to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Friday Surprise

Look what we found in our pasture Friday afternoon.

Two cross-bred ewes both had fall lambs within a few minutes of each other out on the lush green grass. We don't often have lambs born this time of year. If you have followed this blog, you know we are deep into lambing in January, February and March. Most sheep only come into season beginning in August. That's why lambs are traditionally born in the spring (spring being January though May). But there are few breeds which will become pregnant year round, the Dorset sheep being one of them. These two ladies evidently have a fair bit of Dorset in their genes.

Julia loves to hold the baby lambs. As long as the mothers don't mind, we let her coddle the newborns.

September lambs are definitely a different experience than winter lambs - we don't have to worry about the cold and they start picking at the grass right away. It will be fun to watch these little ones grow this fall.


ellen said...

Oh, such sweet pictures of the lambs and Julia.
We had Dorsets...lots of them. Our boys showed them at the fairs, we coddled a few in the house,warmed some in the kitchen sink, tubed a few, got up in the wee hours to check on the impending births. What memories. Whew! It was hard work but well worth it.

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Dianne said...

That's the best kind of lambing surprise--to find them when it's all over with and been done successfully on their own! Your sunflowers are gorgeous!

geramyum said...

I love your blog for many reasons but the lamb pictures and stories are one of the top reasons I visit. Thanks for sharing - and I learn so much!

Hilary said...

What a sweet surprise!

Julie said...

The photo of Julia with the lamb is so incredibly sweet. What a fun surprise.

Kelley Hart said...

They are so gorgeous! I don't blame Julia--I would want to snuggle them all day. Thanks for sharing the new babies.

thecrazysheeplady said...

The best kind of baby surprises. It never gets old.

Teresa said...

I have been trying to catch up on blog reading and love what I found catching up on yours. The lamb with Julia pictures are wonderful. She is truly blessed to be growing up in such an environment.