Friday, April 10, 2009

Up to Their Elbows in Lambs

That blog title creates quite a mental image, doesn't it?



Yesterday we visited Natasha and Donna at their fiber arts shop but Lamb of God farm is the place they call home. It's also home to their flock of 13 ewes. Pay attention to that number, it's importance is going to become clear in just a moment.

As we worked on our needle felting project Natasha related their latest "down on the farm" story. It's very funny, unless you're the shepherd for this flock.

Last fall they got a new little lamb, of the male variety. It was decided that they'd mate him with two of the ewes which meant that this spring they'd have two to four lambs, depending upon if there were any twins. They felt it was a manageable number. The new guy was feeling his oats, so to speak, and on his second day at the farm he jumped the fence and spent the evening with his new harem. As in ...... the ENTIRE FLOCK!

Natasha says, "We went in the next morning to a quiet barn". She didn't say whether they were all smoking cigarettes but several weeks ago when their shearer came to harvest the wool they discovered that all the ladies are expecting......any moment!

Any day now they'll be up to their elbows in lambs. Let's do the math..... 13 pregnant ewes, 1-2 lamb per ewe equals between 13 and 26 lambs. That's a lot of lamb.

They'll be having a few open house days and I'll take a trip out there and get pics of the blessed newborns.

My question is, do you think 13 is an unlucky number?

EDIT: Oooops, I forgot a really bad pun that I dreamed up for this post.

Bad boys, bad boys....
Whatcha gonna do when they come for ewes?

19 comments:

Sarah (JOT) said...

It is just a number after all. I'm looking forward to the pictures. I'm sure they'll be very busy when they all start to arrive!

Balou said...

I met my hubby on the a Friday the 13th. So far it's been lucky. I love this photo! I look forward to pics of the babies. Lambs are just so adorable.

Significant Snail said...

Well, 13 certainly was lucky for the male lamb!

Vee said...

Noooo, it sounds pretty lucky to me. Is the ram's name "Lucky" too?

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Louise said...

Holy cow! Or should I say,"Holy lamb!" I love 13. It's my 2nd favorite number. My birthday is on a 13th, and they're always great (and honestly, the ones one Friday are the best.)

I think it's lucky. They can sell them if they can't keep them all. Think of the cash! But they'll be so cute, it would be hard to sell them for a while.

And then some will probably have to be bottle-fed. Oh my. It's not the number, though. It's the boy. Boys will be boys!

Kitty said...

I've never been a believer in "lucky" or "unlucky" numbers. Seems like at Lamb of God Farm their cup runneth over! Hmmm...seems more like a blessing than something unlucky. I'll be curious to see how this all turns out. Can't wait to see the photos of the new crop of lambs.

Cindy L said...

What a funny, sweet story. And I love the photo of the lamb with this post. It almost looks like a painting, it is so beautiful. I'd print it and frame it, seriously.

Karen said...

I was born on the 13th ... which was a lucky day for me :-)

The numner 13 was certainly lucky for their ram ...in more ways than one :-)

Looking forward to all the baby photos :-)

Mom Taxi Julie said...

LOL that's too funny!

Lisa said...

HA! Boy, was he on the job or what?? I also look forward to the pics. Little lambs are soo cute!

No, I don't think 13 is unlucky. I agree with Sarah...it is just a number.

Farmchick said...

I can't wait to see the pictures of the lambs!

Domestic Diva said...

I used to raise tunis sheep, and I'm willing to bet they won't have to worry about the number 13. I'd almost guarentee you, at least one of the ewes will twin out :)

But boy, did they get a good ram lamb! :)

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Falling out of my chair with laughter.... what a young stud he was... must have looked like a red light district there that night.... lol

Jody Blue said...

Good story, and a great pun.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Unlucky for who? Sounds like the Ram in this case was very lucky! :) blessings, marlene

Cote de Texas said...

I am so into lambs these days. I just bought two - faux ones of course !!! loved this!!!

Anonymous said...

LMAO, ewe are so phunny!

Wendy said...

That's a great picture! (And your Cops take-off is hysterical.)

Miss Annie Sew and Sew said...

It is a great thing to be a shepard to a flock.