Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A New Beginning

January is full of new beginnings here at our farm, mostly of the newborn lamb kind. Our sheep have had over 110 lambs so far this year. It has been hectic to say the least and My Farmer is beginning to be weary. Today, as Julia and I chatted it up about the new president and all the festivities down in Washington, The Farmer went about his chores barely having a minute to pay attention to what was going on in the greater world. That's how it is during lambing season - lots and lots to be done and barely a minute to partake in what most would consider normal life.


This afternoon, Julia and I went to check on the new lambs after she got out of school. I helped with feeding hay and then got a chance to check on the four new babies that were born this morning.

We don't often name our lambs because many of them go to market. If we name any of them, it is usually the girls which we are more likely to keep or the bottle lambs we feed for a few months several times a day. Frankly, as the lambs grow bigger and more independent, it is almost impossible to know one from another. Besides Cora, none of the other sheep have names.

But this little girl lamb is different. She arrived early Tuesday morning and we have named her Obama. She's has lovely black and white patchy spots. It seemed fitting to mark this day of new beginnings in the United States by naming this little one after our new president.

18 comments:

Kristina said...

What a perfect name for this sheep. Here's to new beginnings all around.

Turtle said...

what a good man your farmer is!! and so appropriate of the lamb name, and being half white/half black as well!

Julie said...

just perfect!

Deborah said...

Cute lamb! Hopefully we'll watch her as she grows up.

Bonnie said...

That lamb could be in 101 Dalmatians!

Bonnie

brsmaryland said...

And I bet he would appreciate the tribute!!

debolsillo said...

Oh! Really a nice idea!

HOA Mgr Lady said...

Wouldn't a sweater from her flece look great?
The Farmer is a real LOOKER! No wonder you keep him away from cameras :)
Rooth

Donna S. said...

Ahh, cute idea.

Kat said...

Welcome Obama!

Asakiyume said...

What a sweet little lamb! The cutest of those you've posted so far :-)

Jennifer and Steve said...

SO perfect!!!!! I LOVE it. :)

Ellen Gormley said...

She's gorgeous!

Karin said...

What a handsome man you have there. :)

Love that lamb and her name. Perfect.
I hope you keep her.

Green Kitchen said...

Obaama.

Sorry for the pun.

Nanci said...

She looks like a keeper! And that must be The Farmer holding her.
He is such a good worker and getting up at all hours to check all those little wonders!

sarah said...

Here Here! I love your Obama.

Melissa said...

I am in love with all the little sheep, but that one is by far my favorite. ;)