11 April 2022

Frost and Lambs

I took these photos last month when the lambs had been out in the field for a few days. While I try to get photos of the lambs in the lambing shed, I'm always excited to get photos of them outside in the good light where I can see them properly!

Millie greeted me at the gate. This is fourth year with no lambs and I've decided to just let her retire. She's one of my original flock members alongside Rosie and I'm very sentimental about the old girl. 

Eugene, Penny's tip lamb. He's not as big as his sister, Eunice.

Elsie, one of Flora's twin girls. She likes standing on things - lick tubs, feeders, anything she can climb onto.

Eugene again - because handsome!




Olive's lambs, Enzo (front) and Ernest.


Enzo and Ernest by the fence.

Emily, a lamb I mentioned previously as being trouble. She was unusually quiet, and in hindsight perhaps I overreacted, but I took her from Tilly, her mum, and tried to bottle feed her. A few days and a vet visit later and I was still stumped - she was quiet, she wouldn't drink. Heather had lost her single lamb and had spent the past few days breaking my heart by walking around, calling and looking for him. As a last resort I introduced the two and it was like a switch was flipped in Emily's brain - she immediately went to feed. A week later and Heather had accepted Emily as her own and they were in the field together, both winners.

As much as I like to think I have a handle on what sheep tend to be thinking in certain situations, I have to admit that Emily had me stumped! I'm thrilled it all worked out, though.


  1. So wonderful that Emily found a Mom:)

  2. Love your blog Ruth, delighted Emily has got a Mum x Best wishes Marie Bell

  3. Happy outcome for Emily and Heather.
    Can you explain what a tip lamb is?

    1. I have a Glossary page which explains a few of the more local words I sometimes use because even within the UK there is a huge variation. Here a tip is a ram lamb. Sometimes I type tip, sometimes I type ram, depending on how "proper" I'm feeling. Another fun fact - locally a ewe is not pronounced "you", but "yo", like a yo-yo!

    2. Thanks! I'll check out the glossary.