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‘Sheep may safely graze’

This picture was taken two days ago  –  in the mid-January sunshine!  It is a quiet pastoral scene but, in about a month’s time these ewes, – together with around 350 of their ‘sisters’  – will be giving birth.  It will be a hectic time for farmer Mark and his assistant.

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‘Can Spring be far behind?’

The wretched weather of February yesterday made way for bright sunshine, a mild temperature and a relief from the  strong, bleak winds that seem to have been with us constantly since Christmas.  In the sheep field there were signs to gladden the heart and prompt a smile.

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Lambing season

Four days ago the first lambs of the year were born in our village.  There have been earlier arrivals in other parts of the country, but these were the first in our village.  The sight of the lambs invariably puts a smile on faces  –  the promise of Spring and new life.  For the sheep farmer the lambing season is often a period of little sleep sometimes accompanied by a degree of anxiety.  This year the anxiety is caused by the fear of a deadly disease being carried by midges.  It is not possible to know where it will strike next.

Ewe and lamb

Frolicking is tiring work.  The lambs enjoy a siesta, basking in the unseasonal warmth of the sun.

Basking lambs

Life can be hazardous for the new born.  In this photo farmer John is removing a thorn from the foot of a two day old lamb.

Removing a thorn

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