Ellie is well over a week old and big enough to face the world! The first lambs of the year always end up in this field as it has a very sheltered collection of trees and bushes that runs along the top of an old wall. When I went to find Ellie and her mum, of course they were hidden in here.
Mum kept an eye on me.
There is so much for the little lamb to explore.
Grass! How interesting.
Mummy is very attentive. It's very sweet.
A stone! Interesting.
Ellie is a very brave girl - she's not afraid to explore her new home.
Mum decided it was time to leave the hedge as the grass was much tastier out in the open.
And so begins for Ellie a lifetime of eating grass...
Now that they are hoggets, rather than lambs (which is taking some getting used to), I separated out the biggest and put them with a handsome ram lamb.
What is most hilarious is that my girls are much bigger than their boyfriend.
By nature he seems pretty quiet, which is a quality I would like in my lambs. He also has, as they say, "a hot bod".
While I feared separating my lambs hoggets would cause stress, they actually settled in their field very quickly. (For size comparison, the sheep in the field in the background are fully grown ewes.)
It was a very stormy morning, and the lambs hoggets were taking shelter behind a scraggly hedge. Rosie decided I looked lonely, standing some distance away as I tried to get some decent shots. So she came over.
For ten minutes she was pressed against me, using my legs as a shield against the wind and getting back scratches in return.
She loves me.
Curious Boyfriend came over too.
The little gang sticks together.
There's a lot of grass in these two fields to keep them happy.
Rosie always sticks close.
Will we be hearing the pitter-patter of tiny hooves come June, I wonder?