The first lambs appeared in the neighbouring sheep field on Easter Sunday. Each day since has seen a sizeable increase in numbers.
There is invariably an air of sentimentality associated with the arrival of new lambs – the ‘Ah!’ factor – and the sight of a young lamb searching for its mother
or learning to chew grass, like mum
can melt even the coldest heart.
Similarly, seeing newborn lambs feeding resonates with the gentler instincts in most humans – even if the ewe callously tramples on her off-spring when she’s had enough!
But for me, as a sign that Spring is near, there is nothing to surpass the sheer joy of life expressed by lambs as, within a very few days of their birth, they join with their pals and chase around excitedly like infants in a school playground.