Monday 30 April 2012

I can't believe it's almost midnight again, there really aren't enough hours in the day at the minute.  It's a good job I've got used to functioning on about 4 hours sleep a night, although I do admit I'm getting rather grumpy! 

Today is Paul's birthday; it doesn't seem a year ago that we were celebrating his 40th birthday on our newly purchased hill - how things have come on in a year.  Anyway that gave him a good excuse not to get up and do the dawn check and bottle feed; not that he has ever done it yet!

The dry morning soon turned into another horrid wet and extremely windy afternoon and evening. We have so much water round the land at the minute that I managed to capture this water fountain in my mobile phone.

With the weather at its worst on the tea time sheep round we found two rather hypothermic tup lambs and a ewe not that interested in them.  Paul has already had to remind her she had responsibilities at lunchtime!  A quick drive back to the shed to pick up the trailer and put the weakest of the two in front of the aga we then came back with mum (who was caught relatively easily) and the second lamb.  By the time I got in with twin number two sadly number one had passed away.

Thankfully number two is now much warmer has some milk from the bottle and is now back with mum in the shed happily feeding from her.  This particular ewe is 8 years old so is rather old and doesn't have an awful lot of milk but she should manage with one, assuming she doesn't forget about him!

On the alpaca front, it's that time of year again when I can be found laid out of the field looking up at udders.  It is much easier to see what is or isn't there when the girls have been sheared.  Anyway, Oonagh is starting to get a bit of a bag but nothing on Lualeni and Sienna.  Saying that though last year Lualeni's milk came very fast so I'm keeping a close eye on all three of them.

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