We start 2011 with the legacy of the last few months of 2010. After weeks of frozen ground, taps and drinkers, snow and ice covering the ground, making everything a struggle, the place is looking a mess.
The grass is dull and thin on the ground, any remaining foliage is soggy and black. It is wet underfoot. Everywhere is crying out for a little warmth and sunshine, sadly still a couple of months away.
Due to a misjudgement of timing we still have last years lambs, a costly mistake. We are feeding both hard feed and haylage, a feed new to us, of which the animals are very fond. They are also on land that in previous years was kept livestock free for most of the year, to provide fresh grazing for the new lambs.
On a positive note, however, Florence, the ewe lamb of the set of twins born to Freda, may be spared. A friend is interesting in buying her so her future is looking more promising than before.
Photo: Florence and Frank, 2010 lambs. Florence in the foreground.