Friday, 1 May 2009

On the farm in May.



May on the farm is a quiet time now that lambing is nearly finished, there are still one or two stragglers left but most of the ewes and their growing lambs are out in the fields.My daughter is still feeding her pet lambs , but they are gradually being weaned onto sheep feed. The grass has started to grow and so we breath a sigh of relief as Winter is over again.
During this month the sheep are relieved of any dirty wool (this is called dodding or dagging)this helps enormously by keeping the fleeces clean for next month's work of shearing. As the ewes are spruced up the lambs are marked with the farmer's indelible mark , in the hope that non go astray. Once this work is completed they hopefully enjoy some May sunshine.
It is a good time to tackle any maintenance work and so I often see my husband carrying fencing posts and tools to repair damages in fences and stone walls that have occurred.

8 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I love this updates, look forward to the next one.
Thanks to you, I have three Jean Plaidy books from the library!

JoAnn said...

I love reading about life on your farm...and seeing the photographs. The countryside is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Mary said...

Thanks for posting about the goings-on at your farm. It's such a lovely photo.

Have a nice weekend!

Charli and me said...

What a great picture Zetor. I too love reading about life on your farm. It's almost like being there. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you also for your lovely comments on my blog. You too are one of the reasons I love blogging ♥

BooksPlease said...

A lovely view of your part of the country. The cattle are being let out into the fields near us - summer is on its way.

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It is a great photo for my sore eyes!


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Susan said...

I love this photo! this is spring in Yorkshire country! Green hills and plenty of sheep!I recognize those stone walls, they are everywhere in the north, and oh, your trees. What a lovely property you have, Zetor! I could sit here and look at that view *sighs contentedly* for a very long time. Happy Spring and sheep dagging!

Molly said...

I just found your lovely blog via Susan at You Can Never Have Too Many Books. I have no idea how I have missed it before!

I am convinced that I am an Anglophile in an American body. I have only been to England twice - and both times to London and its surrounding areas --- but I will, someday, visit your lovely country for an extended period of time. One of the sights that I want to see that is high on the list is the countryside with grazing sheep lingering in the pastoral setting. Until that time, however, I will just gaze upon your lovely photo!