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01/05/2008


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Happy May Day everyone!

These two must be quite used to having their photo taken, today they were enjoying basking in the lovely sunshine. Unfortunately I have missed the famous Lambing Time at Coombes Farm in West Sussex where this little woolly pair live, lambing time is between March 15th - April 20th. I did hint but the reply was, it will be too busy! Anyway I took the opportunity today to pop up and take some photos before they either get too big or end up on someone's plate!

I now have this photo as my desktop to look at when I log on. It reminds me of a recollection of mine.

A year or so back while driving through Exmoor in Devon, we stopped the car in a carpark to put the kettle on and whilst it was boiling on the stove, I stood by the fence to observe the sheep, something which surprisingly in my 43 years I haven't ever done. What I noticed is how a lamb, split up from its Mum manages to find her again amongst a field full of other lambs and sheep. Quite a commotion was going on, a bleat here and a baa there from this little lamb and the same coming from some way in the distance, well I didn't know that every lamb and its Mum must have a baa which each other recognises, because eventually the little lamb picked up on Mum's radar, and the next thing I knew it was bounding off across the field to be reunited with her. I will never forget this amazing sight which brought a tear to my eye, and a memory I shall never forget.

I needed a cuppa after that and a strong one too!

22 comments:

...... Kristina ...... said...

Hi Louise,
Cute picture...i have got to get a hold of one day,even if its just a quick hug...i want to squeeze one lol.
Your story is just beautiful and how you told it made me tear up too..i love the bond between mothers and babies its so special.
Love Kristina XxX

Vanessa said...

How sweet are they, but how blunt were you in stating that they will end up on somebodies plate, very true! It did make me laugh in a weird sort of way!

Happy May Day!

funkymonkey said...

What a beautiful photograph. How did you get the lambs to look at the camera?

Lesley said...

Lovely photo Louise. It's amazing how they can always find each other - I suppose we're the same - I used to recognise my littlies cries in a room full of little monsters :)

Nowadays I still recognise them but try to turn a deaf ear!!!

xxx

Threadspider said...

Happy May Day Louise. I love the innocence of young lambs and this picture captures them brilliantly.

Suzie Sews said...

Great picture and a Happy May Day to you too...

twiggypeasticks said...

That's a lovely recollection, you big softie, I'd have got erm.... something in my eye too ;) Happy May Day to you. We're going to our local open farm tomorrow with some friends, lots of lambs and running around for the boys, lots of cake for the two mummys
Twiglet x

Elizabethd said...

they look as though theyu were posing for their photo! Lovely.

Lesley said...

There is still one hour left of may day so I hope you've had a happy day and have a lovely last hour of it! I enjoyed your story about the lost lamb. A couple of years ago Mr P rescued a lamb that had pushed it's head through a wire fence. It couldn't get out due to it's little horns. It was so lovely to see it literally skipping back up the field to it's mother. Have a great bh weekend! x

Gina said...

Oh they're so sweet! Such a special memory of the little lost lamb and it's mum...my sister and I lived next to a farm when I was 7 and the farmer gave us a lamb to raise..we had so much fun with him...for some odd reason we named him 'Bimbo' and we fed him his milk from a large beer bottle! Happy memories here too :O)
Happy May Day to you too. Gx

M.KATE said...

hi Louise, this is a nice reading. I like the way you describe about your encounter with the lamb and so well written as well.

happy weekend :)

Alison Boon said...

Isn't anture wonderful. I coould always tell which cry was my baby in hospital and the pups know when their mum's nearby. Excellent photo of the sheep.

Ragged Roses said...

Happy May Day to you too Louise. I love Coombe Farm visits. It is such a wonderful place to visit and I love the tractor rides onto the Downs
Kimx

Gina said...

Hi again Louise, I sent you an email about the measurement onight and it has bounced - hopefully you got it okay, if not please let me know..
Thanks, Gx

carolyn said...

Oh Louise your little recollection is precisely why I can't bring myself to eat lamb!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

They are so sweet!!!!! I love lambs and sheep - just a kindness to their little faces! A little joy of life indeed.
xo
Becky

Simone said...

They look so huggable!

Cowboys & Custard said...

Hi Louise
It is reassuring to know that they are reunited with the parent.. I saw lots of adorable little new born lambs in Devon last month and I couldn't help worrying about them being isolated from their Mum.
Just another thing to worry about..


love
Michelexx

the homely year said...

Hi Louise, I've always been fascinated by the way the sheep can recognise their lambs. One of my favourite jobs when I was young was to feed bottles of milk to any orphaned lambs, and I love to see them cavort around the fields.
Margaret and Noreen

Pat said...

This was very touching, Louise! I think lambs/sheep have such sweet faces. I hate to think of them ending up on a plate.

Lynn...aka..Mom, Nanny, Mommoe said...

Ilove this photo! I was recently at a wedding and across the street from the church was a sheep farm. It made me want to knit!

Lynn
http://knitpicky-lynn.blogspot.com

Nabeel said...

awww, what a cute photo. The grass looks lush green. I love sheep .. they look so cute and of course, the wool.