ewe, and that does happen occasionally. I love lambing for the same reasons -- they are smaller animals to handle, and I can do the work by myself for the most part. Calving is harder if you have to get a cow/calf pair in or if a heifer needs assistance birthing. But if a ewe needs some assistance, I can do it without having to go get help.
We're in the honeymoon part of lambing right now, but soon the night checking and the long days of work will accumulate and it'll become what it is -- good, honest work. There are 336 head of ewes to lamb -- about 75 head more than we had last year. Busy days ahead!
My fingernails (Jamberries) are holding up STILL! Of course, you can tell I have working hands, but I would think just nail polish would have been badly chipped and peeling by now. The Jamberry nails have a few dings and I've had to trim them a little, but they don't look half bad right now. I'm pretty impressed.
bright, bright sunshiney day!