Friday, March 20, 2020

LIfe Goes On - Lambs Still Coming

It's a very foggy day here in western Massachusetts but it is supposed to be a nice sunny weekend. The geraniums I overwintered in my studio are starting to look more lively and beginning to put out blooms. I took a walk down into our pastures to check on the grass growth (nothing yet - still rather brown) and what life is there. The dogs loved it. My big takeaway was the lack of moisture in the fields. Usually I have to avoid certain places when I don't have boots on but not yesterday. Must be the lack of heavy snow this year. 

One of the things I look forward to so much in the spring is discovering the frog's eggs in the little ponds that the sheep drink out of during the summer. Each time I walk in the field, I wonder if they have been laid yet. Julia thinks I am nuts and has no interest in looking for frog spawn so I do it by myself. No spawn yet.

Yesterday I joined two conference calls with CISA, our local agriculture support organization which supports local food and farming. It was good to hear other voices and listen to how other farmers in our area are dealing with the Covid-19 situation. It's all a little overwhelming and there is so much uncertainty in every community throughout the world. The farming community is creative and good at boot strapping. Today, we are writing our legislators to let our voices be heard because honestly, our farm and family needs the farmers markets to open this year - once it is safe for customers and vendors. It's all very early and we will see how it will play out. Every day, I think of another way this crisis is effecting our country and world. I try not to think too much about it but I can't help it. 

Yesterday, I got back in my pottery studio and did some pottery decoration. I have a lot of already made pots to decorate and need to get busy with it. I turn on NEPR and listen to classical music all day long. If you like classical music, you can stream it here. They just started doing news updates at 10, noon, and 2. Before that, I didn't have to listen to what was going on in the world which was a bit of a respite to the news. 

Here are some photos of the sheep and lambs for you all. Enjoy. I'll be back with another update tomorrow.  Isn't this the sweetest brand new lamb?


Marlynne said...

<y Geraniums are blooming in the studio window. They give hope of better days to come~! Sweet little lambs!!

Sherri said...

You just can't help but smile when you look at these little lambs!! That little black lamb has a chubby little milk belly! We used to raise Romney ship on our 13 acre farm in NJ. It has been 17 years since we have done that, but when I was reading your post, it brought back many memories of our flock. Good luck!

Kristin Nicholas said...

Let’s hope for the best. Geraniums are amazing!

Kristin Nicholas said...

We started with Romney’s. I keep lobbying for a Romney ram but unless I find it and bring it home it’s not going to happen. Maybe when we get through this covid19 problem I will work on that.

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