This year we’ve only 5 ewes to lamb and two have opted to give birth today. The three lucky lambs are already basking in the evening sunshine, looking much more worldly wise than their few short hours of life would suggest. This healthy ram lamb and mum have settled into family life very quickly and it probably won’t be long before he’s leader of the ‘ lamb gang’, encouraging all sorts of mischief and frolicks. It’s magical to watch them!
It’s a lovely Easter sunday in Pembrokeshire – sunny, with a slight chilly breeze but spring is now well on it’s way after the colder than usual winter we’ve endured this year. Great weather for blowing away the cobwebs and bringing some rosiness to the cheeks.
As our two ‘children’ have flown the nest, Phil and I have decided to encourage more feathered friends into our garden this year. We chose a good harsh winter to start this project and after investing in the feeders, food and then the guardians to protect the feeders from squirrels and larger birds (quite an expensive undertaking!) we immediately started to reap the rewards with a garden full of beautiful birds. I wonder where they used to eat before! They seem to be with us constantly and the pleasure we get from watching them close up makes the continuous spend on seeds so worthwhile. I guess we are now ‘hooked’ and developing into a pair of ‘twitchers’!
It’s been a glorious day of spring sunshine to welcome in the month of March which always begins with the celebration of St David’s Day in all parts of Wales. The young children eagerly go to school dressed up in all their traditional finery with girls looking pretty in lace edged black bonnets, fringed paisley shawls and flannel skirts with plaid aprons – the boys often kitted out in patriotic support of the country’s rugby team or with caps and waistcoats on a Victorian theme. Daffodils and leeks are proudly worn and traditional foods such as Welsh cawl, barabrith and Welsh cakes are eaten at celebratory events held everywhere. It’s a day we all enjoy.
Of course singing is high on the list of any celebration here in Wales and if you’ve every wondered what those strange words mean when our lungs blast out our National Anthem, just click on the image of this plaque to enlarge!
Just as the snowdrops are coming into bloom, winter seems to have returned to Pembrokeshire this weekend! I couldn’t resist posting this image of one of our Jacob sheep enjoying this morning’s breakfast of hay in the snow – Ahh…. how cute!
Yesterday, our weekend guests woke up to a beautiful covering of snow with gently falling flakes continuing during the morning. What a lovely seasonal welcome to Judith and friends getting away to celebrate 21 years of friendship (they all met at anti-natal class!). They enjoyed walks on deserted snow clad beaches, followed by warming soup at a Tenby restaurant before hunkering down at their cosy cottage to enjoy the sauna, log fire and foody treats along with lots of wine, laughter and chat! A perfect way to spend the weekend!