Tuesday, January 01, 2008
2007 becomes 2008
As the Year 2007 turns to the Year 2008, everyone thinks of new beginnings. I do not get overly sentimental about the new year. Knowing my tendencies, I do not expect any new and great changes from myself nor The Farmer. We are pretty much the same people we have been for many years, just adapting to life as it rolls along.
Living on a farm we are perhaps a bit more atuned to the natural calendar of the year. Not that we get overly poetic and spiritual. It is as it is. The days become shorter and we adapt. The days eventually will become longer and we will adapt again and change the things that we do to live as we do.
Three days before Christmas, this little lamb appeared.
Today, a Tuesday and New Year’s Day 2008, was lovely. We had a beautiful light and fluffy snowstorm, the second since Sunday. Julia and I have been away visiting relatives. The night before we were to leave my mom's home in New Jersey, I started to dream about the farm and the sheep and the lambs. I knew it was time we both got back here.
Today, in the early afternoon, we drove to the sheep barn. (It is five miles from our farmhouse.) The snow was rapidly falling and there were 23 brand new lambs to meet and inspect since Julia and I had left. The ewes have been incredibly busy. It was a lovely scene with everyone healthy and happy. The moms were all fed and munching on hay. The lambs were all taking good care of their babies.
In the next few weeks, there will be many more born. There will be some sadness and lots of joy. That is what it is like on a farm. We take the good with the bad and carry on.
I hope you and yours enjoy all that is new and special in 2008 and enjoy what has always been.