Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Spring lambs, of course!

We'll back up to Mother's Day;  a cold day when we took our roving and fleeces to Shepherd's Harvest in Lake Elmo and offered roving at prices to sell-- and it surely did.  15 or so pounds of it, gone from my house. Yay!  Dear Daughter (DD) and Dear Husband (DH) knew exactly how to celebrate Mother's Day:  they volunteered to come with me to set up and sell wool.  For the first time, I had a Shetland/Finn blend that was especially popular, although all colors sold well.
It rained so much that week that Mari the Finn Ewe's lambie was soaked through and very dirty:

Later, Mari cried and cried to find her babies, and suddenly stopped when she peeked inside the portable calf hut.  I figured there was a special sight inside, and I was right.  Look at that little brown ewe's pink triangle of a nose!  Poor wet babies.
Little brown shetland ram lamb, still tiny:

It's 2 weeks later and things have warmed up considerably.  The lambs are loving the compost pile of last years' bedding. It's made for playing King of the Mountain!  Here, Em has the formerly stiff-necked lamb sucking a finger.  She's all better-- BoSe did the trick within hours.  Selenium deficiency !  Amazing.
Also pestering Emily are a very, very friendly Shetland ewe lamb, lower right, and a naughty little brown Finn ram;  behind her is a black Finn ewe lamb who's also fond of suckling fingers.  Further up, a little brown and white Shetland who will be musket (oatmeal colored). I am so behind on naming and learning the lambs this year that I don't recall if it's a ram or ewe lamb! 

Finally a good shot of DD visiting with Kimi, her solid black lamb under Em's arm, and in front, the little formerly sickly lamb belonging to Kora.  We just had to show you that she made such a nice recovery.  Pack of racing lambs seen behind-- 
Enjoy this nice, new, warm weather.  We're finally getting the garden in.


Becky Utecht said...

I love the smiling mother-daughter shot at Shepherd's Harvest. Congrats on selling so much fiber, it's a great venue for fiber sales.
I'm glad your little lamb with the selenium deficiency responded so well.

Nancy K. said...

I'm so glad to hear that your little lamb made a full recovery. It looks like fun growing up at your house!

Anonymous said...

I like the mom/daughter photo also. How many Shetlands did you cross with Finn and what do you think of the fiber? Cute, cute lambs. Let me know which Finn ewes you will be selling.

Gail V said...

Thanks for the reminder, Terri, I thought you had said to remember you re: ewe lambs. I will. I crossed Osmo the ram's fleece (fawny brown) with one like it in Shetland. Osmo got so fragrant (musk) this winter that I KNEW no handspinner could process it. Zeilinger's did a great job, and it made a soft, soft roving.

Candy said...

Ah, spring again. And I get to see all those beautiful lamb photos. Congratulations on selling your wool. I started working Maples 2010, but have been side tracked. I'll get back to it next week.

Gail V said...

Candy, I want you to know we named Licorice Snap's little ewe lamb Candy!