For example, Mona's little lambs, Moorwyn and Mousa didn't know to follow the flock. So Mona wouldn't run with the flock, being such a great mom as she is! The first day, we had to carry her little lambs out in front of her to get them all out. (...a good excuse to hug a little lamb!!...) Once out there, they did fine together. Meanwhile, Lacey was following little Lark everywhere and nearly passing out from the new heat in the process! Lark is a strong, vigorous, active little lamb, very playful and full of mischief. Rapport and Maggie Mae are like-wise, and were the leaders in lamb races and silliness. How fun to watch them! I kept thinking I'd forgotten my camera, but I didn't dare take the time to leave them for awhile. Gansey and Peerie would occasionally lose their mum, Gracie. Gracie would run around, trying to find them, and eventually, they'd be back together.
The weather did indeed warm up! We were in the low 80's by Sunday!! Sure 'nough, the grass exploded! Then one night, we got a nice, well-behaved thundershower. That always jump-starts spring! The birds are very busy, the wren arrived, the lark is singing constantly, and the bluebirds are checking out our birdhouses. How nice it is! By Sunday, the lambs were getting the hang of the run out, and how the pasture works. Lamb races were on!!! One spot out there has a mound, and there was lots of play there as well. And us shepherds were in t-shirt sleeves all weekend! Finally, we could shed our down coats, wool socks, and wool mittens. Up 'til Friday, we were still wearing all of that.
As the lambs adjusted to the pasture, we slowly migrated the fencing down hill to taller grass. Yesterday, they were on grass that was several inches high and pretty rich. I think we could say they are now eased onto it well enough that I won't need to worry much anymore. No one came in bloated or in worrisome condition. So work on the garden has begun! Peas, carrots, lettuces, spinach are all planted. The garden was cleaned up, things pruned. I found nice potato seed and the onions we always like to plant. It was a very busy time as all these things must be done in a small window of time. It's all done now, so perhaps I can get back to sewing the buttons on my Wooly Bear sweater!