Tuesday night stroll…

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Baby Sapphire…

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Lady Iris had her baby in the very early hours of the morning and when I came out at 6 am, she was already standing and pretty much cleaned up.  I would have swore there would be twins, as Iris has always given us twins but this year, nope.  Just one lovely beautiful jet black baby girl!  We named her Sapphire, in our year’s naming theme of minerals and gemstones.

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Iris is such a good mom, if there were sheep mom awards, she would in the top running every year for the whole nation!   I think that is saying a lot.  She is such a good girl.  And now we have another little beautiful girl lamb to add to our flock.  She will definitely be staying with us, here with her mom and siblings and aunts…  or is it nieces?  Believe it or not, Sapphire is Galadriel’s aunt and she is baby Emerald’s great aunt!   I tell you, sheep family reunions are probably very difficult to decipher.  DSC_0568

The chickens were all excited and gathered to sun themselves and wait for new of the new baby.  I tell you, I do believe the farm yard and it’s occupants are excited when new babies are born.  They gather and hang out, waiting.  I’m sure they know something is up, they hear the cries and the momma noises, they know something is about to happen and they are curious.  DSC_0572 DSC_0573

Buelah took her baby out in the weed patch for the first time and it was cute to watch little Ruby realize there is a HUGE big world out there.   She stayed very close to her momma’s side…

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Our first lamb of 2016…

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It was quite a surprise when I went out one morning and there was Beulah, with a little baby girl.  I knew she was expecting, but I really thought she had a little longer to cook!  But I guess not.  She had cleaned the baby all up and was nursing it, and very attentive.

That was great because last year, Beulah refused her son, Thistle.  I was worried about her and decided to give her another chance.  Perhaps she was a little young or immature last year, or just didn’t like boys?  I’m not sure.  But I figured it was worth one more try.  And she came through.

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We decided that this year’s baby lambs would all be named after rocks and minerals!   Because we have a rock and mineral business, it just sounded like a great idea!   And so this little cutie patootie is named Ruby.   And it’s fun because she was born on a Tuesday!  Ruby Tuesday!   May 3rd…    I went out at 6 am and no baby.  I went back around 8:30, baby all clean and like she was there all the time.  Sheep don’t mess around.

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Love her speckled coloring!  Not sure if she will keep that or mature into a more gray like her mom or more black like her father!  She is cute and fiesty though.  She is quite a little mix…  she is half Finn sheep, and then 3/8th Shetland and like 1/8 Welsh Black Mountain sheep.  I think that is right.  Her mom is 3/4 Shetland and 1/4 Welsh Black Mountain.  Well, she’s cute, no matter what!!!

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Look at that little face!!!  Adorable!

Now to just wait on the rest of these ladies!!!

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