At 5am this morning James checked on the expectant ewes before he went to work and there were two newly-born lambs. I leapt out of bed and went to sit with them for an hour – trying to encourage them to get some colostrum. Both seem well although the mum isn’t so keen on being a good mum to the second lamb at the moment. In fact she is being rather hostile which is a shame.
There will be more lambing live updates throughout the day and the weekend so check back for some better photos later.
Can I just add that I have no idea what possessed me to attempt to arrange our lambing to start on a busy bank-holdiay weekend on the campsite, the weekend before my undergraduate students hand in their final year dissertation so all want last minute drafts read and commented on ….. and then knowing all of this I agreed to send a book manuscript off to a publisher on Tuesday …. really, what is wrong with me?
Off to check on the lambs now … three more ewes to lamb this weekend ….