We've had our first lamb born. Taro is a gorgeous little ram lamb, and with his fast growth and good conformation he'll most likely be staying on here as a second ram. He's mother Tansy was pregnant when we purchased her so Taro is completely unrelated to all of my sheep, hence his prospective position in my breeding program.
With this cold weather the sheep are growing back their wool. My favourite ewe Dolly, who is pictured above, lets me pat her neck sometimes and her new wool is luxuriously soft.
Little Bambi is the dearest little soul and is growing up so very fast. She and Rilla are now friends, Bambi follows her everywhere and always watches what Rilla is up to. At the rate time seems to be flying Bambi will be big enough to start learning to herd the sheep in no time!
The garden is starting to take off and is looking very full. My zucchinis have started to curl up with the arrival of the cold, but all of the winter greens are powering along. Yesterday we put up two wire tunnels and covered them with this Grow Cover. We filled the tunnels with kale, broccoli, cauliflower, tat soi, mizuna and rocket. They will be safe from bugs under the mesh, I can't wait to have home grown kale again!
I'm having a dreadful time getting carrots to germinate this year, each attempt has failed and I don't know why as my method has never failed in previous years. Although my seed is newly purchased I'm starting to wonder if it isn't faulty. On the upside however, I'm having success with beetroot for the first time ever. I even had enough to make this delicious tart, in which I used homemade Feta. My next crop is nearly ready to harvest and I think I will be making that tart again!
What has your world been filled with lately? I'm struggling at the moment to not let things get on top of me. I continually remind myself that there will always be a list a mile long of things to be done, so it is important to take time to breath, live and enjoy life.
Kate once wrote that in our society to be busy seems to be a kind of badge of honour and those words often come back to me. Society is actually quite ridiculous.
Here's two blog posts I enjoyed reading the other day and that have helped me to remember that life is short, days are short, lists are long and at the end of the day there is no point to anything if you can't stop and smell the roses regularly. Yes, not now and then, but regularly.
Live. Breath. Ponder. Enjoy by Robintail
Why Slowing Down (or stopping) Is The New Speeding Up by Pip (thank-you Jane for linking to this one x)
Have a beautiful, relaxing, refreshing and fulfilling weekend