Living on a farm is full of new beginnings, lots of endings, the continual change of the seasons, especially here in New England, and the very raw realities of life. I’ve been away for a few days visiting friends and relatives and it feels so good to be back home. I have come to expect the changes in our year, to anticipate the cycle of life and death, birth and renewal as the year goes by. I try not to take anything for granted and I do not think I do. I feel more grounded in my life right now, perhaps because I am getting older but perhaps because of the experience of living on our farm. The important things in life are health, shelter, food, warm rooms, and the love of my family and friends. I do not need a lot of fancy things and extra stuff that barely gets used. I'm not at the point where I am purging things out of my life but I do think carefully before I acquire new things. I do feel the need for continual creativity whether it be through yarn, knitting, sewing, painting, teaching and sharing, photography, and blogging. That’s what makes me tick and always has.
I thank you all for letting me share our farm life and my creations with you in this tiny corner of cyberspace. I thank you all for your encouragement and support. May you all have a healthy and satisfying 2010.
The New Year here at our farm begins with the cycle of life. We have new lambs!
Julia’s sheep Cora was the first to give birth two days before the New Year. How appropriate it was that she would lamb first and I can share the sweet lambs with all of you. This year, Cora’s third as a mother, she has produced a beautiful set of twin girls. We’ve named them Dora and Flora. Cora’s lambs are the only ones we name, with the exception of bottle lambs. It will be impossible to tell them apart, once more babies arrive. They aren't bottle lambs like their tame Mama Cora was.
So many of the other sheep look to be bursting with babies. It’s going to be lamb central here for the next month or two!