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Friday, April 13, 2012

L is for Lambs

Today I got myself invited to go visit the lambs at the farm of a friend. I knew it was lambing time, but that's about all I knew.

First of all, let me say that despite my farm roots and experiences, I've never been around sheep. I never even knew someone who had sheep. I knew there were white sheep and black sheep, but I thought other than that, they pretty much all looked alike. Wrong! I learned so much today that you may see more about this visit when we get to S. But I can't talk about lambs without telling you at least the basic fact that these are Icelandic sheep. They are big, and instantly recognizable as individuals with personalities! I fell in love in about two seconds.

With no further ado, prepare for cuteness overload!

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You can easily see how unique each animal is. The lamb is Specks. This year, Betsy (the owner) said the ewes have all had twins. Specks and sister Sparrow are busy getting a snack.

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I managed to remember all the lamb's names, but I failed on some of the moms. This is Henry (black) and High Boots (I bet you can figure that out).

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I got this mom- she's Tansy, and her babies are Twix and Twilight.

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Finally, we have Starless (no white spots!) and Snickers. They are the youngest, just a day old.

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Do you like them? I sure do.

icelandic lambs

I had no idea what lambs smelled like. Each kind of baby animal has a unique odor. My favorite is puppies. My least favorite is goats (apologies to Priscilla and Abby). Lots of people like the smell of human babies. Well, I learned that Lambs smell of the lanolin in their fleece. It's a persistent odor, even after several hours, and washing twice, I can still detect it on my hands. No wonder wool is so water resistant!

This was so much fun! But I'll save more for another day.

P.S. Betsy is a member of my writer's support group. She writes amazing poems about the farm.

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Bethie said...

The lambs are so cute! That must have been a fun day. Snickers looks like a Snicker bar.
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betchai said...

oh now, i know why the L you reserve is so special, I so agree with you, they are! so cute, cuteness overload indeed.

RNSANE said...

Absolute cuties. I remember once, staying next to a dairy farm in England, going over when the new calves were born. What a delight that was.

Maggie McGee said...

Really nice! Love the photos too.

Adorning Schemes said...

Total cuteness overload! Those are such great photos. I grew up around farms too but not much around sheep. I always had fun carding their wool though.

xoxo Lloralye @ Adorning Schemes A to Z

blissflower1969 said...

OMG! As we say here in Minnesota, awwww, fer cute! They are adorable.

Thanks for sharing!

rainfield61 said...

Lambs are cute.

But I start to think of lamb chop.

How guilty I am....

Paula Martin said...

So cute! Used ot love seeing all the lambs in the fields in springtime in the Lake District. I'll be writing about Sheep when we get to S in the Challlenge.
Many thanks for visiting my A-Z blog!

Amber Sylvia Worsley said...

They are so adorable! I just want to hug the black fluffy one!
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Kylie said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog recently.
Those lambs are so adorable!

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Thank you so much for starting my day with those adorable little faces! And thanks for stopping by my blog.

.jessica. said...

Oh my goodness, those lambs just made my day. :) How adorable!

Alisia said...


Tracey... said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog...the little lambs are so cute!

Stacey said...

How sweet!

Ann said...

OMG, they are so darn cute. I just want to reach through the screen and pet them

Kate Larkindale said...

Those are some pretty lambs! I live in New Zealand where there are 3 or 4 times as many sheep as people, but most of our sheep are just plain white ones. These are much cuter. I never thought I'd think 'exotic sheep'....

Michael Pierce said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. :) The pictures are so cute!

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Oh how cute! Just love little babies. Have never gotten to hold/visit little lambs. Just darling!

My favorite "baby" smell is puppy breath :)

Kate O'Mara said...

Very cute. I like the black new one. :) Baa Baa Black Sheep has some wool.

RideToFight said...

Oh, these are so cute! Thank you for sharing, it's a lovely post.

deathwriter said...

Those lambs are beautiful. Is their fur soft? It looks so cute and curly. When I lived in Colorado, we would encounter hundreds of sheep in the roads when they moved them in the fall. It made for interesting driving.

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