Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

feels like spring

Our first lamb arrived Monday.
I had walked outside to water in the greenhouse
The mothering sound caught my attention.
I looked more closely, and there was the ewe
with something new beside her,
something I haven't seen in a year.

The mother's twin crowded close.
intrigued with the new life--
But we have always shared everything.
Not this. It is mine.
The lamb gave a little leap into the air.
trying out its new abilities.
It looked around with some amazement--
My goodness, so this is what was out there.

Spring really must almost be here.


robin andrea said...

That is the cutest little lamb. How sweet and innocent. It does sound like spring may be right around the corner.

Parapluie said...

Rain, You have captured the little lamb in poetry and photos. Awesome!

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

What an incredible post. It does make me feel like spring is here. Ah, the new momma did not want to share with her twin. I kept looking for pictures of the other sheep, but I guess this is just the mom and her lamb, right?

Mary Lou said...

AWWWWWW How sweet!! Lambs are sooo CUTE, (and they even TASTE GREAT with Rosemary!)

Anonymous said...

Oooooh, how sweet! What an adorable little lamb and such a proud mama.
I'm almost afraid to ask....are they just pets? Although, they'd make gorgeous wool for knitting, I bet. But shearing them doesn't hurt them.

Rain said...

Shearing not only doesn't hurt them-- unless they get nicked but it is good for them and lets them move around more freely. Wool mats up after it gets so long. They are like lambs again themselves after they are shorn.

Unfortunately, the males are raised for eating. It's that leg of lamb or lamb chops that many people enjoy. The only thing good about it is like our steers, they get a good quick death. It's harder with some to do it than others and we have too many we have kept that aren't wise but none are pets. The females generally end up continuing out their lives having lambs and going until they get too old to live well. Raising livestock always has a plus and minus side. We have about 30 sheep right now and that is too many as was the problem we had with too many cattle. We will have to deal with it-- unhappily