Seasonal Change…Finally!

OK….this is going to be a long one.

Though the weather several days ago may seem a little contradicting; spring has sprung for us on the farm. There is so much new life happening that it just makes you want to dance around with joy.

Alright… deep breath… here we go….

So our first sign of spring: our pepper and tomato sprouts are flourishing.img_4084

It is so satisfying to see those first sprouts push and fight their way up out of the soil and slowly unfurl their leaves.img_4087

Second: flowers are blooming, and the bees are loving them. Also, garlic is up.img_3974_001img_3954_001

Third: we planted peas. It feels so wonderful to dig into the soft soil.img_4253_001img_4262_001

Next…..lambs are here!img_4071_001img_4017_002img_3992_002Just absolutely adorable.img_4075_001And with temperatures hitting almost eighty degrees… the other day we went Morel mushroom hunting. Though we did not find any mushrooms this time, we did find some ramps. (No, not the wooden kind :) Similar to a leek.)img_4104_001img_4131_001img_4123_001Well, I guess we did find some mushrooms ;) img_4116_001My beautiful mom.img_4130_001img_4135_001Mom and Elaine.img_4140_001G.R.E.E.N.!img_4151_001Some more lamb pictures I took on the way down from the woods.img_4204_001Only a few days old and already mimicking mama. This little ewe lamb has a very interesting, well-defined black spot on her neck.img_4160_001Doesn’t this look like the comfiest bed in the world?img_4207_001Selfie :) img_4192_001img_4166_001And mom petting Alsan while checking on the rams before we head inside.img_4224_001Phew…we made it!

Crutching ewes.

With April approaching Dad crutched the ewes in preparation for lambing to start. Crutching refers to the shearing of the wool from around the tail and between the rear legs of the ewes just before lambing to keep the wool cleaner after lambing so as to help prevent the possibility of maggots. We also clean up the wool on the ewes belly and around the udder to make the process of starting to nurse a little easier for the newborn lambs.

Lambing!! The thought of it makes my ears long to hear the sound of baby lambs calling and the echoing responses of the mama’s.

Daddy, hard at work.img_8080_001img_8073_001img_8082_001img_8059_001May the lambs start coming.

 

Warming up

The birds are singing, the temperatures are fluctuating, the breeze is warmer….spring is coming!!! Now that it is getting warmer, I am able to go out and take a few pictures without my fingers freezing off.

Here are some that I took when we had our first warm up.img_3565_001This winter Matthew took over taking care of the ewes because he is able to drive the four wheeler every day is energetic and hard working (he really is :) ).img_3572_001img_3576_001img_3587_001img_3604_001img_3618_001img_3629_001img_3635_001Our ever present companion when we are up in the fields.img_3646_001img_3599_001img_3662_001img_3658_001img_3680_001Morning light makes everything look lovely.img_3650_001