It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Don’t you just love Spring? It’s always such a breath of fresh air after the winter months and day after day we are treated to so many signs of new life with blossoms, blooms and baby animals popping up everywhere.
Last weekend I popped up to Yorkshire to see Dad and of course visit the new additions to the Escrick Park Estate flock…
Lambing is in full swing and every day sees a bundle of new arrivals.
Forming a temporary maternity ward of sorts by taking themselves under the shelter of the trees, the ewes all lamb outdoors before quickly rejoining the main flock. The weather has been kind so far this year with plenty of sunshine and warm days, but the sheep can happily cope with colder nights and their fleeces, which are particularly heavy at this stage in the year, keep them toasty warm.
The newborns are quick to get up on their little wobbly legs and it’s not long before they are gambolling around the fields with their playtime pals.
Hebrideans tend to have single lambs but there’s a few twins around and, much to Dads delights and quite rare for the breed, there is a set of triplets this year.
The lambs continue to arrive throughout April and I’ll be up again in a few weeks on wool business so will see how they’re all getting on and report back.
However you celebrate this glorious time of year, I wish you all a very happy Spring!
A quick update to this post: If you have a skein of Daughter of a Shepherd yarn waiting to be knit up, Anna Elliott is running a on her lovely Lambing Shed hat and mitts set until midnight GMT on Monday 17th April. Enter the code Lamb at the Ravelry checkout to receive the discount. Read more about the set over on Anna’s blog and DK yarn is currently available to buy online in the Daughter of a Shepherd store.