Whilst the weather forecast for the coming days isn’t so great, the whole of the UK seems to have been enjoying a burst of Spring sunshine, and most welcome it is too!
A couple of weekends ago we spent a few days up in Yorkshire on some family visits, and when the weather eventually brightened up, it is hard to find a more spectacular view than the North Yorkshire Moors bathed in Spring sunshine on a clear day.
In between journeys back and forth along the A64 we found time to do a bit of lamb spotting out in the fields with the Hebrideans. Honestly, these lambs are even more difficult to photograph than their mothers so there’s not a huge selection but they give you a sense of how dark their fleeces are when born and can spot the horn buds on some of them.
In an incubator inside the house were a clutch of duck eggs gently rocking and keeping warm in the hope they would hatch and just last weekend they did! Dad’s partner, Julia is looking after them and was on hand to keep an eye on their progress, even managing to capture this amazing video of a duckling hatching out of its shell…
Isn’t it wonderful! I love the head pop at the beginning and the immediate mini-quacks as it begins to wonder where on earth it is! I think there are now a total of 13 ducklings and they grow at a fair old rate. Here they are negotiating the drinking bowl which they are sure is a pond:
The ‘pond’ has now been moved until they are a little bit older so they don’t get stuck in there and replaced with a drinker. Just as the ducklings left the house, I had a message to say their spot had been taken with two orphan lambs who need feeding and looking after.
You might have the opportunity to meet these two later in the year as I have been accepted as a stallholder at Yarndale in September with my Daughter of a Shepherd yarn and will be bringing some sheep with me so you can see the full journey from sheep to finished skein! I’m hugely excited about it and plans are already afoot, but in the meantime, cross your fingers that these two grow up to become well-behaved sheep rather than ones that want to jump fences and run around auction marts!
Any suggestions for names?