Just this weekend, I was reminded of this little video Adelaide made (with Calvin's help) about a year ago now, featuring Little Friend Susan and Thalia, among the other sheep. (The down trees are the result of some additional clearing we had just done in the pasture which made the perfect hurdles for those hopping girls). There really is nothing cuter than little lambs (maybe Nigerian Dwarf kids? we'll see). They radiate joy and silliness -it's been such a treat to have them with us for a few springs now.
As we watched the video again, Adelaide and I were feeling a little bummed that there will be no new lambs this year. But that sadness was quickly removed by a trip to the pasture to visit those little lambs, all grown up now, but still joyful and loving - or at least, willing to accept our loving on them (lap sheep, I call them).
And then I returned inside, and to my studio, where I have piled up the "left over" roving from last year's mill run, to assess just what I have remaining. With a phone call to come from the mill at any moment with November's shearing ready (12 fleeces), and a spring shearing just around the corner (12 more fleeces), and this all on my studio table (below, iron for size reference!), I'll say that I'm only relieved there are no lambs coming this spring!