The Day after the big storm, the sun came out. It was extremely cold but the sun really helps to make everyone's mood improve. The sheep aren't so desperate to eat lots and lots of haylage. The fresh snow makes everything look a lot cleaner. This photo shows a bunch of mamas eating fresh snow that slid off the greenhouse roof. The sheep have a source water but they still like to eat snow. I can only imagine how cold the water feels in their mouths. The trough starts to ice up pretty quick in this weather.
Luckily this brown mama decided to hold off on lambing until the storm cleared. We found her lamb outside with her - already standing up and enjoying the sunshine. You can tell she is new because of the umbilical cord that is red. We dip the umbilical cords in iodine solution so they are sterile. It helps to prevent disease.
For all of you interested in photography, can you see how difficult it is to get nice, moody shots on a bright and sunny day? I always prefer my photos when the skies are grey. The sun bounces off the snow like crazy like a giant reflector.
Yesterday we had a bit of a reprieve from winter - the first since December. It was in the 40's and felt so good not to be completely bundled up. The days are getting noticeably longer. I was talking with a neighbor the other day and he reminded me that we could be only a few weeks off from sugaring season. Wow - something to look forward to.